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Australian TV soap 'Neighbours' screens star-studded finale

Jul. 28, 2022 09:44 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A crowd of staunch fans braved wet winter weather in downtown Melbourne on Thursday to watch outdoors the star-studded finale of the Australian television soap “Neighbours,” which ran for 37 years. Margot Robbie, Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce, Jason...

New opera has soprano scaling the heights -- literally

Jul. 28, 2022 08:56 AM EDT

Lauren Pearl is giving new meaning to the term high-flying soprano. Sure, her latest venture calls for her to sing up to a high C, but plenty of operatic heroines have to do that. What’s different in Pearl’s case is that she will be singing while scaling a 60-foot brick wall. ...

US soprano, offended by blackface, pulls out of Italy opera

Jul. 16, 2022 13:34 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Soprano Angel Blue says she won’t perform in an opera in Italy this month because blackface was used in the staging of a different work this summer on the same stage. The U.S. singer posted a note on her angeljoyblue Instagram page saying she will be bowing out of...

Muti's legacy: respect composers, reject revisionists

Jun. 24, 2022 19:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — In the twilight of his music directorship of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti candidly outlined his legacy and implored musicians to remember his instruction on Giuseppe Verdi’s operas: use the 19th century scores without altered notes. He urged them...

Met Opera season had no COVID cancellations but sales down

Jun. 13, 2022 14:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera sold 61% of available tickets this season after returning from a 1½ year absence, managing 196 staged performances without a cancellation. Sales were down from 75% in last pre-pandemic season of 2018-19, but it is considered a success. “We...

Tribeca 'documusical' casts Rudy Giuliani's arc as opera

Jun. 10, 2022 14:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new documentary about Rudy Giuliani premiering at the Tribeca Festival weaves in musical performances to give the ups and downs of the man once commonly referred to as “America’s Mayor” an operatic flavor. “Rudy! A Documusical," directed by Jed Rothstein,...

Russian opera 'Boris Godunov' to open next La Scala season

Jun. 06, 2022 14:46 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Milan’s famed La Scala opera house on Monday announced the celebration of next season’s gala premiere with the Russian opera “Boris Godunov,″ a move it hopes will underline the separation of culture from politics. La Scala’s 2022-23 calendar, set long before...

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...