San Francisco Conservatory buys Opus 3 Artists agency

With much of the classical music industry shuttered by the novel coronavirus pandemic, one of the leading management agencies has been acquired by an unusual buyer in an unconventional transaction. ...

Met Opera skips this season, 1st Black composer opens '21-22

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will skip an entire season for the first time in its nearly 140-year history and intends to return from the pandemic layoff next September with the company’s fir...

Dallas Symphony among 1st US orchestras to return

Fabio Luisi never expected his first performance as Dallas Symphony Orchestra music director to be in a mostly empty Meyerson Symphony Center. “Who could imagine this planetary thing...

US Justice Department warns FIFA on international ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has entered into a sports dispute involving the company of a longtime friend of President Donald Trump, warning FIFA that a prohibition against staging le...

NY Philharmonic cancels fall season, moves up Geffen rebuild

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Philharmonic canceled its fall season because of the coronavirus pandemic and has moved up the start of Geffen Hall’s reconstruction to take advantage of the orchestra’s a...

John Macurdy, bass who sang 1,001 times at Met, dies at 91

NEW YORK (AP) — John Macurdy, a bass who sang 1,001 performances at the Metropolitan Opera over four decades and created characters in notable world premieres, has died at 91, his wife said Wednesday....

Rosalind Elias dies at 90; made Broadway debut at 81

NEW YORK (AP) — Rosalind Elias, an American mezzo-soprano who created roles in a pair of Samuel Barber world premieres and made her Broadway debut at 81, has died. She was 90. Elias ...

Silenced by virus, Met Opera links for digital global gala

NEW YORK (AP) — Javier Camarena was at his home in Zurich singing an aria from Bellini’s “Il Pirata” when the screen for the video feed split, and he was joined by Metropolitan Opera music director Ya...

Met Opera cancels season, stops pay of orchestra, chorus

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera is canceling the rest of its season and stopping the pay of the orchestra, chorus and other unionized employees at the end of March due to the new coronavirus. ...

Show goes on: DiDonato, Beczala sing opera from apartment

NEW YORK (AP) — Joyce DiDonato and Piotr Beczala made sure the show went on, albeit in an unusual format and venue — from the living room of DiDonato's New York City apartment. The A...

Famed Italian soprano Mirella Freni dies at age 84

Mirella Freni, an Italian soprano whose uncommon elegance and intensity combined with a sumptuous voice and intelligence to enthrall audiences for a half-century, has died at age 84. ...

NY Philharmonic to cut 500 seats in $550 million renovation

NEW YORK (AP) — The capacity of the New York Philharmonic's much-maligned concert hall at Lincoln Center will be reduced by more than 500 seats as part of a $550 million renovation that will cause the...

Gelb’s contract as Met Opera head extended through 2026-27

NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Gelb is set to become the Metropolitan Opera's third-longest tenured general manager. The company's board of directors approved a five-year contract last Thursd...

Jessye Norman remembered as force of nature at Met memorial

NEW YORK (AP) — Jessye Norman was remembered as a force of nature as thousands filled the Metropolitan Opera House on Sunday for a celebration of the soprano, who died Sept. 30 at age 74. ...

Noseda, in his prime, lifting National Symphony Orchestra

NEW YORK (AP) — Entering his prime at age 55, conductor Gianandrea Noseda is lifting the reputation of the Washington's National Symphony Orchestra, where he is in his third season as music director. ...