Ron Howard tells Pavarotti’s ‘bittersweet’ story in new doc
NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Howard recalls seeing his first opera when he was 4 years old. Just don't ask him to tell you much about it.
The budding child star and future director was in Austria...
Andrea Bocelli teams up with his son for new duet
NEW YORK (AP) — Italian star tenor Andrea Bocelli has teamed up with singers like Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Ed Sheeran for acclaimed duets during his career, but singing with his son Matteo is something he hopes feels extra special.
"I hope it is a beautiful and enjoyable moment for anyone who listens to it," Bocelli said in an interview last week.
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Detroit opera, fine arts champion David DiChiera dies at 83
DETROIT (AP) — Musician David DiChiera (DEE'-kee-AIR-uh), who championed opera's role in reviving downtown Detroit and directed several opera organizations nationwide, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 83.
Michigan Opera Theatre spokeswoman Erica Hobbs says DiChiera died Tuesday at his Detroit home. He founded the organization in 1971 and was its longtime general director.
The Three Tenors of Florence to perform Monday
FLORENCE, S.C. – From romantic Italian operas to smash Broadway hits, the Florence Symphony Orchestra will present The Three Tenors of Florence at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
Local tenors Shaw Thompson, Nick Townsend and Paul Thompson will be featured at the Francis Marion University Preforming Arts Center in downtown Florence.
Bandmates, family attend funeral of Cranberries singer
LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of mourners gathered in Dolores O'Riordan's Irish hometown Tuesday for the funeral of the Cranberries singer, who died last week at the age of 46.
The funeral mass at the parish church of St. Ailbe in Ballybricken, southwest Ireland, opened with a recording of "Ave Maria," sung by O'Riordan and Luciano Pavarotti. Items associated with the singer, including a guitar and a platinum disc, were laid at the altar.
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ShowBiz Minute: Griffin, Baldwin, Howard
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Following his successful Beatles documentary, Ron Howard is sticking with music. The Oscar-winner is directing a documentary about Luciano Pavarotti, the Italian tenor who rose to superstar status.
Howard's Imagine Entertainment and White Horse Pictures announced the untitled project Thursday.
Pavarotti transcended opera to become a leading tenor. Howard says Pavarotti's life is full of great drama and contradictions.
Vince Gill, Amy Grant top Tennessee governor arts awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singers Vince Gill, Amy Grant and Kallen Esperian top the list of winners of the Tennessee governor's arts awards.
Gov. Bill Haslam's Arts Commission announced 10 recipients of the 2017 Governor's Arts Awards on Wednesday.
Gill, Grant and Esperian each won a Distinguished Artist Award.
Publicist: British singer George Michael dead at age 53
LONDON (AP) — George Michael, who rocketed to stardom with WHAM! and went on to enjoy a long and celebrated solo career lined with controversies, has died, his publicist said Sunday. He was 53.
Michael died at his home in Goring, England. His publicist, Cindi Berger, said he had not been ill. No other details were released.
Watch all-star, Trump-inspired ‘Stop Using Our Song’
There is at least one achievement by Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump that few people will dispute — his campaign for the White House appears to be setting a record for most frequent use of famous songs without permission from the performers.
As we reported last week, the latest batch of artists to object (or object anew) to Trump’s use of their songs includes Queen, The O’Jays and the estates of opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti and former Beatle...
LONDON (AP) — The estate of former Beatle George Harrison is complaining about the use of his music at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Harrison's family tweeted Friday that the use of the song "Here Comes the Sun" during the introduction of candidate Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka was not authorized and was "offensive and against the wishes of the George Harrison estate."
Rocker Paul Rodgers also complained about the use of his "All Right Now" at...