Opera

February 25, 2018 - 2:38 pm
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — The late music icon Marian Anderson will be celebrated in her Connecticut hometown on the 121st anniversary of her birth. Western Connecticut State University in Danbury has scheduled the community gathering for Tuesday. The opera singer is credited with breaking down barriers...
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February 10, 2018 - 6:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The bass got an extra tasty role at the Metropolitan Opera. Instead of a prop, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo was served fresh pasta cooked by celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich. Bastianich prepared the course on stage during a performance of Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love...
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This Jan. 12, 2018 photo released by the Metropolitan Opera shows a performance of Donizetti's “L'Elisir d'Amore” (“The Elixir of Love”) which will be broadcast to movie theaters worldwide on Saturday, Feb. 10, as part of the Met's Live in HD series. (Metropolitan Opera via AP)
February 06, 2018 - 9:50 am
Italian baritone Davide Luciano is making his Metropolitan Opera — and U.S. — debut as the "other man" who threatens to take the heroine, Adina, away from the bumbling peasant Nemorino in Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore," or "The Elixir of Love." "L'Elisir d'Amore" will be broadcast to movie theaters...
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Soprano Veronica Simeoni, center, performs as Carmen in George Bizet opera at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino theater in Florence, Italy, on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. Carmen, the opera heroine, gets to live instead of being slain — thanks to a bold twist to the finale of the Bizet work by some who believe it's time to say enough to violence against women. (Pietro Paolini/Maggio Musicale Fiorentino via AP)
January 11, 2018 - 6:59 am
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Carmen, the opera heroine, gets to live instead of being slain — thanks to a bold twist to the finale of the Georges Bizet work by some who believe it's time to say enough to violence against women. The production of "Carmen" this month at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino...
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FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit, right, performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra during a rehearsal in Philadelphia. Four women have accused Dutoit of sexual misconduct that allegedly occurred on the sidelines of rehearsals or performances with some of America's great orchestras. The 81-year-old is the artistic director and principal conductor at London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
December 22, 2017 - 12:16 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on sexual misconduct allegations against conductor Charles Dutoit (all times local): 9 p.m. The Cleveland Orchestra is the latest organization to announce conductor Charles Dutoit's withdrawal from performances in response to sexual misconduct allegations reported by...
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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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