Soprano Gasdia reboots troubled Verona Arena opera festival

Aug 12, 2018

The popular yet struggling opera festival at the colossal Roman-era Verona amphitheater is getting a relaunch under former soprano Cecilia Gasdia, who is in her first season as its general manager

Met Opera reaches deals with unions for singers, musicians

Aug 3, 2018

The Metropolitan Opera says it has reached labor agreements with two of its largest unions but has not said whether the deals will allow regular Sunday performances for the first time

Spears, Smith to write 'Castor and Patience' for Cincinnati

Jul 10, 2018

Composer Gregory Spears and U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith have been commissioned by the Cincinnati Opera to write "Castor and Patience," a story of black cousins in the American South who disagree about the future of land they inherited

Noseda to replace Luisi as Zurich Opera music director

Jul 2, 2018

Gianandrea Noseda will become general music director of the Zurich Opera in the 2021-22 season, adding to his position as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C

Romanian drama: the mayor, the soprano and the champion

Jun 14, 2018

Romania is gripped by a political soap opera featuring French Open tennis champion Simona Halep, a world famous soprano and the mayor of Bucharest

NY City Opera commissions Iain Bell work on Stonewall Riots

Jun 5, 2018

New York City Opera has commissioned 'Stonewall' by British composer Iain Bell to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in 1969 that are viewed as the key event in the gay liberation movement in the United States

Fabio Luisi to become music director of the Dallas Symphony

Jun 4, 2018

Fabio Luisi has been hired as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra starting with the 2020-21 season

Opera pairing with circus acts to dispel stuffy image

Jun 2, 2018

An internationally acclaimed tenor from New Orleans is pairing circus acrobatics and opera, with help from his friends.

La Scala's 2018-19 season features Verdi, Woody Allen

May 30, 2018

The storied La Scala opera house will open the 2018-19 season with a new production of Verdi's "Attila," continuing the tradition of Italian opera, while introducing some novelty, including Woody Allen directing Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi.''

Plaster falls from La Scala arches, no one injured

May 24, 2018

Plaster has fallen from the outside arches of the La Scala opera house's entrance, but no one was injured


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