Opera

March 23, 2018 - 12:46 pm
CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Inmates from an eastern Iowa prison have spent weeks learning German and perfecting inflections to make their New York City opera debut in a broadcast performance of Beethoven's "Fidelio." Heartbeat Opera invited the Oakdale Community Choir of the Iowa Medical and...
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March 23, 2018 - 10:39 am
CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Inmates from an eastern Iowa prison have spent weeks learning German and perfecting inflections to make their New York City opera debut in a broadcast performance of Beethoven's "Fidelio." Heartbeat Opera invited the Oakdale Community Choir to perform the "Prisoner's Chorus...
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March 15, 2018 - 7:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on conductor James Levine's suit against the Metropolitan Opera (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The Metropolitan Opera's lawyer says conductor James Levine's (luh-VYNEZ) lawsuit over his firing is "riddled with untruths." Attorney Bettina "Betsy" Plevan said in a statement...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2006 file photo, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine conducts the symphony on its opening night performance at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. On Thursday, March 15, 2018, Levine file suit against the Metropolitan Opera over a sexual-misconduct investigation that sank his storied career. Court papers say the renowned opera company conducted a one-sided inquiry into baseless allegations to tarnish him and then fired him Monday, March 12, 2018 without so much as a phone call. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
March 15, 2018 - 5:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Conductor James Levine sued the Metropolitan Opera on Thursday after a sexual misconduct investigation sank his storied career, saying the renowned company exploited baseless allegations to tarnish him and then fired him without so much as a phone call. The Met and its general...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2006 file photo, Boston Symphony Orchestra music director James Levine conducts the symphony on its opening night performance at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass. The Met Opera has fired music director emeritus James Levine, finding "credible evidence" of "sexually abusive" conduct. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
March 12, 2018 - 6:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — James Levine, whose 46-year career at the Metropolitan Opera established him as a towering figure in classical music, was fired by the company on Monday after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment. Levine made his Met debut in 1971 and became one of the...
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This Oct. 6, 2017 photo provided by the Kennedy Center, shows Q-Tip performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Long considered a bastion of upper-class white elitism, the Kennedy Center is making an overt play to embrace hip hop music and culture. America’s pre-eminent performing arts institution has gradually introduced rap music into its programming. (Jati Lindsay/Kennedy Center via AP)
March 03, 2018 - 12:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was late October 2017 and a packed house of VIPs had gathered at Washington's Kennedy Center to watch David Letterman receive the Mark Twain award for a career in comedy. A stream of comedians took the stage to sing Letterman's praises, and several couldn't resist taking good-...
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March 03, 2018 - 12:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — It was late October 2017 and a packed house of VIPs had gathered at Washington's Kennedy Center to watch David Letterman receive the Mark Twain award for a career in comedy. A stream of comedians took the stage to sing Letterman's praises, and several couldn't resist taking good-...
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FILE - In this May 5, 2011, file photo, Director Jesus Lopez Cobos directs the orchestra and choir of Rome's Opera theatre during a concert in the Pope Paul VI hall at the Vatican. The concert is offered by the Italian President Giorgio Napolitanoon the occasion of the sixth year of Pope Benedict XV's pontificate. Lopez-Cobos, the longest-tenured music director in the history of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, died Friday, March 2, 2018. He was 78. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
March 02, 2018 - 3:32 pm
Jesus Lopez-Cobos, the longest-tenured music director in the history of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, has died. He was 78. The Vienna State Opera says he died Friday in Berlin of cancer. Lopez Cobos was born in Toro, Spain, on Feb. 25, 1940. He was a graduate of Complutense University of...
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February 25, 2018 - 2:38 pm
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — The late music icon Marian Anderson will be celebrated in her Connecticut hometown on the 121st anniversary of her birth. Western Connecticut State University in Danbury has scheduled the community gathering for Tuesday. The opera singer is credited with breaking down barriers...
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February 19, 2018 - 5:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A key mix-up at the Metropolitan Opera left the tenor and conductor scrambling at one recent performance. The mix-up occurred Friday night when tenor Michael Fabiano began Rodolfo's famous first act aria in Puccini's "La Boheme" and the orchestra played in a different key under...
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