It is no accident that ‘Tristan und Isolde’ was Exhibit A for breaking Israel’s ban on Richard Wagner’s music. A.J. Goldmann writes it’s hard not to like the opera that opened this year’s Bayreuth Festival.
Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Nabucco’ premiered in 1842. Two centuries later, it is back on stage in a small Bavarian village known for its history of anti-Semitism. A.J. Goldmann finds out what’s going on.
Founded in 1984, the Jerusalem Film Festival celebrates its 35th year with major new releases, retrospectives and tributes. A.J. Goldmann offers a critical preview.
The Cannes Film Festival has been dubbed the ‘Year of the Woman,’ thanks in part to a new Natalie Portman film and an Amy Winehouse documentary. A.J. Goldmann assesses both offerings.
Borrowing a bit from Albert Camus, Woody Allen debuted ‘Irrational Man,’ his 46th film, at Cannes. A.J. Goldmann reports that it has brought some energy and a lot of nihilism to a festival that was off to a slow start.
With a jury featuring the Coen Brothers and Jake Gyllenhaal, the Cannes Film Festival has a decidedly Jewish spin this year. A.J. Goldmann takes a look at one of the festival’s most intriguing Israeli films.
A.J. Goldmann walked through Berlin for ten hours with a yarmulke on his head looking to see if he would receive any anti-Semitic taunts. What he did find surprised him.
A Berlin opera house, the Komische Oper, gives forgotten Jewish artists a new audience. Does this mean that Berlin might see the renaissance of Jewish secular culture?
Replete with poignant history, shimmering multimedia, and interactive features, Warsaw’s just-opened Jewish museum is like a stunning Louvre of our own, A.J. Goldmann writes.
Pioneering composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass appeared onstage together for the first time in nearly 40 years in a series of 3 concerts earlier this month at the Brooklyn Academy of Music