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Roger Daltrey talks new tour, thoughts on Broadway’s ‘Tommy’ and future of The Who

Jun. 11, 2024 14:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As Roger Daltrey hits the road on a short solo tour this June, he’s unsure if fans will ever see another tour from The Who. “I don’t see it. I don’t know whether The Who’ll ever will go out again,” he told The Associated Press over Zoom. ...

Director Damiano Michieletto invigorates opera with stagings that astonish some, appall others

Jun. 05, 2024 09:36 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Damiano Michieletto sat in the last row of the Opéra Bastille's front section alongside his production colleagues, watching opening night of Massenet’s rarely performed “Don Quichotte.” They bolted at the final note to get backstage for curtain calls and were...

Opera about a school shooting's aftermath has its US premiere in San Francisco

May. 28, 2024 09:55 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An uneasy orchestral prelude sets the mood: muffled percussion, brooding woodwinds, anguished strings. The curtain rises and the first voices we hear are of two young men cowering in the shadows. “I … I … I can’t ….go to work,” one stammers in...

Washington Opera offers new ending to Puccini's final work

May. 08, 2024 10:26 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ever since Giacomo Puccini died without finishing his last opera, “Turandot,” audiences have thrilled to its soaring melodies like “Nessun Dorma,” but also perhaps lamented the lack of a proper ending. Now the Washington National Opera is offering an...

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo to become general director of Opera Philadelphia

Apr. 25, 2024 12:06 PM EDT

Anthony Roth Costanzo was hired Thursday as general director and president of Opera Philadelphia and will continue his career as a leading countertenor while taking over an ambitious company dealing with post-pandemic economic challenges. "Even though I’m an opera singer, it’s my...

Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian makes belated Metropolitan Opera debut as Madame Butterfly

Apr. 23, 2024 13:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Asmik Grigorian laughs when she recalls that she had been singing professionally for more than a decade when the International Opera Awards proclaimed her the “best young female singer” of 2016. “So for 12 years I was nothing, and then I immediately became the...