Opera

A horse-drawn hearse containing the body of opera star Jessye Norman passes by the Bell Auditorium, site of her funeral, in Augusta, Ga., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. Norman died Sept. 30 at age 74. She was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honor and four Grammy Awards. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP)
October 12, 2019 - 5:34 pm
Jessye Norman's illustrious opera career and extraordinary artistry was honored at her public funeral. So was Jessye Norman the loyal friend, the humanitarian, the teacher and the person not only celebrated for her golden voice, but for her heart of gold. Several speakers at Saturday's four-hour...
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Students at the Jessye Norman School of the Arts unveil a sign naming the street outside the school in honor of the late opera star, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Augusta, Ga. Norman, who won five Grammy awards including a lifetime achievement honor in her distinguished career, died on Sept. 30, at age 74. Her funeral is slated for Saturday and a benefit concert for the school follows on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)
October 11, 2019 - 5:40 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — International opera star Jessye Norman never forgot her home in a small Southern U.S. city. And Augusta, Georgia, never forgot the woman who grew up among many musical influences to become one of the few black opera singers to gain worldwide acclaim. Augusta is holding four days...
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October 07, 2019 - 6:08 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Opera has announced that the company's president and CEO, Christopher Koelsch, will take over the duties of Placido Domingo, who resigned last week as general director amid allegations of sexual harassment. LA Opera's board of directors said in a statement Monday...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 31, 2008, file photo, singer Marcello Giordani attends a reception in New York. Tenor Marcello Giordani, renowned for a voice of beauty and heft that made him a star at the world's top opera houses, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. He was 56. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams, File)
October 05, 2019 - 5:14 pm
Tenor Marcello Giordani, renowned for a voice of beauty and heft that made him a star at the world's top opera houses, died Saturday. He was 56. Giordani had a heart attack following lunch at his home in Monte Tauro, a suburb of Augusta in Sicily, and could not be revived, his vocal coach, Bill...
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FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2019, file photo, Placido Domingo talks to fans at the "Festspielhaus" opera house after he performed "Luisa Miller" by Giuseppe Verdi in Salzburg, Austria. Domingo resigned Wednesday, Oct. 2, as general director of the Los Angeles Opera and withdrew from future performances at the company following multiple allegations of sexual harassment reported by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)
October 02, 2019 - 4:27 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Opera star Placido Domingo resigned Wednesday as general director of the Los Angeles Opera and withdrew from all future performances, following multiple allegations from women who say the legendary tenor sexually harassed them there and at opera companies around the country...
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FILE - This July 4, 2010 file photo shows American opera singer Jessye Norman performing on the Stravinski Hall stage at the 44th Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland. Norman died, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York. She was 74. (AP Photo/Keystone/Dominic Favre, File)
September 30, 2019 - 4:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Jessye Norman, the renowned international opera star whose passionate soprano voice won her four Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts and the Kennedy Center Honor, has died, according to family spokesperson Gwendolyn Quinn. She was 74. A statement released to The Associated...
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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2014, file photo, Placido Domingo speaks at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The cancellation Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, of Domingo's Metropolitan Opera performance in "Macbeth" means the singer, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct, has only a few U.S. shows scheduled, all set for California in 2020. Domingo has said he strongly disputes the allegations made against him. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
September 25, 2019 - 4:30 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With the Metropolitan Opera's bombshell announcement that Plácido Domingo will not take the Met stage this week — and possibly ever again — the legendary singer's only scheduled U.S. appearances are set for next year in California. Most of those are with the LA Opera, where he...
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FILE - This May 20, 2006 file photo shows Placido Domingo acknowledging applause after performing at the Metropolitan Opera Gala honoring general manager Joseph Volpe in New York. Domingo has agreed to withdraw from all future performances at the Metropolitan Opera following accusations of sexual harassment made by women in a pair of reports by The Associated Press. The 78-year-old classical music star had been scheduled to sing the title role in the season debut of Verdi's "Macbeth" on Wednesday night, which would have been his first performance in the United States since the reports. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin, File)
September 24, 2019 - 10:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera announced Tuesday that Plácido Domingo had agreed to withdraw from his slate of scheduled performances at the opera house following allegations of sexual harassment made by multiple women in two Associated Press stories. The opera legend indicated that he...
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This undated image released by the Lyric Opera of Chicago shows Enrique Mazzola, who will succeed Andrew Davis as music director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago after the 2020-21 season. Mazzola was artistic and music director of the Paris-based Orchestre National d'Ile-de-France from 2012-13 through last season. He made his Lyric Opera debut leading Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" in 2016-17 and returns as music director designate for Verdi's "Luisa Miller," which opens Oct. 12. ( Jean-Baptiste Millot/Lyric Opera of Chicago via AP)
September 12, 2019 - 11:47 am
Andrew Davis will retire as music director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago after the 2020-21 season and be succeeded by Enrique Mazzola. Mazzola is starting his second season as principal guest conductor at Deutsche Oper Berlin. The 51-year-old was artistic and music director of the Paris-based...
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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2004, file photo, Placido Domingo sings during his performance at the National Theater in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Domingo is scheduled to appear onstage at the Salzburg Festival Aug. 25, 2019, to perform for the first time since multiple women have accused the opera legend of sexual harassment in allegations brought to light by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Miguel Gomez, File)
August 24, 2019 - 8:47 am
MILAN (AP) — Placido Domingo returns to the stage at the Salzburg Festival this weekend to perform for the first time since multiple women accused the opera legend of sexual harassment in allegations brought to light by The Associated Press. Two opera houses in the United States have canceled...
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