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A&E Guide: Singing to the choir

Kentucky Opera enriches the experience of existing fans

The notion that opera is so intimidating that the average person won’t attend is probably true.

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Dance: Ballet taps into the magic of ‘Swan Lake’

It’s your typical boy-meets-girl-who-is-really-a-swan story.

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Classical Music: Violist Jack Griffin half-steps on the edge

Just a half-step on the scale. Two notes.

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Classical Music: Pianist Joyce Yang turns music into colors

Talking by phone from her home in New York City, Joyce Yang is explaining Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” as if she is just about to set the phone down on

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Classical Music: Sorry, Verdi, your ‘Requiem’ is OK, after all

Prior to the premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Messa da Requiem,” prominent conductor and critic Hans von Bülow obtained an advance copy of the musical score.

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Dance: Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ gets a $1 million facelift

The Louisville Ballet’s annual production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” ballet gets a major re-imagining for this holiday season, with all-new sets and costumes.

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Classical Music: Eighth Blackbird strut outside the box

Ensemble makes the unusual usual

There’s a snippet of video out there somewhere of Eighth Blackbird rehearsing a piece.

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Opera: Of composers and novelists

Floyd happy to heed Steinbeck’s suggestion

Because the John Steinbeck novel “Of Mice and Men” has been required reading for nearly every American high school student for the past 60 years, and armies of academics have pored over

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Opera: A soprano’s dream

Elizabeth Futral returns to Louisville for ‘La Traviata’

Singing the role of Violetta in the Verdi opera “La Traviata” is the stuff sopranos’ dreams are made of.

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A grand move

Kentucky Opera shacks up with the Brown Theatre

Kentucky Opera is trading in residence at the 2,500-seat Whitney Hall for the 1,300-seat Brown Theatre, and general director David Roth knows his biggest sales job for the coming season will be to