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Published: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:03:54 GMT


A 'Turandot' both silly and serious
Just because Opera Philadelphia has so many new-opera projects doesn't mean the company is neglecting the crowd-pleasing front. Opening on Friday at the Academy of Music, Puccini's Turandot arrived in a determinedly high-impact production that - with expenses shared with companies in Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and others - would not be dwarfed by the Metropolitan Opera's famously lavish Franco Zeffirelli extravaganza.

Mongolian president hails Philadelphia Orchestra tour
Little did many of us know: Friday was Mongolia-Philadelphia Friendship Day. And that proclamation seemed quite literal to Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj at a City Hall ceremony, who said: "I'm happy to call all of you friends of Mongolia. Let's work together!"

'Breaking the Waves': A great operatic package if you can take it
Unquestionably, Opera Philadelphia has developed, produced, and premiered a powerful, fully realized, artistically significant piece with Breaking the Waves. The creative team of long-promising artists - composer Missy Mazzoli, librettist Royce Vavick, director James Darrah, and soprano Kiera Duffy - all seem to surpass themselves simultaneously and with a common dramatic purpose.

Simon Rattle, the conductor who got away, descends upon Philadelphia
So often missed in his absence, the ever-probing, ceaselessly charismatic conductor Sir Simon Rattle is about to be as ubiquitous as he has ever been around these parts.

Philly Fringe imports theater that cuts to the bone
Romeo Castellucci has a way of making Philadelphia Fringe Festival audiences struggle to put together what they have just experienced.

Musicians claim their own in oft-heard music
CAMDEN - The unlikely sight of Symphony in C musicians brushing their teeth in the men's room before Saturday's concert was the also-unlikely tone-setter for the concert: It was clean, bright, youthful, and solidly hygienic.

Opera Philadelphia's edgy 'Breaking the Waves' brings Lars Von Trier to stage
Based on the 1996 Lars von Trier film, Missy Mazzoli's work is the tale of a rural Scottish girl whose marital devotion becomes a road to sadistic ruin in one of the more talked-about new operas of the fall.

At Philly boxing clubs, retro sport takes on modern ills
'Go home and hug your mother!" That gruffly stated order upon leaving the Jack Costello Boxing Club is a standard in the Irish-dominated Tacony neighborhood where 25 to 50 sweaty young boxers, many of them teenagers, turn up on weekday evenings for training, sparring, and maybe even getting their lives together.

Tour Philly by bus with a soundtrack
Of all the Philadelphia stories to imagine, this is one few would see coming: a balmy summer night atop a double-decker bus ambling down South Broad Street with a pair of hipsters leading a sing-a-long to "Tomorrow" from the Broadway show Annie, quietly sung with thought and soul.

Barrymore Award nominations nod to Philly's theatrical riches
'Some years you're up, some years you're down. Everybody has a turn at the spotlight," Erin Reilly, Theatre Philadelphia board president, said Monday at the Barrymore Awards nomination announcement.