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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2010
"The Phantom of the Opera" returned to the Hippodrome Theatre Friday night with its famed chandelier looming impressively over the audience, and its boogie-man, descending-scale tune for the title character booming ominously into the house. For the uninitiated, this tour — said to be the final one for the original production — should provide all the sensory appeal that helped turn this Andrew Lloyd Webber show into the ultimate musical cash cow (more than $5 billion grossed worldwide, over 80 million people served since 1986 )
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2010
"The Phantom of the Opera" returned to the Hippodrome Theatre Friday night with its famed chandelier looming impressively over the audience, and its boogie-man, descending-scale tune for the title character booming ominously into the house. For the uninitiated, this tour — said to be the final one for the original production — should provide all the sensory appeal that helped turn this Andrew Lloyd Webber show into the ultimate musical cash cow (more than $5 billion grossed worldwide, over 80 million people served since 1986 )
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January 4, 1999
Rolf Liebermann, 88, a Swiss composer who led the Hamburg Opera for more than a decade before sparking the revival of the moribund Paris Opera, died Saturday in Paris. The cause of death was not made public.Liebermann spent 13 years as head of the Hamburg Opera, from 1959 to 1972, before joining the Paris Opera as chief administrator at a time when it was being abandoned by the public and by stars.The Liebermann years, from 1973 to 1980, "were those of revival, reform and a period of great splendor," Paris Opera Director Hughes Gall said.
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By Kenneth Turan and Kenneth Turan , Tribune newspapers | December 4, 2009
Bodies in motion tend to remain in motion, but almost never with the heart-stirring beauty and grace on view in Frederick Wiseman's exceptional portrait of the Paris Opera Ballet, "La Danse." Wiseman has been making his kind of quiet but potent documentaries for decades. "La Danse" is his 36th, following looks at institutions as varied as the Idaho state legislature, a Chicago public housing development and the Neiman Marcus department store. As a director, Wiseman's approach is unvarying.
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By New York Times | January 22, 1991
NEW YORK -- The American Guild of Musical Artists has informed the Martha Graham Dance Company that because of the Middle East crisis it will not allow the Graham dancers to travel to Paris for the weeklong engagement that was to start today at the Paris Opera/Garnier.The guild, which is the dancers' labor union, invoked the "force majeure" clause of the dancers' contract, which covers circumstances beyond the control of the company or producers.The Graham company faces urgent new financial problems because of the lost season, said its general director, Ronald Protas.
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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Contributing Writer | March 20, 1993
The crown jewel of the Kennedy Center's Festival of French dance, "France Danse," was the arrival of the Paris Opera Ballet Wednesday night. With a mixed bag of dances culled from the company's sophisticated and revered repertory, newly appointed artistic director Patrick Dupond and his marvelously talented company charmed a warm response from the audience.The company has always been known as a risk taker, presenting the works of avant-garde choreographers, composers and set designers alongside those of venerable dance makers.
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By Kenneth Turan and Kenneth Turan , Tribune newspapers | December 4, 2009
Bodies in motion tend to remain in motion, but almost never with the heart-stirring beauty and grace on view in Frederick Wiseman's exceptional portrait of the Paris Opera Ballet, "La Danse." Wiseman has been making his kind of quiet but potent documentaries for decades. "La Danse" is his 36th, following looks at institutions as varied as the Idaho state legislature, a Chicago public housing development and the Neiman Marcus department store. As a director, Wiseman's approach is unvarying.
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January 12, 1993
Rudolf Nureyev's greatest leap was into the arms of a French airport policeman, shouting "Protect me!" in 1961. He was the first of the Soviet performing arts defectors for artistic freedom, spurning the security offered a pampered Kirov Ballet star in Leningrad. Russian performers still come over, but now as economic refugees who cannot keep warm on the new artistic freedom.Nureyev lifted ballet in the West to new heights, particularly in partnership with the older Margot Fonteyn in London's Royal Ballet.
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By John Dorsey and John Dorsey,SUN ART CRITIC | October 11, 1998
To some, she is a masterpiece, extraordinarily modern yet reminiscent of ancient statuary. To others, she is an example of depravity, of criminality, of the ills of society.Perhaps never in the course of art history have so many seen so much in a single work of art. Even today debate continues, and to meet her is to know why.She is, of course, Edgar Degas' sculpture called "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen," and the Baltimore Museum of Art currently has on view the first exhibit devoted to an exploration of the work.
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By Lori Sears | February 6, 2003
Degas' fascination with ballet is universally known. And his realistic paintings of the Paris Opera dancers - practicing, posing and primping - adorn museums across the world. But you only have to go as far as the Philadelphia Museum of Art to find a comprehensive exhibition of 135 of his paintings, drawings, pastels and sculptures, alongside set models, costume designs and photographs of the dancers. The exhibit Degas and the Dance runs Wednesday through May 11 at the museum. The show's curators have identified many of the theaters and rehearsal rooms that Degas painted, and the figures in several works have been identified.
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January 4, 1999
Rolf Liebermann, 88, a Swiss composer who led the Hamburg Opera for more than a decade before sparking the revival of the moribund Paris Opera, died Saturday in Paris. The cause of death was not made public.Liebermann spent 13 years as head of the Hamburg Opera, from 1959 to 1972, before joining the Paris Opera as chief administrator at a time when it was being abandoned by the public and by stars.The Liebermann years, from 1973 to 1980, "were those of revival, reform and a period of great splendor," Paris Opera Director Hughes Gall said.
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By J. L. Conklin and J. L. Conklin,Contributing Writer | March 20, 1993
The crown jewel of the Kennedy Center's Festival of French dance, "France Danse," was the arrival of the Paris Opera Ballet Wednesday night. With a mixed bag of dances culled from the company's sophisticated and revered repertory, newly appointed artistic director Patrick Dupond and his marvelously talented company charmed a warm response from the audience.The company has always been known as a risk taker, presenting the works of avant-garde choreographers, composers and set designers alongside those of venerable dance makers.
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By New York Times | January 22, 1991
NEW YORK -- The American Guild of Musical Artists has informed the Martha Graham Dance Company that because of the Middle East crisis it will not allow the Graham dancers to travel to Paris for the weeklong engagement that was to start today at the Paris Opera/Garnier.The guild, which is the dancers' labor union, invoked the "force majeure" clause of the dancers' contract, which covers circumstances beyond the control of the company or producers.The Graham company faces urgent new financial problems because of the lost season, said its general director, Ronald Protas.
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September 19, 1991
Olga Spessivtzeva, a Russian ballerina acclaimed as one of the finest interpreters of "Giselle," died Monday of pneumonia in Valley Cottage, N.Y. She was 96. Miss Spessivtzeva danced with the Maryinsky Ballet, now known as the Kirov, and with Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russes. She gave her last performance in 1937.Zino Francescatti, a violinist who was one of France's most celebrated classical musicians, died Tuesday at his home in France. Mr. Francescatti, who was 89, made his debut at the Paris Opera in 1925 and quickly became a featured soloist in European capitals.
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By Mary Johnson and Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 6, 2000
A fully staged three-act ballet of Serge Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet," danced by the Ballet de l'Opera de Bordeaux, will be presented at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday in the Naval Academy's Distinguished Artists Series, at midpoint in its season. Sometimes described as the greatest ballet score ever written, Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" should find the consummate interpretation by this pre-eminent dance company. With recurring opera-like motifs to suggest each character's emotions, the score was originally criticized for not conveying love.
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