Teenager plays organ accompanying silent films

U.S. 05/29/19, 15:12

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 stunned."Oh, I want to do this," he thought to himself. "I don't know how I'm going to do it, ...

Levine’s company received $936K from Met in final season

Entertainment 05/15/19, 17:32

Records show conductor James Levine's company received more than $936,755 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 Phramus were disclosed Wednesday when the ...

Santa Fe Opera announces plans to stage world premieres

Entertainment 05/08/19, 18:12

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 Wednesday announced upcoming productions for 2020 that include retooled staples ...

Painful death scene doesn’t deter soprano Karita Mattila

Entertainment 04/30/19, 11:51

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 adventure."The Finnish soprano, noted for her dramatic intensity as well as her luminous voice, is returning to the Metropolitan Opera ...

Metropolitan Opera fetes Placido Domingo golden anniversary

Entertainment 04/29/19, 06:03

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 Renee Fleming ...

In Cantonese opera, Trump finds his twin brother in China

Entertainment 04/13/19, 21:46

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 China. The ...

Hungary: ‘Porgy and Bess’ cast asked to be African American

Entertainment 04/09/19, 14:08

The Hungarian State Opera has asked the nearly all-white cast for its production of "Porgy and Bess" to self-identify as African American.The Hungarian performers were asked to sign a statement declaring that "African-American origin and identity is an inseparable part of my identity" and made being in "Porgy and Bess" ...

Winners of 2019 Olivier Awards for London stage productions

Europe 04/07/19, 16:31

The winners of the 2019 Olivier Awards, honoring achievement in London theater, opera and dance:New Play: "The Inheritance"New Musical: "Come From Away"Actor Kyle Soller poses for photographers backstage with his Best Actor award for his role in the play 'The Inheritance at the Olivier Awards in London, Sunday, April 7, ...

Judge dismisses some of Levine’s claims against Met Opera

Entertainment 03/26/19, 17:54

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.Levine was the Met's music or artistic director from 1976-2016, then became its music director emeritus. He was fired in March 2018 after the Met said ...

La Scala board to decide on controversial Saudi funding

Entertainment 03/18/19, 06:23

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 into an escrow account ...

Black Sox opera ‘The Fix’ premieres Saturday in Minnesota

Baseball 03/15/19, 14:44

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. followed by postgame fireworks."I had a long history of pulling for terrible teams," he said.Puckett's contribution to ...

Pete Townshend novel, ‘The Age of Anxiety,’ out in November

Entertainment 03/05/19, 06:05

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 Age of Anxiety" was scheduled for Nov. 5. Set in London, the novel explores the modern generational divide and also takes on the "craziness" ...

Met Opera to hire all-black chorus for ‘Porgy and Bess’

Entertainment 02/20/19, 13:02

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 family, which specifies an all-black ...

Opera, orchestra team up to tell story of deadly 1913 flood

Entertainment 02/07/19, 10:38

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 ...

Tenor on top of the high C’s in Donizetti opera

Entertainment 02/04/19, 08:13

Hitting nine high C's in quick succession is all in a night's work for Javier Camarena, who will be wowing audiences with his skills at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.The Mexican tenor will be playing Tonio in Donizetti's comic "Daughter of the Regiment," a role he says is ...

Opera singer Daniels, husband arrested on sex assault charge

U.S. 01/30/19, 16:46

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 ...

Mezzo J’Nai Bridges rising fast in opera world

New York 01/21/19, 11:25

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."Bridges will be ...

Met Opera offers free tickets to federal employees

Entertainment 01/18/19, 18:00

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 ...

Anna and Anita star in epic opera rivalry

Entertainment 12/27/18, 07:22

Two reigning divas will be squaring off against each other starting New Year's Eve in the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Francesco Cilea's "Adriana Lecouvreur."Russian soprano Anna Netrebko plays the title character, based on a real-life French actress, and Georgian mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili is her romantic rival, the Principessa di ...

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