Performing Arts

Plot twist: Opera 'Carmen' altered in anti-violence protest

Jan 11, 2018

To show solidarity with female victims of male violence, an opera production in Florence has changed the finale, having Carmen kill Don Jose instead of being slain herself.

Playwright alleges misconduct by Hoffman when she was 16

Dec 15, 2017

A playwright who alleges that Dustin Hoffman exposed himself to her and had her massage his feet when she was 16 says she spent years in guilty silence, assumed the incident was her fault

Correction: Italy-La Scala story

Dec 8, 2017

Correction: Italy-La Scala story

Long-neglected 'Chernier' makes heroic return to La Scala

Dec 8, 2017

Umberto Giordano's long-neglected opera 'Andrea Chernier' has made a heroic return to La Scala for the season premiere, with long applause for soprano Anna Netrebko and husband tenor Yusif Eyvazov who sang opposite each other as ill-fated lovers

Conductor Zubin Mehta sidelined by shoulder operation

Nov 29, 2017

La Scala says a shoulder operation is forcing conductor Zubin Mehta to take a break of at least three months, requiring changes in the opera house's lineup

For opera's Netrebko and Eyvazov, the on-stage kiss is real

Nov 29, 2017

It won't be all acting when soprano Anna Netrebko and her husband, tenor Yusif Eyvazov, sing the final, climactic duet in "Andrea Chernier" for La Scala's season opener

Margaret Atwood receives Franz Kafka award in Prague

Oct 17, 2017

Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Atwood has been awarded the Franz Kafka Prize

Awards for titans, shows by young talent close Milan

Sep 25, 2017

For once, even the designers had occasion to wear their finest creations as Milan Fashion Week closed with a star-studded sustainability gala at the city's famed La Scala opera house

US-based actor Jan Triska dies after fall from Prague bridge

Sep 25, 2017

Jan Triska, an actor who moved to the U.S. after being banned by the Czechoslovak Communist regime, has died, more than a day after he fell from Prague's iconic Charles Bridge

Director Zeffirelli misses gala event at new Florence museum

Jul 31, 2017

Andre Bocelli and a Haitian children's choir inaugurated the Franco Zeffirelli International Center of the Performing Arts while the 94-year-old film and theater director live-streamed the events from home

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