Steven I. Green

Carmen Houston review – Revival’s real stars are Pileggi and the ENO orchestra

It is the planet’s most performed French cartoon, but the achievement of Bizet’s Carmen has always rested on its parade of predictable Spanish icons: Gypsies, Houston sexy sunshine, seduction, a bullfight. In Calixto Bieito’s 2012 production for English National Opera — currently in its next revival that the Coliseum — which Spain is General Franco’s instead of the eroticized landscape of mid-19th-century engravings, the sun beats down to an almost empty point and the only bull we see is that a significant horned signpost in shape.

Nevertheless, the tourist-snap principle continues. Rather than this corsets-and-cigarettes omnipresent elsewhere, Bieito joys in 70s references, from Gypsies — that could happen to be Top of the Pops backing dancers — into a little fleet of classic Mercedes sedans, seemingly the journey of choice to Franco-era smugglers.

And Carmen failed, after all, begin life in Paris’s Opera Comique, where frivolity has been invited. Still, … Read More

Greggs, Cineworld Reopening Plans Give Some Relief to Shares

(Bloomberg) — Britons will soon be able to purchase hot Greggs Plc sausage rolls and go to movie theaters again, boosting shares of the bakery chain and cinema operator Cineworld Group Plc.

Greggs will reopen around 800 shops to takeaway customers on Thursday, while Cineworld plans to lift the shutters on cinemas across some territories during the last week of June, with all theaters set to be open over the course of July. Both companies are implementing social distancing and other measures to counter the spread of coronavirus as part of their plans.

Greggs shares rose as much as 5.5% on Tuesday, the biggest advancer in the FTSE 350 Food & Drug Retailers Index, while Cineworld climbed as much as 11%, outpacing Europe’s Stoxx 600 Travel & Leisure Index. Even after Tuesday’s gains, the stocks are still down 25% and 62%, respectively, in the year to date.

The bakery chain

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With no positive COVID-19 tests, PGA Tour to share strategy with other leagues

FORT WORTH, Texas – As baseball and basketball eye a return to competition, the leaders of each league likely spent some time the last four days watching how golf’s return fared at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

There were no positive tests for COVID-19 at the PGA Tour event and even without fans the TV-only product drew record ratings. These were all good signs for other sports looking to resume play, and Tour commissioner Jay Monahan plans to share what the circuit has learned with the other leagues.

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“I’ve heard from some of my peers, and I think as I mentioned as we go forward, we will share everything that we’ve learned and how we’re applying our protocols, and I would imagine some of those calls will happen over the next several days,” Monahan said.

Before play began on Thursday, the Tour administered

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Daniel Berger wins Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial as PGA Tour returns

Daniel Berger was playing some of the best golf that no one noticed. Three months away because of the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t slow his momentum, and he made it pay off Sunday with a victory at Colonial.

The PGA Tour made a healthy return to golf at the Charles Schwab Challenge with a somewhat sickly finish. Berger saved par from behind the 17th green on the first playoff hole and won when Collin Morikawa missed a 3-foot par putt.

Berger closed with a 4-under 66, his 28th consecutive round at par or better dating to Oct. 11 at the Houston Open.

Even over the final hour, a half-dozen players were still in the mix. All that was missing was the sound and energy of a gallery, with the PGA Tour not allowing spectators for the opening five events in its return.

Berger won for the third time — all victories

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