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Piccolo Spoleto brings short operas in English to Charleston

May. 28, 2022 00:04 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A few Lowcountry organizations are making opera more accessible than ever. Among them are Charleston Opera Theater and Summerville Orchestra, which have partnered to stage a Piccolo Spoleto production that is short, sweet and unlike most of the genre,...

Luisi to conduct Ring Cycle with Dallas Symphony in 2024

May. 11, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Fabio Luisi will conduct a Ring Cycle in concert with the Dallas Symphony in October 2024. Luisi, who became music director for the 2020-21 season, will conduct two performances each of “Das Rheingold” and “Die Walküre” in May 2024, then add “Siegfried”...

Met's new 'Hamlet': To be or not to be true to the text

May. 11, 2022 10:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead, all right, but not as Shakespeare imagined. No Norwegian prince arrives to seize the Danish throne. And to be or not to be is not the question. So it goes in the latest operatic adaptation of the most famous play in the English...

Joshua Cohen, the late Winfred Rembert win arts Pulitzers

May. 09, 2022 22:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Joshua Cohen's “The Netanyahus,” a comic and rigorous campus novel based on the true story of the father of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeking a job in academia, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Benzion Netanyahu, who died in 2012,...

Pulitzers Live Updates: Slain photographer among winners

May. 09, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Reuters photographer who was killed while covering fighting in Afghanistan was part of a team that took home the Pulitzer for feature photography. Danish Siddiqui and his colleagues Adnan Abidi, Sanna Irshad Mattoo and Amit Dave won for images depicting the toll...

Ginsburg's tea set, coat, other items raise $800K for opera

May. 09, 2022 13:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's silver tea set is going to a family with a 5-year-old daughter who once was Ginsburg for Halloween. A medal Ginsburg was awarded when inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame is going to a family that demonstrated recently for reproductive...

Zurich Ring Cycle focuses on dysfunctional family of gods

May. 02, 2022 17:48 PM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — Wotan beckoned the other gods to join him in walking to Valhalla, their new home acquired at a high and painful price. Instead of following, they shot him looks of contempt and allowed him to enter on his own. Andreas Homoki’s production of Richard Wagner’s “Das...

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

Apr. 25, 2022 21:35 PM EDT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Monday that Ukraine risks provoking World War III and said the threat of a nuclear conflict “should not be underestimated.” In an in-depth Russian TV interview, Lavrov blamed Ukraine for stalled talks between the two countries, and...

Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra organized by Met, Polish operas

Apr. 25, 2022 19:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera and the Polish National Opera are organizing a Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra to tour Europe and America from July 28 to Aug. 20. The orchestra is to gather in Warsaw on July 18 for rehearsals, and will include musicians from Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv...

Ukrainian opera singer in Japan prays for peace in melody

Apr. 20, 2022 01:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Ukrainian song has no words. When Oksana Stepanyuk, an award-winning soprano with The Japan Opera Foundation, performs “Melody,” composed by Myroslav Skoryk, her voice turns into a wail of mourning, a pensive but piercing prayer for her homeland. ...