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John Adams' operatic essence and Stravinsky's inner pagan revealed through pianos and chorus

You cannot glimpse, let alone know, what is going on in the head of a paranoid American president without some sense of the voices infecting his imagination. The same is true of terrorists and their victims. It’s true for J. Robert Oppenheimer as he led the Manhattan Project team developing the atomic bomb. It’s true, for that matter, of Jesus and his disciples.

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100 missing women: Drawings at African American museum tell a powerful story of loss
Storms of color wash through Mary Weatherford's latest work
NEA helps the Autry Museum provide a rare platform for Native American playwrights

The story of the American West would be incomplete without the indigenous people who occupied this territory long before the arrival of European immigrants.

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The opera villain was forced to lip-sync and a new star couple emerged at L.A. Opera's 'Tales of Hoffmann'

When Plácido Domingo walked on stage before conducting Offenbach’s “Tales of Hoffmann” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Saturday night, he got what he always gets: an excited ovation.

Who’s not happy to see the world’s most beloved opera star?

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton,' as vital as ever, opens in San Francisco

“Hamilton” has finally planted its flag in California.

The unofficial Broadway musical of Barack Obama’s presidency has arrived in San Francisco, America’s bastion of liberalism, at the dawn of a very different political era.

How does Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning blockbuster, a retelling of the nation’s founding in rap and R&B, play in the contentious age of Trump?

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