PostHeaderIcon “Tristan and Isolde” Twice

I spent seven hours in two darkened movie theaters two weekends ago gorging on a full plate of opera.  Yet, I emerged from this musical marathon not spent but energized by two fascinating takes on one of opera’s supreme works, Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde”. There … Read more

PostHeaderIcon Two Unlikely Art Soulmates

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PostHeaderIcon Pass the Popcorn: Festival Picks

Before I delve into which films I recommend in the 52nd Chicago Film Festival, tribute must first be paid to the tireless efforts over more than a half-century of Michael Kutza. Back in 1964, before there was Sundance, Telluride, … Read more

PostHeaderIcon A Night to Remember

A Grand Spectacle! That was Lyric Opera‘s Opening Night. The anticipation of seeing a sublime production is what opera lovers bring to every opening but which few productions satisfy fully. Grand Opera is a very hard goal to attain. … Read more

PostHeaderIcon Thrilling Terpsichore!

For one delightful week, the dance capital of America is here in Chicago. Leading modern dance and ballet companies from New York, London, Philadelphia and our Windy City have landed here for the 10th Anniversary of the Chicago Dancing Festival. Read more