Verdi was not a Verismo composer; La Traviata is not a Verismo opera; but it is not a Bel Canto opera either. It is, in fact, a bridge between the two movements.
Beatrice Cenci was a real person. Violence, incest, political corruption, and death are all part of her story.
Before Dracula there was Carmilla. Did the Victorian era really produce a lesbian vampire?
Catoptromancy - The Magic Mirror in Snow White, Bloody Mary, marital rituals, everything you have heard about in folklore.
Okay is a modern slang word…or is it? This word may be a lot older than we all assume. Either way, does it at all belong in a period drama?
If you are a fan of scary stuff but are grossed out by gore, you have already experienced the difference between horror and terror.
Emily Dickinson knew what it is like to be lonely. But even more so, she understood what it feels like to be an unappreciated artist
Looking for some traditional fun on Halloween? Why not read aloud a scary story to your family and friends? Here's a list to help you get started.
Anne Frank was not the only writer murdered by the Nazis. There were so many others who were both directly and indirectly destroyed during World War II. And this list will only continue to grow.
Fans of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland may be wondering why there is a Red Queen as well as a Queen of Hearts. Although many people do not know it, Lewis Carroll created two ladies to terrorize Alice.
Don't expect a history lesson from Donizetti's opera about the Anne Boleyn story. But who cares! The music is enough to cover everything.
You cannot be a feminist and think that Fifty Shades of Grey is alright. Violent behavior cannot EVER be alright.
Emily Dickinson was touched by war. She knew, as her poem No. 444 says, that sometimes "It feels a shame to be alive/ When men so brave are dead"
Victoria is much more of an ancient name than most people would think. It is the name of a goddess, a queen, several saints, and is associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera comes very close to being a historical document. With the exception of a little romantic license, it basically tells the story of a king's assassination.
The history of one of Elvis' greatest songs goes back much further than you'd think.
Take Emily Dickinson's advice: write your ideas down before you forget them. This may have been the point behind her poem No. 245
Explore the various influences on The Phantom of the Opera. Edgar Allan Poe, George Sand, and Victor Hugo were all involved.
Here's some advice for freelancers about saving your online content before, after, and during the writing process.
Francis of Assisi is thought to have been the first person to receive the stigmata. But for some reason very few people know about this part of his life.
You've probably heard of the curse on Shakespeare's "Macbeth"; but have you ever heard of The Curse of Tristan? And "Tristan and Isolde" is not the only cursed opera!
Vervain is the main anti-vampire weapon used in "The Vampire Diaries". Is there really such an herb or was it created as part of the story?
Analysis of one of Dickinson's most famous works. Perhaps she was describing what it is like to lose the fear of death.
Even though Once Upon a Time's Lake Nostos does not exist there are similarities to it in several legends, particularly in the legend regarding King Midas.
James Thomson's depression brought about a magnificent poem. Nobody else has captured the depths of human despair in even a similar way.
What's with those eyes in "The Great Gatsby"? Believe it or not they were not entirely the creation of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Not everyone who is "quirky" has obsessive-compulsive disorder. There is a big difference between being in the habit of doing something that is annoying or odd and doing something because of OCD.
Are you afraid of being buried alive? If you are, you're in good company. Pretty much everybody up through the last century worried about it too.
Did you know "Carmen" was initially a flop and that its composer was accused of plagiarism? These are just two things most people don't know about the world's most famous opera.
The third time wasn't the charm for Zsa Zsa Gabor: it took nine times before she apparently found true love. Only one of her nine marriages lasted for longer than six years.
Do you know how many movies Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton appeared in together? Did you know all their movies together were made during what was probably their happiest period?
A lot more than the creation of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" took place during the summer of 1816.
Oh, Cassandra Clare, what have you done? "The Infernal Devices" was so right...and then it went so wrong!
"Clair de Lune" and Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata are only two of the beautiful songs which pay homage to the moon.
They loved not wisely but too well – and have haunted readers’ imaginations for decades.
There is quite a history behind why the cardinals are locked away until a new pope is elected. The papal conclave exists for a very good reason.
This one line, included in "Dracula", immortalized Bürger's "Lenore" -- or perhaps "immortalized" is not the right word: "Lenore" and its author are as undead as the vampire himself!
Learn about the unfinished works of famous authors by taking this short quiz.
Here's an alphabetical list of patron saints for various types of cancer.
Did you ever wonder about the mention of sunflowers in the last verse of "Believe me, if all those endearing young charms"? This was taken from a Greek myth about a nymph named Clytie.
"Nosferatu" and "Dracula" - actually one and the same.
Have you ever seen anything as creepy as this picture....or as true?
"Roberto Devereux" is rarely performed and unjustly forgotten. You can't get much better than the dramatic punch of this work.
Makeup can easily turn orange. But there a few things you can do to easily fix it.
Musicals have not won very many Academy Awards for Best Picture. But the few that have are some great films.
What was Waterhouse trying to say with this painting? Is it simply a picture of a sorceress, or it is about hidden innocence?
Here's a brief analysis of Rheam's "La Belle Dame sans Merci". This is the only illustration of John Keats' poem which shows the knight's dream.
Waterhouse's "The Lady of Shalott" is one of the most recognizable paintings in the world. You have to look close, however, to see some amazing details.
This is more than the grumblings of a Phantom purist. Most movies simply took the idea of a man in a mask and ran with it.
We all do it. It’s difficult to avoid it. But here are a few things you can try. They might help.
Wondering about that elephant in "Les Misérables"? It was put up by Napoleon and, like everything else he did, was overambitious and left half-finished.
Forget Andrew Lloyd-Webber! In the novel, the music performed at the managers’ farewell gala alone provides enough material for the soundtrack of a horror movie – that is, of course, assuming someone will eventually make a Phantom movie that actually follows the original novel!
There is more to Schubert's "Ave Maria" than you would think. It was originally intended to be sung in German and is only loosely associated with the Catholic "Hail Mary".
Instead of spending the entire holiday season obsessing about how you will later have to diet and make up for all the fun you’ve been having, try amending just a few simple things. Don’t worry! You’ll still have a tasty holiday.
Fantine did more than dare to "dream a dream": she was willing to die for it. She is more than a creation from Victor Hugo's imagination: she is a portrait from the age.
The nutcracker story is not all pirouettes and Sugar Plum Fairies. The original is a horror story written by a guy most people have never even heard of.