BUDAPEST - Swedish soprano Irene Theorin was beaming backstage after she'd burned down the Valhalla home of the gods at the end of Wagner's "Gotterdammerung", and brought some five hours of singing over three nights in Budapest to a glorious conclusion. "I've now done this brilliant part many times but never in my life in…Read more Is the Budapest “Ring” Going Up in Flames?
To contemplate, or possibly scream, while watching TV news in the age of Trump: "He knows nothing and thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career." - George Bernard Shaw "He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot."…Read more Insults in the age of Trump
Irish professional photographer Nigel Swann says one of the most telling details of his photograph of one of the “Yellow Star Houses” of Budapest didn't hit him until he examined it later – the name “Jakab” spray-painted on the apartment block's front door. “It just jumped out at me and there was this 'Jakab' graffiti…Read more “Never forget” — the Yellow Star Houses of Budapest…
GROLEJAC, France - It looked for the longest time like Agnes Lacoste, a woman with a striking silvery mane, would have no customers for her "Barbe a Papa" (cotton candy) stall at a nighttime "marche gourmand" in the Perigord village of Grolejac. The paella, grilled duck breast and bottles of rose wine were going down…Read more En Route: The sweet life in Perigord
DUBLIN - Bloomsday came early to Dublin this year with an exhibition by the Irish artist Elaine Byrne including videos unraveling two of the hidden joke bombs in James Joyce's "Ulysses" -- one of them deeply impenetrable because it is in Hungarian. Dublin gets into full Bloomsday mode this weekend, leading up to the June…Read more Joyce’s “joke bombs” get a late laugh
DUBLIN - Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis gave a stark warning to Britain on Friday that if the country votes to leave the European Union in a referendum next month it risks pushing Europe into a death spiral. Varoufakis, the leftist who served as finance minister in the Syriza-led government for seven months, said…Read more Greece’s Varoufakis warns of Brexit fallout
Belarussian Nobel literature laureate Svetlana Alexievich said on Wednesday it should be no surprise that the Russian people have allowed an authoritarian figure like President Vladimir Putin to take control because the country has no real tradition of democracy. Alexievich, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature last year for her works that portray the…Read more Nobel winner Alexievich wows Dublin