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La Scala returns $3.4 million to Saudi Arabia in debacle

Mar 18, 2019

Italy's famed La Scala opera house will immediately return 3 million euros ($3.4 million) sent to an escrow account by Saudi Arabia in what Milan's mayor on Monday termed a badly handled fundraising deal.

Czech Roma singer Vera Bila dies at 64 of heart attack

Mar 12, 2019

Czech singer Vera Bila, dubbed the Ella Fitzgerald of Gypsy music or the Queen of Romany, has died

La Scala under fire for proposed funding from Saudi Arabia

Mar 11, 2019

Italy's premier opera house, La Scala in Milan, is under fire over a proposal to grant a board seat to Saudi Arabia's culture minister with the promise of 15 million euros in new funding

Italian-Egyptian singer wins contest exalting Italian song

Feb 10, 2019

An Italian-Egyptian singer has won a long-running music contest that aims to exalt Italian song

Feuding French rappers seek to take dispute to boxing ring

Jan 11, 2019

Two French rappers who fought a running battle inside a Paris airport with their entourages over the summer are seeking to take their dispute into a boxing ring in Belgium

Kurtag's first-ever opera makes long-awaited world debut

Nov 15, 2018

Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag's long-awaited, first-ever opera has made its world debut at the famed La Scala opera house, winning over Italian opera goers with eight minutes of applause

Fire at Venice's La Fenice brought quickly under control

Oct 1, 2018

A fire has been brought swiftly under control in Venice's La Fenice opera house, which was rebuilt after being destroyed by flames in 1996

Robbie Williams entertains at Emporio Armani's airport show

Sep 21, 2018

Robbie Williams entertained the fashion crowd at Emporio Armani's airport show, while Nicki Minaj took a front row seat at Fendi, taking a turn for fans on her way in decked out in a Fendi puffer jacket and matching leggings and cropped top

Belgian court rules out extradition for Spanish rapper

Sep 17, 2018

A Belgian court has ruled that Spanish rapper Valtonyc should not be sent back to Spain, where he was sentenced to prison accused of writing lyrics that praise terror groups and insult the royal family

Verona Arena opera festival reports rise in ticket sales

Sep 13, 2018

The Verona Arena open-air opera festival says it closed the summer season with a 6-percent increase in ticket sales as new management focused on bringing in big singing talent as part of a relaunch

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