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Met season promises vocal treats and retooled Ring

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will open its 134th season on September 24 with a new production of Camille Saint-Saens' biblical epic "Samson et Dalila" featuring two of its biggest stars — me...

Philly Opera works to avoid 'sophomore slump'

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Opera Philadelphia is about to kick off its second annual festival of innovative work, hoping to match last year's success in redefining the company and building new audiences. ...

Russian rarity revived at Bard College

NEW YORK (AP) — A rarely performed Russian opera about a demon that falls in love with a beautiful girl is getting a production this summer at Bard College. "Demon," composed by Anto...

Pierre Audi's journey from Lebanon to Aix-en-Provence

Pierre Audi, the arts programmer who is taking over the annual music festival in Aix-en-Provence, France, says he likes that it's a "risk-taking festival." Audi is dedicated to pursu...

Met Opera plays to youngest-ever audience

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera is playing host this week to an audience very different from the kind that usually buys tickets. The company, which is based in New York City, ...

Stephanie Blythe stars in Met production of 'Cendrillon'

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephanie Blythe, the renowned American mezzo-soprano, is back at the Metropolitan Opera for a new role as the wicked stepmother in Jules Massenet's version of the Cinderella story "Ce...

Soprano has 3 leading roles in HD broadcasts in same season

NEW YORK (AP) — Did you miss her defiant leap off the battlements? Fail to see her gently expire in a garret surrounded by friends and lover? Not to worry, you have one more chance to catch Sonya Yonc...

Mozart's 'Cosi' meets Coney Island in Met Opera production

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera has a new production of Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" that moves the action from 18th-century Naples, Italy, to a modern-day boardwalk amusement park much like Coney...

German dramatic soprano making belated US opera debuts

NEW YORK (AP) — At an age when many singers are beginning to wind down their careers, Evelyn Herlitzius is making a splash with debuts in U.S. opera houses on both coasts. Now 54, th...

Elizabeth DeShong in a revival of Rossini's 'Semiramide'

NEW YORK (AP) — American mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong is getting her biggest break so far in a revival of Rossini's "Semiramide" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The op...

'Organized chaos' - behind the scenes at 'La Boheme'

NEW YORK (AP) — Mimis come and Rodolfos go, but one thing never changes in "La Boheme" at the Metropolitan Opera: When the curtain goes up on Act 2, the audience always applauds. Act...

Young baritone makes promising 'Elixir' debut

Italian baritone Davide Luciano is making his Metropolitan Opera — and U.S. — debut as the "other man" who threatens to take the heroine, Adina, away from the bumbling peasant Nemorino in Donizetti's ...

'Tosca' to air as part of Met Opera's 'Live in HD' series

NEW YORK (AP) — You've probably heard how all three original stars dropped out of the Metropolitan Opera's new "Tosca" and how the conductor had to be replaced twice. But did you know about the flap o...

Film depicts birth of New York's Lincoln Center

NEW YORK (AP) — "The Opera House," a documentary to be broadcast to theaters worldwide Saturday as part of the Metropolitan Opera's "Live in HD" series, includes an interview with soprano Leontyne Pri...

Soprano Nadine Sierra is making her mark at a young age

NEW YORK (AP) — She made history of sorts at age 20 by becoming the youngest singer ever to win the Metropolitan Opera's vocal competition. Now, at the age of 29, Nadine Sierra is on the brink of star...