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 - 7:06 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 - 7:36 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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December 02, 2019 - 10:05 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 - 12:52 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 - 6:28 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 - 10:42 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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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, opera star Placido Domingo performs during a concert in Szeged, Hungary. Domingo is scheduled to sing two concert performances in Verdi's "I Vespri Siciliani (The Sicilian Vespers)" next summer as part of the 100th anniversary Salzburg Festival, which features 221 performances over 44 days and includes seven staged operas. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh, File)
November 13, 2019 - 5:00 am
Plácido Domingo is scheduled to sing two concert performances in Verdi's "I Vespri Siciliani (The Sicilian Vespers)" next summer as part of the 100th anniversary Salzburg Festival, which features 221 performances over 44 days and includes seven staged operas. Domingo, who turns 79 in January, has...
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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 - 7:13 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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FILE - In this July 12, 2019, photo, Placido Domingo speaks during a news conference about his upcoming show "Giovanna d'Arco" in Madrid, Spain. The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee says opera legend Domingo has said he won’t perform at pre-Olympics cultural events in Japan. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue, File)
November 08, 2019 - 1:29 am
TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee said Friday opera legend Placido Domingo has said he won't perform at pre-Olympics cultural events in Japan. The committee said in a statement that Domingo has decided not to perform at an event scheduled for April that was meant to bring...
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October 30, 2019 - 6:27 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — A Christian group is trying to prevent the La Monnaie opera house in Brussels from staging a production of Arthur Honegger's oratorio "Joan of Arc at the Stake" in which the heroine appears dressed in men's clothes and at one point naked. The Pro Europa Christiana Federation wants...
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