Un Ballo in Maschera – Giuseppe Verdi

The assassination of a king at a masked ball is an event rife with dramatic possibilities, so it is no wonder that when King Gustavus III of Sweden was shot in the back at just such an event in 1792, someone, sooner or later would turn the incident into  ...

The Ballad of Baby Doe – Douglas Moore

Suggested reading: Silver Queen: The Fabulous Story of Baby Doe Tabor (1988), Caroline Bancroft The Legend of Baby Doe: The Life and Times of the Silver Queen of the West (1989), John Burk The Ballad of Baby Doe, which had its premiere in 1956,  ...

Trois Moins Six – Pierre Courtin

Pierre Courtin is a French painter and engraver, born in 1921. His abstract work was part of the surrealist movement in the early forties, and then later part of the neo-cubist period which was at its time was influencing the entire Paris school. Courtin's exhibition in 1970 at  ...

Agrippina – George Frideric Handel

Agrippina was only Handel’s third full-length opera. Composed for the sophisticated opera audience of Venice at the end of Handel’s five years’ stay in Italy, it is clear that his talent has matured from his early German efforts in the form. The plot is more elaborate, more play-like, than  ...

Oliver Twist: PBS Masterpiece Classics: culturevulture.net – Television review

PBS stations, Sundays February 15, 2009 and February 22, 2009 9:00 pm ET/PT http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/twist/index.html Directed by Coky Giedroyc Adapted by Sarah Phelps BBC/WGBH Boston co-production DVD available at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=3422433&cp=1378003.1414639&ab=hmaster&parentPage=family A new and modern retelling of Dickens’ Oliver Twist, the much-loved tale of the poor orphan who falls  ...

The L Word

In the beginning of the season premiere, Shane (Katherine Moennig) is self-destructing on a two-day bender of coke and alcohol with Sherry, her former lover. This is, after all, The L Word, a show synonymous with drama and excess. Sherry is living as no one but TV bad girls live,  ...

Little Dorrit: PBS Masterpiece Classics: culturevulture.net – Television review

PBS stations, Sundays, March 29 2009 through April 26, 2009, 9:00 pm ET/PT. Adapted by Andrew Davies Directed by Dearbhla Walsh, Adam Smith, Diarmuid Lawrence BBC/WGBH Boston co-production http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/littledorrit/index.html DVD available for purchase A new, noteworthy and timely BBC/WGBH adaptation of Dickens’ Little Dorrit by award winner  ...

Flanders and Swann

Michael Flanders and Donald Swann brought their two man reviews of their own gently satirical songs from the West End to Broadway in the early 1960s. The songs in At the Drop of a Hat and At the Drop of Another Hat have been part of culturevulture's cultural soul ever  ...