Opera fans will tell you Francis Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites" is the one where all the nuns get their heads chopped off at the end. Few have actually witnessed this incredibly moving…
Larry L. Lash
Rarely has an audience leapt to its feet quicker than theatergoers did for the 50th anniversary European tour of "West Side Story."
When the Cleaning Lady of the Vienna church grotto which houses the tombs of a dynasty of emperors and empresses belts out a show-stopping rendition of Johann Strauss' lilting "Wiener Blut" while…
Peter Konwitschny continues to revolutionize how we look at operatic warhorses more than any other contemporary director. His re-evaluation of Puccini's venerable "Madama Butterfly" regularly rips…
The question on everyone's lips was "Can she do it?" "She" is 29-year-old Katharina Wagner, and "it" was pull off a successful debut as a stage director at the Bayreuth Festival, established by…
In his spectacular new "Tosca," director Philipp Himmelmann proves it's not just size that matters, but how you use it. The Bregenz Festival's 40,000-square-foot floating stage has often hosted…
The founders of Prague's subversive, underground Semafor Theater, Jiri Slitr and Jiri Suchy, penned "A Walk Worthwhile" in 1965, with the absurdist jazz opera going on to become a huge hit in a…
European-based theater and opera director Dietmar Pflegerl died in Klagenfurt, Austria, on May 17 after a five-year battle with cancer.
Martin Smolka's "Nagano" has all the elements of grand opera: larger than life passions, adventure, romance and a triumphal finish. It also has a dancing hockey puck. Unlikely subject is the Czech…