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Conductor James Levine Fires Back After Being Fired, Sues Met Opera For Defamation

Disgraced conductor James Levine is suing The Metropolitan Opera for defamation after his dismissal earlier this week. The company has launched an investigation and found credible evidence backing the sexual misconduct accusations made against ...

Met Opera Fires James Levine After Evidence Of Sexually Abusive, Harassing Conduct Surface

Legendary conductor and classical music icon James Levine was fired from the Metropolitan Opera after a 46-year-career after investigations found evidence supporting the sexual abuse allegations made against him. Levine, 74 years old, was suspended ...

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, World-Renowned Baritone, Diagnosed with Brain Tumor

The beloved Russian baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, has revealed that he has had to cancel all engagements through the end of August to undergo treatment for a brain tumor. The announcement was posted Wednesday on his website.

Jonas Kaufmann Cancels Met Performance of 'Carmen' Due to Illness

Star tenor Jonas Kaufmann has canceled one of his two performances in the Metropolitan Opera’s highly awaited show 'Carmen.' Tickets to the performance were running for almost $1,000 on online ticket broker sites before the singer dropped out due ...

Have Dogs, Will Travel: Bass-Baritone Luca Pisaroni’s Life on the Operatic Fast Track--with Canine Companions

Wherever in the world Luca Pisaroni goes to sing, he is accompanied by his two dogs, Lenny and Tristan. Currently, the dogs are with him in New York, where he is singing Leporello in the Metropolitan Opera's production of 'Don Giovanni.'

Anna Netrebko, Metropolitan Opera's Curtain Call for Tchaikovsky's 'Iolanta' Interrupted on Stage by Wounded Warrior Ukraine CEO Roman J. Torgovitsky [VIDEO]

Earlier this evening, Anna Netrebko's title performance in the Metropolitan Opera's brand spankin' new production of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta was interrupted at the very bitter end by a man Classicalite has identified as one Roman J. ...

Metropolitan Opera Offers $25 Low-Price Tickets for Performances, Takes a Rocky Start

Many Rust Belt cities in the U.S. have been experimenting with a new theory, "low-cost high culture," and have been yielding higher net profits. While the idea is sound, major cultural institutions like the Metropolitan Opera have tried a similar ...

René Pape Returns to Metropolitan Opera for Solo Recital of Beethoven, Dvořák, Quilter and Mussorgsky on September 28

Renowned operatic bass René Pape will return to the Metropolitan Opera--for a solo recital this time--performing the works of Beethoven (Gellert Songs), Dvorák (Biblical Songs), Roger Quilter (Shakespeare Songs) and Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of ...

Metropolitan Opera Delays Lockout of Union Workers by One Week, Agrees to Independent Financial Analysis

The Metropolitan Opera announced last night that it would delay its lockout of union workers by one week, while an independent financial analyst is brought in to assess the state of the Met's finances.

Peter Gelb of Metropolitan Opera to Union Workers: Prepare for Lockout

Peter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera's general manager, warned that a lockout of union workers is imminent if the opera house’s singers, orchestra members, stagehands and other employees cannot reach a labor agreement with management by next week.

10 More Years: Alberto Vilar, Met Opera Money Manager and Valery Gergiev Crony, Gets Longer U.S. Prison Sentence

Judge Richard J. Sullivan recently granted an extended curfew to disgraced businessman Alberto Vilar, so that he could attend the Metropolitan Opera's own scandal-ridden performance of 'Eugene Onegin.' Now...Sullivan is extending Vilar's sentence for ...

James Levine’s Younger Brother Tom: An Artist in His Own Right, with a Solo Show at the Washburn Gallery

Tom Levine, 68, is an artist who is only now achieving wider recognition for his work. The Washburn Gallery in New York is currently exhibiting Levine's new paintings, which represent a major turning point in his career.

Italian Tenor Renato Cioni, One of Maria Callas' Leading Men, Dies at 84 on Elba

From an era when Italianate (and indeed, Italian) tenors were in more plentiful supply, Renato Cioni has passed away at the age of 84. He was also one of the last links to the age of Maria Callas, as one of her last Cavaradossis in Puccini's Tosca

SET LIST: Soprano Diana Damrau Will Sing Opera, Operetta and Popular Songs at (Le) Poisson Rouge on March 27

Taking a one-night-only breather from her run as Amina in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Bellini's La Sonnambula (March 14-April 1), Bavarian soprano Diana Damrau will perform selections from her forthcoming Erato album Forever--available ...

The Column: Are Live Broadcasts Good for Classical Music?

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