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FILE - In this early Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 file photo, A military vehicle drives past La Scala opera theater in Milan, northern Italy. The number of performers at Milan’s famed La Scala opera house positive with the coronavirus has risen to 21, even as the theater was forced to close due to new government restrictions aimed at curbing the virus’ resurgence. La Scala spokesman Paolo Besana confirmed Tuesday that 18 members of the world-class chorus and  three woodwind players in the orchestra have the virus. That comes after two singers, including tenor Francesco Meli, tested positive, ahead of planned concert performances last week of “Aida.’’(AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

Virus cases spike at Milan's La Scala, Naples' San Carlo

Oct. 27, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The number of performers at Milan’s famed La Scala opera house who have tested positive for the coronavirus has risen to 21, even as the theater was forced to close due to new government restrictions aimed at curbing the virus’ resurgence. La Scala spokesman Paolo Besana...

Toby Gregory's yard that is adorned with 1,006 white crosses to represent Oklahoma deaths due to COVID-19, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. Gregory was able to keep up with the state death toll until last week, and then it became too many. He says he doesn't have the room or supplies to keep up with the current death toll, but will do about 50 more crosses. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

The Latest: Ireland sets new virus restrictions for 6 weeks

Oct. 19, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

LONDON — Ireland’s government is putting the country at its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks in a bid to combat a rise in infections. Premier Micheal Martin said Monday the measures take effect at midnight Wednesday and run until Dec. 1. People are being asked to stay at home,...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009 file photo, people walk by the Royal Opera House in central London. Britain’s Royal Opera House is selling a David Hockney painting of its former chief to help it stay afloat as coronavirus-related restrictions keep many U.K. performing arts venues shuttered. Christie’s auction house said Monday that “Portrait of Sir David Webster” will be offered for sale in London on Oct. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

Royal Opera to sell Hockney painting to help it stay afloat

Oct. 5, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Royal Opera House is selling a David Hockney painting of its former chief to help it stay afloat as coronavirus-related restrictions keep many U.K. performing arts venues shuttered. Christie’s auction house said Monday that “Portrait of Sir David Webster”...

Old stage scenery studied at historic Colorado opera house

Oct. 3, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) — When mining magnate Horace Tabor decided in 1879 that the rowdy silver boomtown of Leadville needed some cultural spiffing up, he built an opera house. In just 100 days, he brought in enough wagonloads of stone, brick and iron over hair-raising mountain passes to erect the massive...

FILE - Terence Blanchard poses for a portrait at the 91st Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on Feb. 4, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Metropolitan Opera will skip an entire season for the first time in its nearly 140-year history due to the novel coronavirus and intends to start the 2021-22 season with Terence Blanchard's

Met Opera skips this season, 1st Black composer opens '21-22

Sep. 23, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will skip an entire season for the first time in its nearly 140-year history and intends to return from the pandemic layoff next September with the company’s first presentation of a Black composer, Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My...

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New this week: Alicia Keys, 'Filthy Rich' and the Emmys

Sep. 14, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — “All In: The Fight for Democracy": Directors Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés document a timely subject, voter...

FILE - In this March 23, 2012 file photo, Metropolitan Opera's Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi appears at the final dress rehearsal of Jules Massenet's

Dallas Symphony among 1st US orchestras to return

Sep. 10, 2020 10:25 AM EDT

Fabio Luisi never expected his first performance as Dallas Symphony Orchestra music director to be in a mostly empty Meyerson Symphony Center. “Who could imagine this planetary thing?” the 61-year-old conductor said. He agreed in June 2018 to a contract with Dallas that starts this season and runs...

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, May 3, 2018, Andrew Lloyd Webber is interviewed at Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, USA.

Andrew Lloyd Webber warns arts 'at point of no return'

Sep. 8, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — “The Phantom of the Opera” composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has told British lawmakers that the arts are “at the point of no return,” and urged the government to set a date for theaters to be allowed to reopen. Lloyd Webber spoke about the struggles of staging socially...