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A diva remembered: key points in the life of Maria Callas

Paris - Maria Callas died 40 years ago but her status as one of opera's greatest stars remains undiminished, with new releases of CDs and exhibitions planned to mark the anniversary.

Salzburg Festival features opera's leading lights

Salzburg - Austria's Salzburg Festival opens Saturday, the start of more than a month of classical and dramatic performances featuring some of opera's brightest and most controversial stars.

‘Come From Away’, ‘Rocking Horse’, ʻFather’ win big at Doras Special

Toronto - Although “Come From Away”, “Father Comes Home from the Wars” and “Rocking Horse Winner” were among the top winners at last night’s Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the night really seemed to belong to the late Jon Kaplan much of the time.

Erdogan's Istanbul opera house plan sparks excitement, controversy

Istanbul - On the buzzing Taksim Square of Istanbul, the focal point of the modern city, a giant disused building looms over visitors, its glass windows broken and a few tattered advertising banners flapping disconsolately in the breeze.

Pakistan rape victim attends US opera inspired by her story

Los Angeles - Fifteen years after her horrific gang rape by a local clan in her village in Pakistan, Mukhtar Mai is reliving her ordeal -- and courageousness -- through a US opera inspired by her story.

Opera unveils 'reborn' browser with built-in chat features

Opera has launched a substantial update for its desktop web browser. The release ushers in a new design language and built-in integration with messaging services. You can chat with your contacts using new messaging panes that show up in the sidebar.

Sydney Opera House to get largest-ever upgrade

Sydney - Australia's world-renowed Opera House is to undergo its first major renovation since being opened in 1973 to help tackle sound problems that have haunted the building for years.

Wagner's great-granddaughter abandons festival dream

Frankfurt Am Main - Nike Wagner, great-granddaughter of legendary German opera composer Richard Wagner, on Tuesday said she had given up hope of ever directing the annual Bayreuth festival dedicated to his works.

Opera troupe tours rural China defending a dying art

- For the 50-year-old Chinese opera performer, every aspect of the dimly-lit backstage room was a reminder that things had changed.

Raquel Suarez-Groen talks about opera ¡Figaro! (90210)! Special

New York - Actress Raquel Suarez-Groen sat down and chatted with Digital Journal about her role as Roxanne Conti in ¡Figaro! (90210)!

Interview: Vid Guerrerio talks about ¡Figaro! (90210)! Special

New York - Lyricist Vid Guerrerio sat down and chatted with Digital Journal about working on the opera ¡Figaro! (90210)! It opens on April 7 and runs until April 23.

Interview: Actor Luke Scott opens up about ¡Figaro! (90210)! Special

New York - Lead actor Luke Scott sat down and chatted with Digital Journal about his role, Paul Conti, in the opera ¡Figaro! (90210)!

Opera unveils its new 'reborn' browser design

Opera is redesigning its browser with a new interface that's meant to be modern and fresh. Under construction as "Project Reborn," the company recently shipped the first version of the experimental design to testers, introducing a new browsing experience.

India's colonial-era opera house restored to past glory

Mumbai - India's only surviving opera house has been restored to its colonial-era glory, reopening to the public more than two decades after it closed in disrepair.

Opera adds a built-in VPN feature for secure web browsing

In its upcoming update, Opera is going to offer a new built-in virtual private network (VPN) to increase users' security during web surfing.

Opera resets passwords of 1.7m users after 'server breach'

Opera has informed users of its Opera Sync browser synchronisation service that they need to reset their passwords. The company said it has detected an attack on its systems which may have allowed hackers to steal user passwords and account information.

Wagner festival opens after attacks put Germany on edge

Bayreuth - Germany's legendary Bayreuth opera festival, dedicated to the works of Richard Wagner, opened Monday with extremely tight security in the wake of a series of deadly attacks in the country.

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.
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A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of  Dialogues des Carmélites   2013.
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A scene from the 2011 Salzburg Festival production of Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro', which will be part of the COC's 2015-2016 season. "Mozart is key, like the core of the core," Neef says. "(His work is) the most human and he never judges his characters." ( L-R, Genia Kühmeier as the Countess, Katija Dragojevic as Cherubino and Marlis Petersen as Susanna)
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Luca Pisaroni as Maometto II. Photo from 'Maometto II' (Sante Fe Opera, 2012).
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A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of "Così fan tutte", 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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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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Sir Thomas Allen as Don Alfonso (at right) with the COC Chorus in a scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of "Così fan tutte", 2014.
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