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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...

Met returns with 1st work by a Black composer in its history

Sep. 28, 2021 01:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “We bend, we don't break. We sway!” sings the chorus in the second act of Terence Blanchard's "Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” That is how much of the audience of about 4,000 in the Metropolitan Opera felt as they watched Monday night' landmark...

Met season to open with first-ever opera by Black composer

Sep. 23, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Blow recalls being in the audience at the premiere of the opera based on his memoir, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” and watching the scene that depicts his sexual abuse as a child by an older cousin. “To be honest,” he said, “it was more...

Met Opera to stage Anthony Davis' `X' on Malcolm X in 2023

Sep. 16, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will present its second work by a Black composer, Anthony Davis’ “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X,” just two years after its first. The company said Thursday that “X” will open on Nov. 3, 2023, in a staging by Robert...

Operatic day at the beach evokes climate crisis

Sep. 14, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — How do you turn a performance space in Brooklyn into a day at the beach? Answer: Truck in 21 tons of sand from New Jersey in 50-pound bags and dump them out onto the floor — all 840 of them. That’s how the production crew at the...

Poignant return for Met Opera after 18-month pandemic pause

Sep. 12, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Even before the first note, there were a pair of standing ovations — one when the chorus filed in and another when concertmaster Benjamin Bowman walked on to tune up the orchestra. About 90 minutes later, when conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin relaxed...

Met Opera and orchestra reach deal, allowing season to start

Aug. 24, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera reached a four-year agreement with the union for its orchestra, the last major deal needed for the company to resume performances following a 1 1/2-year layoff caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The contract with local 802 of the...