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FILE - In this May 23, 2007, file photo, Placido Domingo, general director of the Washington National Opera, speaks during a news conference in Washington about a simulcast of a performance of La Boheme. An investigation into Domingo by the U.S. union representing opera performers found more than two dozen people who said they were sexually harassed or witnessed inappropriate behavior by the superstar when he held senior management positions at Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera, according to people familiar with the findings. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Spain cancels Plácido Domingo´s part in two opera dates

Feb. 26, 2020 12:18 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government has canceled the participation of tenor Plácido Domingo in Madrid’s La Zarzuela light opera theater in May in light of the latest developments in the sexual misconduct allegations against the legendary singer. The decision Wednesday comes a day after the...

In this undated photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera, Soprano Anja Kampe, center, and the chorus perform in a scene from Act 2 of Wagner's

Met opera gets visionary new “Dutchman”

Feb. 26, 2020 8:20 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Francois Girard created quite a splash — literally — at the Metropolitan Opera seven years ago when he flooded the stage with fake blood for a scene in "Parsifal." Now he's back for another Wagner opera with a production dominated by a giant eye, a red dress, and 47 hanging...

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2009, file photo, Placido Domingo performs during a sound check prior to a free concert in Mexico City. In a statement released on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, he said,

Placido Domingo apology prompts new accuser to step forward

Feb. 25, 2020 10:35 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The words "I am truly sorry" have not been uttered often in the #MeToo era. So when soprano Luz del Alba Rubio woke up Tuesday to see an apology from opera superstar Placido Domingo, she was in shock. "I felt like we have conquered Goliath. Now we don't have to be scared to speak out,"...

FILE - In this May 23, 2007, file photo, Placido Domingo, general director of the Washington National Opera, speaks during a news conference in Washington about a simulcast of a performance of La Boheme. An investigation into Domingo by the U.S. union representing opera performers found more than two dozen people who said they were sexually harassed or witnessed inappropriate behavior by the superstar when he held senior management positions at Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera, according to people familiar with the findings. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

AP: US opera union probe finds Plácido Domingo abused power

Feb. 25, 2020 3:33 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An investigation into legendary singer Plácido Domingo by the U.S. union representing opera performers found more than two dozen people who said they were sexually harassed or witnessed inappropriate behavior by the superstar when he held senior management positions at Washington...

AP: US opera union probe finds Placido Domingo abused power, prompting apology from legendary tenor

Feb. 25, 2020 1:18 AM EST
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — AP: US opera union probe finds Placido Domingo abused power, prompting apology from legendary tenor.
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, Opera star Placido Domingo listens to applause at the end of a concert in Szeged, Hungary. Despite objections from sexual abuse activists, the Israeli Opera will host a week-long singing competition organized by Domingo in Tel Aviv later this year. Domingo has withdrawn from all U.S. performances since reports by The Associated Press last year detailed accusations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate, sexually charged conduct.  (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh, File)

Israeli Opera to host Placido Domingo despite protest

Feb. 19, 2020 3:31 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Despite objections from sexual abuse activists, the Israeli Opera will host a weeklong singing competition organized by Spanish opera star Placido Domingo in Tel Aviv later this year. Domingo, 80, has withdrawn from all U.S. performances since reports by The Associated Press last year...

FILE - In this May 20, 2006, file photo, soprano Deborah Voigt performs during the Metropolitan Opera Gala honoring the Met's General Manager Joseph Volpe in New York. The Gazzetta di Parma newspaper in Italy ran an obituary of Mirella Freni, the great Italian soprano who died Sunday at age 84. It was accompanied by a large photo that filled more than half the page of Voigt. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)

Voigt shocked paper ran her photo with Freni's obituary

Feb. 14, 2020 5:55 PM EST

Deborah Voigt was in California earlier this week when she got a text from a friend on the East Coast. "So sorry to hear the news of your passing," read the Monday message. The Gazzetta di Parma newspaper in Italy had run an obituary of Mirella Freni, the great Italian soprano who died Sunday at age 84. It was...

This undated photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows set model by Jan Versweyveld for the new production of Jake Heggie's

Heggie's `Dead Man Walking' gets Met Opera premiere in 20-21

Feb. 13, 2020 3:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of pushing, Joyce DiDonato has been granted a big wish: The Metropolitan Opera is mounting Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking" for the mezzo-soprano next season. Twenty seasons after the work's world premiere, it arrives at the Met on April 8, 2021, in a production directed by Tony...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2016, file photo, Hungarian conductor and pianist Gyorgy Kurtag, second right, is applauded next to his wife Marta Kurtag, right, on the occasion of his 90th birthday during his anniversary concert at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary. The American premiere of Kurtag's

Kurtág opera to get US premiere from NY Philharmonic in 2021

Feb. 12, 2020 4:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The American premiere of György Kurtág's "Fin de Partie," based on Samuel Beckett's "Endgame," will be presented by the New York Philharmonic in June 2021. The Philharmonic announced its season Wednesday and said the opera will be given staged performances on June 10 and 12 at...

FILE - In this Tuesday Jan. 26, 2010 file photo, Italian opera soprano Mirella Freni poses at the 44th MIDEM (International record music publishing and video music market) in Cannes, southern France. Mirella Freni, an Italian soprano whose uncommon elegance and intensity combined with a sumptuous voice and intelligence to enthrall opera audiences for a half-century, has died at age 84. Freni's manager said she died Sunday Feb. 9, 2020 at her home in Modena, Italy. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)

Renowned Italian soprano Mirella Freni dies at age 84

Feb. 9, 2020 6:19 PM EST

Mirella Freni, an Italian soprano whose uncommon elegance and intensity combined with a sumptuous voice and intelligence to enthrall audiences for a half-century, has died at age 84. Freni died Sunday at her home in Modena, Italy, from a degenerative muscular disease and a series of stokes, according to her...