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REVIEW: ‘NIXON IN CHINA’

Lyric strives toward new levels of achievement with ambitious opera.
Nixon in China is drawn on a scale that is as grandiose as anything in opera, and the best productions of it embrace this cultural, historical and conceptual expansiveness with all their hearts.

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THEY ALL DO IT

REVIEW: LYRIC’S COSI TRADES ON VOCAL EXCELLENCE 
Così fan tutte is a bit of a conundrum. Its plot is as ridiculous as that of any opera in the repertoire, but its music is so magnificent that we can’t not take it seriously.

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ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET AT THE HARRIMAN-JEWELL SERIES

HAND OVER FOOT: High-altitude dance company keeps evolving to find its artistic niche           
Some dance companies are formed with a clearly etched vision of what they want to do, and they just go do that over and over. Others grow like Topsy, evolving with the vicissitudes and needs of the company itself and of the community it serves. A prime example of the latter is the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, whose very name suggests a history of evolution and collaboration.

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LYRIC PERFORMS FIRST “CNN OPERA”

NIXON IN CHINA: LYRIC OPERA PRESENTS LOCAL PREMIERE OF AMERICAN CLASSIC

Can an opera teach us things about historical events that we can’t glean from factual accounts alone? John Adams’ opera Nixon in China provides one of the most compelling answers to that question, for by general agreement it is a piece that deepens and broadens our understanding of President Nixon’s famous 1972 visit to Mao’s China and its impact on global politics.

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REVIEW: HARRIMAN SERIES FEATURES ARTIST TO WATCH FOR

Rational Exuberance: Ray Chen’s KC debut showcases substantial interpretive strengths

A classical musician’s devotion to the intentions of composers long deceased often finds itself at odds with the present day’s realities of myriad stimuli and instant gratification. Therefore, it is becoming quite uncommon to encounter performers capable of captivating audiences while simultaneously revering thousands of markings in aging texts.

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