Huge face, huge voice, huge presence: the distinguishing characteristics of Fyodor Chaliapin, Russian Basso of the early twentieth century's opera stage. At the same moment that film was gaining momentum as a medium, Chaliapin seemed to anticipate, and set the standard for, artists like Bela Lugos
In 1941 (or so he insists), PlÃ¡cido Domingo was literally born into Zarzuela, Spain's popular operetta tradition. His father, PlÃ¡cido Domingo, Sr., and his mother, Pepita Embil -- both Zarzuela stars -- moved the family from Madrid to Mexico to create their own CompaÃ±Ãa de Opereta y Zarzu
Out of the cross-dressed history of Japanese Kabuki and Noh theater comes Takarazuka Revue, a butch/femme drag show of mammoth proportions. The 86-year-old revue renders Western musicals in an all-girl extravaganza of romance and chivalry.
In 1914 Ichizo Kobayashi, a Hankyu railway magnate, founded
To speak of William Shakespeare is to speak of the infinite. Perhaps no other writer in history has mapped the human heart as thoroughly, as profoundly, as Shakespeare did. Even 400 years after his death, he lives on as we reinterpret his work, easily translating his words into contemporary contex