Opera

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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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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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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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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March 27, 2019 - 10:15 am
MILAN (AP) — The academy of Italy's premier opera house, Teatro alla Scala, has agreed to start a conservatory for both girls and boys in Saudi Arabia. The decision Tuesday by the academy's board follows the opera house's refusal to accept 15 million euros ($16.8 billion) in funding from the...
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La Scala theater general manager Alexander Pereira, right, and La Scala conductor Riccardo Chailly attend a press conference, in Milan, Italy, Monday, March 11, 2019. Italy's premier opera house, La Scala in Milan, is under fire over a proposal to grant a board seat to Saudi Arabia's culture minister with the promise of 15 million euros ($16.8 million) in new funding. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
March 18, 2019 - 7:23 am
MILAN (AP) — The directors of Italy's premier opera house, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, are meeting to decide whether to accept controversial funding from Saudi Arabia. The meeting Monday came amid media reports last weekend that at least some of the 15 million euros ($17 million) had been deposited...
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This undated image released by the Metropolitan Opera shows Eric Owens as Porgy, left, and Angel Blue as Bess in the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess." The Metropolitan Opera will hire an all-black outside chorus next season for its first presentation in nearly three decades of the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess," which opens the season on Sept. 23. (Paola Kudacki/Metropolitan Opera via AP)
February 20, 2019 - 1:00 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will hire an all-black outside chorus next season for its first presentation in nearly three decades of the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess," which opens the season on Sept. 23. Performances of "Porgy and Bess," which premiered in 1935, are licensed by the Gershwin...
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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, chief conductor Charles Dutoit rehearses with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Philadelphia. Dutoit, who has faced multiple accusations of sexual assault, will conduct a concert by the National Orchestra of France on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. It will be his highest profile performance since the allegations were first revealed. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
January 30, 2019 - 4:36 pm
PARIS (AP) — Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit, who has faced multiple accusations of sexual assault, will conduct a concert for the National Orchestra of France on Sunday, his highest profile performance since the allegations were first revealed by The Associated Press. The orchestra said in a...
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January 21, 2019 - 8:37 am
BERLIN (AP) — The emperor has no clothes in this production of Puccini's "Turandot" by the Lithuanian National Opera, but then again neither does any other character. Guetersloh police said Monday the costumes coming from Spain for the upcoming production of Giacomo Puccini's three-act opera were...
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