Opera

FILE - Terence Blanchard poses for a portrait at the 91st Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on Feb. 4, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Metropolitan Opera will skip an entire season for the first time in its nearly 140-year history due to the novel coronavirus and intends to start the 2021-22 season with Terence Blanchard's "Fire Shut Up in My Bones" in the first work of a Black composer presented by the company. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
September 23, 2020 - 1:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will skip an entire season for the first time in its nearly 140-year history and intends to return from the pandemic layoff next September with the company’s first presentation of a Black composer, Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” This season...
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September 14, 2020 - 10:52 am
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Spanish tenor Placido Domingo gestures as he answer a question during an interview with the Associated Press in Naples, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Opera legend Placido Domingo denied ever abusing his power during his management tenure at two U.S. opera houses, as he embarks on a full-throttle campaign to clear his name after two investigations found credible accusations he had engaged with ‘’inappropriate conduct’’ with multiple women over a period of decades. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)
August 23, 2020 - 5:08 pm
NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Opera legend Plácido Domingo denied ever abusing his power during his management tenure at two U.S. opera houses in an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, as he embarks on a full-throttle campaign to clear his name after two investigations found credible accusations...
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La Scala general manager Dominique Meyer poses at the end of a press conference to present the fall 2020 program of concerts and ballets, in Milan, Italy, Monday, July 27, 2020. The presentation marks the reopening of one of the world’s most renown theaters following the coronavirus lockdown as well as support of artists who were left without work during the shutdowns.(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
July 27, 2020 - 9:25 am
MILAN (AP) — The famed La Scala opera house on Monday announced a fall program of concerts and ballets aimed as a signal of confidence that European cultural life can resume in full following the coronavirus lockdowns, and in support of artists who were left out of work during the shutdowns. La...
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Musicians rehearse at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, June 22, 2020. The Gran Teatre del Liceu reopens its doors, in which the 2,292 seats of the auditorium will be occupied on this occasion by plants. It will be on 22 June, broadcast live online, when the UceLi Quartet string quartet performs Puccini's "Crisantemi" for this verdant public, brought in from local nurseries. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
June 22, 2020 - 3:58 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house reopened Monday and performed its first concert since the coronavirus lockdown — to an audience that didn’t have to worry about social distancing. Instead of people, the UceLi Quartet played Giacomo Puccini’s I Crisantemi (...
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June 16, 2020 - 7:04 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera have canceled the fall portions of their 2020-21 seasons due to the new coronavirus. The Lyric Opera eliminated four of its 10 productions and delayed opening night from Sept. 17 to Jan. 16. San Francisco canceled five of seven...
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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2014, file photo, pedestrians make their way in front of the Metropolitan Opera house at New York's Lincoln Center. Met Opera will delay opening night of the season to Dec. 31, calling off four of five new productions, eliminating February break. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
June 01, 2020 - 4:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera season is getting shorter, along with some of its shows. The Met said Monday it is pushing back opening night by nearly 3 1/2 months to the latest start in the company’s 137-year history and calling off four of next season’s new productions in fallout from the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2011 file photo, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the music director for The Philadelphia Orchestra, poses for a portrait in Philadelphia. Nézet-Séguin’s income from the Metropolitan Opera in his first season as music director was about a quarter of what James Levine earned in his last full season as music director emeritus. His compensation in the 2018-19 fiscal year was $392,152, according to the company’s tax return released Friday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
May 15, 2020 - 7:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s income from the Metropolitan Opera in his first season as music director was about a quarter of what James Levine earned in his last full season as music director emeritus. Nézet-Séguin’s compensation in the 2018-19 fiscal year was $392,152, according to the...
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FILE - This Jan. 3, 1984 file photo shows John Macurdy as Radames after a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida" in New York. Macurdy, a bass who sang 1,001 performances at the Metropolitan Opera over four decades and created roles in several world premieres, died on May 7, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut. He was 91. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
May 13, 2020 - 4:46 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — John Macurdy, a bass who sang 1,001 performances at the Metropolitan Opera over four decades and created characters in notable world premieres, has died at 91, his wife said Wednesday. Macurdy died of natural causes on May 7 in Stamford, Connecticut, Justine Macurdy said. His career...
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FILE - This Oct. 26, 1959 file photo shows American mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias arriving at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York to attend a performance of Verdi's "Il Trovatore." Elias, who created roles in a pair of Samuel Barber world premieres and made her Broadway debut at age 81, died Sunday May 3, 2020. She was 90. (AP Photo/Ray Howard, File)
May 05, 2020 - 3:51 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Rosalind Elias, an American mezzo-soprano who created roles in a pair of Samuel Barber world premieres and made her Broadway debut at 81, has died. She was 90. Elias had been slowed by congestive heart failure for the past six months, according to her manager, Robert Lombardo, but...
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