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Detroit opera, fine arts champion David DiChiera dies at 83

Sep. 19, 2018 12:37 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Musician David DiChiera (DEE'-kee-AIR-uh), who championed opera's role in reviving downtown Detroit and directed several opera organizations nationwide, has died of pancreatic cancer. He was 83. Michigan Opera Theatre spokeswoman Erica Hobbs says DiChiera died Tuesday at his Detroit home. He...

Met season promises vocal treats and retooled Ring

Sep. 19, 2018 11:38 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonas is back, if only briefly. Anna is here, in full diva mode. The seemingly unstoppable Placido marks his 50th anniversary. And the "Ring" contraption returns — maybe for the last time — with a promise of greater reliability and fewer "clunks and clicks." These attractions...

'Show must go on:' Stranded in Europe, orchestra improvises

Sep. 18, 2018 6:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Symphony Orchestra might want to consider naming its next album "Songs in the Key of A" — as in airport, abandoned and Amsterdam. The renowned orchestra very nearly missed the last stop on its 12-concert, eight-city European tour when it got stuck in Paris en route to the...

Top Baltimore Symphony oboist files sex harassment complaint

Sep. 18, 2018 8:53 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore Symphony Orchestra oboist has filed a sexual harassment complaint, saying the orchestra failed to protect her from repeated harassment and retaliation. News outlets report principal oboe player Katherine Needleman says concertmaster Jonathan Carney has engaged in a constant...

School shootings inspire new Bacharach song

Sep. 17, 2018 9:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At age 90, Burt Bacharach hasn't lost faith in the power of music. "Music softens the heart, makes you feel something if it's good, brings in emotion that you might not have felt before," he told The Associated Press during a recent telephone interview. "It's a very powerful thing if you're...

Met Opera to start Sunday performances in 2019-20

Sep. 14, 2018 7:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will start regular Sunday afternoon performances for the first time in its century-plus history during the 2019-20 season. As part of its new union agreements announced Friday, the company also will go dark each February beginning in 2020-21. The Met will open the...

Philly Opera works to avoid 'sophomore slump'

Sep. 14, 2018 8:44 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When Opera Philadelphia launched a radical new programming format last year, general director David Devan knew there was "a potential for an emperor has no clothes." The idea was to create a festival of innovative work that packed five different operas — three of them world...

Poland's Tomasz Ritter wins Chopin contest on period pianos

Sep. 13, 2018 9:27 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Tomasz Ritter of Poland was announced the winner Thursday of the world's first Frederic Chopin piano competition performed on instruments from the composer's era. Japan's Naruhiko Kawaguci and Poland's Aleksandar Swigut both won second place. Third place went to Krzysztof Ksiazek of...

Verona Arena opera festival reports rise in ticket sales

Sep. 13, 2018 3:38 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Verona Arena open-air opera festival says it closed the summer season with a 6-percent increase in ticket sales as new management focused on bringing in big singing talent as part of a relaunch. The festival said Thursday that ticket sales for 47 performances of five operas and two special...

John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice now EGOT winners

Sep. 9, 2018 10:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC's live version of "Jesus Christ Superstar" won an Emmy Award on Sunday and that made three men extra happy — it meant star John Legend, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice joined the elite squad of EGOT winners. The musical's win for best live variety special...