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FEATURE: Jane Austen’s Living Legacy in Art

A promotional image of the Élan Ensemble, a group performing music from Jane Austen's family's music collection. July 18, 2017 formally marked the bicentennial of Jane Austen's death. The milestone occasioned many literary, scholarly, and artistic endeavors across the world, exploring varied aspects of her legacy. While her works may now

REVIEW: Music, Laughter, Locked in a Closet: The Marriage of Figaro (Minnesota Opera)

Johanni van Oostrum as Countess Almaviva, Richard Ollarsaba as Figaro, Angela Mortellaro as Susanna, Jacques Imbrailo as Count Almaviva, Andres Acosta as Don Basilio, Nadia Fayad as Marcellina and Matt Boehler as Doctor Bartolo in Minnesota Opera’s The Marriage of Figaro. Photo by Dan Norman. Minnesota Opera's The Marriage of Figaro opened on

REVIEW: Sensitive Movings, Nuanced Beauty in The Band’s Visit (NYC/Broadway)

Dina (Katrina Lenk) and Tewfiq (Tony Shahoub) metaphorically cross international lines. Photo by Matt Murphy. The Band's Visit is a verismo tale about intercultural dialogue, hospitality, and the search for happiness. The musical (which opened last night at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City) is intimate in focus, charming in