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Chéreau Ring - Die Walküre

The second instalment of Patrice Chéreau’s 1980 Bayreuth Ring cycle is set, like Das Rheingold, in a sort of industrial bourgeois late 19th century.  One would almost say steampunk if that were not an anachronism.  462 more words

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Germany rocks opera

Increasingly, young opera singers from all over the world are moving to Germany, drawn by the prospect of steady work—even full-time employment.

In 2013 Germany saw 7230 opera performances, one-third of the world’s total. 119 more words

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Money Art

Collage artist Mark Wagner adds extra value to his artworks by creating his masterpieces out of real dollar bills.

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Chéreau Ring - Das Rheingold

So much has been written about Patrice Chéreau’s centenary production of the Ring cycle at Bayreuth that I approached reviewing it with some trepidation.  I have decided to write about it “as is”; i.e. 523 more words

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"The fatal defect of purity"

Modern art is so ancient it’s practically a joke. It is older than my great grandmother, and I’m a geezer myself. The birth of Cubism, say, is actually closer in time to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony than it is to us. 929 more words

The NEC News Wire: July 24

Here is the latest edition of NEC News Wire:

- Fairleigh Dickinson men’s basketball released their full schedule on Tuesday. The Knights will have four home games in their eleven games non-conference schedule against Division III FDU Florham, Lafayette, Princeton and Delaware. 404 more words

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Your Spin: Uber Wagner

It’s that time again to put The Spin your hands!  The topic this round: The Greatest Piece of Richard Wagner Music.

As Sam Juliano from… 451 more words

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