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Baltimore symphony delays start of season amid labor dispute

Sep. 14, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra isn't starting its 2019-20 season as scheduled because of an extended labor dispute with its musicians. The orchestra announced a free concert set for Saturday evening was delayed by one week. The Baltimore Sun reports the concert is designed to preview...

Mazzola to succeed Davis as Lyric Opera music director

Sep. 12, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

There will be two Italian music directors in Chicago. Enrique Mazzola will become the top conductor at the Lyric Opera of Chicago following the retirement of Andrew Davis at the end of the 2020-21 season. Mazzola joins Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since the 2010-11 season. "It's...

'Let Me Die' to premiere at Opera Philadelphia's annual fest

Sep. 12, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A suicidal Madame Butterfly bids farewell to her son, who morphs into Otello and murders Desdemona twice while singing snippets of Rossini and Verdi. The Tomb Scene from "Aida" segues to Rusalka giving her prince the kiss of death. Then Romeo and Juliet die in each other's arms. And so...

Baltimore Symphony musicians hit management with complaint

Sep. 10, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians have filed a complaint with a federal agency accusing orchestra management of unfair labor practices. News outlets report the charge was filed Tuesday with the National Labor Relations Board. The musicians say the orchestra hasn't bargained in good...

Sheriff: Woman's body recovered; search resumes for children

Sep. 10, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

TUNICA, Miss. (AP) — Northern Mississippi authorities have recovered the body of a woman who crashed into the Mississippi River near Fitz Casino. WMC-TV reports Tunica County Sheriff K.C. Hamp confirms the body of 29-year-old Symphony Wilson was found late Monday night. The two children who were also in...

Music director at KC Symphony to step down in 2023

Sep. 9, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The longtime music director for the Kansas City Symphony will leave his position, but not for a few years. The symphony on Monday announced that Michael Stern will step down at the end of the 2022-23 season. After that, he will become music director laureate. A news release from the...

Restored edition of 'Porgy and Bess' readying for Met Opera

Sep. 9, 2019 6:40 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A restored edition of a pioneering, enduring American opera put through its paces in Michigan is making its official debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess" is set to premiere Sept. 23. The staging of the "performance edition" is the culmination...

Opera union launches investigation into Domingo allegations

Sep. 8, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The union that represents opera performers and staff has launched its own investigation into sexual harassment allegations against superstar Placido Domingo, saying it cannot be sure that opera companies will delve into them sufficiently themselves. The American Guild of Musical Artists...

The Latest: Dallas Opera cancels 2020 Domingo performance

Sep. 6, 2019 6:31 AM EDT

The Latest on new sexual misconduct allegations against opera star Placido Domingo (all times Eastern): 8 p.m. The Dallas Opera has canceled a 2020 Placido Domingo event due to harassment and groping allegations against the opera superstar. The opera said Thursday the gala had been set for March 11 but was taken...

Singer says opera's Domingo harassed her, grabbed her breast

Sep. 5, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

The glittering production was a high point of the Washington Opera's 1999-2000 season: Jules Massenet's "Le Cid," about a legendary Spanish conqueror, starring a tenor legendary in his own right — Placido Domingo, then the company's artistic director. The opera, also being filmed for broadcast on public...