Opera

FILE- In this June 24, 2018 file photo, revelers carry a Rainbow Flag along Fifth Avenue during the New York City Pride Parade in New York. June 28, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which fueled the fire for a global LGBTQ movement. From symposiums to movie screenings, walking tours to art exhibits, even an opera, a slew of institutions and organizations are filling June with events that commemorate that moment and its impact through the last five decades. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, File)
June 01, 2019 - 9:01 am
NEW YORK (AP) — If it's Pride Month, there's gotta be a parade. And there will be, in New York City and places around the country and world. But this year, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising that fueled the fire for a global LGBTQ movement, there's also a lot more. From symposiums to...
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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. 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 emeritus after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
May 15, 2019 - 10:17 pm
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 emeritus after an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment. The payments to Phramus...
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FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, file photo, Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, speaks to the media during a joint news conference with Bolshoi Theater director Vladimir Urin at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia. The Metropolitan Opera's percentage of box office revenue rose slightly during the season that ended Saturday, May 11, 2019, giving Gelb hope the company's finances have rebounded. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
May 13, 2019 - 6:56 pm
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. Gelb said the season that ended Saturday saw 69 percent of box office revenue capacity realized, up from 67 percent in...
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The Santa Fe Opera awaits its summer season on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Santa Fe, N.M. Opera General Director Robert Meya announced they will stage the world premiere in 2020 of the gender-bending story “M. Butterfly” from playwright and librettist David Henry Hwang. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
May 08, 2019 - 7:26 pm
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 the Santa Fe Opera and its open-air stage in the high desert. Opera General Director Robert Meya on...
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Tenor Placido Domingo poses for a photo against the backdrop of himself as a younger singer as Verdi's "Otello," Sunday, April 28, 2019, at the Metropolitan Opera, in New York. Domingo has starred on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera for a whopping 50 years, and is still singing. (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik)
April 29, 2019 - 7:03 am
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. 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...
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FILE - In this March 1, 2019, file photo, Hong Kong actors Chan Hung-chun, right, and Lung Koon-tin, dressed as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, pose during a press conference to promote their upcoming Chinese opera "Trump on Show" in Hong Kong. President Trump is the inspiration for "Trump on Show," a four-day Cantonese opera that reimagines the president's personal life and his fictional twin brother who lives in China. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
April 14, 2019 - 4:49 am
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 comedic opera reimagining the U.S. president's personal life and his fictional twin brother who lives in...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2018 file photo shows the Detective, played by Hungarian actor Artur Kalid, left, and Serena, played by his compatriot Aniko Bakonyi perform during the rehearsal of George Gershwin's opera Porgy And Bess at the Erkel Theatre in Budapest, Hungary. The Hungarian State Opera has asked the Hungarian cast members in its production of “Porgy and Bess” to self-identify as African American. The State Opera says on its website that the rights’ holders of “Porgy and Bess” noted that the Hungarian “production is not permitted in its current form and contradicts the work’s staging requirements.” Asking cast members to identify as African American appears to be the opera’s way around the dispute. (Marton Monus/MTI via AP, File)
April 09, 2019 - 3:08 pm
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. The Hungarian performers were asked to sign a statement declaring that "African-American origin and identity is an inseparable part of...
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March 27, 2019 - 10:15 am
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. The decision Tuesday by the academy's board follows the opera house's refusal to accept 15 million euros ($16.8 billion) in funding from the...
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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. A New York judge dismissed two of the seven counts and part of a third in the lawsuit filed by the former Metropolitan Opera music director against the company last year. Levine was the Met’s music or artistic director from 1976-2016, then became music director emeritus. He was fired by the Met on March 12 last year after the company said an investigation found evidence of sexual abuse and harassment. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
March 26, 2019 - 6:50 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has 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...
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La Scala theater general manager Alexander Pereira, right, and La Scala conductor Riccardo Chailly attend a press conference, in Milan, Italy, Monday, March 11, 2019. 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 million) in new funding. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
March 18, 2019 - 7:23 am
MILAN (AP) — 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...
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