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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.


Wonderful

Texas Ballet Theater’s take on a classic fairytale gets high marks.
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Lewis Carroll’s 1865 book The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland has been adapted a number of times in a number of ways, including dance — but not always well.



Death Becomes Them

Mozart’s Requiem isn’t all gloomy in TBT’s hands, er, feet.
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In his six years with Texas Ballet Theater, artistic director Ben Stevenson has led the company back from the abyss.


Shoestring Budget

Though underfunded, Metropolitan Classical Ballet proves with its latest outings that it can still tackle Russian repertory, no matter how elaborate.
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Every time Metropolitan Classical Ballet goes onstage, the Arlington-based, Russian-influenced company dances a fine line between ambition and reality. Co-directors Paul Mejia and Alexander Vetrov are tops in their fields and h...



Flights of Fancy

Van Cliburn gold medalist Alexander Kobrin brought an inquisitive, authoritative touch to some semi-obscure music at the Caruth last weekend.
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The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition has sifted through a lot of talent over the years, with most winners falling somewhere between the scholarly intensity of Radu Lupu and the sweeping romanticism of Olga Kern. But ...


Women’s Lib-ido

Theatre Arlington revives a spicy, classic Steve Martin adaptation whose early 19th-century theme still proves relevant.
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With their fervent and cunning production of Steve Martin’s adaptation The Underpants, Theatre Arlington and director B.J. Cleveland have done something unexpected — reminded ticketbuyers of the original Martin, a hyper-sil...



A Dream Not Deferred

One of Ed Smith’s earliest professional aspirations was to run an African-American theater — now he’s at one of the best.
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Ed Smith, the man who has replaced the late Rudy Eastman as artistic director of Jubilee Theatre, has taught graduate level theater courses in prestigious universities as well as directed productions at regional stages across t...


To the Stars

For new talents, Metroplex opera is quite the launching pad, as Stephen Costello has proved.
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In his major American debut more than 40 years ago, tenor Plácido Domingo sang Edgardo in Fort Worth Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor. (He had previously sung the walk-on role of Normano in the same piece for the Da...