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Gala evening at La Scala celebrates culture over extremism

Dec. 7, 2019 8:07 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The gala season premiere of Puccini’s “Tosca” starring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and conducted by Riccardo Chailly received 15 minutes of applause from an audience of Milanese elite, in an evening that celebrated culture as a bulwark against political extremism. For...

Purdue University planning new bands, data science buildings

Dec. 7, 2019 12:54 PM EST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University officials have approved plans for new buildings on the West Lafayette campus that will house the school’s bands and data science programs. Plans for the $20 million Bands and Orchestra Building will give dedicated space to Purdue’s more than 30...

Royal Opera, The Met remove tenor Vittorio Grigolo

Dec. 6, 2019 8:37 AM EST

New York (AP) — The Royal Opera in London and The Met in New York have removed tenor Vittorio Grigolo after an investigation found inappropriate and aggressive behavior at a curtain call. A spokesperson for the Royal Opera said in a statement released Thursday that their investigation found his behavior...

San Francisco Opera names its first female music director

Dec. 5, 2019 6:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Opera has named conductor Eun Sun Kim its new music director, ushering the first woman into the job in the company's history. The 39-year-old Kim will become the company's music director designate effective immediately and take on the position permanently in August,...

Domingo’s accusers: Nothing ‘chivalrous’ about groping women

Dec. 3, 2019 7:36 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two opera singers who accused Placido Domingo of sexual misconduct said Tuesday that it was disappointing and disturbing that the opera legend recently claimed he has always behaved like a gentleman and never acted improperly toward women. Angela Turner Wilson and Patricia Wulf were...

Musicians’ ouster roils Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra

Dec. 2, 2019 4:25 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — In the bowels of Walk Festival Hall, there’s a room called “the hole.” It’s full of hiking gear, bicycles, kayaks, camping gear, car seats and instrument accessories; the things Kristen Linfante said “all of the festival musicians and families store...

NY Philharmonic to cut 500 seats in $550 million renovation

Dec. 2, 2019 3:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The capacity of the New York Philharmonic's much-maligned concert hall at Lincoln Center will be reduced by more than 500 seats as part of a $550 million renovation that will cause the orchestra to relocate during part of the 2023-24 season. Geffen Hall's reconstruction is slated for...

Report: Placido Domingo denies alleged casting power abuse

Dec. 2, 2019 2:48 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Opera legend Placido Domingo was quoted by a leading Italian daily Monday as saying he did not abuse his power in casting, part of allegations against him in two reports by The Associated Press. Domingo, 78, told Milanese daily Corriere della Sera that while he was general director in...

Conductor Mariss Jansons dies at 76; led top orchestras

Dec. 1, 2019 1:53 PM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Mariss Jansons, conductor of top classical ensembles including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, has died in Russia. He was 76. Jansons’ death in St. Petersburg was confirmed by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, where...

Boston Pops Brass Ensemble to perform at Logan Airport

Dec. 1, 2019 9:35 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Fans of the Boston Pops usually have to buy a pricey ticket to Symphony Hall or Tanglewood. But the Boston Pops Brass Ensemble will entertain travelers for free at Logan International Airport this week. The ensemble is scheduled to perform holiday hits at Logan’s Terminal B on Monday....