Classical music

December 12, 2017 - 7:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera could retitle its troubled new production of Puccini's "Tosca," calling it "And Then There Were None." Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel has withdrawn from the role of Scarpia due to vocal fatigue, the Met said Tuesday. The staging, which opens on New Year's Eve,...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2006 file photo, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine conducts the symphony on its opening night performance at Tanglewood in Lenox., Mass. Longtime Metropolitan Opera conductor Levine has denied allegations of sexual misconduct and says he wants to resume his work "with full concentration and inspiration." "As understandably troubling as the accusations noted in recent press accounts are, they are unfounded," Levine said in a statement issued Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, to The New York Times . "As anyone who truly knows me will attest, I have not lived my life as an oppressor or an aggressor." The opera suspended Levine on Sunday after the Times published accounts from three of the accusers who say that Levine sexually abused them when they were teenagers. A fourth accuser later came forward. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
December 08, 2017 - 7:59 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois prosecutors investigating alleged sexual abuse dating back to the 1980s against James Levine said Friday they won't pursue charges against the longtime Metropolitan Opera conductor, citing state law at the time, challenges in compiling evidence and other factors. A statement...
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Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, center, Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov, right, and Italian baritone Luca Salsi acknowledge the applause of the audience at the end of La Scala opera house's gala season opener, Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chernier", at the Milan La Scala theater, Italy, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The season-opener Thursday, held each year on the Milan feast day St. Ambrose, is considered one of the highlights of the European cultural calendar. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
December 07, 2017 - 5:08 pm
MILAN (AP) — Umberto Giordano's long-neglected opera "Andrea Chernier" made a triumphant return to the La Scala stage for the gala season premiere Thursday, with long applause for celebrated soprano Anna Netrebko and husband tenor Yusif Eyvazov who sang opposite each other as ill-fated lovers. The...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2006 file photo, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine conducts the symphony on its opening night performance at Tanglewood in Lenox., Mass. New York's Metropolitan Opera says it will investigate allegations that its longtime conductor, Levine, sexually abused a teenager in the mid-1980s. Details of the police report were first reported Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, on the New York Post website. Levine, 74, stepped down as music director of the Met in April 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
December 05, 2017 - 11:31 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A fourth person is accusing acclaimed Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine of sexual misconduct. Violinist Albin Ifsich told The New York Times that the abuse happened in 1968 when he was a 20-year-old student at Michigan's Meadow Brook School of Music, where Levine was on the...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2006 file photo, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine conducts the symphony on its opening night performance at Tanglewood in Lenox., Mass. New York's Metropolitan Opera says it will investigate allegations that its longtime conductor, Levine, sexually abused a teenager in the mid-1980s. Details of the police report were first reported Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, on the New York Post website. Levine, 74, stepped down as music director of the Met in April 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
December 03, 2017 - 10:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Metropolitan Opera on Sunday said it was suspending its relationship with longtime conductor James Levine pending an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him. "Mr. Levine will not be involved in any Met activities, including conducting...
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December 02, 2017 - 10:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Metropolitan Opera says it will investigate allegations that its longtime conductor, James Levine, sexually abused a teenager in the mid-1980s. Levine's accuser, now a middle-aged man, contacted police in Lake Forest, Illinois, in October of 2016 to report that he'd had...
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CORRECTS SPELLING OF NAME FILE - In this June 18, 2013, file photo, Russian baritone Dmitry Hvorostovsky attends a news conference in Moscow, Russia. Hvorostovsky died after a long battle with cancer. He was 55. Hvorostovsky's office said in a statement Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, that the acclaimed singer "died peacefully" earlier and was "surrounded by family" near his home in London. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)
November 22, 2017 - 3:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the Russian baritone known for his velvety voice, dashing looks and shock of flowing white hair, died Wednesday at a hospice near his home in London, a few years after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He was 55. Called "the Elvis of opera" and the "Siberian...
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An Aug. 21, 2017 photo released by the National Theatre in London of Imelda Staunton as Sally Durant Plummer in Follies at the National Theatre. Imelda Staunton plays a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown in "Follies," Stephen Sondheim's dizzying musical about a traumatic reunion of former Broadway showgirls. (Johan Persson/National Theatre via AP)
November 16, 2017 - 11:14 am
LONDON (AP) — Imelda Staunton plays a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown in "Follies," Stephen Sondheim's dizzying musical about a traumatic reunion of former Broadway showgirls. Staunton goes from perky to shattered as Sally Durant Plummer, a former dancer who meets up with a former friend...
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In this photo taken on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, musician Johnny Clegg on stage at a farewell concert in Johannesburg. At 64, his pancreatic cancer in remission, Clegg performed as part of his "Final Journey" tour, delivering the hybrid songs inspired by Zulu and South African township rhythms, as well as pop, folk and country and western, that he developed in defiance of South Africa's apartheid system decades ago. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
November 12, 2017 - 9:42 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At 64, his pancreatic cancer in remission, South African musician Johnny Clegg kicked high and stomped five consecutive times — the signature move of Zulu war dancing — during a packed Johannesburg concert that he says is one of his last. Clegg performed what he called an "...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, March 8, 2017, file photo, Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos, left, waves to fans while watching court side with his wife Helen during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Orlando, Fla. The family of Helen DeVos said the philanthropist from western Michigan known for her support of children's health, Christian education and the arts has died. She was 90. Her family said she died Wednesday, Oct. 18, of complications from a stroke following a recent diagnosis of myeloid leukemia. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
October 19, 2017 - 7:55 am
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Helen J. DeVos, a philanthropist from western Michigan known for her support of children's health, Christian education and the arts, has died at age 90, her family said Thursday. DeVos died Wednesday of complications from a stroke following a recent diagnosis of myeloid...
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