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'No path is easy': Black opera singers detail struggles

Sep. 19, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 60 years after Marian Anderson broke the color barrier at the Metropolitan Opera, black singers still face unique obstacles in building their careers within the industry. "We've made some strides, but not a whole lot," said Naomi Andre, a professor at the University of Michigan...

Colorado opera house expansion project deemed unfeasible

Sep. 16, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — A study has determined a proposed expansion of a Colorado opera house is not feasible. The Aspen Daily News reports the study commissioned by the city of Aspen concluded the Wheeler Opera House project would be too costly and cause unacceptable interference with programming. Consultants...

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...

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...

Dallas Opera cancels 2020 Placido Domingo event due to harassment, groping allegations against superstar

Sep. 5, 2019 8:15 PM EDT
DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Opera cancels 2020 Placido Domingo event due to harassment, groping allegations against superstar.

Tokyo Olympics undecided on Placido Domingo appearance

Aug. 30, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee has not decided what it plans to do about the appearance of Placido Domingo at a 2020 Games event and is looking into allegations the opera star sexually harassed several women. The Associated Press reported earlier this month on extensive allegations...