Performing Arts

Soprano Gasdia reboots troubled Verona Arena opera festival

Aug 12, 2018

The popular yet struggling opera festival at the colossal Roman-era Verona amphitheater is getting a relaunch under former soprano Cecilia Gasdia, who is in her first season as its general manager

La Scala's 2018-19 season features Verdi, Woody Allen

May 30, 2018

The storied La Scala opera house will open the 2018-19 season with a new production of Verdi's "Attila," continuing the tradition of Italian opera, while introducing some novelty, including Woody Allen directing Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi.''

Plaster falls from La Scala arches, no one injured

May 24, 2018

Plaster has fallen from the outside arches of the La Scala opera house's entrance, but no one was injured

Bartoli returns to La Scala for 3-year Baroque project

May 24, 2018

Mezzosoprano Cecilia Bartoli is returning to Milan's famed La Scala opera house for a three-year Baroque music collaboration

Mixed reactions in Kosovo to Slobodan Milosevic musical

Mar 7, 2018

A musical about the late Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic has been staged in Kosovo, drawing mixed reactions in the nation still reeling from a bloody war that the former strongman waged there 20 years ago

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

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