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NEC brings back Leon Kirchner’s Lily

Leon Kirchner's Lily, wasn't the only opera to have a disastrous premiere (some now-indispensable Verdi and Puccini were opening-night failures).
Making a comeback
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  April 06, 2012
Snow Flower -- short take

Review: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Two intense friendships intertwine in Wayne Wang's elegant and engrossing adaptation of Lisa See's novel. Actresses Li Bingbing and Gianna Jun play dual roles: modern Chinese women Nina and Sophia and their 19th-century counterparts, Lily and Snow Flower
Chinese women of the past and present
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  July 22, 2011

Leon Kirchner, 1919–2009

Craggy, tender, passionate, witty, rough-edged, lyrical, uncompromising, Leon Kirchner's music, so like the man himself, made an indelible impression. Even in his recent appearance at a 90th-birthday tribute concert at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
In Memoriam
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 23, 2009