Classical music

May 15, 2019 - 6:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Records show conductor James Levine's company received more than $930,000 from the Metropolitan Opera in his 47th and final season, a tenure cut short when he was fired as music director emeritus after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment. The payments to...
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South Korean violinist Won Hyung Joon and his North Korean soprano partner Kim Song Mi perform at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center in Shanghai on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Won, a South Korean, performed together with Kim, a North Korean, in a rare joint performance they hope would help bring the divided Koreas closer together via music. Their performance comes three days after North Korea fired two suspected short-range missiles in the second such weapons test in five days. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)
May 12, 2019 - 10:11 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — South Korean violinist Won Hyung Joon took the stage, nodded once to his North Korean soprano partner, and placed his instrument on his shoulder. With a flick of the conductor's wrist, she began to sing, and he began to bow — the beginning of a rare joint performance Sunday that...
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This summer 2018 photo provided by Al Mattin on Friday, May 10, 2019 shows his father, Stephen, and son, Ronan, at Stephen's home in Kensington, N.H. The Handel & Haydn Society had just finished a rendition of Mozart's "Masonic Funeral" at Boston's Symphony Hall on Sunday, May 5, 2019 when a youngster blurted out: "WOW!" The group was so charmed that they launched a search. Stephen Mattin, who attended the concert with Ronan said he is on the autism spectrum and expresses himself differently from how other people do. He said his grandson is a huge music fan. (Al Mattin via AP)
May 10, 2019 - 9:49 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A performing arts group has found the child who was literally wowed by a recent classical music concert. The Handel & Haydn Society had just finished a rendition of Mozart's "Masonic Funeral" at Boston's Symphony Hall on Sunday when a youngster blurted out: "WOW!" The group was so...
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The Santa Fe Opera awaits its summer season on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Santa Fe, N.M. Opera General Director Robert Meya announced they will stage the world premiere in 2020 of the gender-bending story “M. Butterfly” from playwright and librettist David Henry Hwang. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
May 08, 2019 - 7:11 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — World-premiere operas derived from the gender-bending Broadway hit "M. Butterfly" and from meditations on Victorian-era repression in Bram Stroker's "Dracula" are coming to the Santa Fe Opera and its open-air stage in the high desert. Opera General Director Robert Meya on...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2015. file photo, archivist Michelle Chiles, left, and exhibition developer Tamar Agulian help set up the Handel & Haydn Society bicentennial exhibit at the Boston Public Library in Boston. On Sunday, May 5, 2019, the Handel & Haydn Society was finishing a rendition of Mozart's "Masonic Funeral" at Boston's Symphony Hall when a youngster blurted out loudly: "WOW!" The organization has mounted a search for the kid it's calling the "Wow Child" — not to reprimand, but to offer a chance to meet the conductor. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
May 08, 2019 - 12:50 pm
BOSTON (AP) — America's oldest performing arts group is looking for a child who was literally wowed by a recent classical music concert. The Handel & Haydn Society had just finished its rendition of Mozart's "Masonic Funeral" at Boston's Symphony Hall on Sunday when a youngster blurted out...
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Tenor Placido Domingo poses for a photo against the backdrop of himself as a younger singer as Verdi's "Otello," Sunday, April 28, 2019, at the Metropolitan Opera, in New York. Domingo has starred on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera for a whopping 50 years, and is still singing. (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik)
April 29, 2019 - 7:03 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Placido Domingo has starred on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera for a whopping 50 years - and is still singing, amazingly, at age 78. On Sunday, the Met literally turned the tables and threw a dinner on the same stage for the Spaniard's golden anniversary. Guests included soprano...
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A worker checks on a wooden support structure placed on the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Nearly $1 billion has already poured in from ordinary worshippers and high-powered magnates around the world to restore Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after a massive fire. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
April 17, 2019 - 1:30 pm
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 7:25 p.m. The cultural heritage envoy for French President Emmanuel Macron says it is realistic to reopen Notre Dame Cathedral to the public in five years. Following a meeting at the...
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FILE - In this March 1, 2019, file photo, Hong Kong actors Chan Hung-chun, right, and Lung Koon-tin, dressed as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, pose during a press conference to promote their upcoming Chinese opera "Trump on Show" in Hong Kong. President Trump is the inspiration for "Trump on Show," a four-day Cantonese opera that reimagines the president's personal life and his fictional twin brother who lives in China. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
April 14, 2019 - 4:49 am
HONG KONG (AP) — With the blond wig and red tie, the star of the Cantonese opera in Hong Kong may look familiar. The Chinese actor and singer has the lead role in "Trump on Show," a four-day comedic opera reimagining the U.S. president's personal life and his fictional twin brother who lives in...
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April 09, 2019 - 11:37 am
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian State Opera has asked the Hungarian cast members in its production of "Porgy and Bess" to self-identify as African American. The opera's decision to put on George and Ira Gershwin's seminal work set in the American south and intended for a black cast has...
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Primatologist Jane Goodall addresses the Los Angeles City Council Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Los Angeles city leaders honored the lifetime achievements of Goodall by singing "Happy Birthday" to her on her 85th birthday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
April 03, 2019 - 7:58 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles city leaders honored the lifetime achievements of famed primatologist Jane Goodall by singing "Happy Birthday" to her on her 85th birthday. Goodall vocalized a chimpanzee greeting Wednesday at the City Hall ceremony and pulled Mayor Eric Garcetti over to demonstrate...
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