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. The Met Opera has fired music director emeritus James Levine, finding "credible evidence" of "sexually abusive" conduct. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
March 12, 2018 - 6:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — James Levine, whose 46-year career at the Metropolitan Opera established him as a towering figure in classical music, was fired by the company on Monday after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment. Levine made his Met debut in 1971 and became one of the...
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This Oct. 6, 2017 photo provided by the Kennedy Center, shows Q-Tip performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Long considered a bastion of upper-class white elitism, the Kennedy Center is making an overt play to embrace hip hop music and culture. America’s pre-eminent performing arts institution has gradually introduced rap music into its programming. (Jati Lindsay/Kennedy Center via AP)
March 03, 2018 - 12:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was late October 2017 and a packed house of VIPs had gathered at Washington's Kennedy Center to watch David Letterman receive the Mark Twain award for a career in comedy. A stream of comedians took the stage to sing Letterman's praises, and several couldn't resist taking good-...
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February 25, 2018 - 2:38 pm
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — The late music icon Marian Anderson will be celebrated in her Connecticut hometown on the 121st anniversary of her birth. Western Connecticut State University in Danbury has scheduled the community gathering for Tuesday. The opera singer is credited with breaking down barriers...
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February 10, 2018 - 6:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The bass got an extra tasty role at the Metropolitan Opera. Instead of a prop, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo was served fresh pasta cooked by celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich. Bastianich prepared the course on stage during a performance of Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love...
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This Jan. 12, 2018 photo released by the Metropolitan Opera shows a performance of Donizetti's “L'Elisir d'Amore” (“The Elixir of Love”) which will be broadcast to movie theaters worldwide on Saturday, Feb. 10, as part of the Met's Live in HD series. (Metropolitan Opera via AP)
February 06, 2018 - 10:13 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Sgt. Belcore doesn't get the girl in Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" ("The Elixir of Love"), but Davide Luciano is OK with that. The Italian baritone is making his Metropolitan Opera (and U.S.) debut as the "other man" who threatens to take the heroine, Adina, away from the bumbling...
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Soprano Veronica Simeoni, center, performs as Carmen in George Bizet opera at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino theater in Florence, Italy, on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. Carmen, the opera heroine, gets to live instead of being slain — thanks to a bold twist to the finale of the Bizet work by some who believe it's time to say enough to violence against women. (Pietro Paolini/Maggio Musicale Fiorentino via AP)
January 11, 2018 - 7:47 am
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Carmen, the opera heroine, gets to live instead of being slain — thanks to a bold twist to the finale of the Georges Bizet work by some who believe it's time to say enough to violence against women. The production of "Carmen" this month at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino...
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FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit, right, performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra during a rehearsal in Philadelphia. Four women have accused Dutoit of sexual misconduct that allegedly occurred on the sidelines of rehearsals or performances with some of America's great orchestras. The 81-year-old is the artistic director and principal conductor at London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
December 22, 2017 - 5:46 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Symphonies in Boston, San Francisco and Sydney have severed ties with world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit. Classical orchestras in New York, Chicago and Cleveland have announced that he's withdrawn his services for upcoming concerts. The reaction has been swift in the...
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FILE- In this Oct. 19, 2011 file photo, world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit, right, performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra during a rehearsal in Philadelphia. Four women have accused Dutoit of sexual misconduct that allegedly occurred on the sidelines of rehearsals or performances with some of America's great orchestras. The 81-year-old is the artistic director and principal conductor at London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
December 22, 2017 - 12:16 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on sexual misconduct allegations against conductor Charles Dutoit (all times local): 9 p.m. The Cleveland Orchestra is the latest organization to announce conductor Charles Dutoit's withdrawal from performances in response to sexual misconduct allegations reported by...
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December 12, 2017 - 7:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera could retitle its troubled new production of Puccini's "Tosca," calling it "And Then There Were None." Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel has withdrawn from the role of Scarpia due to vocal fatigue, the Met said Tuesday. The staging, which opens on New Year's Eve,...
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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. 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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