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Is Opera a Museum Art? The Debate Continues.

Our readers continue to offer thoughtful responses to Lukas Pairon's controversial manifesto about making opera more than a 'museum art'.

Is Opera a Museum Art? The Debate Continues

Our readers continue to offer thoughtful responses to Lukas Pairon's controversial manifesto about making opera more than a 'museum art.'

Maryinsky Theatre Disappoints at the Châtelet

Russia's Maryinsky Theatre opera productions of Rubenstein's The Demon and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin dissapoint critics and audiences at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.

Haro sur les Opéras pour leur engagement envers les nouvelles créations

Haro sur les Operas par Lukas Pairon pour, le guide de l'actualite culturelle en Europe

Opera Houses Under Fire: a manifesto for a living lyric drama

Elaborating on a debate with Bernard Foucroulle (director of La Monnaie in Brussels) and Pierre Audi (director of the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam) during NewOp in Brussels in November 2000, Lukas Pairon, director of the Ictus Ensemble and founder of NewOp, issued a statement entitled 'Opera Houses Under Fire' for their engagement towards new works.

Francis Poulenc (1899 -1963) - A Comparative Discography

Joel Kasow looks back on the legacy of composer Francis Poulenc and those recordings of his works that he finds most noteworthy.

Palais Garnier To Re-open after 18 Month Renovations

Closed for renovations for 18 months, the Palais Garnier will reopen its doors on the first of March. Not only has the auditorium been completely refurbished, but the work done backstage should ensure that the more than centenary Opéra can operate effectively well into the 21st century.

Happy Birthday Franz and Gaetano, two great melodists

In this commemorative year, we are also taking notice of the 100th anniversary of the death of Johannes Brahms, but the 200th birthday of two composers who have too often been misunderstood strikes me as the more imperative.

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Madame Butterfly, a film by Frédéric Mitterrand, based on the opera by Puccini

It is difficult to imagine that the film will be a success as the producers clearly did not have any particular audience in mind. There is a total lack of cinematographic imagination ...

Opera Houses Under Fire : Reader Feedback

Culturekiosque readers had strong opinions about this piece. We select the most noteworthy responses to share with you.

Reopening of the Palais Garnier: Mozart's Cosi fan tutte and Don Giovanni

Dr. Mozart was on call for the reopening of the Palais Garnier, but was himself in need of some attention after the two evenings I spent there....
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