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Happy Birthday, Dear Met! Opera marks 50th at Lincoln Center

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NEW YORK (AP) — A chorus of “Happy Birthday” is in order. The Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center is 50. It opened on Sept. 16, 1966, with a performance of more…

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Authorities Change Their Tune After Arresting Opera Singer

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia have changed their tune after looking into the case of an opera singer who was arrested for making too much noise. News outlets more…

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In Wake of Historic Flooding, New Orleans Opera & Louisiana Philharmonic Team Up for Benefit Concert

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The New Orleans Opera Association and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra are giving a concert next Thursday evening to benefit south Louisiana public schools, arts organizations and artists hit by recent floods. Opera more…

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Sarajevo Chamber Music Festival to Organize House Concerts

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SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Organizers of the sixth annual Sarajevo Chamber Music Festival have invited music lovers to open their homes for concerts. The aim is to bring classical music more…

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Italian soprano Daniela Dessi dies at 59 after brief illness

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MILAN (AP) — Italy’s La Scala opera house says soprano Daniela Dessi has died. She was 59. Last month, Dessi wrote to her fans on Facebook saying she had to cancel all her summer performances due to an undisclosed health problem.

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John Williams Greets “Star Wars” Musicians Outside Home

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two musicians have earned a greeting from legendary Hollywood film composer John Williams by playing his theme from “Star Wars” outside of his Los Angeles home. more…

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Judge Approves Settlement in ‘Happy Birthday’ Copyright Case

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has approved a settlement that will put “Happy Birthday to You” in the public domain. U.S. District Judge George King approved the agreement Monday. more…

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Muti exhibit at La Scala salves old wounds

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MILAN (AP) — La Scala offers some salve to old wounds with an exhibit on the contributions of its long-time music director Riccardo Muti, whose 19-year tenure ended abruptly in more…

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Violinist Itzhak Perlman cancels North Carolina performance

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Another renowned musician has canceled a North Carolina performance in protest of the state’s new law limiting antidiscrimination policies for LGBT people. In a Facebook post more…

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Italian tenor makes Met Opera debut with 5 minutes notice

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NEW YORK — Francesco Anile got to make his Metropolitan Opera debut in a T-shirt, blue jeans and sneakers. With 5 minutes notice. The 54-year-old Italian tenor was in the more…

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