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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during an event with young Venezuelan migrants at the Planalto Presidential Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. According to the UNHCR there are around 180,000 Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the country, many of them arrived crossing the border  in the northern state of Roraima. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Far-right Bolsonaro fires latest round in Brazil culture war

Jan. 17, 2020 8:31 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — 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. The project is part of the far-right administration's answer to what it sees as decades of leftist hegemony in the cultural sphere...

File---Picture taken March 13, 2019 shows irector Harry Kupfer smokes during the break of the photo rehearsal of Handel's opera

German opera director Harry Kupfer dies at 84

Dec. 31, 2019 9:11 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Harry Kupfer, the longtime opera director of Berlin's Komische Oper, has died at 84. His management agency Arsis said in a statement Tuesday that Kupfer died Monday “after lengthy illness” in Berlin. Kupfer's career began in Stralsund, then part of communist East Germany, in...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 file photo, opera star Placido Domingo performs during a concert in Szeged, Hungary. Domingo continued his calendar of European engagements despite allegations of sexual harassment, appearing here for a performance to inaugurate a sports complex for a local Catholic diocese. Two investigations into Domingo's behavior were opened in 2019 after Associated Press stories in which more than 20 women said the legendary tenor had pressured them into sexual relationships, behaved inappropriately and sometimes professionally punished those who rebuffed him. Dozens of others told the AP that they had witnessed his behavior. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh)

Soul-searching in opera world after tumultuous #MeToo year

Dec. 29, 2019 10:30 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It was a tumultuous year in the opera world, a year in which sexual harassment allegations against superstar Placido Domingo prompted his disappearance from American stages and sparked deep soul-searching. Opera performers are applauding new official efforts to create a workplace free...

FILE - In this June 21, 2013 file photo, conductor Peter Schreier smiles after receiving the Bach Medal in Leipzig, Germany. German opera singer and conductor Peter Schreier has died in Dresden, Germany, the dpa news agency announced Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 citing his longtime secretary. Schreier was in demand on opera stages all over the world and performed at the Berlin State Opera in his native East Germany. (Hendrik Schmidt/dpa via AP, file)

German opera singer, conductor Schreier dies at 84

Dec. 26, 2019 1:51 PM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Opera singer and conductor Peter Schreier, who won fame at the Salzburg festival and Milan's La Scala, has died in Dresden, Germany. He was 84. The dpa news agency reported Thursday that he died Wednesday, citing his longtime secretary. Schreier, a tenor, was in demand on opera...

A protester passes by flares during a demonstration in Lyon, central France, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. Workers at the Eiffel Tower, teachers, doctors, lawyers and people from across the French workforce walked off the job Tuesday to resist a higher retirement age, or to preserve a welfare system they fear their business-friendly president wants to dismantle. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

France on strike: Power cuts, schools shut, no Eiffel Tower

Dec. 17, 2019 2:15 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French union activists cut electricity to nearly 100,000 homes or offices. Eiffel Tower staff walked off the job. Even Paris opera workers joined in Tuesday's nationwide protests across France, singing an aria of anger as workers rallied against the government's plan to raise the retirement...

FILE- In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, opera singer Placido Domingo performs during a concert in Szeged, Hungary.  In an interview published Wednesday Dec. 4, 2019, in a leading Spanish newspaper, Domingo has sought to blame allegations of sexual harassment against him, on cultural differences between countries. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh, File)

Standing ovation in Milan for Domingo's 50th anniversary

Dec. 15, 2019 8:38 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Opera star Placido Domingo received a standing ovation for his 50th anniversary gala concert at La Scala on Sunday and returned the appreciation with a rare a cappella performance. Standing alone on the stage holding three yellow roses, Domingo serenaded the audience with a favorite Spanish...

A woman looks at a cake in the shape of La Scala opera house displayed in the window of Cava bakery, in downtown Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Milan's storied La Scala opera house opens its 2019-2020 season on Saturday with Puccini's

Gala evening at La Scala celebrates culture over extremism

Dec. 7, 2019 8:07 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The gala season premiere of Puccini’s “Tosca” starring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and conducted by Riccardo Chailly received 15 minutes of applause from an audience of Milanese elite, in an evening that celebrated culture as a bulwark against political extremism. For...

Royal Opera, The Met remove tenor Vittorio Grigolo

Dec. 6, 2019 8:37 AM EST

New York (AP) — The Royal Opera in London and The Met in New York have removed tenor Vittorio Grigolo after an investigation found inappropriate and aggressive behavior at a curtain call. A spokesperson for the Royal Opera said in a statement released Thursday that their investigation found his behavior...

This undated photo provided by the San Francisco Opera shows San Francisco Opera Music Director Designate Eun Sun Kim. The 39-year-old Kim will become the company's music director designate effective immediately and take on the position permanently in August, conducting Beethoven's “Fidelio” when the 2020-21 season opens, the company said Thursday.(Marc Olivier Le Blanc/San Francisco Opera via AP)

San Francisco Opera names its first female music director

Dec. 5, 2019 6:11 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Opera has named conductor Eun Sun Kim its new music director, ushering the first woman into the job in the company's history. The 39-year-old Kim will become the company's music director designate effective immediately and take on the position permanently in August,...

FILE - In this July 12, 2019, file photo, opera singer Placido Domingo speaks during a news conference about his upcoming show

Domingo’s accusers: Nothing ‘chivalrous’ about groping women

Dec. 3, 2019 7:36 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two opera singers who accused Placido Domingo of sexual misconduct said Tuesday that it was disappointing and disturbing that the opera legend recently claimed he has always behaved like a gentleman and never acted improperly toward women. Angela Turner Wilson and Patricia Wulf were...