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Met Opera: Olga Peretyatko Shines in Bellini's "I Puritani"

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 06.18.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Metropolitan Opera returned its vintage production of Bellini's I Puritani to the stage last night and the fast-rising Russian soprano Olga Perety...

This 9-Year-Old Is About To Become Very Famous

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.24.2014 | Parents

When 9-year-old Amira Willighagen from Nijmegen stepped onto the "Holland's Got Talent" stage, no one was expecting such a big voice to come out of su...

Famous Wagnerian Tenor Dies At 84

AP | Posted 08.13.2013 | Arts

VIENNA -- The Vienna State Opera says Wagnerian tenor Spas Wenkoff has died at age 84. A statement from the opera says Wenkoff died Monday in his Upp...

Astoria Characters: The Cookie Lady

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 09.29.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

"I get an extreme sense of joy from the act of baking and sharing that," says Renee, who details her sweet goodie-bag giveaways in her blog, "Single Girl Cookies." "My cookies make me happy, and they put smiles on people's faces. It's a homey thing for me, and it brings back the idea of a small town."

Things Are Looking Up For Placido Domingo

AP | HAROLD HECKLE | Posted 09.13.2013 | Arts

MADRID — After spending several days in the hospital, opera singer Placido Domingo said Sunday that an early diagnosis for a blocked blood vesse...

Placido Domingo May Cancel More Shows

AP | Posted 07.11.2013 | Arts

MADRID -- The son of legendary opera singer Placido Domingo says his 72-year-old father may have to cancel some more performances following his admiss...

Good News For Placido Domingo

AP | Posted 07.10.2013 | Arts

MADRID -- Opera singer Placido Domingo says he expects his health to improve soon, after he was admitted to a Madrid hospital with a blockage in an ar...

Famous Opera Singer Suffers Embolism

AP | CHRIS TALBOTT | Posted 09.08.2013 | Arts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Opera singer Placido Domingo is in the hospital after suffering a blockage in an artery of the lungs. Domingo's representati...

The New Manrico Of 'Il Trovatore'

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 06.30.2013 | Arts

MUNICH, Germany -- Parodied by everyone from Gilbert and Sullivan to the Marx Brothers, Verdi's "Il Trovatore" is often dismissed as an absurd story a...

All About Eve?

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 06.12.2013 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

I think covers have nerves of steel and a particular make up that allows them to work in high adrenaline situations. They need to be present but unobtrusive at rehearsals for the main cast.

Astoria Characters: The Triumphant Tenor

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.07.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

"We all have many different voices," he says. "The voice is such an amazing instrument that I feel like a mad scientist who does different things with it. Like a painter, I try different colors out. It gives me joy every day of my life."

Pretty Yende Debut At Met

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 03.20.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Preparing to exit the stage during the opening moments of Rossini's "Le Comte Ory" at the Metropolitan Opera, Pretty Yende tripped on...

Met Star Makes Her Mark

AP | By MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 01.17.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- Angela Meade, a rising star at the Metropolitan Opera, rose a notch higher as she stepped into one of the touchstone roles of the soprano ...

Famed Opera Star Rethinks Her Career

AP | GEORGE JAHN | Posted 05.28.2012 | Home

VIENNA — Vesselina Kasarova's repertoire ranges from Donizetti to Wagner. Critics rave over her voice and her character depictions are the gold ...

Astoria Characters: The Woman in the Window

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.01.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Emily Zhang's story begins in Tianjin, an enormous city in northern China. The house was always filled with music, and, early on, Emily decided that she wanted to scale the scales, too.

Astoria Characters: The Svelte Soprano

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.18.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Even when she's not on stage, Jenny, a Valkyrie whose waves of golden ringlets cascade down her shoulders, has quite a stage presence. Runway-model slim, she stands nearly six feet tall in her flat gold sandals.