2:11 PM, Oct 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A letter from a physician who practices and teaches at a medical school in New York, who introduced himself to the boss at last night’s protest of the Met's performance of the "Death of Klinghoffer."
Dear Mr. Kristol,
It was a pleasure meeting you tonight at the protest. (I was the Weekly Standard subscriber.) If you are planning to write about the protest, I would recommend the quote from a Met spokesman: "the fact that Klinghoffer grapples with the complexities of an ... act of violence..." This to me epitomizes the problem with the opera's viewpoint: there are no "complexities" to this despicable act of murder. This issue has not only affected my contemporaries but in fact, it was first brought to my attention by my sixteen year old daughter, Alex, who was so incensed by the insensitivity of the opera that she set up Facebook and Twitter accounts to protest.
Thank you once again for fighting against moral equivalence.
Ira S. Meisels, M.D.
1:36 PM, Oct 9, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Not The Onion:
The 1875 work by Georges Bizet is one of the world's most popular operas and the heroine, Carmen, works in a Spanish cigarette factory.
Carolyn Chard, General Manager of the [Western Australia] Opera, said the company made the decision not to program the opera after it secured the two-year deal with Healthway, the state government body that sponsors arts and community organisations to promote health messages.
10:24 AM, Dec 31, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
I'm as thrilled as every other red-blooded Washington-area resident by the Redskins' victory yesterday. Yes, I did "predict" a Cowboys victory on Fox News Sunday. But that was, as I said on the show, a prediction contrary to my hopes, and of course was really made in order to avert the evil eye (or, as I put it on the panel in a way more suitable for public consumption, because I err on the side of pessimism). So, Go 'Skins! And no more predictions.
Sandy was not the only storm to arrive in Manhattan. Nov 12, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 09 • By KELLY JANE TORRANCE
A premiere at the country’s foremost opera company always meets with a certain level of excitement. But the man in the orchestra section two seats past me became positively giddy as he scanned the program notes before the curtain rose on The Tempest late last month at the Metropolitan Opera.
From the ashes of communism, a voice for the new century. Jan 24, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 18 • By CATHY YOUNG
One of the most sought-after classical singers in Europe, Magdalena Kozena has very little of the diva about her. The 37-year-old Czech-born, Berlin-based mezzo-soprano is warm and unpretentious, whether in interviews or in conversation with backstage visitors. A mother of two sons, ages five and two, she speaks of family as her first priority and readily turns down engagements that would interfere with it.
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