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Shoes by Christian Louboutin, displayed in the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris.

Fashion is the New Black This month, exhibitions on Parisian shoe designer Christian Louboutin, Palm Beach fixture Lilly Pulitzer, and more

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The Louvre’s Salle des Caryatides, designed by Pierre Lescot and furnished with a stone vault by Jacques Lemercier. Today, the hall is home to Roman copies of Greek statues.

Louvre Affair Writing a new book on the Parisian institution, reopening July 6, brought its share of surprises

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Will Crutchfield at the “Heavenly Rest” concert, 2019.

Opera as It Was

“You can’t turn back the clock and shouldn’t try,” says Will Crutchfield, who in his precocious youth walked away from a likely promotion to chief music critic of the New York Times to pursue dicier adventures as a musicologist-conductor of decidedly antiquarian leanings. Over the past two decades, his summer series Bel Canto resurrected 19th-century Italian masterpieces, many of them unjustly neglected. The pandemic has pushed his newest initiative, Teatro Nuovo, to 2021, making this a fine time to catch up with Crutchfield’s blog, “Will’s Record of the Week” … Read On

Dag Hammarskjöld outside the United Nations, eight years before he was killed.

Death by Committee?

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Riccardo Muti and the Orchestra Cherubini.

Armchair Opera

Remember opera in real time, in real space? It’s creeping back. Rigoletto under the trees in Rome, Così fan tutte and Elektra at the Salzburg Festival, Covid fan tutte (!) in Helsinki: these are a few of the temptations dangled before us in the coming few months … Read On

A Lighthouse of One’s Own

This isn’t your grandparents’ tour of lighthouses. No tea cozies and dried flower arrangements here; no mooning over the saccharine details of the sea’s noble histories. Read a review of Mexican writer Jazmina Barrera’s slim memoir, On Lighthouses … Read On

Dear Abigail

Readers of Magda Szabó’s other books will not be surprised to learn that, sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph, Abigail has a kind of steady, inevitable, and quietly de-stabilizing greatness. Here, a review of the book … Read On

Music fills the halls of the Basilica di San Vitale, in Ravenna, Italy.

Classical Music Inches Toward Re-Opening

For classical singers, the thaw has begun. In May in the German city of Wiesbaden, the Austrian bass Günther Groissböck sang songs of Schubert and Mahler to an audience capped at not even 200 in a baroque jewel box that seats 1,000. In Ravenna, Salzburg, and Rome, there are stirrings, too … Read On

His First Sunshine

We all know Johnny Cash as the country crooner, but we rarely hear the story of his first marriage. Now hundreds of love letters, vintage photographs, and home movies come to light in My Darling Vivian, a new documentary focusing on the life of Johnny, his wife Vivian Liberto, and their four daughters. READ ON


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