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9-year-old girl sues German boys choir over gender bias

Aug. 15, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A 9-year-old girl is suing a centuries-old Berlin boys choir, arguing that her bid to join was only rejected because of her gender, in a case that has sparked debate over equal rights versus artistic freedom. The State and Cathedral Choir is one of the most renowned boys choirs in Germany,...

European theaters mostly wait-and-see on Domingo accusations

Aug. 14, 2019 3:23 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — While two U.S. opera houses immediately canceled performances by famed tenor Placido Domingo following sexual harassment allegations, European opera houses are taking stances ranging from supportive to wait-and-see. The Philadelphia Orchestra and San Francisco Opera immediately announced they...

LA Opera to investigate Placido Domingo over accusations

Aug. 14, 2019 1:26 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two music companies canceled appearances by Placido Domingo and the Los Angeles Opera said Tuesday it would launch an investigation in response to an Associated Press story in which numerous women accused the opera legend of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior spanning...

Concerts canceled, investigation opened into Placido Domingo

Aug. 13, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two music companies canceled appearances by Placido Domingo and the Los Angeles Opera said Tuesday it would launch an investigation in response to an Associated Press story in which numerous women accused the opera legend of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior spanning...

The Latest: San Francisco Opera cancels Domingo concert

Aug. 13, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

The Latest on sexual harassment accusations against opera legend Placido Domingo (all times EDT): 5 p.m. The San Francisco Opera says it is canceling an October concert featuring Placido Domingo after the publication of an Associated Press story that quoted numerous women as saying they were sexually harassed or...

AP: Women accuse opera legend Domingo of sexual harassment

Aug. 13, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

For decades, Placido Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera, has tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his advances, numerous accusers told The Associated Press. Regarded as one of the...

The Latest: Philly Orchestra rescinds invitation to Domingo

Aug. 13, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment claims against opera legend Placido Domingo (all times local): 12 p.m. The Philadelphia Orchestra has rescinded an invitation to have opera legend Placido Domingo appear at its opening night concert after an Associated Press story revealed numerous sexual...

Baltimore Orchestra and others nationwide face challenges

Aug. 10, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Eighty-one of the world's top classical musicians were locked out of symphony hall during a rancorous labor dispute. Donors deserted in droves. Faced with a massive deficit, the symphony's board of directors raided the endowment and demanded hefty pay cuts. The public sided with the...

Walk of Fame to welcome Philadelphia Orchestra, The O'Jays

Aug. 7, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's Music Alliance will induct musicians spanning a wide range of genres to its Walk of Fame, including The Philadelphia Orchestra, R&B group The O'Jays and '80s rock band The Hooters. The class of 2019's other honorees include Philadelphia socialite and philanthropist...

Clintons, Mariah Carey turn out for Barbra Streisand concert

Aug. 4, 2019 12:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbra Streisand's return to New York City's Madison Square Garden for the first time in 13 years attracted figures from pop superstar Mariah Carey to Bill and Hillary Clinton for a concert that turned political. The iconic singer performed a show-stopping concert Saturday night, receiving...