Opera

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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This Sept. 12, 2017 photo released by the Metropolitan Opera shows Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa, left, and Sondra Radvanovsky in a scene from Bellini's "Norma" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. “Norma,” the first HD broadcast of the Met season, will be shown starting at 12:55 p.m. EDT on Saturday. ( Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera via AP)
October 03, 2017 - 9:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Joyce DiDonato was unsure at first how to approach her character of Adalgisa in Bellini's "Norma," but she knew she didn't want to play her as "sort of a stock character who's the good girl and crying all the time." "I don't do insipid very well," the celebrated American mezzo said...
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September 13, 2017 - 10:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Marc Jacobs closed out New York Fashion Week with an operatic finale, playing the aria from "La Wally" used in the movie "Diva." And the rest was silence. Literally. The models walked in the cavernous, unadorned Park Avenue Armory with no soundtrack, their every footstep audible. At...
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August 11, 2017 - 7:59 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Singer Dionne Warwick will be honored with an award named for a pioneering opera singer. The Marian Anderson Award is given in Philadelphia to "critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way." Anderson was the first black singer to perform at the...
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July 31, 2017 - 4:52 am
VIENNA (AP) — Incoming Vienna State Opera director Bogdan Roscic says he has signed conductor Philippe Jordan as the opera house's music director after Roscic takes over in 2020. Roscic, who will replace Dominque Meyer, described Jordan on Monday as "one of the few conductors of note who focused on...
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