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‘In no city have I felt as unsafe as Berlin’: opera singer sues metro over racism claims

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A Berlin metro ticket controller squeezes through a throng of old-school punks, mariachi band members and burly men in leather chaps, all while jauntily humming Is’ mir egal, “It’s all the same to me”. The 2015 viral ...

Queen’s A Night at the Opera inspires Japanese take on Romeo and Juliet

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A Night at the Opera, the classic rock album by Queen, has inspired a Japanese theatre production that will visit London this autumn as part of an international tour. Created by Hideki Noda, A Night at the Kabuki incl...

Kurt Cobain’s final days to be dramatised by Royal Opera House

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The final days of Kurt Cobain, the rock star whose anguish and anti-establishment stance spoke to millions of generation X teenagers, are to be dramatised by the Royal Opera House (ROH). Cobain, who killed himself at ...

The week in classical: Jonas Kaufmann/Diana Damrau/Helmut Deutsch; Royal Academy Opera

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Only ghosts remain at the old asylum of Endenich in Germany, now a clean, orderly museum dedicated to the composer Robert Schumann (1810-1856). He ended his days there, isolated, suffering psychosis. Two of the only p...

Ukrainian opera director freed in Italy hits out at Russia’s misuse of Interpol

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A Ukrainian opera director who was arrested in Italy at Russia’s request has said he hopes to be “the last ever victim of Russian exploitation of Interpol”. Yevhen (Eugene) Lavrenchuk, 39, was imprisoned in Naples for...

The Cunning Little Vixen review – colourful staging takes Janáček’s opera to the dark side

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Storms blew away last week’s planned premiere of English National Opera’s new version of Janáček’s 1924 hymn to the cycles of the living world. The opening was quickly rescheduled for Sunday afternoon, but it was a us...

Holocaust victim’s opera stored for years in trunk gets premiere at last

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An opera score retrieved from a San Francisco basement has had its world premiere in a German theatre, exuberantly brought to life by more than 150 musicians and performers nearly 80 years after its composer was murde...

Alcina review – Opera North clear clutter but there’s minimal magic on this enchanted isle

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Few will challenge Alcina’s claims to contain some of the finest vocal writing that even Handel ever penned. The problem is with staging it. Under the skin, Alcina engages with serious stuff – desire, betrayal, reject...

Royal Opera House hires intimacy coordinator

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Love, power, agony and death – throughout its history opera has been cherished for its displays of unbridled passion. But for those enacting scenes of murder, sex and sometimes even rape, words like consent and agency...

Maria Ewing, opera singer and ex-wife of Sir Peter Hall, dies aged 71

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Maria Ewing, a soprano and mezzo-soprano noted for intense performances who became the wife of director Sir Peter Hall and the mother of actor-director Rebecca Hall, has died at age 71. Ewing died Sunday at her home i...

Arrested Ukrainian opera director vows to fight Putin ‘oppression’

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A Ukrainian opera director arrested in Italy at Russia’s request has pledged to continue his fight against the “oppression” of Vladimir Putin’s government as calls for his release mount from around the world. Yevhen (...

Female conductor takes the helm in first for Italian opera

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A female conductor will take the helm at an Italian opera house for the first time in January. The Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv said she was surprised to learn she was making history after receiving the offer from...

Francesca Chiejina: the radiant soprano who wants opera for all

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Francesca Chiejina began her year as a ghost, ended it as an enchantress, and took in a goddess, a princess, a pauper and an acclaimed Proms appearance along the way. Covid might have meant an enforced pause for many ...

A new start after 60: ‘I was a frustrated opera singer – then I found my voice as a man of God’

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Wesley Rowell hoped to make it as an opera singer. A bass-baritone, he supported his ambitions and auditions with singing jobs in churches in Chicago and New York, and as a luxury salesperson, selling expensive pots o...

Large fire breaks out near Paris opera – video

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A large fire has broken out in a building on Boulevard des Capucines, near the Place de L’Opéra in central Paris, sending clouds of smoke rising into the air. People were told to avoid the area, which is popular with ...

‘About as big as it gets’: behind the scenes of Wagner’s The Valkyrie at English National Opera

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This is about as big as it gets, says English National Opera’s music director Martyn Brabbins. Wagner’s Ring Cycle – the Mount Everest of opera, is about 16 hours of music in total, and the ultimate challenge for any ...

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