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Toni Kessler, owner of West River Seeds, in Townshend, Vt., talks about the Dakota Winter Onions bloom from her garden on Friday, May 29, 2020. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)

Vermont expected to announce indoor restaurant dining Friday

Jun. 3, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

MARSHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Phil Scott hopes to announce in two days that restaurants may reopen for indoor dining, with physical distancing a high priority, he said Wednesday. “We still have a very long way to go to help our restaurants get back up on their feet, but we've got to start somewhere,"...

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2014, file photo, pedestrians make their way in front of the Metropolitan Opera house at New York's Lincoln Center. Met Opera will delay opening night of the season to Dec. 31, calling off four of five new productions, eliminating February break. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Met Opera cuts season by 3 1/2 months, to shorten some shows

Jun. 1, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera season is getting shorter, along with some of its shows. The Met said Monday it is pushing back opening night by nearly 3 1/2 months to the latest start in the company’s 137-year history and calling off four of next season’s new productions in fallout...

Hazel Roberts walks in a field of flags ahead of Memorial Day, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Cohasset, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

New England Catholics look forward to celebrating Mass again

May. 23, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Major hospitals in Maine's largest city experienced an uptick in coronavirus hospitalizations; Roman Catholics in New Hampshire can begin receiving Holy Communion again in parishes that follow certain safety guidelines; Vermont’s largest annual event has been canceled for the first...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2018 file photo, Italian Maestro Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year's concert at the golden hall of Vienna's Musikverein, Austria. Riccardo Muti will conduct a youth orchestra in an open-air concert launching the annual Ravenna Festival next month in what organizers billed Friday May 22, 2020, as Italy’s first live classical music performance since its strict lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, File)

Muti to conduct classical music's return to Italian stage

May. 22, 2020 5:51 AM EDT

SOAVE, Italy (AP) — Riccardo Muti will conduct a youth orchestra in an open-air concert launching the annual Ravenna Festival next month in what organizers billed Friday as Italy’s first live classical music performance since its strict lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Italian...

S Carolina musicians spread cheer with neighborhood concerts

May. 16, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — It was like a scene at the opera. Gathered on rows of balconies, onlookers peered down, some with binoculars, at two powerhouse singers and a pianist below. Instead of sporting tuxedos and gowns, as if they were seated in boxes at the Gaillard, audience members wore baseball caps...

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2011 file photo, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the music director for The Philadelphia Orchestra, poses for a portrait in Philadelphia. Nézet-Séguin’s income from the Metropolitan Opera in his first season as music director was about a quarter of what James Levine earned in his last full season as music director emeritus. His compensation in the 2018-19 fiscal year was $392,152, according to the company’s tax return released Friday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Nézet-Séguin got $392,152 in initial part of 1st Met season

May. 15, 2020 7:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s earned $392,152 during his first portion of his first season as the Metropolitan Opera's music director, about a quarter of what James Levine earned in his last full season as music director emeritus. Nézet-Séguin’s compensation in...

FILE - This Jan. 3, 1984 file photo shows John Macurdy as Radames after a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's

John Macurdy, bass who sang 1,001 times at Met, dies at 91

May. 13, 2020 9:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — John Macurdy, a bass who sang 1,001 performances at the Metropolitan Opera over four decades and created characters in notable world premieres, has died at 91, his wife said Wednesday. Macurdy died of natural causes on May 7 in Stamford, Connecticut, Justine Macurdy said. His career...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 filer, a woman wearing a sanitary mask walks past La Scala Opera house in Milan, Italy. Milan’s famed La Scala opera house on Thursday, May 7, 2020 unveiled a virtual journey through the storied theater and its  archives with Google Arts & Culture in what turned out to be a strangely ideal moment:  with theaters throughout Italy and the western world closed due to coronavirus. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

La Scala opens virtual tour during coronavirus lockdown

May. 7, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Milan’s famed La Scala opera house on Thursday unveiled a virtual journey through its ornate premises and rich archives via Google Arts & Culture, with serendipitous timing as theaters throughout Italy and the western world remain closed due to the coronavirus. The project has been...

FILE - This Oct. 26, 1959 file photo shows American mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias arriving at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York to attend a performance of Verdi's

Rosalind Elias dies at 90; made Broadway debut at 81

May. 5, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Rosalind Elias, an American mezzo-soprano who created roles in a pair of Samuel Barber world premieres and made her Broadway debut at 81, has died. She was 90. Elias had been slowed by congestive heart failure for the past six months, according to her manager, Robert Lombardo, but still...

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Colson Whitehead's 'The Nickel Boys' wins Pulitzer Prize

May. 4, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Colson Whitehead became the rare author to receive Pulitzers for consecutive books when his novel about a brutal Florida reform school during the Jim Crow era, “The Nickel Boys,” was awarded the fiction prize Monday. Three years ago, he won for his Civil War era novel...