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Musical director Riccardo Frizza, wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19, directs the orchestra during rehearsals for Gaetano Donizetti's opera, Marino Faliero, at the Donizetti theater in Bergamo, Italy, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2020. In a signal of rebirth, the Donizetti theater in the northern Italian city of Bergamo  devastated by coronavirus reopened this weekend after three years of renovations.   (Gianfranco Rota/Teatro Donizetti via AP)

In Italy, theater reopens in town devastated by COVID

Nov. 23, 2020 8:32 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — In a signal of rebirth, the Donizetti theater in the northern Italian city of Bergamo, devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, reopened this weekend after three years of renovations. But the planned gala celebration had to be postponed, and new productions for an annual festival dedicated to...

Baritone Sebastia Peris, wearing a face mask, waits backstage during a performance of the opera

The show goes on at Madrid´s opera house despite pandemic

Nov. 21, 2020 2:21 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — No one performing onstage in Spain’s Teatro Real opera house is masked, and that alone looks odd these days amid a pandemic. And that's even before the second act scene in Antonín Dvořák’s “Rusalka” — about a water nymph who falls in love...

The British heir to the throne Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, who wears a mouth-and-nose cover, greets onlookers as he leaves the Hotel Adlon in Berlin, Sunday, Nov.15, 2020. Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, are in Berlin on the occasion of the central commemoration of the Volkstrauertag. This year's national day of mourning in memory of the victims of National Socialism and the dead of both world wars is dedicated to German-British friendship. (Christoph Soeder/dpa via AP)

Bound despite Brexit: Prince Charles hails UK-Germany ties

Nov. 15, 2020 12:26 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Prince Charles called Sunday for Britain and Germany to remember their long and close ties, reaffirmed by the nations' reconciliation after two world wars, as the U.K. tries to find its place outside — but also alongside — the European Union. Charles' appeal during a visit to...

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 file photo, an empty street in front of La Scala opera house, left, is illuminated by a red traffic light in Milan, Italy. After a rash of COVID-19 infections among musicians and chorus members, the Dec. 7 season premiere at Milan’s La Scala opera house, a gala event that is one of Italy’s cultural highlights, is being canceled. The theater’s board of directors on Wednesday concluded that the pandemic’s situation and Italy’s anti-COVID-19 measures, which include closure of theaters until at least Nov. 24, won’t allow for “achieving a production open to the public and of the level and with the characteristics required”  for the premiere. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File )

With performers infected, La Scala season premiere canceled

Nov. 4, 2020 4:15 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The Dec. 7 season premiere at Milan’s La Scala opera house, a gala event that is one of Italy’s cultural highlights, is being canceled after a rash of coronavirus infections among musicians and chorus members. The theater’s board of directors concluded Wednesday that the...

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Music Review: Neil Young revisits 2003's 'Greendale'

Nov. 2, 2020 11:32 AM EST

Neil Young, “Return to Greendale” (Reprise Records) Think of Neil Young's 2003 record “Greendale” as the venerable rocker's take on “Our Town,” with a heavy dose of weirdness, environmentalism and anti-war sentiment thrown in. “Return to Greendale” gives...

FILE - This May 12, 2020 file photo shows Carnegie Hall in New York. Carnegie Hall has extended its closure due to the novel coranavirus pandemic through April 5, 2021. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Carnegie Hall to remain closed through April 5

Oct. 29, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Carnegie Hall has extended its closure due to the coronavirus pandemic through April 5. The decision announced Thursday leaves only the possibility of performances at the very tail end of the hall’s 2020-21 season. Carnegie has been closed since March 12 and last June has canceled...

FILE - In this early Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 file photo, A military vehicle drives past La Scala opera theater in Milan, northern Italy. The number of performers at Milan’s famed La Scala opera house positive with the coronavirus has risen to 21, even as the theater was forced to close due to new government restrictions aimed at curbing the virus’ resurgence. La Scala spokesman Paolo Besana confirmed Tuesday that 18 members of the world-class chorus and  three woodwind players in the orchestra have the virus. That comes after two singers, including tenor Francesco Meli, tested positive, ahead of planned concert performances last week of “Aida.’’(AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

Virus cases spike at Milan's La Scala, Naples' San Carlo

Oct. 27, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The number of performers at Milan’s famed La Scala opera house who have tested positive for the coronavirus has risen to 21, even as the theater was forced to close due to new government restrictions aimed at curbing the virus’ resurgence. La Scala spokesman Paolo Besana...

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs at a subway station in Montreal on Dec. 8, 2018, from left, music director Christoph Eschenbach opens The Philadelphia Orchestra's 104th season on Sept. 17, 2003, music director James Conlon, appears in Los Angeles on Sept. 6, 2006, and music director Alexander Pereira appears at the opening season gala of the Milan's La Scala opera theater in Italy on Dec. 7, 2014. The San Francisco Conservatory of Music announced Tuesday that it had purchased Opus 3 Artists, which represents about 250 musicians and attractions, a group that include conductors Barenboim, Conlon, Eschenbach and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.  (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP, left, and AP Photos)

San Francisco Conservatory buys Opus 3 Artists agency

Oct. 20, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

With much of the classical music industry shuttered by the novel coronavirus pandemic, one of the leading management agencies has been acquired by an unusual buyer in an unconventional transaction. The San Francisco Conservatory of Music announced Tuesday that it had purchased Opus 3 Artists, which represents...

Toby Gregory's yard that is adorned with 1,006 white crosses to represent Oklahoma deaths due to COVID-19, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. Gregory was able to keep up with the state death toll until last week, and then it became too many. He says he doesn't have the room or supplies to keep up with the current death toll, but will do about 50 more crosses. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

The Latest: Ireland sets new virus restrictions for 6 weeks

Oct. 19, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

LONDON — Ireland’s government is putting the country at its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks in a bid to combat a rise in infections. Premier Micheal Martin said Monday the measures take effect at midnight Wednesday and run until Dec. 1. People are being asked to stay at home,...

FILE - This May 12, 2020 file photo shows David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, closed during COVID-19 lockdown, in New York. The New York Philharmonic will miss an entire season for the first time in its 178-year history and is seeking to expedite the renovation of David Geffen Hall that had been set to impact performances through February 2024. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

New York Philharmonic cancels entire 2020-21 season

Oct. 13, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Philharmonic will miss an entire season for the first time in its 178-year history and is seeking to expedite the renovation of David Geffen Hall that had been set to impact performances through February 2024. Philharmonic President Deborah Borda said Tuesday that cancellations...