Performing arts

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2011, file photo, choreographer Peter Martins attends a New York City Ballet's gala opening night in New York. Martins, the influential leader of New York City Ballet for three decades, has taken a leave of absence pending an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. The company confirmed late Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, that 71-year-old Martins had requested and was granted a temporary leave from both the company and the affiliated School of American Ballet until an independent investigation concluded. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
December 08, 2017 - 9:01 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Martins, the influential leader of New York City Ballet for three decades, has taken a leave of absence pending an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. The company confirmed late Thursday that 71-year-old Martins had requested and was granted a temporary leave...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, file photo, Australian actor Geoffrey Rush arrives for the screening of the film 'Final Portrait' at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany. Rush is suing a Sydney newspaper for allegedly portraying him as a sexual predator in its reporting of an actress's complaint of "inappropriate behavior" against the Oscar-winning actor. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)
December 08, 2017 - 3:50 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Geoffrey Rush is suing a Sydney newspaper for allegedly portraying him as a sexual predator in its reporting of an actress's complaint of "inappropriate behavior" against the Oscar-winning actor. The Daily Telegraph's reporting and advertising over the past week carried...
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December 07, 2017 - 12:19 pm
MILAN (AP) — To prepare for the gala season opener of La Scala Thursday, music director Riccardo Chailly said he had to start nearly from scratch with the orchestra to bring to the stage Umberto Giordano's opera "Andrea Chernier." The season premiere, held each year on the Milan feast day St...
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This 2017 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows Nadine Sierra as Ilia in Mozart's "Idomeneo" in New York. She made history of sorts at age 20 by becoming the youngest singer ever to win the Metropolitan Opera's vocal competition. Now, at the ripe old age of 29, Sierra is on the brink of stardom. (Metropolitan Opera via AP)
December 06, 2017 - 9:48 am
NEW YORK (AP) — She made history of sorts at age 20 by becoming the youngest singer ever to win the Metropolitan Opera's vocal competition. Now, at the age of 29, Nadine Sierra is on the brink of stardom. It's been a dizzying rise for the Florida-born soprano, who started voice lessons at age 6,...
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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. New York's Metropolitan Opera says it will investigate allegations that its longtime conductor, Levine, sexually abused a teenager in the mid-1980s. Details of the police report were first reported Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, on the New York Post website. Levine, 74, stepped down as music director of the Met in April 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
December 05, 2017 - 11:31 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A fourth person is accusing acclaimed Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine of sexual misconduct. Violinist Albin Ifsich told The New York Times that the abuse happened in 1968 when he was a 20-year-old student at Michigan's Meadow Brook School of Music, where Levine was on 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. New York's Metropolitan Opera says it will investigate allegations that its longtime conductor, Levine, sexually abused a teenager in the mid-1980s. Details of the police report were first reported Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, on the New York Post website. Levine, 74, stepped down as music director of the Met in April 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
December 04, 2017 - 11:54 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A big question remains after renowned conductor James Levine was suspended from the Metropolitan Opera amid accusations of sexual abuse: Why did it take so long for the company to act after it was informed by police that he had been accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy? The Met...
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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. New York's Metropolitan Opera says it will investigate allegations that its longtime conductor, Levine, sexually abused a teenager in the mid-1980s. Details of the police report were first reported Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, on the New York Post website. Levine, 74, stepped down as music director of the Met in April 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
December 04, 2017 - 11:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on sexual misconduct allegations against renowned Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine (all times local): 11:40 p.m. The Ravinia Festival has cut all ties with famed conductor James Levine amid allegations of sexual misconduct that prompted the Metropolitan Opera to...
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2017 Kennedy Center Honoree Norman Lear attends the 40th annual Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Washington. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
December 04, 2017 - 1:09 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A few months ago, it looked like the annual Kennedy Center Honors program was in danger of being engulfed by the country's current divisive political mood. 2017 Honoree Norman Lear, whose political activism goes back decades, threatened to boycott rather than attend any aspect of...
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2017 Kennedy Center Honoree Norman Lear attends the 40th annual Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Washington. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
December 04, 2017 - 12:22 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A few months ago, it looked like the annual Kennedy Center Honors program was in danger of being engulfed by the country's current divisive political mood. 2017 Honoree Norman Lear, whose political activism goes back decades, threatened to boycott rather than attend any aspect of...
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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. New York's Metropolitan Opera says it will investigate allegations that its longtime conductor, Levine, sexually abused a teenager in the mid-1980s. Details of the police report were first reported Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, on the New York Post website. Levine, 74, stepped down as music director of the Met in April 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
December 03, 2017 - 11:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Metropolitan Opera on Sunday said it was suspending its relationship with longtime conductor James Levine pending an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him. "Mr. Levine will not be involved in any Met activities, including conducting...
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