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2008-09-08 15:00:42

By MICHAEL TUMELTY Opera T HE MERRY WIDOW, EASTWOOD PARK THEATRE, GIFFNOCK 3/5 SCOTTISH Opera's solution to the challenge it faced in deciding to stage Lehar's operetta, The Merry Widow, in one of its small- scale touring productions, is ingenious but irritating.

2008-09-07 21:00:13

By Cheryl North The ladies in their jewel-toned gowns gleaned the oh's and ah's before the curtain rose at War Memorial Opera House Friday night, but it was the men on stage who raked in the raves once the music started.

2008-09-07 21:00:13

By Cheryl North The ladies in their jewel-toned gowns gleaned the oh's and ah's before the curtain rose at War Memorial Opera House Friday night, but it was the men on stage who raked in the raves once the music started.

2008-09-07 06:00:09

By Sue Gilmore For half its length, Bay Area author Amy Tan's 2001 novel "The Bonesetter's Daughter" thrums along in a quiet, self-reflective way, its narrative driven by the estrogen-drenched domestic angst that entangles mothers and daughters in so many of her books.

2008-09-06 00:00:11

By Bob Strauss At the moment, Woody Allen is enjoying his most popular, best- reviewed movie in years, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." So, in typical self-sabotaging fashion, the next thing up for the 72-year-old comedian and film auteur is something he could likely get crucified for.

2008-09-04 03:00:15

By Jim Farber In his New York City apartment, Placido Domingo keeps a small embroidered pillow that proclaims: "If I rest I rust." It certainly is the right motto for the globe-trotting tenor's nonstop lifestyle.

2008-08-29 06:00:39

By Cheryl North Seated in the single chair in front of the security man's cubicle in the lonely lobby of the Zellerbach rehearsal area in Davies Symphony Hall, I had almost given up the possibility of an interview with grand opera's gold medal-level baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky.

2008-08-28 18:00:36

TENOR Dean Power gave the performance of his life at the festival launch, singing the Handel aria Forte E Lieto Amore. The 22-year-old, who is to start a masters course at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, is representing the Opera Theatre Company, which will be performing in the festival.

2008-08-27 15:00:48

By MOORE, Christopher Her voice has been described as gutsy and sensual. Russian singer Elena Bocharova talks to CHRISTOPHER MOORE. . The voice from a hot and humid New York city is unmistakably, unequivocally Russian.

2008-08-27 06:00:33

By George Loomis What a pleasure it would be to encounter a great production of "Don Giovanni" at the Salzburg Festival again, but a jinx seems to dog the venerable event's recent treatment of Mozart's core operas, this one in particular.


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cowpooling
  • The practice of two or more parties jointly purchasing all or part of a butchered cow and dividing the meat between them.
The word 'cowpooling' was formed on the model of 'carpooling'.