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By Robert-Jan Bartunek BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian composer Nicholas Lens and Australian rocker Nick Cave have joined forces to create an opera marking the centenary of World War One, depicting the horrors of the conflict through the eyes of soldiers, deserters, a nurse and an orphan. "Shell Shock" debuted at La Monnaie opera house in Brussels on Friday, with eight further performances in the coming days, all but one of them sold out. Best known for his time as lead singer of alternative rock band Bad Seeds, Cave said he struggled with the subject matter and the problem of expressing the feelings of soldiers at war.
Honestly, most people end up at Husk's bar to serve as a welcomed form of Limbo until their tables are ready. Whether it be the leather padded stools or the absurdly attractive staff, The Bar at Husk is a beautiful, well-oiled purgatory, indeed. For some reason the mélange of the multi-corded chandelier and the blown-up portrait of Husk chef Sean Brock, circa the Victorian era, seemingly looming down at all the light touches in his kingdom, makes the entire bar look perfect.
From Wisteria Lane to... the Great White Way... by way of television? Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry is working on a modern re-imagining of Gaston Leroux's novel-turned-Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera, TV Line reports. ABC has ordered a pilot script for the potential series, which is set "in the sexy and cutthroat world of the modern-day music business." The project is not a musical, but will feature musical elements, much like ABC's country drama Nashville. The script will be written by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (Broadway's First Date), and Cherry and his producing partner Sabrina Wind will serve as executive producers. The Phantom of the Opera was most recently adapted for the big screen in 2004.
The man who runs London's Tate Modern - an art gallery in a former power station that looms over the River Thames - was named on Thursday the most powerful figure in the world of contemporary art. Nicholas Serota has been in the top 10 of the "Power 100" every year since the list was launched by ArtReview magazine in 2002, which said his museum "has come to epitomize almost all the elements of the current 'global' artworld." "Tate Modern remains the most visited modern and contemporary museum in the world and the organization has partnerships from Seoul and Sydney to Berlin and Oman," ArtReview said. Established in 2000 under Serota's leadership, Tate Modern has become a major tourist attraction in the British capital.
By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly knows that Milan's legendary La Scala opera house, where he takes over as principal conductor in January, is a political and cultural pressure cooker. So he's going to give the public what it wants: Italian opera. That might seem like a no-brainer - Italian opera in Italy's most famous opera house. ...