Arts Corner

BEL CANTO, OR CAN BELT-O? Met tenor will bring freshness, classic vocal style to Harriman-Jewell Series

By Paul Horsley
One of the opera world’s newest stars hails from the oldest of places. The singer whom the New York Times called “the real thing, a tenor who naturally combines plaintive sound with burnished intensity” grew up on Malta, a tiny island whose 7,000 years of history has included Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Napoleon, and the British, not to mention St. Paul’s famous shipwreck on its coast.

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DECEPTION THAT KILLS: Ballet brings classic tale of love, betrayal and apotheosis to Kauffman Center

By Paul Horsley
The Kansas City Ballet’s current Giselle is a lavish affair, with exceptional dancing, delicious scenic designs by Simon Pastukh, tasteful “period” costumes by David Heuvel and fine musical direction by Ramona Pansegrau. The set includes an attractive drop depicting the feudal village’s ducal palace high on a hill, a series of leafy-green arches overhead, and the traditional village houses, handsomely constructed and looking surprisingly authentic, on each side.

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ART TRUMPS POLITICS (AGAIN): With wars and revolutions behind, pianist continues spinning poetry

By Paul Horsley
Her mother tried to keep her away from the piano, but three-year-old Dubravka Tomšič insisted. Soon afterward, having learned how to read notes, she acquired a teacher in her native Slovenia, former Cortot pupil Zora Zarnik, who had never taught children before. “She was a very sensitive, very beautiful pianist,” Dubravka said recently from her home in Ljubljana.

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