Performing Arts

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

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

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

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