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Domingo won't perform at Tokyo Olympics cultural events

Nov. 8, 2019 2:29 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee said Friday opera legend Placido Domingo has said he won't perform at pre-Olympics cultural events in Japan. The committee said in a statement that Domingo has decided not to perform at an event scheduled for April that was meant to bring together opera...

Met Opera to hold celebration of Jessye Norman on Nov. 24

Nov. 6, 2019 2:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will hold a tribute to Jessye Norman on Nov. 24 that celebrates the life and career of the late soprano. Latonia Moore, Eric Owens, Lise Davidsen, J'Nai Bridges and Leah Hawkins are scheduled to perform, the company said Wednesday, along with the Alvin Ailey American...

Soprano Hei-Kyung Hong extends her run of Mimis at the Met

Nov. 6, 2019 8:01 AM EST

Soprano after soprano has knocked on the door of Rodolfo's garret over the years in Franco Zeffirelli's production of Puccini's "La Boheme" at the Metropolitan Opera. But none as often as Hei-Kyung Hong. The Korean-born lyric soprano has portrayed the role of Mimi 66 times since her first outing in 1987. During...

Christians want Belgian opera's naked Joan of Arc banned

Oct. 30, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Christian association is trying to prevent Brussels opera house La Monnaie from staging a production of Arthur Honegger's oratorio "Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher," or "Joan of Arc at the Stake," in which the heroine appears dressed in men's clothes and, at one point, naked. The Pro Europa...

Placido Domingo's European cultural award delayed

Oct. 17, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Placido Domingo will not receive a European cultural award this weekend in Vienna as previously announced. It was the first change in the opera legend's European schedule since numerous accusations of sexual harassment in the United States were reported by The Associated Press. Officials at...

Jessye Norman, opera icon, memorialized at hometown funeral

Oct. 13, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

Jessye Norman's illustrious opera career and extraordinary artistry was honored at her public funeral. So was Jessye Norman the loyal friend, the humanitarian, the teacher and the person not only celebrated for her golden voice, but for her heart of gold. Several speakers at Saturday's four-hour service, from...

The Latest: Famous figures pay tribute to Jessye Norman

Oct. 12, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the public funeral for international opera star Jessye Norman (all times local): _____ 5 p.m. Famous faces, family members and close friends have honored the life and legacy of international opera icon Jessye Norman at her funeral. Norman's four-hour public service was...

For opera legend Placido Domingo, the show goes on in Europe

Oct. 12, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Even as his U.S. career seemingly winds down amid accusations of sexual harassment, opera legend Placido Domingo remains on the bill of a host of European opera houses. But cracks, even if slight, are beginning to show in his support. The 78-year-old singer who rose to stardom as a tenor has...

Late opera star Jessye Norman's US hometown honors her life

Oct. 11, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — International opera star Jessye Norman never forgot her home in a small Southern U.S. city. And Augusta, Georgia, never forgot the woman who grew up among many musical influences to become one of the few black opera singers to gain worldwide acclaim. Augusta is holding four days of...

The Latest: Opera star's hometown names street after her

Oct. 11, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on ceremonies honoring renowned opera star Jessye Norman (All times local): 6 p.m. Jessye Norman's U.S. hometown has named a street for the late opera star. Students from the Jessye Norman School of the Arts in Augusta, Georgia, unveiled the sign honoring the soprano Friday....