Arts

In Memoriam

Beverly Sills 1929-2007
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Nearly half a century ago at Baylor University, newcomer soprano Beverly Sills gave a recital, and afterward an eager fan asked to be sent an autographed photo.


The List

AIAFW gets ready to release its ‘Favorite Building’ survey — you think yours made it? Ours definitely won’t.
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Maybe even more than movies, architecture seems to be the one thing we’re all experts in. Everyone has an opinion, everyone’s ready to share it (whether we want to hear it or not), and everybody else is wrong.



Footloose

Recent dance programs by two local troupes hit different highs and lows.
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Metropolitan Classical Ballet came to grief with two new ballets at Bass Performance Hall last weekend, but Ballet Concerto’s Summer Dance Concert in Trinity Park ended as dance entertainment at its best.


Adaptation

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There’s an old maxim that, in the food chain that is the so-called Hollywood system, the craft services people rank higher than the screenwriters, and not just because craft services such as on-set caterers actually provide f...



New Heights

Condensing an entire season into a four-week festival may help put FWO on the international map.
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The curtain came down on the Fort Worth Opera’s inaugural festival Sunday, and there’s no denying that the past four weeks were heady.


Mad Margot

A new opera made for a note-filled and notable weekend.
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Even in the most opera-crazed cities on earth — New York, London, Milan, Vienna — the world premiere of a new full-length opera is not something that happens every week.



Holy Water

Though more like a rehearsal than a finished performance, FWO’s production of Rossini’s Petite Mass Solennelle offered sparkling musicality.
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A performance last Saturday of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle was a change of pace from the traditional fare that makes up the bulk of the current Fort Worth Opera festival.


Memoir of a Geisha

Fort Worth Opera’s Madame Butterfly falls short, but has some fantastic pieces.
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The wait is over. It’s been 14 months since we’ve staged an opera,” said Fort Worth Opera director Darren Keith Woods, who could scarcely contain himself. “I’m so excited!” he burst out.



True Grit

As a forthcoming Modern exhibit indicates, there’s little middle ground in contemporary art today.
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Next month, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth mounts a solo exhibit by Ron Mueck, the Australian artist whose hyper-realist figurative sculptures come about as close to defining contemporary art’s purpose as possible.


On Site

Thanks to a web forum, and one crotchety wonk, the architecture debate that won’t die returns. Aggghhhhh!
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In response to one of my recent columns, about the aggressive architecting of Big D (“Alarming Heights,” April 11), the forum at John Roberts’ award-winning FortWorthArchitecture.com lit up.