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  • Opera Foundation Removes Trustee Over Offensive Comments

    07/22/2020 6:29:30 AM PDT · by Stravinsky · 27 replies
    NYT ^ | July 22, 2020 | Sarah Bahr
    The Richard Tucker Music Foundation, which grants prestigious awards to young singers, removed David N. Tucker from its board of directors on Monday evening. Mr. Tucker, a son of the distinguished tenor for whom the foundation is named, was removed after an uproar over racially charged comments that he made on a Black singer’s Facebook page. “The Richard Tucker Music Foundation condemns the hurtful and offensive comments made by one of our board members, David Tucker,” Jeffrey Manocherian, the foundation’s chairman, and Barry Tucker, its president and another of Richard Tucker’s sons, said in a statement. On Saturday, Julia Bullock,...
  • Lyric Opera starts ‘fighting systemic racism’ with Lawrence Brownlee virtual concert

    07/22/2020 5:28:36 AM PDT · by Stravinsky · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 22, 2020 | Howard Reich
    When Lyric Opera was forced to cancel all its performances for the rest of the year due to the pandemic, it seemingly lost one of its greatest outreach opportunities: The annual free concert at Millennium Park, which reaches thousands of listeners. Rather than take the loss, Lyric general manager, president and CEO Anthony Freud and Ryan Opera Center music director Craig Terry came up with an alternative – one distinctly in tune with our turbulent times. At 6 p.m. July 26, the Ryan Opera Center will present “Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter,” a free virtual concert spotlighting Black...
  • Placido Domingo Confirms He Tested Positive For Coronavirus

    03/22/2020 10:18:46 AM PDT · by Captain Jack Aubrey · 46 replies
    Billboard ^ | 3/22/2020 | Hilary Hughes
    Placido Domingo and his family are isolating in self-quarantine after the opera singer tested positive for Coronavirus. On Sunday (March 22), Domingo shared that he had suffered from a fever and coughing -- two symptoms of COVID-19 -- before he receiving his test results. He encouraged his followers to keep their distance, wash their hands and observe best practices set by healthcare professionals before ending his note with a word of solidarity and encouragement. "Together we can fight this virus and stop the current worldwide crisis, so we can hopefully return to our normal daily lives very soon," he writes....
  • Attorney: Mar-a-Lago checkpoint crasher is mentally ill

    02/03/2020 9:22:57 AM PST · by McGruff · 45 replies
    FOX 61 ^ | February 3, 2020
    A defense attorney for the Connecticut opera singer who drew gunfire while driving through checkpoints outside President Donald Trump’s Florida home says she is mentally ill. The attorney for Hannah Roemhild told a Palm Beach County judge Monday that she had stopped taking her medication, causing Friday’s wild car chase. Roemhild will be examined by a psychologist and will remain jailed pending a future hearing.
  • The New Face of Evangelism: A review of Kanye West's Opera "Mary"

    01/03/2020 10:53:12 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 1 replies
    The Source ^ | Dec 2019 | ND Smith
    After experiencing A Kanye West Opera: Mary at Lincoln Center during this advent season, it is safe to say that what he is doing is biblically based and theologically sound ministry. This is REAL DEAL teaching and preaching of scripture in a way that should make your momma and them church should take notes. They have combined the drama of his Hip-Hop stage show, one that has drawn crowds from the secular world, with the intentional sermonizing of the consecrated gospel of his Lord, Jesus. They have used very few words (outside of the Latin in the solos) to tell...
  • Kanye West is Killing it for Christmas for Jesus.

    01/01/2020 7:17:44 PM PST · by shineon · 27 replies
    Lincoln Center was feeling it.
  • Kanye West Announces Second Biblical Opera ‘Mary’

    12/06/2019 11:44:12 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Hip Hop Wired ^ | Dec 2019
    Kanye West has seemingly found a new passion, and it’s creating Biblical operas. Fresh off the heels of the release of his first opera release, Nebuchadnezzar, Yeezy announced that he is ready to release a second aptly titled Mary. Although major details are scarce at the moment, what is known is that Kanye will be utilizing the talent of his Sunday Service choir and direction by the rapper’s creative partner Vanessa Beecroft. Kanye announced the new project via Twitter, giving fans a glimpse of the artwork while including the bible verse that inspired the performance piece. Scheduled to take place...
  • Kanye West launches Bible inspired opera about King Nebuchadnezzar in book of Daniel

    11/27/2019 7:21:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/27/2019 | Jeannie Law
    Kanye West premiered his opera production “Nebuchadnezzar” Sunday that is based on the biblical account of the Babylonian king in the book of Daniel which shows his transition from a wicked, self-declared ruler to a believer in God. “Nebuchadnezzar,” the opera, premiered Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The production was directed by Vanessa Beecroft and featured singer Peter Collins, and the group Infinity’s Song, as well as West’s popular gospel choir the Sunday Service collective, according to a press release.“West conceived of this opera as an expression of his commitment to both his faith and ever-expanding musical...
  • Kanye West Tweets Apocalyptic Bible Verse Moments Before Taylor Swift's 2019 AMAs Performance

    11/24/2019 7:29:31 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 61 replies
    Pop Culture ^ | Nov 24, 2019 | Michael Hein
    Kanye West tweeted a heavily marked-up bible verse on Sunday night, and fans could not help but notice he posted it right as Taylor Swift was winning the Artist of the Decade Award at the AMAs. The rapper has a complicated history with Swift and with award shows, but he is putting all of his focus and energy on his spirituality this days. Fans wondered what Sunday's selection was meant to say. West posted a picture of a bible page on Sunday night in the middle of the American Music Awards of 2019. The book was open to Daniel 3:27,...
  • King Nebuchadnezzar And Why He Is The Focus Of Kanye West's Upcoming Opera

    11/18/2019 12:10:32 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/17/2019 | Chris Lambert
    On Sunday, Kanye West took to Twitter to announce an opera. It’s titled, “Nebuchadnezzar” and will be performed at the Hollywood Bowl on November 24th, at 4pm. The announcement notes, “Music with Sunday Service, Peter Collins & Infinities Song*” As of right now, we don’t know what this opera will entail. The most obvious question some may have, though, is: why Nebuchadnezzar? Overall, one macro takeaway from the story of Nebuchadnezzar is this: you may not think God had anything to do with your success until one day you realize God had everything to do with your success. After the...
  • The Defenestration of Domingo

    10/19/2019 5:33:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Quillette ^ | October 18, 2019 | Heather Mac Donald
    The #MeToo movement has ended the U.S. career of legendary 78-year-old Spanish tenor Placido Domingo, one of classical music’s greatest ambassadors and impresarios. For nearly half a century, Domingo’s intense stage presence and warm, soaring voice captivated opera audiences; during the 1990s, he reached millions of new listeners as a member of the itinerant Three Tenors. In recent years, long after most singers have retired from the stage, he has continued a grueling international performance schedule, now singing baritone roles with remarkable pitch control and legato. Domingo’s entrepreneurial drive has been as untiring as his stage career. He was pivotal...
  • Subway Serenade: LAPD Shares Video of Woman Singing at Koreatown Metro Station

    09/27/2019 4:09:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    KTLA ^ | September 27, 2019 | by Cindy Von Quednow and Lauren Lyster,
    A subway serenade caught on video by an LAPD officer has gotten a lot of attention after the agency posted it on social media Thursday night. A woman with an angelic voice gives the person recording the video an exclusive concert on a solitary subway platform at the Wilshire/Normandie Purple Line Metro station in Koreatown. The woman is seen pulling a cart filled with items and carrying multiple bags while singing the operatic tune. Multiple people told KTLA on Friday that the woman's name is Emily and she is originally from Russia. A retired MTA driver told KTLA that the...
  • Franco Zeffirelli, directed ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ dies at 96

    06/18/2019 5:59:48 AM PDT · by csvset · 23 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | Jun 16, 2019 | COLLEEN BARRY
    AP excerpt. He rose to be one of Italy’s most prolific directors, working with such opera greats as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Maria Callas, as well as Hollywood stars including Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Mel Gibson, Cher and Judi Dench. ROME — Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in his cinematic “Romeo and Juliet” and the miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth,” died Saturday at 96. While Zeffirelli was most popularly known for his films, his name was also inextricably linked to the theater and opera. He...
  • Met Opera to hire all-black chorus for 'Porgy and Bess'

    02/21/2019 12:22:00 PM PST · by bgill · 19 replies
    kxan ^ | Feb. 20, 2019 | AP
    The Metropolitan Opera will hire an all-black outside chorus next season for its first presentation in nearly three decades of the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess," which opens the season on Sept. 23. Performances of "Porgy and Bess," which premiered in 1935, are licensed by the Gershwin family, which specifies an all-black cast. "Certainly it's more complicated, but it's worth the complications because it's such a great piece," Met general manager Peter Gelb. "Porgy," by George and Ira Gershwin, and DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, depicts a beggar in a poor African-American community of Charleston, South Carolina. When the Met presented "Porgy"...
  • Opera Singer Daniels, Husband Arrested on Sex Assault Charge

    01/30/2019 6:38:07 PM PST · by BronzePencil · 60 replies
    US News ^ | January 30, 2019 | AP
    HOUSTON (AP) — POLICE have arrested a renowned opera singer and University of Michigan professor on allegations that he and his husband in 2010 sexually assaulted a singer in Houston. Countertenor David Daniels and his spouse William A. Scott Walters were arrested Tuesday in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Texas warrants charging each of them with sexual assault of an adult. A Houston police spokesman declined to comment on the charges Wednesday.
  • Montserrat Caballe, Catalan Opera Singer, Dies in Barcelona at 85

    10/06/2018 10:38:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Billboard ^ | 10/6/18 | Judy Cantor-Navas
    The great opera diva was known to global pop fans for her duet with Freddy Mercury. Montserrat Caballé, the great opera diva best known to global pop fans for her duet with Queen’s Freddy Mercury, has died. ....The great opera diva was known to global pop fans for her duet with Freddy Mercury. Montserrat Caballé, the great opera diva best known to global pop fans for her duet with Queen’s Freddy Mercury, has died.

    05/15/2018 9:18:38 PM PDT · by TBP · 22 replies
    Fathom Events ^ | Recently | Fathom Events
    This summer, enjoy select encore screenings from the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of Live in HD cinema presentations. The screenings are presented on Wednesdays throughout June and July, beginning on June 20. Don’t miss this opportunity to relive thrilling performances captured live from the stage of the Met. IN THEATERS JUN 20 The Met: Live in HD Madama Butterfly Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its premiere in 2006. One of the world’s foremost Butterflys, soprano Kristine Opolais, takes on the title role, and Roberto Alagna sings Pinkerton, the naval officer who breaks Butterfly’s heart.Karel Mark Chichon...
  • Sexual harassment in opera

    02/21/2018 11:41:02 AM PST · by TBP · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | Angela Rocco DeCarlo
    Opera has it all. Love. Murder. Rape. And most fascinating, in the case of Puccini’s “Tosca” a peek into the rapist’s thinking. In fact, he tells all. In church. Every day headlines tout another soldier in the vast army of rapacious men advancing sexually on some hapless woman. Normal, nice people, cannot help wonder: “What was he thinking?” Well, Giacomo Puccini’s 1900 masterpiece, “Tosca,” lavishly displays such devilish desires. “Tosca” is a passionate love story interfaced with political intrigue. In fact, the plot hinges on villain Baron Scarpia’s botched rape of Floria Tosca, the brave heroine of the story, madly...
  • 110th Anniversary of the First Muslim Opera Marked

    01/27/2018 10:50:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    AZERNEWS ^ | 26 January 2018 | Aygul Salmanova
    State Museum of Musical Culture of Azerbaijan hosted a remarkable event dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the opera "Leyli and Majnun", composed by great national composer Uzeyir Hajibayli. "Leyli and Majnun" is Azerbaijan’s first national opera written by the classic of musical culture Uzeyir Hajibeyli in 1907. This opera is not only the country’s first opera, but also the first opera of the entire Muslim East. For the first time the opera was staged in the theater of the Azerbaijani oil-industrialist Haji Zeynalabdin Tagiyev in Baku on January 12, 1908. This work is considered the pearl of Azerbaijani culture....
  • AP Exclusive: Famed conductor accused of sexual misconduct [Charles Dutoit] [ed]

    12/21/2017 9:07:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    AP ^ | December 21, 2017 | Joceyln Gecker
    Three opera singers and a classical musician say that world-renowned conductor Charles Dutoit sexually assaulted them — physically restraining them, forcing his body against theirs, sometimes thrusting his tongue into their mouths, and in one case, sticking one of their hands down his pants.