"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" features the movie season's most disturbing and detestable family -- the Vangers, a Swedish industrial dynasty whose great material wealth is matched only by its great moral corruption. In their role as the ultimate dysfunctio
In two recent films -- David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" and Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" -- Richard Wagner's music pervades the soundtrack as well as the story lines, informing the psychology of the characters while adding crucial sonic subtext.
A musical stage production of "King Kong" will have its word premiere in Melbourne, Australia in 2013. For the family: "Peter and the Starcatcher," a stage prequel to the "Peter Pan" story, will transfer to Broadway in 2012.
PlÃ¡cido Domingo the performer will be in exile onstage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion starting Sept. 23 as he creates the role of Pablo Neruda, the great Chilean lyric poet whose banishment brings him to an island in Italy â ...
NEW YORK -- Director Robert Lepageâs new, multimillion-dollar production of Wagnerâs âDas Rheingoldâ at the Metropolitan Opera was designed to take an audienceâs breath away. Monday evening, the opening night crowd did indeed seem to have the air kno
On Jan. 18, 2001, Giuseppe Sinopoli conducted the Dresden Staatskapelle at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Four months and two days later, the fascinating Italian conductor/composer collapsed from a heart attack and died while conducting in Berlin. L
Conductor James Conlon will be staying on as music director of the Los Angeles Opera at least through the end of the 2012-13 season, the company said Monday. His contract was set to expire at the end of the current ...
Among the off-the-beaten-path ideas are biographies of Keith Richards, Frank Sinatra, Rosanne Cash and Patti Smith, a Michael Jackson video collection, Coachella and Warped Tour-related gifts, and the ultimate Miles Davis collection. Keith Richards, "Life" (Li
Filmmaker Wim Wenders -- whose movies include "Wings of Desire," "Paris, Texas" and "Buena Vista Social Club" -- is in talks to direct the 2013 production of Wagner's "Ring" cycle at the Bayreuth Festival, according to reports this week in ...
Pianist Louis Lortie has spent a lot of time immersed the works of Chopin, Wagner, Beethoven and other formidable figures. But he sees Franz Liszt â whose enormous, nearly three-hour-long âAnnees de Pelerinageâ Lortie will peform Saturday â as âmaybe
"The Metropolis Case" by Matthew Gallaway (Crown). This ambitious first novel uses Richard Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde" as a thematic centerpiece to tell four intersecting stories of individuals whose lives are profoundly affected by the 19th century operatic