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Terence Blanchard gets yearlong Lincoln Center celebration

Jan. 19, 2023 13:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Terence Blanchard, the first Black composer whose work has been heard at the Metropolitan Opera, will be given a yearlong celebration at Lincoln Center starting in March. The Met, New York Philharmonic, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Film at Lincoln Center, The Juilliard...

A 'downtown' choreographer brings her craft to the opera

Dec. 09, 2022 17:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — It was a delicious challenge that came as a total surprise. As choreographer Annie-B Parson tells it, she was walking down a Brooklyn street when her phone rang. It was the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, Peter Gelb, wondering if she’d be interested in...

French tenor belatedly, triumphantly makes his Met debut

Dec. 05, 2022 10:44 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Fresh off a triumphant debut, French tenor Benjamin Bernheim seems likely to become a familiar presence at the Metropolitan Opera. Just not too familiar, he hopes. Bernheim, already a star at major European houses, is one of a new crop of tenors being introduced to...

'The Phantom of the Opera' extends its long Broadway goodbye

Nov. 29, 2022 17:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The masked man of Broadway is going out strong. “The Phantom of the Opera” — Broadway’s longest-running show — has postponed its final performance by eight weeks, pushing its final curtain from February to April after ticket demand spiked. Last week, the...

La Scala says Russian opera is not propaganda for Putin

Nov. 22, 2022 11:16 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s premier opera house, Teatro alla Scala, on Tuesday defended its decision to stage the Russian opera “Boris Godunov’’ for its gala Dec. 7 season opener. The opera house is pushing back against protests by Ukrainian officials in Italy who insists that...

After fine-tuning, 'The Hours' with Fleming opens at the Met

Nov. 21, 2022 12:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Puts’ “The Hours” has had more than a few hours of changes since it was first heard in a pair of concert performances in Philadelphia last March. The first composition in a novel arrangement between the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera...