Classical music

A woman looks at a cake in the shape of La Scala opera house displayed in the window of Cava bakery, in downtown Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Milan's storied La Scala opera house opens its 2019-2020 season on Saturday with Puccini's "Tosca," which stars Russian soprano Anna Netrebko as the object of unwanted sexual attention from a powerful authority figure. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
December 07, 2019 - 8:06 pm
MILAN (AP) — The gala season premiere of Puccini’s “Tosca” starring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and conducted by Riccardo Chailly received 15 minutes of applause from an audience of Milanese elite, in an evening that celebrated culture as a bulwark against political extremism. For the second year...
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December 06, 2019 - 8:36 am
New York (AP) — The Royal Opera in London and The Met in New York have removed tenor Vittorio Grigolo after an investigation found inappropriate and aggressive behavior at a curtain call. A spokesperson for the Royal Opera said in a statement released Thursday that their investigation found his...
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This undated photo provided by the San Francisco Opera shows San Francisco Opera Music Director Designate Eun Sun Kim. The 39-year-old Kim will become the company's music director designate effective immediately and take on the position permanently in August, conducting Beethoven's “Fidelio” when the 2020-21 season opens, the company said Thursday.(Marc Olivier Le Blanc/San Francisco Opera via AP)
December 05, 2019 - 6:08 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Opera has named conductor Eun Sun Kim its new music director, ushering the first woman into the job in the company's history. The 39-year-old Kim will become the company's music director designate effective immediately and take on the position permanently in...
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FILE - In this July 12, 2019, file photo, opera singer Placido Domingo speaks during a news conference about his upcoming show "Giovanna d'Arco" in Madrid, Spain. Two opera singers who have accused Domingo of sexual misconduct reacted angrily to his claims in recent interviews that he never behaved improperly and always acted gallantly and like a gentleman with women. Angela Turner Wilson and Patricia Wulf issued a statement Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, saying they found Domingo's comments and his "continued failure to take responsibility for wrongdoing" to be disappointing and deeply disturbing. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)
December 03, 2019 - 3:50 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two opera singers who accused Placido Domingo of sexual misconduct said Tuesday that it was disappointing and disturbing that the opera legend recently claimed he has always behaved like a gentleman and never acted improperly toward women. Angela Turner Wilson and Patricia Wulf...
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Opera star Placido Domingo performs during a concert at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany, on Wednesday, No. 27, 2019. (Christian Charisius/dpa via AP)
December 02, 2019 - 2:48 pm
MILAN (AP) — Opera legend Placido Domingo was quoted by a leading Italian daily Monday as saying he did not abuse his power in casting, part of allegations against him in two reports by The Associated Press. Domingo, 78, told Milanese daily Corriere della Sera that while he was general director in...
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December 02, 2019 - 11:05 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The capacity of the New York Philharmonic's much-maligned concert hall at Lincoln Center will be reduced by more than 500 seats as part of a $550 million renovation that will cause the orchestra to relocate during part of the 2023-24 season. Geffen Hall's reconstruction is slated...
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File---Picture taken Jan.1, 2012 shows Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year's Concert at Vienna's Musikverein. Jansons died 76 years old. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
December 01, 2019 - 1:52 pm
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Mariss Jansons, conductor of top classical ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, has died in Russia. He was 76. Jansons’ death in St. Petersburg was confirmed by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,...
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FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, file photo, Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, speaks to the media during a joint news conference with Bolshoi Theater director Vladimir Urin at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia. Gelb is set to become the Metropolitan Opera's third-longest tenured general manager. The company's board of directors approved a five-year contract last Thursday that extends Gelb's term through the 2026-27 season. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
November 25, 2019 - 7:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Gelb is set to become the Metropolitan Opera's third-longest tenured general manager. The company's board of directors approved a five-year contract last Thursday that extends Gelb's term through the 2026-27 season. Gelb, who turned 66 on Nov. 10, succeeded Joseph Volpe for...
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This Nov. 24, 2019 photo released by The Metropolitan Opera shows soprano Renée Fleming, foreground center, violinist David Chan, foreground left, and pianist Gerald Martin Moore during a memorial for Jessye Norman at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. Norman died Sept. 30 at age 74. (Richard Termine/The Metropolitan Opera via AP)
November 25, 2019 - 11:42 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Jessye Norman was remembered as a force of nature as thousands filled the Metropolitan Opera House on Sunday for a celebration of the soprano, who died Sept. 30 at age 74. Sopranos Renée Fleming, Latonia Moore, Lise Davidsen and Leah Hawkins sang tributes along with mezzo-soprano J'...
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CORRECTS SPELLING OF DOG'S NAME TO CATARINA - This Nov. 8, 2019 photo shows Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli with his dog Catarina during an interview at his home in North Miami, Fla. Bocelli is defending opera legend Placido Domingo and calling it “absurd” that opera houses have canceled the star’s performances before sexual harassment allegations against him are fully investigated. Three U.S. music companies canceled Domingo appearances following allegations of sexual harassment made by multiple women earlier this year. (AP Photo/Ellis Rua)
November 12, 2019 - 8:13 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is staunchly defending opera legend Placido Domingo, calling it "absurd" that opera houses have canceled the star's performances over sexual harassment allegations before they are fully investigated. "I am still appalled at what happened to this incredible...
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