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Greek National Opera finds post-lockdown voice

Athens - The rich mezzo-soprano voice of Anita Rachvelishvili is scheduled to ring out on Saturday evening across the ancient ruins at the foot of the Acropolis in Athens.

Snail-inspired video opera launched to aid jailed Turkish civic leader

London - Supporters of a jailed Turkish civil society leader unveiled a unique video opera on Tuesday to highlight his plight -- themed around two snails, a salad and solitary confinement.

Placido Domingo leaves hospital after COVID-19 treatment

Mexico - Spanish tenor Placido Domingo said Monday he is recovering from COVID-19 at home after being released from hospital in Mexico.The 79-year-old opera star said on March 22 he had tested positive for the coronavirus. He was later admitted to hospital.

Apology gave 'false impression', Domingo says amid backlash in Spain

Madrid - Scandal-hit opera star Placido Domingo on Thursday rowed back on an apology he made over sexual harassment allegations just two days earlier, after his mea culpa triggered a backlash and cancellations in Spain.

Paris Opera finds its voice after weeks of strikes

Paris - The Paris Opera reopened on Saturday night after weeks of strike action against the French government's pension reforms that have cost the arts organisation millions of euros in ticketing losses.

Protest songs: Paris Opera musicians chime in with strike concert

Paris - Paris Opera musicians on Tuesday gave a symphonic show of support for the grinding transport strike over the French government's pension overhaul.

Turkmenistan stages first opera after 19-year ban

Ashgabat - Reclusive Turkmenistan staged its first foreign opera on Tuesday, nearly 19 years after the Central Asian country's founding president banned the art form as "incompatible with Turkmen mentality".

Italian opera star Marcello Giordani dies, aged 56

Rome - The opera world paid tribute Sunday to Italian tenor Marcello Giordani, who died of a heart attack at his home in Sicily. He was 56.Only last month, he had been playing the role of Calaf in Puccini's opera Turandot at two open-air theatres in Sicily.

Mexican music prize snubs Placido Domingo amid scandal

Mexico - The organizers of Mexico's Batuta prize in classical music said Thursday they would no longer award it to Placido Domingo, the legendary opera singer facing a flood of sexual harassment accusations.

Opera star Placido Domingo withdraws from all future Met performances

New York - Placido Domingo, the legendary opera singer facing myriad sexual harassment accusations, is withdrawing from all future performances at New York's Metropolitan Opera, both he and the institution announced Tuesday.

Robin Strasser to star as Vivian Alamain in 'Days of Our Lives'

Emmy award-winning actress Robin Strasser (known for playing Dorian Lord on "One Life to Live") will be debuting on "Days of Our Lives" next week on NBC.

Opera's Domingo faces sexual harassment probe, shows canceled

New York - Opera legend Placido Domingo faced a growing #MeToo storm Tuesday as the Los Angeles Opera opened an investigation into multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him and two other major venues canceled his upcoming performances.

Opera legend Domingo defends himself against sexual harassment claims

New York - Opera great Placido Domingo defended himself against multiple allegations of sexual harassment Tuesday, insisting that he believed all interactions and relationships throughout his long career "were always welcomed and consensual.

Italy's 'genius' film director Franco Zeffirelli dies

Rome - The world of cinema was in mourning Saturday after Italian film and opera legend Franco Zeffirelli, feted for his lavish productions, died at home in Rome aged 96.

Italian director Franco Zeffirelli dies aged 96: media

Rome - Italian film and opera legend Franco Zeffirelli died Saturday at the age of 96 at his home in Rome, local media reported.

Opera singers prepare like Olympic athletes for 'Tosca' in Washington

Washington - On the eve of every performance, Riccardo Massi goes silent, not uttering a single word all day. It's part of the Italian tenor's strict regimen to preserve his instrument -- his vocal cords.

A black prince evoking migrant suffering at the ballet

Apo - Fernando Montano was once a migrant who fled poverty, prejudice and the daily threat of violence from Colombia's drugs gangs before becoming a star at the Royal Ballet in London.

Vienna premieres new opera on rise of far-right in Europe

Vienna - World premieres are something of a rarity at the Vienna State Opera, but preparations are underway this week for the first performance of a new piece tackling the refugee crisis and the rise of far-right populism in Europe.

Solzhenitsyn's son back in Russia with opera for centenary

Moscow - Alexander Solzhenitsyn and his family were exiled from the Soviet Union after he exposed the horrors of the country's labour camps to the world.

Andrea Bocelli to play the Metropolitan Opera, to release new CD

New York - Global music star Andrea Bocelli has announced that he will be returning to New York's Metropolitan Opera House with two special operatic performances.

‘Jerusalem’, ‘Life After’, ‘Orphée’ dominate this year’s Doras Special

Toronto - It was an evening of rampant rule-breaking at the thirty-ninth Dora Mavor Moore Awards last night – the annual ceremony recognizing the best in Toronto theatre – as winners littered the stage with random F-bombs and overlong speeches.

Kuwait's first soprano brings Puccini to the Gulf

Kuwait City - Amani Hajji is nothing if not stubborn: for 20 years, she has refused to give up on her dream of making opera mainstream in her native Kuwait.

Hungary in cultural diplomacy push with first US opera tour

New York - Hungary on Wednesday launched a cultural diplomacy push in New York with its prolific state-run opera planning a full two weeks of music and ballet.

Opera gets built-in cryptocurrency mining blocker in version 50

Opera has launched the fiftieth version of its web browser, described as a "milestone " edition with several innovative new features. The headline addition is a built-in cryptocurrency blocker that prevents websites using your CPU to generate coins.

Erdogan hails opera house project as 'symbol' of Istanbul

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday launched a controversial project to build a new opera house in Istanbul, lashing out at critics of the plan and saying the building would be a symbol for the city.

Erdogan hails opera house project as 'symbol' of Istanbul

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday launched a controversial project to build a brand new opera house in Istanbul, saying the new building would be a symbol for the city.

Bolshoi and Met announce first ever operatic collaboration

Moscow - Russia's Bolshoi theatre and New York's Metropolitan Opera on Monday announced plans to work together for the first time, co-producing three operas all starring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko.

40 years after death, singular voice of Callas finds new life

New York - Maria Callas died in 1977 as a life-weary recluse, her glories on stage long past, but 40 years on her reputation has only grown as one of opera's defining sopranos.

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.
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Luca Pisaroni as Maometto II. Photo from 'Maometto II' (Sante Fe Opera, 2012).
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Ensemble Studio Competition finalists and winners  2014.
Ensemble Studio Competition finalists and winners, 2014.
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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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