Surprise Hungarian combo creates world of shifting rhythm


BUDAPEST - It sounds like the musical equivalent of Hungarian goulash: take the gypsy fiddles of a leading folk band, blend them with the drums, bells and xylophones of the country's top percussion ensemble, then stir and season to taste.


Mezzo Garanca seduces Budapest audience with her 'Carmen' 18 Apr 2015

BUDAPEST - Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca left the audience roaring for more at the end of a recital in Budapest which might have seemed a little short on substance were her singing not so outstanding.


Japan artist on trial over vagina art says fighting for free expression 15 Apr 2015

TOKYO - A Japanese artist on trial for obscenity after making objects modeled on her vagina said on Wednesday that there was nothing wrong with her artwork and her arrest showed how far Japan was behind the West in terms of sexual equality. | Video

Rome opera house finds harmony with cost cuts and state cash 15 Apr 2015

ROME - Rome's opera house has brought down the curtain on years of losses and infighting and started breaking even after cutting costs, taking special state funds and reaching a peace deal with fractious employee unions.

Giacometti sculpture could fetch record $130 million at auction 15 Apr 2015

NEW YORK - A 1947 Giacometti sculpture is poised to set a record next month when it hits the auction block for the first time ever and is expected to sell for $130 million, Christie's said on Wednesday.


Russian tycoon to fund restoration of ancient Roman basilica 14 Apr 2015

ROME - Russian tycoon, Alisher Usmanov, is to finance the restoration of one of ancient Rome's biggest public buildings, topping up the funding that Italy urgently needs to prop up its crumbling monuments after three years of recession.


Smithsonian sending Hawaiian shipwreck artifacts to Kauai for display 11 Apr 2015

- Artifacts recovered from an 1824 shipwreck of a Hawaiian king's yacht will soon go on display at a museum on the island of Kauai.


Toil and trouble: researchers link Shakespeare to disputed play 11 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - "This is the short and the long of it," as William Shakespeare wrote in "The Merry Wives of Windsor."


Gaza police seize Banksy painting in legal row 09 Apr 2015

GAZA - Palestinian police confiscated from a Gaza graffiti artist on Thursday a bombed-out doorway bearing a Banksy painting after the original owner complained of being swindled into selling it cheap.