Arts Corner

COULROPHOBE’S DELIGHT

Lyric Opera’s ‘Rigoletto’ offers world-class lead, almost adds up to an evening of great theater
Verdi’s Rigoletto is like a Lifetime Movie Network potboiler, complete with contrived crises, gratuitous violence and a cast of inexplicably mean characters who only occasionally seem like real people. The Lyric Opera’s current production rarely flinches from the work’s unseemly tawdriness, and that is, in some measure, its strength.

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THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR

Kansas City’s world-famous chamber music series, is strongest among local 2010-2011 seasons just announced
In 1975, Cynthia Siebert had a dream. She began by holding concerts in local homes, inviting top musicians to perform music of Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and others. But these were not just social soirees, Cynthia says. “The vision was always to make a fine chamber music series.” That’s exactly what she did.

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WHEN OLD IS NEW

Choir from Oxford’s not-so-new college to perform at Venue Visitation
Europeans have a different concept of the passage of time than we do. The “New College” at Oxford and the famous choir associated with it were founded in the 14th century (imagine how old the oldcollege was!). Six centuries later the Choir of New College continues to sing services six days a week at one of Oxford’s most splendid chapels — a sort of continuity that Americans find difficult to fathom.

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