Rome opera hires Gatti, who lost job over #metoo allegations

Europe 12/07/18, 08:59

Rome's opera house is defending 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 on Friday that the theater signed Gatti this week to a three-year contract as musical director because in a country with ...

Met orchestra onstage for bows behind Nezet-Seguin

Entertainment 12/05/18, 19:03

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 ...

Mighty Mouse has come to save the Met

Entertainment 12/03/18, 10:17

Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducts his first performance as the third music director in the Metropolitan Opera's 135-year-old history when he mounts the podium of the financially challenged company Tuesday night in a new production of Verdi's "La Traviata" by Tony-winning director Michael Mayer.Rafael Kubelik lasted six performances as the Met's first ...

Placido Domingo feted at Met Opera for his 50th anniversary

Entertainment 11/24/18, 13:25

Placido Domingo has been honored on at the Metropolitan Opera for the 50th anniversary of his debut with the company. In this photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera, Placido Domingo stands on stage with one of the special gifts he was presented with during a special anniversary celebration: a piece of ...

Kurtag’s first-ever opera makes long-awaited world debut

Europe 11/15/18, 17:46

Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag's long-awaited, first-ever opera has made its world debut at the famed La Scala opera house, winning over Italian opera goers with eight minutes of applause.In this photo taken on Nov. 11, 2018, Frode Olsen performs during rehearsals of Gyoergy Kurtag's opera 'Fin de Partie' at the ...

Nico Muhly scores with second commission from Met

Entertainment 11/06/18, 08:52

American composer Nico Muhly is used to breaking records when it comes to having his works performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.Ten years ago, at age 27, he was the youngest composer to ever be commissioned to write a piece for the Met's stage, an opera called ...

Kathleen Turner to make Metropolitan Opera debut

Entertainment 10/11/18, 10:28

One of the acting's most distinctive voices will make an unexpected Metropolitan Opera debut.Kathleen Turner, known for words that smoke rather than shimmer, is joining the cast of Gaetano Donizetti's "The Daughter of the Regiment" in the non-singing role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp, the Met said Thursday.She received an ...

Lyric Opera musicians go on strike, threatening opera season

Entertainment 10/09/18, 13:16

The 64th season of the Lyric Opera of Chicago was disrupted Tuesday when musicians walked off the job Tuesday to protest cuts proposed by management.The musicians set up a picket line outside the Civic Opera House on Tuesday and played excerpts from various operas as they expressed opposition by the ...

Royalty, fans turn out for Caballe’s funeral in Barcelona

Europe 10/08/18, 06:51

Royalty, political leaders and fans are attending the funeral in Barcelona of Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballe.The 85-year-old Caballe died Saturday at a hospital in the Catalan capital where she had been since September.FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2005, file photo, Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballe reacts during the TV ...

Planned racing ad on sails of Sydney Opera House divisive

World 10/08/18, 04:12

A plan to project a horse racing advertisement on the famed sails of the Sydney Opera House is dividing Australians.The New South Wales state government stepped in to allow the advertisement to be displayed Tuesday after the opera house chief executive Louise Herron opposed it.State Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on ...

Update: Spain’s king calls late opera singer ‘a legend’

Europe 10/06/18, 04:57

The Latest on the death of opera singer Montserrat Caballe (all times local):10:45 a.m.King Felipe VI has expressed his condolences for the death of Montserrat Caballe, calling the Spanish opera singer "a legend of universal culture."The king's official Twitter account said that Caballe was "the great lady of opera, legend ...

Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballe dies at 85

Entertainment 10/06/18, 03:41

Montserrat Caballe, a Spanish opera singer renowned for her bel canto technique and her interpretations of the roles of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, has died. She was 85.Hospital Sant Pau spokesman Abraham del Moral confirmed her death early Saturday to The Associated Press. Del Moral says that Caballe's family requested ...

Opera baritone relishes brief role as Aida’s father

Entertainment 10/02/18, 08:25

Quinn Kelsey is singing a key role in The Metropolitan Opera's production of Verdi's "Aida," even though his character doesn't have much time onstage.The Hawaiian baritone plays the heroine's father, Amonasro, and says his appearance "definitely puts a nice little wrench into things."As the Ethiopian king whose people have been ...

Fire at Venice’s La Fenice brought quickly under control

Entertainment 10/01/18, 08:15

A fire in Venice's rebuilt La Fenice opera house was swiftly brought under control Monday, 22 years after a blaze had destroyed the famous theater.Italian news agency ANSA reported that the fire broke out early Monday in a technical room that was under 24-hour surveillance as a precaution following the ...

Alzheimer’s opera ‘Sky on Swings’ opens in Philadelphia

Entertainment 09/21/18, 15:55

Sky on Swings," a 78-minute chamber work about two women declining from Alzheimer's disease, was given its world premiere by Opera Philadelphia for the first night of its season-opening O18 festival.Frederica von Stade, a celebrated 73-year-old mezzo-soprano, teamed with 59-year-old mezzo Marietta Simpson in the work by composer Lembit Beecher ...

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