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‘The Touchstone’ is a deservedly forgotten opera. Wolf Trap makes a case for remembering it. 

Rossini’s early opera “The Touchstone” (“La pietra del paragone”) is a cream puff of an opera, with a trumped-up plot acting as a scaffolding for some delightful music. Much to the credit of the Wolf Trap Opera and E. Loren Meeker, the stage director, the company’s new production, which
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Erin Andrews, ex-NHL player Jarret Stoll marry in Montana

NEW YORK — Sportscaster Erin Andrews and former NHL player Jarret Stoll have tied the knot.Publicists for Andrews confirm that the 39-year-old Fox Sports sideline reporter and “Dancing with the Stars” co-host married Stoll on Saturday, his 35th birthday. People magazine first reported the nupt
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Prince Harry once ‘wanted out’ of Britain’s royal family

LONDON — Prince Harry says he once “wanted out” of the British royal family.In an interview published in the Mail on Sunday, the prince said the time he spent in the army was “the best escape I’ve ever had” and that he thought about giving up his title.He said: “I felt I wanted out, bu
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Lanvin fuses sartorial and street to cap Paris menswear week

PARIS — Actress Gabrielle Union joined French actor Reda Kateb on the front row of the edgy Lanvin show at Paris Fashion Week.Here are some highlights from Sunday, the last day of spring-summer 2018 menswear collections.LANVIN’S HYBRID STYLEIt was sartorial fused with street. As VIP guests looke
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Young orchestra makes case for the future of music

Classical music’s problems are with its institutions, not with lack of interest in the field. For proof, look no further than the next generation that institutions spend so much time wringing their hands about. At a time when classical music is supposedly dying, there are as many students as ever
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Activists kept from gathering en masse for Istanbul Pride

ISTANBUL — Turkish police stopped activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights from gathering in large numbers for an LGBT pride event in Istanbul on Sunday, but smaller groups made impromptu press statements defying a ban imposed by the governor.Organizers of the 2017 Istanbul
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Center-right set to win top race in Italian mayoral runoffs

ROME — Exit polls early Monday indicated that center-right forces, including an anti-immigrant party, were headed to victory in several key mayoral runoffs, two weeks after a first round of voting saw most populist candidates eliminated in all big cities up for grabs.An election alliance of former
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More than 140 killed when overturned oil tanker explodes in Pakistan

BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan — Alerted by an announcement over a mosque’s loudspeaker that an overturned tanker truck had sprung a leak, scores of villagers raced to the scene with fuel containers Sunday to gather the oil. Then the wreck exploded, engulfing people in flames as they screamed in terror.At
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An Afghan bird refuge comes back to life after decades of neglect

KABUL — Just south of the Afghan capital, on a busy road lined with car repair shops, goat corrals and garbage pits, a narrow lane opens unexpectedly onto a small natural wonder — a picturesque, nearly hidden marsh that is known only to a few Afghans and inhabited only by migratory birds and se
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Tillerson urges Qatar and the Gulf states to negotiate an end to their rift

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday criticized some of the demands by Saudi Arabia and its allies on Qatar as “very difficult” to meet and urged the countries to tamp down the rhetoric and start negotiating. The statement by Tillerson was his first response to a sweeping list of 13 deman
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