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Security fears loom over Bayreuth opera fest

Frankfurt - Germany's legendary Bayreuth opera festival dedicated to the works of Richard Wagner opens Monday, but security fears and off-stage drama threaten to cast a long shadow over the 140-year-old event.

Browser battery wars: Opera hits back at Microsoft Edge

A few days ago, Microsoft posted a video and a detailed blog post in which it claimed Edge is by far the most power-efficient web browser around. Not everyone is satisfied with the results though. Opera has hit back at Microsoft, saying it can do better.

Microsoft: Edge gives you 50% more battery than Chrome, Firefox

Microsoft has slammed the battery life of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera, claiming its own Edge browser allows laptops and tablets to last for up to 50 percent longer on a charge. It is also updating Edge with even more power saving features.

Opera gets a built-in ad blocker, dramatically boosts performance

Opera has announced that a major update to its web browser will include a native ad blocker, the first in the industry. The company says it will speed up websites and improve user experience, claiming a built-in blocker is more effective than plugins.

Opera receives $1.2 billion buyout offer, accepts the deal

Internet company Opera has confirmed it has been approached by a consortium of Chinese firms interested in purchasing it for $1.2 billion. Opera, best known for the web browser of the same name, has indicated it will accept the offer.

Opera star Montserrat Caballe given suspended jail for tax evasion

Barcelona - Spain's world-famous opera star Montserrat Caballe was handed a six-month suspended jail sentence and fined more than 250,000 euros ($275,000) on Tuesday for cheating the taxman.

Robert Davi: Revered Hollywood actor and singing star Special

In 2011, Robert Davi, star of such films as "Licence to Kill" and "Die Hard," began to actively pursue a career in music. On the strength of his debut album, 'Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance,' it appears he made an inspired decision.

Premiere of 'Tristan and Isolde' scores hit at Bayreuth Festival

Bayreuth - A brand-new production of Richard Wagner's opera "Tristan and Isolde" by the composer's great-granddaughter was warmly received at its premiere on Saturday, marking the start of this year's legendary Bayreuth Festival.

Russia sacks theatre chief in 'blasphemous' opera scandal

Moscow - Russia's culture ministry said Monday it fired a theatre director for offending Orthodox believers with a radical staging of a Wagner opera, whose posters showed a crucifixion scene between a naked woman's legs.

Wagner legend is brought to life by a fast-rising star Special

Toronto - New Jersey native Christine Goerke may be making her role debut as a legendary Wagner heroine soon, but she's still a tweeting, Skyping wife and mom who thinks size has nothing to do with sex appeal.

The Canadian Opera Company balances old and new Special

Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company moves into daring territory with its 2015-2016 season, announced this past week. A mix of old favorites and new works dominates a season characterized by bold new choices and old favorites.

Riot police clash with protesters at La Scala opening night

Milan - The glamourous season opener at Milan's Scala opera house was marred Sunday by clashes between riot police and protesters which left two wounded.Around 300 demonstrators, using banners reading "fight the power" and "we resist!

Canada's opera stars of tomorrow shine at 'Centre Stage' Special

Toronto - Young opera talent was celebrated recently in Toronto at the Canadian Opera Company's annual vocal competition. Hometown favorites made up two of the three final winners, but the evening, overall, was a great showcase for Canada's impressive opera talent.

Paris Opera expels veiled woman during performance

Paris - France's government is drawing up a new set of rules for theatres after the Paris Opera ejected a woman for wearing a veil during a performance, the institution's deputy director said Sunday.

Youthful passion fuels 'Madama Butterfly' Special

Toronto - Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” has been accused of racism, misogyny, and gross stereotyping. But at its heart, the opera is really about the passion of youth, and the consequences of choice.

Sex, drink, food, and trouble: Verdi's Falstaff lives large Special

Toronto - Canadian opera singer Gerald Finley says the timing’s right to make his debut as one of opera’s biggest and most beloved party boys.

An Australian Indigenous Opera: A sonorous milestone

Melbourne - Today, a major public presentation of Australia’s inaugural Indigenous opera, Pecan Summer, will take place in Melbourne's Federation Square.

Opera Australia sacks soprano over anti-gay slur

Sydney - Leading soprano Tamar Iveri on Monday had her contract torn up by Opera Australia for "unconscionable" anti-gay comments posted on her Facebook page that sparked a storm of protest.

The Canadian Opera Company says 'Olé!' to Don Quichotte Special

Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company will be staging Jules Massenet’s 1910 work 'Don Quichotte' for the first time in its history. Along with being a company premiere, it marks the Canadian debut of the work's celebrated lead vocalist.

Grim's Dyke: an English Manor House Special

London - Grim's Dyke is a splendid Victorian manor house and estate located in North London. It was the home to a celebrated musician; used for many movie productions; and it is now a hotel. Digital Journal paid a visit.

Chicago opera scene hits high note with loyal audiences

The plot summary of U.S. opera in recent years has unfolded like the last act of a Verdi tragedy: New York City Opera, dead; Opera Boston, dead; San Diego Opera, on its final aria.

Soprano Netrebko pulls out of 'not right' London 'Faust'

Russian soprano Anna Netrebko has pulled out of a mostly sold-out production in April of Gounod's opera "Faust" at the Royal Opera House in London, saying that "the role is not right for me".

Kardashian confronts tradition at elite Vienna ball

At 24, Olga Goreglyad is a veteran of society balls around Europe but her ambition will not be fulfilled until she dances on Thursday night as a debutante at Vienna's Opera Ball - something celebrity ...

Superstar Placido Domingo lights up NYC Opera tribute

New York - Placido Domingo, one of opera's most popular superstars, went back to his roots late Friday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the now defunct New York company that launched his career.Since its first performance in 1944 the beloved New York City Ope...

Review: Alexander Kariotis and Rock Opera Orchestra soar on new album Special

Rock and opera singer, the ever-talented Alexander Kariotis and his Rock Opera Orchestra released his brand new studio album on February 4, 2014.

Opera Software says Skyfire's expectations were too high

Norway's Opera Software now expects to pay $35 million less than anticipated for Skyfire, a video and data compression technology firm bought in February 2013, as sales underperformed the unit's own expectations, the company said on Tu...

Opera Software says Skyfire expectations were too high

Norway's Opera Software now expects to pay $35 million less than anticipated for Skyfire, a video and data compression technology firm bought in February 2013, as sales have been disappointing, the company said on Tuesday.

Atom Egoyan schools opera audiences on love and fidelity Special

Toronto - Mozart's 1790 opera Cosi fan tutte revolves around a deceptively simple premise of altered identities. Dig deeper, however, and it's a thought-provoking work about relationships and the trust and deceit that color our romantic connections and illusions.

Italy's mild maestro Abbado dies after stellar career

Rome - Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, who pushed to open the music world to a wider public and was loved by orchestras for his gentle manner, died on Monday after a stellar career that took him to La Scala in Milan, the Vienna State Opera and the Berlin Ph

The Canadian Opera Company: Something old, plenty new Special

Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company announced its 2014-2015 season in a splashy evening event at the Four Seasons Center Wednesday night in Toronto.
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(l – r) Hanna Schwarz as Herodias and Erika Sunnegårdh as Salome in the Canadian Opera Company’...
(l – r) Hanna Schwarz as Herodias and Erika Sunnegårdh as Salome in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Salome, 2013.
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Mark Delavan as Scarpia (centre) in a scene from the Canadian Opera Company production of Tosca  201...
Mark Delavan as Scarpia (centre) in a scene from the Canadian Opera Company production of Tosca, 2012.
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A scene from 2012 Opéra National de Bordeaux production.
A scene from 2012 Opéra National de Bordeaux production.
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A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Salome  2013.
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Salome, 2013.
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Ensemble Studio Competition finalists and winners  2014.
Ensemble Studio Competition finalists and winners, 2014.
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Alexander Neef has been General Director of the Canadian Opera Company since 2008.
Alexander Neef has been General Director of the Canadian Opera Company since 2008.
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Johan Reuter as Wotan and Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde in the Canadian Opera Company production o...
Johan Reuter as Wotan and Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde in the Canadian Opera Company production of 'Die Walküre', 2015.
Michael Cooper
(L-R) Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki and Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio San in the Canadian Opera Company ...
(L-R) Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki and Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio San in the Canadian Opera Company production of 'Madama Butterfly', 2014.
Veronika Roux-Vlachova
If Neef’s relative youth to the position -he’s in his late thirties -renders him precocious (and...
If Neef’s relative youth to the position -he’s in his late thirties -renders him precocious (and, paired with a decidedly continental-European approach, perhaps even arrogant) to some critics, it also affords him varying degrees of confidence, curiosity, and casualness. He’s good at what he does, he’s ready to try new things, and he doesn’t mind pushing audiences into new, unfamiliar territory.
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Center  L-R: Jean-François Lapointe as Marquis de la Force  Isabel Bayrakdarian as Blanche de la Fo...
Center, L-R: Jean-François Lapointe as Marquis de la Force, Isabel Bayrakdarian as Blanche de la Force and Frédéric Antoun as Chevalier de la Force in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of "Dialogues des Carmélites", 2013.
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A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of  Dialogues des Carmélites   2013.
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of "Dialogues des Carmélites", 2013.
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The winners of this year s Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio singing competition (L-R): Aaron S...
The winners of this year's Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio singing competition (L-R): Aaron Sheppard, Dimitri Katotakis, COC General Manager Alexander Neef, and Charles Sy.
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The Long Night of Opera and Theater 2010 in Berlin
The Long Night of Opera and Theater 2010 in Berlin
Soprano Christine Goerke is making her role debut as Brünnhilde in the Atom Egoyan-directed  Canadi...
Soprano Christine Goerke is making her role debut as Brünnhilde in the Atom Egoyan-directed, Canadian Opera Company production of 'Die Walkure', on at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto January 31st through February 22nd.
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Luca Pisaroni as Maometto II. Photo from  Maometto II  (Sante Fe Opera  2012).
Luca Pisaroni as Maometto II. Photo from 'Maometto II' (Sante Fe Opera, 2012).
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Rinat Shaham as Carmen and Alain Coulombe as Zuniga. Photo from  Carmen  (Canadian Opera Company  20...
Rinat Shaham as Carmen and Alain Coulombe as Zuniga. Photo from 'Carmen' (Canadian Opera Company, 2010), which will be staged as part of the COC's 2015-2016 season.
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Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde and Clifton Forbis as Siegmund in the Canadian Opera Company product...
Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde and Clifton Forbis as Siegmund in the Canadian Opera Company production of 'Die Walküre', 2015.
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A unique event on the sea.
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