Placido Domingo has long been among the best-known names in opera. One of the Three Tenors, he currently conducts and directs the Los Angeles Opera. But a new Associated Press report reveals extensive accusations of sexual misconduct throughout his career,…
Eight singers and a dancer have told the Associated Press that they were sexually harassed by the long-married, Spanish-born superstar in encounters that took place over three decades.
By Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press
Acclaimed director Ron Howard has released a new documentary on the life of opera star Luciano Pavarotti, who grew up in Modena, Italy, and rose to fame with the global phenomenon The Three Tenors. The film is filled with archival…
By Jeffrey Brown
For contemporary composer John Adams, it was three notes that launched his latest opera: the sound of a pick axe “chipping away at stone.” Premiering at the San Francisco Opera, "Girls of the Golden West," a collaboration with director Peter…
By Jeffrey Brown
Despite reports that renowned soprano Renée Fleming is taking a bow from singing, this diva is not departing. Fleming, 58, plans to perform in concerts on stages around the world, and to take roles offstage as well. Fleming joins Jeffrey…
By PBS NewsHour
In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, J’Nai Bridges dreamed of playing professional basketball, but when she chose choir as her senior year elective, her teachers immediately recognized her gift. Now she’s a rising opera star.
By Claudia Escobar and Chloe Veltman, KQED
When J’Nai Bridges’ pro sports ambitions suddenly fell apart, she started focusing intently on developing her voice. Now, at the age of 29, the American mezzo-soprano is performing major roles for some of the world’s most renowned opera companies.
Since its first performance in 1935, “Porgy and Bess” has earned acclaim as one of American history’s best pieces of musical theater. But over time, many have come to view the opera’s black characters as stereotypes. Now, a new production…
By Brad Turner, Colorado Public Radio
Hester Prynne is one of the great feminist characters in all of literature, says librettist David Mason: full of dignity and courage, in a story that is as relevant today as when it was written.
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