“La couleur dramatique l’emporte irrésistiblement, surtout quand il s’agit de satisfaire aux exigences insensées d’une écriture faite de combinaisons et d’alternances de registres vertigineux.” Read more »
On this day in 1841 the Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique in Paris premiered the ballet Giselle. Read more »
Well done all of you for guessing almost all the correct identities of the mysterious Ortruden. The identity of the winner (and of all 13 howling witches) will be revealed after the jump. Read more »
On this day in 1966 Dark Shadows premiered on ABC-TV.
On this day the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.
On this day in 1906, architect Stanford White was shot dead atop Madison Square Garden by Harry Thaw, jealous husband of Evelyn Nesbit, White’s former mistress.
On this day in 1374 a sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance causeed people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed from exhaustion.
On this day in 1868 Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called the “Type-Writer.”
Three blocks from the opera house is a terrible time to realize there was homework.
When John Adams’ A Flowering Tree had its world premiere in Vienna in 2006, critical reaction from the Austrian and German press was mixed-to-negative.