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Mary von Aue

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Past articles by Mary:

Spring’s Best Opera Reveals an Art Form Rapidly Innovating

From Heartbeat Opera's take on 'Macbeth' to the Met's reimagining of 'Der Fliegende Holländer', here's the spring opera showing off what the art form is capable of. → Read More

Performing Arts Get Political in the 12 Best Dance and Opera Performances This Fall

'Immigration Stories' by CUNY Dance Initiative, 'Porgy and Bess' at the Metropolitan Opera and a tribute to dancer Herman Cornejo: Here's the dance and opera to see this fall. → Read More

Arts Power 50: The Changemakers Shaping the Art World in 2019

The 50 individuals working to strengthen the impact, reach, social responsibility or financial stability of the arts industry in 2019. → Read More

The Met’s ‘Ring Cycle’ Stars Explain How the ‘Machine’ Affects Their Singing

Opera stars Christine Goerke and Greer Grimsley have only good things to say about how the Met's 'Ring Cycle' set, the 'machine,' changes the acoustics of the house. → Read More

Pretty Yende Is Opera’s New Star, But She Wants to Talk About Fear

Soprano Pretty Yende, fresh from the Met Opera's 'La Fille du Regiment,' wants to talk about the self-doubt that exists even at the top. → Read More

Kathleen Turner Explains the Difference Between Acting in Opera and on Broadway

She still calls it ‘bad acting,’ but after taking a turn on the opera stage, Kathleen Turner’s gained a huge appreciation for the art. → Read More

Who Is Don Giovanni? Cornelius Meister’s Met Debut Tackles the Debated Question

Conductor Cornelius Meister and his dream team of artists unpack the problematic protagonist Don Giovani ahead of presenting him at the Met. → Read More

How Sister Wendy Observed ‘Controversial’ Art Through a Progressive Lens

'You see, real art makes demands,' Sister Wendy explained in a 2000 interview with Bill Moyers for PBS. The Roman Catholic nun always advocated for appreciating controversial art. → Read More

Heartbeat Opera’s ‘Dragus Maximus’ Reimagines a Classic Greek Myth as a Raucous Queer Odyssey

Much-maligned villain Medusa tells her side of the story in Heartbeat Opera’s 'Dragus Maximus,' the company's fifth Halloween Drag Extravaganza. → Read More

NASA Map Reveals How This Week’s Natural Disasters Affect Aerosol Velocity

Earth experienced several wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters last week. As scientists continue to monitor and respond to these volatile climate conditions, NASA offered a glimpse at how such events affect even the tiniest, often-unseen specks of matter that are ubiquitous in the air. → Read More

“NASA Selfies” Is a New App That Will Launch Your Face Into Space

The latest NASA app for iOS and Android is helping you achieve that “otherworldly” vibe with your selfies. Aptly named “NASA Selfies,” the new feature from the space agency not only sets the user’s self-portraits against a backdrop of dope space pics but shares the story of how each stellar image was captured. → Read More

Elon Musk Emailed Tesla Employees His Reasons for Staying Public

Tesla CEO Elon Musk will not be taking the company private after all. Musk sent a memo to his employees that was obtained by Inverse, which explains why, after two weeks of uncertainty, the entrepreneur changed his mind. According to Musk, shareholders convinced him to reconsider by pointing to the regulatory standa... → Read More

Three Iconic Leonard Bernstein Masterpieces and Where to Hear Them

Get to know the famed composer on his 100th birthday. → Read More

Sturgeon Moon Will Share the Sky With Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter

The full moon will face serious competition on August 26. Known as the Sturgeon Moon, the lunar spectacle will also be sharing the sky with Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter at varying points in the early morning and night, giving us plenty of reasons to keep looking up. → Read More

Reality Winner's Record-Breaking Sentence Means New Risks for Whistleblowers

Reality Winner, the former government contractor accused of leaking a top-secret report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, has been sentenced to five years and three months in prison. The 26-year-old Air Force veteran was given the longest sentencing for leaking classified documents in US his... → Read More

Ancient Fossil of Happy Shell-Free Turtle Solves an Evolutionary Mystery

Paleontologists have discovered a 228 million-year-old fossilized turtle that is not only missing its shell but is sporting a turtle’s signature toothless beak, the earliest example to appear in the species. This discovery sheds new light on how turtles may have evolved. → Read More

Maps of Hawaii’s Hurricane Lane Show How Close It Will Come to Kilauea

With Hurricane Lane barreling towards Hawaii, Governor David Ige has signed an emergency proclamation allowing the state to line up resources for disaster relief if necessary. Although lava flows from the Kilauea Volcano have slowed down significantly in the last month, effects such as flooding and high surf from Hu... → Read More

Lockheed Martin Unveils Image of the “RV in Space” It Wants to Build for NASA

In partnership with NASA, Lockheed Martin is developing a deep space habitat that will park itself on a surface such as Mars or the moon and house up to four astronauts. The aerospace company offered a first glimpse of the massive cylindrical habitat, which looks excellent for a camping trip to space. → Read More

How Kofi Annan Established the World’s Largest Fund for HIV/AIDS Prevention

The death of Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General and first black African to lead the United Nations, has prompted loved ones to reflect on his lifelong commitment to humanitarian aid. While the Nobel Peace Prize recipient is best known for establishing the Kofi Annan Foundation and serving as chairman of the El... → Read More

Mike Pence Parody Site Is Just as Embarrassing for Google as It Is the VP

Google hasn't commented on how a joke beat its algorithm. → Read More