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FILE - In this May 20, 2006, file photo, soprano Deborah Voigt performs during the Metropolitan Opera Gala honoring the Met's General Manager Joseph Volpe in New York. The Gazzetta di Parma newspaper in Italy ran an obituary of Mirella Freni, the great Italian soprano who died Sunday at age 84. It was accompanied by a large photo that filled more than half the page of Voigt. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)

Voigt shocked paper ran her photo with Freni's obituary

Feb. 14, 2020 5:55 PM EST

Deborah Voigt was in California earlier this week when she got a text from a friend on the East Coast. "So sorry to hear the news of your passing," read the Monday message. The Gazzetta di Parma newspaper in Italy had run an obituary of Mirella Freni, the great Italian soprano who died Sunday at age 84. It was...

This undated photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows set model by Jan Versweyveld for the new production of Jake Heggie's

Heggie's `Dead Man Walking' gets Met Opera premiere in 20-21

Feb. 13, 2020 3:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of pushing, Joyce DiDonato has been granted a big wish: The Metropolitan Opera is mounting Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking" for the mezzo-soprano next season. Twenty seasons after the work's world premiere, it arrives at the Met on April 8, 2021, in a production directed by Tony...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2016, file photo, Hungarian conductor and pianist Gyorgy Kurtag, second right, is applauded next to his wife Marta Kurtag, right, on the occasion of his 90th birthday during his anniversary concert at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. The American premiere of Kurtag's

Kurtág opera to get US premiere from NY Philharmonic in 2021

Feb. 12, 2020 4:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The American premiere of György Kurtág's "Fin de Partie," based on Samuel Beckett's "Endgame," will be presented by the New York Philharmonic in June 2021. The Philharmonic announced its season Wednesday and said the opera will be given staged performances on June 10 and 12 at...

FILE - In this Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010 file photo, Italian opera soprano Mirella Freni poses at the 44th MIDEM (International record music publishing and video music market) in Cannes, southern France. Mirella Freni, an Italian soprano whose uncommon elegance and intensity combined with a sumptuous voice and intelligence to enthrall opera audiences for a half-century, has died at age 84. Freni's manager said she died Sunday Feb. 9, 2020 at her home in Modena, Italy. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

Renowned Italian soprano Mirella Freni dies at age 84

Feb. 9, 2020 6:19 PM EST

Mirella Freni, an Italian soprano whose uncommon elegance and intensity combined with a sumptuous voice and intelligence to enthrall audiences for a half-century, has died at age 84. Freni died Sunday at her home in Modena, Italy, from a degenerative muscular disease and a series of stokes, according to her...

FILE - This April 3, 2012 file photo shows Bryn Terfel performing during the Revlon Concert for the Rainforest Fund at Carnegie Hall in New York. Terfel broke an ankle in three places and will have surgery this week, putting into doubt his scheduled return to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time since 2012. The 54-year-old Welsh bass-baritone is scheduled to star in a new production of Wagner's

Famed Welsh singer Bryn Terfel breaks ankle in three places

Jan. 29, 2020 6:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Bryn Terfel broke an ankle in three places and will have surgery this week, causing him to cancel what would have been his first performances at the Metropolitan Opera since 2012. The 54-year-old Welsh bass-baritone had been scheduled to star in a new production of Wagner's "Die Fliegende...

This Jan. 25, 2020 photo released by the LA Opera shows Danielle de Niese, foreground center, with Kevin Ray, background from left, Raehann Bryce-Davis and Stacey Tappan as the Three Stone sduring a dress rehearsal of

`Eurydice' heads to LA Opera and then the Met

Jan. 29, 2020 11:48 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 70 composers from Monteverdi to Glass have written operas inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, but that didn't deter Matthew Aucoin from adding his name to the list. “I think musicians love the idea that music can bring people back from the dead,” Aucoin...

Italian conductor Jader Bignamini takes the stage during a rehearsal after being named The Detroit Symphony Orchestra's new music director, succeeding Leonard Slatkin, during a ceremony held at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The century-old orchestra on Wednesday announced a six-year contract with Bignamini, starting with the 2020-21 season. He will lead a three-concert home stand this weekend at Orchestra Hall. (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP)

Detroit orchestra names Jader Bignamini next music director

Jan. 22, 2020 1:23 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday announced the selection of Italian conductor Jader Bignamini as its next music director. The century-old orchestra said it signed a six-year contract with Bignamini, starting with the 2020-21 season. He will lead a three-concert home stand this...

Employees of the public order office block a road close to the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. A train station, an opera house and a TV station in the western Germany city of Cologne are evacuated on Tuesday as experts prepare to defuse an American 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) bomb from World War II. (Roberto Pfeil/dpa via AP)

Experts defuse World War II bomb in German city of Cologne

Jan. 21, 2020 6:24 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Explosives experts on Tuesday successfully defused an unexploded American bomb from World War II in the western German city of Cologne, authorities said. The 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) bomb was found Monday evening during construction near the Rhine River in the center of the city. A TV...

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2019 file photo, Roberto Alvim, director of theater, dance and opera at the Brazil's National Arts Foundation, poses for pictures in Brasilia, Brazil. Brazil’s government has drawn criticism after launching a project that aims to revamp the country’s arts scene, with a focus on nationalism and religion, with Alvim being the driving force behind the initiative. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Brazil fires top culture official over Nazi-linked comments

Jan. 17, 2020 9:17 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Outrage rained on Brazil's government from across the political spectrum after the culture secretary used language similar to that of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels in launching an arts initiative focused on nationalism and religion, forcing President Jair Bolsonaro to fire him...

Winds damage historic building in western NY, cause outages

Jan. 12, 2020 3:25 PM EST

ATTICA, N.Y. (AP) — High winds were blamed for thousands of power outages and the partial collapse of the historic Williams Opera House in the Wyoming County village of Attica early Sunday. A large section of the opera house's brick rear wall collapsed around 6:30 a.m., causing part of the second floor to...