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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | January 20, 1996
LONDON -- The best opera in town features a diva who loses her voice, a ticket manager who is fired, and two bartenders who work side by side but who haven't spoken to one another for decades.And that's just the behind-the-scenes stuff.Britain's performing-arts world is in a panic with the unveiling of a six-part British Broadcasting Corp. documentary on a year in the life of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden.The fly-on-the-wall show, "The House," was supposed to provide a warts-and-all look at one of Britain's more hallowed cultural institutions.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2013
The opera world has been giving a little extra attention to a couple of giants born in 1813, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. Locally, that bicentennial salute has included memorable concerts by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra featuring excerpts from Wagner's mountainous operas. And this week, Lyric Opera Baltimore offers a production of one of Verdi's earliest masterworks for the stage, "Rigoletto. " The "Rigoletto" staging brings tenor Bryan Hymel back to town after his Lyric debut last season, when he made a formidable impression in Gounod's "Faust.
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July 5, 1999
John Stears, 64, the father of James Bond's lethal Aston Martin, the Jedi Knights' light sabers, the endearing robots R2-D2 and C-3PO, and a host of other ingenious movie gadgets and special effects, died of a stroke June 28 at the University of California Medical Center in Los Angeles.Joseph Wheelwright, 93,a driving force behind the spread of Jungian psychoanalytic teaching, died June 22 at a convalescent home in Santa Barbara, Calif.Guy Mitchell, 72, a country-pop artist from the 1950s whose recordings of "Singing the Blues" and "Heartaches by the Number" skyrocketed to the top of the charts and became standards of the era, died Thursday in Las Vegas.
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July 5, 1999
John Stears, 64, the father of James Bond's lethal Aston Martin, the Jedi Knights' light sabers, the endearing robots R2-D2 and C-3PO, and a host of other ingenious movie gadgets and special effects, died of a stroke June 28 at the University of California Medical Center in Los Angeles.Joseph Wheelwright, 93,a driving force behind the spread of Jungian psychoanalytic teaching, died June 22 at a convalescent home in Santa Barbara, Calif.Guy Mitchell, 72, a country-pop artist from the 1950s whose recordings of "Singing the Blues" and "Heartaches by the Number" skyrocketed to the top of the charts and became standards of the era, died Thursday in Las Vegas.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | November 6, 1997
LONDON -- This week, Britain's new Labor government ignited an artistic brawl on an operatic scale.Labor unveiled plans to wedge into one building London's two proud, prestigious and financially ailing opera companies.The government also wants to squeeze a ballet company into the venue, the celebrated Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, which is closed until 1999 while undergoing a $300 million redevelopment.If British culture, media and sport secretary Chris Smith get their way, they'll even sandblast the words "Royal Opera House" off the refurbished venue's facade, renaming it the Covent Garden Theater.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2013
The opera world has been giving a little extra attention to a couple of giants born in 1813, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. Locally, that bicentennial salute has included memorable concerts by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra featuring excerpts from Wagner's mountainous operas. And this week, Lyric Opera Baltimore offers a production of one of Verdi's earliest masterworks for the stage, "Rigoletto. " The "Rigoletto" staging brings tenor Bryan Hymel back to town after his Lyric debut last season, when he made a formidable impression in Gounod's "Faust.
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February 5, 2006
Moira Shearer, 80, the ballerina and actress whose debut film, The Red Shoes, created an international sensation in 1948, died Tuesday at a hospital in Oxford, England. No cause of death was given. Ms. Shearer, born in Dunfermline, Scotland, became principal dancer at London's famous Sadler's Wells in 1942 and won her first major role in 1946, playing Sleeping Beauty at London's Royal Opera House. A stunning redhead, she won the role of the doomed dancer Victoria in The Red Shoes, directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic | April 29, 2007
I FEEL LIKE DR. PHIL UP HERE," MICHAEL Kaiser says, looking out at rows of arts administrators gathered at a Capitol Hill hotel to soak up the wisdom of the "Turnaround King."
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July 5, 1999
Adm. Isaac Campbell Kidd Jr., 79, who topped off a 40-year Navy career by becoming an authority on the law of the sea, died of prostate cancer June 27 at his home in Alexandria, Va.He retired in 1978 as commander in chief of the Atlantic Fleet and supreme commander of NATO forces in the Atlantic. He then put his expertise to work for various public agencies in Washington, lectured widely on maritime law in the United States and abroad and taught a course on the subject at the College of William and Mary.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | February 6, 2009
Just in case you haven't encountered any of CBS' 10 million promotional messages, let me be the first to tell you this is Grammy weekend. Excess network hype aside, Sunday's telecast promises to be a good one. There are big-name performers for just about every pop musical taste. Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift will be appearing together, as will Estelle and Kanye West. There will be a Four Tops tribute segment featuring Duke Fakir, an original member of the group, along with actor-musician Jamie Foxx and Ne-Yo.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | November 6, 1997
LONDON -- This week, Britain's new Labor government ignited an artistic brawl on an operatic scale.Labor unveiled plans to wedge into one building London's two proud, prestigious and financially ailing opera companies.The government also wants to squeeze a ballet company into the venue, the celebrated Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, which is closed until 1999 while undergoing a $300 million redevelopment.If British culture, media and sport secretary Chris Smith get their way, they'll even sandblast the words "Royal Opera House" off the refurbished venue's facade, renaming it the Covent Garden Theater.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | January 20, 1996
LONDON -- The best opera in town features a diva who loses her voice, a ticket manager who is fired, and two bartenders who work side by side but who haven't spoken to one another for decades.And that's just the behind-the-scenes stuff.Britain's performing-arts world is in a panic with the unveiling of a six-part British Broadcasting Corp. documentary on a year in the life of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden.The fly-on-the-wall show, "The House," was supposed to provide a warts-and-all look at one of Britain's more hallowed cultural institutions.
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September 12, 1992
Pinhead waxed Doctors have put chess legend Bobby Fischer on a strict diet, believing he has been eating so much after emerging from years of seclusion that it was dulling his play, sources said. Rival Boris Spassky leads the series 2-1 with three draws. The seventh game of the $5 million match in a Yugoslav resort is scheduled for today.Two ballet companies cancel merger plansThe financially strapped American Ballet Theater and Joffrey Ballet companies, both located in New York, are launching separate emergency fund-raising campaigns after their boards voted not to merge.
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By Michele Nevard and Michele Nevard,London Bureau | February 3, 1993
LONDON -- In 1123, Rahere, court jester to Henry I, suffered an attack of malaria on a pilgrimage to Rome. He vowed to set up a hospital on his return to London.Henry I granted him some land in Smithfield in the City of London and he founded St. Bartholomew's Hospital and a priory.St. Bartholomew's Hospital is still going, the oldest hospital in London. But it is in grave danger of being closed down. The final decision will be made tomorrow.London is served by 12 major undergraduate teaching hospitals and eight postgraduate special health authority hospitals.
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