from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A ship canal, about 166 km (103 mi) long, traversing the Isthmus of Suez and linking the Red Sea and the Gulf of Suez with the Mediterranean Sea. Built under the supervision of Ferdinand de Lesseps, it was opened in 1869 and came under British control after 1875. The British withdrew in 1956, and Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the canal, precipitating a crisis in which Israel invaded Egypt, and Great Britain and France sent armed forces to retake the canal. United Nations intervention forced an armistice, and the canal was reopened in April 1957. The canal was again closed during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War and remained closed until June 1975.


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  • This was the local debut of Iréne Theorin a Wagnerian star elsewhere, singing the title role.

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  • The Darkest Room by Theorin – like Larsson, a journalist as well as a novelist – was named winner of the prestigious £1,000 prize on Friday night at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing festival in Harrogate.

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  • Don't worry, though, although the geography is a bit odd, the rest of Scandinavia is included much further down the list (Sweden represented by Mankell, omitting Sjowall/Wahloo, Tursten, Jungstedt, Theorin, Lackberg ... and Norway captured by Fossum, which omits Nesbo).

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  • Theorin is very good on families falling apart and unspoken secrets in small communities.

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  • And Theorin's performance was only one of a number of impressive turns in an evening that got the season off to a powerful and dramatic start.

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  • Making her company debut in the San Francisco Opera's season-opening revival of Puccini's unfinished final masterpiece, Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin provided a reminder of just how alluring this icy Chinese princess can seem when her music is sung with grandeur, depth and emotional vigor.

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  • Theorin helped that happen, with a vocally rounded and dramatically responsive performance.

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  • This kind of information has to be treated confidentially, Theorin says.


  • Whether in the studio or on tour, Elixir Cables are designed to withstand the rigors of repeated use, says Theorin.

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  • So the company took a desperate gamble, importing Swedish soprano Irene Theorin (i-REN TAY-OR-IN), who had never before sung in the U.S.

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