Arts Corner

LET IT PURR: Lyric team builds finely tuned artistic engine for Puccini’s white-hot love story

By Paul Horsley
They say opera is the most complex of art forms, combining poetry, dramatic action, visual design, lighting, costumes, makeup and music both vocal and instrumental. There’s even more to it than that. When you watch the Lyric Opera’s Tosca that opens on April 18th, you’ll be seeing all those things in action at once, including the work of several singers who have spent their entire lives preparing for this moment.

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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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