Arts

'Shell Shock' opera brings trauma of World War One to stage

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BRUSSELS - Belgian composer Nicholas Lens and Australian rocker Nick Cave have joined forces to create an opera marking the centenary of World War One, depicting the horrors of the conflict through the eyes of soldiers, deserters, a nurse and an orphan.

Keira Knightley to appear on Broadway in 2015 in 'Therese Raquin'

NEW YORK - British actress Keira Knightley will make her Broadway debut next year in a new adaptation of "Therese Raquin," based on the novel by Emile Zola.

Pulitzer-winning play 'Disgraced' probes identity, prejudice

NEW YORK - A dinner party in an elegant New York apartment goes terribly wrong in "Disgraced," the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about ambition, race, religion and identity that opened on Broadway.

Jodi Picoult's 'Leaving Time' debuts atop U.S. best-seller list

NEW YORK - "Leaving Time," the newest novel by Jodi Picoult, shot straight to the top of the best-seller list on Thursday, nudging "Deadline" by John Sandford from the No. 1 spot into third place.

Tate Modern's Serota named most powerful person in contemporary art

LONDON - The man who runs London's Tate Modern - an art gallery in a former power station that looms over the River Thames - was named on Thursday the most powerful figure in the world of contemporary art.

Conductor Chailly: Appeasing La Scala's 'gods' with Italian opera

LONDON - Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly knows that Milan's legendary La Scala opera house, where he takes over as principal conductor in January, is a political and cultural pressure cooker. So he's going to give the public what it wants: Italian opera.

U.S. returns stolen artwork to Peru

SAN ANTONIO - U.S. officials returned two stolen, colonial-era paintings to the government of Peru on Wednesday in a repatriation ceremony at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

Protesters decry Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' as anti-Semitic

NEW YORK - Rudy Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, led a rally outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday to protest the company's production of "The Death of Klinghoffer," which some have called anti-Semitic and sympathetic to terrorism.

Vandals bring down sex toy shaped sculpture in Paris

PARIS - Vandals attacked a giant green inflatable sculpture in one of the most famous squares in Paris in the early hours of Saturday after its resemblance to a sex toy sparked an outcry.

Frank Gehry's Louis Vuitton art museum sails onto Paris skyline

PARIS - Billowing sails of glass join the Eiffel Tower and the Sacre Coeur as permanent fixtures of the Paris skyline this month, when the new Fondation Louis Vuitton contemporary art museum designed by Frank Gehry opens to the public.