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From the archives - Superstars gravitate to a super scriptwriter
Shakespeare on film at the turn of the last century

August 12, 2019  •  The New York Times (originally published May 30, 1999)

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Summertime at Catch of the Day, Part 3
A date that shall live in infamy

August 12, 2019

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Summertime at Catch of the Day, Part 2 (July 28)
Salieri's greatest hit, three brand-new operas, and more

August 11, 2019

And now, the lineup for July 28, with opera very much in our sites. And it was the anniversary of the execution of Thomas Cromwell by order of Henry VIII of England, who also married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, on the same day (1540); the execution by guillotine of Maximilien Robespierre and Louis Antoine de Saint-Just, architects of the Terror (1794); the certification of the 14thAmendment to the United States Constitution, establishing African American citizenship and guaranteeing due process of law (1868); and the discovery of the Sutton Hoo helmet (1939).

Antonio Salieri, Tarare (Aparte 2019)

Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset

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Summertime @ Catch of the Day, Part I (June 30)
A diva's last wizard, a demented sonata, and more

August 10, 2019

True to form, we've been ranging widely of late. Here's what's been on our air.

First, the lineup for June 30, anniversary of the defeat of the Bulgarian forces by Constantine V in the Battle of Anchialus (763); Charles Blondin's crossing of Niagara Falls on a tightrope (1859); President Abraham Lincoln's grant of Yosemite Valley to California for public use, resort, and recreation (1864); Albert Einstein's posting to Annalen der Physik of the article in which he introduced the concept of special relativity (1905); and much, much more. (I support Wikipedia. And you?)

Lang Lang Piano Book (Deutsche Grammophon, 2019)

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Air Mail takes flight
Up, up, up and away!

July 20, 2019

In case you haven't heard, Graydon Carter launched his latest venture this weekend: a wide-ranging news platform by the name of Air Mail, which he likens to "a digital weekend edition of a non-existent daily newspaper." A new edition arrives in subscribers' inboxes every Saturday morning at 6:00 New York time. Take a look at the first edition at, and my guess is you'll be onboard. Nothing about this effort is routine—not the range of subject matter, which is vast; not the writing, which bristles with confident, independent voices; not the art, which pops off the screen. Full disclosure: my signature is on the landing page, under an appreciation of Bregenz Festival and its one-of-a-kind floating stage on the waters of Lake Constance.

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