Opera

  1. German ECHO Classical Award Winners Announced, To Be Honored October 14

    July 10, 2012 11:03 AM EDT International stars of the world-wide classical music stage are among the 60 winners in 21 categories of the German ECHO Classic awards that will be awarded on October 14 in the Konzerthaus in Berlin. The German TV station ZDF will broadcast the a ...

  2. Pavarotti Manager Herbert Breslin Dead At 87

    May 17, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Herbert Breslin, the hard-driving manager who helped propel Luciano Pavarotti to international fame during the 36 years they worked together, has died, his wife said Thursday. He was 87. Breslin collapsed at his hotel in Nice, France, on Wednesday ...

  3. Zubin Metha Wins Lifetime Achievement Award at Germany's 2011 ECHO Klassik Awards

    October 05, 2011 7:35 AM EDT In a unique moment last Sunday night (Oct 2), conductors Zubin Metha and Daniel Barenboim performed segments of one of Tschaikowsky's polonaises together on stage during the 18th-annual German Classical ECHO awards. 75-year-old Mehta, who was ...

  4. Placido Domingo Signs With Sony Classical

    September 22, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo has signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical, the label has announced. Domingo, one of the most influential singing actors in opera, recorded music for CBS (which was purchased by Sony in the late 19 ...

  5. Zubin Metha Cecilia Bartoli, Rolando Villazon Among Germany's Echo Classical Music Award Winners

    September 02, 2011 7:45 AM EDT The final winners of Germany's 18th annual Echo Classical Music Awards Echo have been announced. Among the 58 award-winners in 21 categories are Italian soprano Cecilia Bartoli, Mexican tenor Rolando Villazón, British pianist Murray Perahia a ...

  6. Wyclef Jean Shot in Haiti, Not Seriously Injured

    March 20, 2011 2:41 AM EDT A spokesman for Wyclef Jean says the hip-hop star has been released from a hospital after being treated for a gunshot wound to his hand. Joe Mignon, senior program director for Jean's Yele Foundation, says Jean was shot in the hand after 11 p ...

  7. Latin Grammy Concert Honors Placido Domingo

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rock and pop crooners from throughout Latin America praised opera icon Placido Domingo as an inspiration to all Hispanics during a star-studded tribute concert in Las Vegas honoring the Spanish tenor's career. Domingo, known to popular music ...

  8. Daniel Barenboim Signs With Universal Labels

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim agreed a wide-ranging recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics . Barenboim is music director of Berlin's Staatsoper and Staatskapelle and maestro scaligero at Milan's Teatro a ...

  9. Deutsche Grammophon Moving To Berlin

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal's classical label Deutsche Grammophon will move its headquarters from Hamburg to Berlin in summer 2011. The relocation to Berlin - the home of the parent company since 2002 - was announced today (Oct. 14) by Frank Briegmann, preside ...

  10. ECHO Klassik Honor For Kurt Masur

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German conductor Kurt Masur will receive the German ECHO Klassik award 2010 for lifetime achievement. The 83-year-old will accept the price at the ECHO Klassik gala on Oct. 17 at the Philharmonic Theatre in Essen. German TV channel ZDF will br ...

  11. Domingo Extends As Head Of LA Opera Through 2013

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Placido Domingo has extended his contract as general director of the Los Angeles Opera through 2013. The 70-year-old tenor has been general director of the company since 2003 after serving as artistic adviser from its inception in 1986 though 2000 ...

  12. Latin Recording Acadmey To Honor Tenor Placido Domingo

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tenor Placido Domingo will be honored as the 2010 Latin Recording academy Person of the Year at a tribute dinner and concert on Nov. 10 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas on the eve of the Latin Grammy Awards. Considered one of the ...

  13. Met Opera Adds 300 Theaters To Its HD Broadcasts

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The close-ups were so tight you could see a tear slowly trickling down the tenor's face - and that the soprano's fingernail polish didn't match the color on her toes, though she did nail the high C. It was a live performance of the ...

  14. Opera Australia Heading To Cinema Screens

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital broadcast facilitator CinemaLive has struck a multi-year arrangement to tape Opera Australia performances at the Sydney Opera House for cinematic releases locally and abroad. Sydney-based CinemaLive, a subsidiary of the Shooting Star Pictu ...

  15. Classical Conductor Mackerras Dies At 84

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Charles Mackerras, a gifted musician who conducted some of the world's leading orchestras, has died at the age of 84 after suffering from cancer, his agent said on Thursday (July 15). Born in New York state to Australian parents, Mackerras wa ...

  16. Claudio Abbado's Illness Cancels La Scala Return

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT La Scala says illness has forced the cancellation of two highly anticipated concerts that were to mark Claudio Abbado's return to the Milan opera house after 25 years. La Scala announced that concerts on June 4 and June 6 will not take place ...

  17. Wolfgang Wagner, Longtime Bayreuth Director, Dies

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wolfgang Wagner, the grandson of composer Richard Wagner and the leader of the Bayreuth opera festival for more than half a century, has died, the festival said. He was 90. Wagner died on Sunday (March 21), the festival said in a brief statement o ...

  18. @MIDEM: How Peter Gelb Transformed The Met Opera

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Peter Gelb, GM of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, revealed details during the MidemNet conference in Cannes of the Met's success with cinecasting of live opera. The former president of Sony Classical joined the Met in 2005, admitting that ...

  19. Domingo Announces 5 Productions Of DC Opera Season

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Washington National Opera will stage five productions in the 2010-2011 season, including a production of Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" that's new to the nation's capital. General director Placido Domingo will re ...

  20. Australian Composer Richard Meale Dies

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Dr Richard Meale, one of Australia's finest composers and a leading light in the country's classical music scene, passed away on Monday (Nov. 23) in his hometown, Sydney. He was 77. Born in 1932, Meale forged successful careers as a cond ...

  21. Placido Domingo Accepts $1 Million Swedish Music Prize

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spanish tenor Placido Domingo received the first ever $1 million Birgit Nilsson award at a formal award ceremony in Stockholm. Domingo, who won the prize for his "unrivaled" contributions to the world of opera, accepted the award on Tues ...

  22. Opera Singer Hildegard Behrens Dies In Tokyo

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Soprano Hildegard Behrens, one of the finest Wagnerian performers of her generation, has died while traveling in Japan. She was 72. Jonathan Friend, artistic administrator of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, said Tuesday in an e-mail to opera o ...

  23. Britain's Royal Opera Wants You To Make Tweet Music

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Royal Opera House (ROH) wants Twitter users to help create the "world's first online opera." The Covent Garden institution, which stages performances of ballet, opera and other classical music productions wants Intern ...

  24. UMCMP Inks Deal With First Classics

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Classical Management and Productions (UMCMP), a company of Universal Music Group (UMG), has signed a long-term agreement with First Classics GmbH, a leading network of German classical music concert promoters. The partnership will ...

  25. Conductor Downes, Wife Die In Swiss Suicide Clinic

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British conductor Edward Downes, a longtime stalwart at the Royal Opera and maestro of the first-ever performance at Sydney's iconic Opera House, has died with his wife at an assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland. He was 85. The couple' ...

  26. Echo Klassik Awards Honors Placido Domingo

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Tenor Placido Domingo is to receive the lifetime achievement award at the German Echo Klassik Awards 2009. The awards show is presented by the Deutsche Phono Akademie, the cultural institute of the German Music Industry Association (BVMI), on Oct. ...

  27. Domingo Wins Inaugural Birgit Nilsson Prize

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spanish tenor Placido Domingo on Friday won the first $1 million Birgit Nilsson Prize for his "unrivaled" contributions to the world of opera, the award foundation said. The Swedish soprano picked Domingo as the winner of the inaugural a ...

  28. NY Met manager Says Economy Casts Pall Over Opera

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The economy has cast a pall over U.S. opera companies, but the head of New York's Metropolitan Opera said the show will go on in a new season with stars such as Placido Domingo and Renee Fleming. General Manager Peter Gelb has already cut sen ...

  29. OONY Cancels Remaining Performances This Season

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Opera Orchestra of New York has canceled its two remaining performances this season because of the recession. The company, which usually presents three or four concert performances each season at Carnegie Hall, scrapped plans to perform Wagner ...

  30. Leading Conductor Richard Hickox Dies

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Richard Hickox, one of the world's leading conductors, has died from a suspected heart attack, age 60. He died on Sunday, Nov. 23, after a recording session in Wales. He had been due to conduct the new English National Opera production of Ral ...

  31. Virgin Classics Marks Two Decades With Gala Concert

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paris-based classical label Virgin Classics is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with a unique French concert this weekend in Nice. The star-studded birthday party takes place on Nov. 1 as part of the C'est pas Classique Festival in Nice. ...

  32. Pavarotti To Be Remembered Around The World

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The world will mark the first anniversary of the death of Luciano Pavarotti with a series of concerts, an exhibit and other events, organizers and his family announced Friday. Among the tributes planned for the celebrated tenor, who died Sept. 6, ...

  33. Dallas Opera Co-founder Rescigno Dies In Italy

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nicola Rescigno, the co-founder of the Dallas Opera and one of Maria Callas' favorite conductors, has died at a hospital in Italy, officials said Tuesday. He was 92. Rescigno died Monday of complications following heart failure and breathing ...

  34. ECHO Klassik 2008 Winners Revealed

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Violinists Nigel Kennedy and David Garrett, together with soprano Cecilia Bartoli and tenor Jose Carreras, are among the winners of the 2008 edition of the ECHO Klassik awards. The classical music gala will be held at the Philharmonie im Gasteig i ...

  35. Universal Launches Classical Management Arm

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Universal Music Group will now manage classical artists and book concerts through its newly-launched unit, Universal Music Classical Artists Management and Productions. Headed by former IMG Artists senior VP Jeffrey Vanderveen in London, the n ...

  36. Royal Opera House Strikes In't Big Screen Deal

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT London's Royal Opera House (ROH) has signed a deal with U.K.-based digital-cinema distributor Arts Alliance Media (AAM) and Canada's DigiScreen Corp to offer live and pre-recorded opera in cinemas across Europe for the first time. AAM wi ...

  37. Classical Honors Handed Out At Midem Gala

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Illustrious German mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig was on hand to receive the lifetime achievement honor Wednesday night at the fourth Midem Classical Awards, the final event on the international trade fair's 2008 program. Ludwig, who received a ...

  38. Italian Tributes Flow For Pavarotti

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Leaders of Italian government, business and the arts continued to pay homage today for opera legend Luciano Pavarotti, who passed away yesterday morning. Italy's head of state, President Giorgio Napolitano, said that Pavarotti "managed t ...

  39. Opera Legend Luciano Pavarotti Dies At 71

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Opera superstar Luciano Pavarotti, beloved by millions of fans who heard him in venues ranging from the Metropolitan Opera to Dodger Stadium, died in the early hours of this morning (Sept. 6) at his home in Modena, Italy, after a year-plus battle ...

  40. Italian Job For Scottish Opera

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Scottish Opera's new music director, Francesco Corti, has outlined his plans for transforming the troubled company's fortunes. "There are a lot of Italian titles which have never been played: the less-popular Verdi, the lesser-known ...

  41. Beverly Sills Dies At Age 78

    July 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT American coloratura soprano Beverly Sills passed away July 2 at her New York home at age 78. The cause was inoperable lung cancer. Sills, who was a whirlwind force onstage and off, was a beloved figure to opera fans and a wider public throughout a ...

  42. German Biz Names Echo Klassiks Winners

    June 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The German record industry has announced the winners of its annual classical awards, Echo Klassik, to be presented during a gala at the Philharmonie venue in Gasteig, near Munich, Oct. 21. The Echo Klassik award for the best-selling classical work ...

  43. McCartney Grabs Classical Brit Award

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney was one of the big winners last night at the Classical Brit Awards in London, where he took home the best album award. McCartney's classical project "Ecce Cor Meum" (EMI Classics) beat out a strong list of classical s ...

  44. Teenager Benedetti Is Classical BRITs' Triple Nominee

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Teenage Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti topped the nominations for this year's Classical BRIT Awards, which take place at London's Royal Albert Hall on May 3. Benedetti, 19 years old and signed to Universal Music Group's Deutsch ...

  45. Netrebko Extends Deal With Deutsche Grammophon

    February 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Deutsche Grammophon has extended its exclusive recording relationship with the Russian soprano Anna Netrebko. Through the deal, unveiled today (Feb. 13), Netrebko is expected to undertake solo projects as well as record complete operas on CD, DVD ...

  46. Classical Brit Double For Domingo

    May 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Legendary tenor Placido Domingo played a large part in two victories at the seventh annual Classical Brit Awards, held Thursday (May 5) at London's Royal Albert Hall. Legendary tenor Placido Domingo played large part in two victories at the s ...

  47. Classical Brit Noms For Jenkins, Benedetti, Terfel

    April 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT With two nominations each, Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, his compatriot baritone Bryn Terfel and teenage Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti are the frontrunners heading into the seventh annual Classic With two nominations each, Welsh composer Karl ...

  48. Classical Brit Noms For Jenkins, Benedetti, Terfel

    April 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gala to be held May 4 in London. With two nominations each, Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, his compatriot baritone Bryn Terfel and teenage Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti are the frontrunners heading into the seventh annual Classical Brit Awards ...

  49. Warner Classics Goes Digital

    March 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Warner Classics is launching a bespoke online music service. Warner Classics is launching a bespoke online music service. Due to go live from April 10, the store at Warner Classics' Web site will offer hundreds of Warner Classics' albums ...

  50. AM Only to Book Action Action

    January 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST Solgot to handle North American bookings. Victory Records act Action Action is now being booked by Nikki Solgot of AM Only. AM Only’s roster includes a diverse line-up of acts such as Tiesto, Tosca, Carl Cox, VNV Nation, BT, The New Deal and The B ...

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