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Kennedy Center Honors back once more, Biden attends

Dec. 06, 2021 07:29 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Kennedy Center Honors returned to tradition this year with a real-life gala Sunday night and the presence of the president for the first time since 2016. The lifetime achievement awards for artistic excellence were presented...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

Dec. 02, 2021 13:59 PM EST

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary...

Nézet-Séguin to take 4 weeks off from conducting

Nov. 29, 2021 19:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra, is taking a four-week sabbatical from conducting starting Dec. 19 after a busy autumn and ahead of a challenging second half of the season. The Met said...

Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green ready for operatic stardom

Nov. 24, 2021 10:12 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — He opened the season as kindly Uncle Paul in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” Next night he was the vagabond monk Varlaam, stopping the show in Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov.” Now he’s back as...

Aucoin's 'Eurydice,' modern retelling of myth, opens at Met

Nov. 23, 2021 11:08 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — As Erin Morley sang on the big stage of the Metropolitan Opera, Matthew Aucoin sat in the first row of the orchestra, his score in front of him, taking notes. Unlike most of her performances, Morley could use rehearsals to suggest adjusting notes to fit...

Emilie Kouatchou makes 'Phantom' history on Broadway

Nov. 11, 2021 13:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Rising stage star Emilie Kouatchou came close to quitting musical theater during the pandemic shutdown, worried about the future. She stuck with it and has now made Broadway history. The soprano late last month made her Broadway debut as Christine in...

Bernard Haitink, renowned Dutch conductor, dies at 92

Oct. 22, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

Bernard Haitink, a Dutch conductor of refinement and grace who led the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for 27 years and held leadership positions in London, Chicago and Boston, died at his home in London on Thursday, his management agency announced. He was 92. Haitink was...

Anna Netrebko needs shoulder surgery, cancels performances

Oct. 19, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

Soprano Anna Netrebko needs shoulder surgery and has canceled performances in Verdi's “Nabucco” at the Vienna State Opera. The 50-year-old was to have sung Abigaille on Nov. 1, 6, 9 and 12, the first three with Amartuvshin Enkhbat in the title role and the last with...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg tribute required innovative donations

Oct. 06, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

The upcoming world premiere at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra of a classical music piece inspired by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would probably have been impossible if not for a bunch of lawyers in the Chicago area, a Long Island fine arts foundation and an award-winning...

Marie Osmond takes singing career in new symphonic direction

Oct. 01, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a halt. It also slowed Marie Osmond, but not for long. The entertainer used the time to take her singing career in a different direction. She’s cultivating her childhood love of opera in a new album and...