New York City Opera plans another reduced season
NEW YORK (AP) — The financially challenged New York City Opera will have another reduced schedule for its 2019-20 season, which will be limited to just two staged productions plus several concerts...
Opera maestro accused of harassment loses Maine gig
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Opera Maine has dismissed the conductor of its July production because of sexual harassment allegations.
Opera Maine told the Portland Press Herald that Stephen Lord...
MILAN (AP) — Milan's mayor announced Tuesday that the board of the famed La Scala opera house has agreed on a new general manager to succeed Austrian Alexander Pereira, whose money-making but...
ROME (AP) — Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in his cinematic "Romeo and...
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Tony Awards (all times local):
"Hadestown," the brooding musical about the underworld, has reason to smile broadly: It's the best new...
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera said Friday it is scrapping its previously announced revival of Berlioz's "La Damnation de Faust" next season and replacing it with concert...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Funk-soul band Kool & The Gang is being honored with an award named for pioneering opera singer Marian Anderson.
Kool & The Gang, known for hits like "Get Down on It,"...
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...
Purcell opera performed in cemetery catacombs
NEW YORK (AP) — "When I am laid in earth," the heroine sings just before she dies at the end of Henry Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas."
Rarely will the aria be heard in a more fittingly...
Teenager plays organ accompanying silent films
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When Brett Miller first saw a live organ accompany a silent film — the 1925 version of Phantom of the Opera at the University of Pennsylvania's Irvine Auditorium — he was...
Lise Davidsen (conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen with the Philharmonia Orchestra), "Lise Davidsen" (Decca)
For a young singer as prodigiously gifted as Lise Davidsen, there's always a danger...
NEW YORK (AP) — Records show conductor James Levine's company received $936,755 from the Metropolitan Opera in his 47th and final season, a tenure cut short when he was fired as music director...
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera's percentage of box office revenue rose slightly this season, giving general manager Peter Gelb hope the company's finances have rebounded.
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...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on new works and performances at the Santa Fe Opera (all times local):
The Santa Fe Opera will stage the world premiere in 2020 of the...
NEW YORK (AP) — Soprano Lisette Oropesa has won the Beverly Sills Artist Award, given by the Metropolitan Opera to rising young singers, adding to the Richard Tucker Award she won earlier this...
Lucia Lucas has taken one of the most difficult paths to her American professional opera debut.
She moved to Europe a decade ago as Lucas Harbour, established a career as a baritone in...
Painful death scene doesn’t deter soprano Karita Mattila
NEW YORK (AP) — Her character suffers through one of the most harrowing deathbed scenes in all of opera. But that doesn't faze Karita Mattila, who's looking forward to performing it as "quite an...
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.
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...
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Hungarian State Opera has asked the nearly all-white cast for its production of "Porgy and Bess" to self-identify as African American.
LONDON (AP) — The winners of the 2019 Olivier Awards, honoring achievement in London theater, opera and dance:
Italy’s La Scala to run academy for Saudi girls and boys
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.
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge on Tuesday dismissed portions of a lawsuit filed by former Metropolitan Opera music director James Levine against the company last year.
La Scala returns $3.4 million to Saudi Arabia in debacle
MILAN (AP) — Italy's famed La Scala opera house will immediately return 3 million euros ($3.4 million) sent to an escrow account by Saudi Arabia in what Milan's mayor on Monday termed a badly...
Joel Puckett was in the stands at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on July 4, 1985, for the famous rain-delayed 19-inning game that ended with the New York Mets beating the Braves at 3:53 a.m....
MILAN (AP) — 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...
Clarinetist shares excitement for Mozart performance
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — As a child, Anthony McGill wanted to play saxophone, but it was just too big. Fortunately, because he went on to be associate principal clarinetist of the Cincinnati Symphony,...
NEW YORK (AP) — The Who's Pete Townshend, the man who helped invent the rock opera, has now written a rock novel.
Hachette Books announced Tuesday that the British composer-guitarist's "The...
Met Opera to hire all-black chorus for ‘Porgy and Bess’
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...
Out of the Box Opera performance melds opera and gospel
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Out of the Box Opera company is known for being avant-garde.
So, as opera-lovers filled one of the Weisman Art Museum's main galleries for a sold-out opera/gospel fusion event on a recent Saturday night, many didn't wholly know what to expect.
Opera, orchestra team up to tell story of deadly 1913 flood
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new opera revisits the Great Flood of 1913, a Midwestern disaster that killed hundreds, left thousands homeless, and destroyed countless bridges and businesses, but that also paved the way for flood control innovations.
The dark subject matter is well-suited to opera, said Peggy Kriha Dye, general and artistic director of Opera Columbus.
Tenor on top of the high C’s in Donizetti opera
NEW YORK (AP) — When Javier Camarena explodes with joy singing nine high C's in Donizetti's "La Fille du Regiment (Daughter of the Regiment)," there's a good chance the Metropolitan Opera audience will explode right back at him with demands for an encore.
"I will be very happy to do it but it doesn't depend on me," the Mexican tenor said in an interview after a rehearsal last month. "I always say this is the will of the public."
Opera singer Daniels, husband arrested on sex assault charge
DALLAS (AP) — A renowned opera singer and University of Michigan professor is in police custody on allegations that he and his husband in 2010 sexually assaulted a singer in Houston.
Countertenor David Daniels and his spouse, William A. Scott Walters, were arrested Tuesday in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Texas warrants charging each of them with sexual assault of an adult. A Houston police spokesman declined to comment on the charges Wednesday.
Mezzo J’Nai Bridges rising fast in opera world
NEW YORK (AP) — J'Nai Bridges was just 24 and still in school when she sang her first "Carmen" as a young artist at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2011.
"I was, oh, way too young," she recalls with a laugh. "It felt good back then, but it just fits like a glove now."
Unclothed Emperor? Costumes for opera stolen in Germany
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 stolen from a truck near the western German city after the driver pulled into a rest stop for a break.
Met Opera offers free tickets to federal employees
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal government employees affected by the government shutdown can get some free entertainment in New York.
The Metropolitan Opera says it is offering free tickets to people with government IDs from Saturday through the end of the month. A pair of tickets per performance can be reserved in advance by telephone or in person at the Met box office.
Correction: Met Opera-New Music Director story
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Dec. 3 about Yannick Nezet-Seguin, The Associated Press, based on information provided by the Metropolitan Opera, erroneously reported Pierre Tourville is Nezet-Seguin's husband. They are partners but not married.
A corrected version of the story is below:
By RONALD BLUM
NEW YORK (AP) — Mighty Mouse has come to save the Met.
German opera singer Theo Adam dies at 92
BERLIN (AP) — Theo Adam, a German opera singer renowned for his Wagner roles, has died. He was 92.
German news agency dpa quoted Adam's family Friday confirming that the bass-baritone died Thursday at a care home in his hometown of Dresden.
Adam made his debut at the Staatsoper Dresden in 1949 before joining East Germany's Berlin State Opera in 1952.
Opera based on Sarah Kane’s last play gets US premiere
NEW YORK (AP) — Depression, rage, suicide: These are the dark ingredients of the last play written by Sarah Kane before she killed herself at age 28. Now an operatic version, as dazzling as it is disturbing, is having its U.S. premiere.
"4.48 Psychosis," composed by Philip Venables and adapted from the play of the same title, premiered to critical and popular acclaim in London and will be performed here at the annual Prototype festival dedicated to promoting new work.
Anna and Anita star in epic opera rivalry
NEW YORK (AP) — The fireworks start early this New Year's Eve at the Metropolitan Opera, where two jealous divas locked in a deadly rivalry will be setting off sparks in a new production of Francesco Cilea's "Adriana Lecouvreur."
Abbeville Opera House tries something new
ABBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The century-old Abbeville Opera House will step outside its comfort zone this winter.
In an effort to boost foot traffic on the square and enliven the city, the opera house will host performances on weekends in January and February, something it hasn't done in years.
Sydney Brakeley’s stepmom is The Witch in opera production
Sydney Brakeley's stepmother really is quite the witch.
The 12-year-old is a gingerbread child in the chorus of the LA Opera's production of Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through this weekend.
Her stepmother, Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, portrays The Witch.
"It's really fun!" Sydney said. "We get to throw gingerbread cookies and run and dance!"
Rome opera hires Gatti, who lost job over #metoo allegations
ROME (AP) — Rome's opera house on Friday defended hiring conductor Daniele Gatti, who was fired by an Amsterdam-based orchestra last summer over sexual misconduct allegations.
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma spokesman Renato Bossa said that the theater signed Gatti this week to a contract running through December 2021 as musical director because, in a country with "rule of law, one is innocent until a trial proves otherwise." Still, Bossa termed the allegations "certainly very grave."
La Scala premiere ‘Attila’ speaks to today’s global turmoil
MILAN (AP) — La Scala's season premiere Friday of a new production of Verdi's "Attila" took on contemporary themes of male leaders selling out to self-interest while the final act of heroism falls to a woman -- and won over an audience that included Italy's president.
"Not even a rapper from the Bronx is as contemporary as Verdi," said the production's stage director, Davide Livermore.
Met orchestra onstage for bows behind Nezet-Seguin
NEW YORK (AP) — Yannick Nezet-Seguin took the rare step of bringing the entire orchestra on stage for curtain calls following his first performance as just the third music director in the Metropolitan Opera's 135-year-history.
The 43-year-old Canadian led Tuesday night's premiere of a new production of Verdi's "La Traviata" by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer, starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flores and Quinn Kelsey.