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September 21, 2006 | From Reuters
Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. said Wednesday it will launch a channel programmed primarily by New York's Metropolitan Opera, which will feature live and archived broadcasts. Terms were not disclosed, but Sirius said it was a multiyear deal. The channel debuts on Monday and will replace Sirius' "Classical Voices" channel. The Met said it would provide the channel an average of four live broadcasts per week during its 2006-07 season. It is also making available hundreds of old broadcasts.
September 16, 2006 | From Reuters
Opening night at New York City's Metropolitan Opera will be open to all this year -- in a live broadcast at Times Square. Traffic will be redirected and about 650 free seats will be set up Sept. 25 for the public to watch Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," directed by filmmaker Anthony Minghella, on a giant screen. "This effort is symbolic of our plans to keep the Met connected to mainstream culture and contemporary life and will help build new audiences," General Manager Peter Gelb said.
June 28, 2006 | Ronald Blum, The Associated Press
Having lost 35 pounds following shoulder surgery, James Levine wants to lose 15 more as he tries to focus on his health with the same energy he devotes to music. Levine, music director of the Metropolitan Opera and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, tore his right rotator cuff when he fell leaving the stage at Boston's Symphony Hall on March 1. He returns to the podium on July 7, when he opens the BSO's Tanglewood season conducting Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No.
April 4, 2006 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
It seemed like a perfect -- and perfectly balanced -- week for the piano, the musical equivalent of Apollo and Dionysus appearing at the same party. On March 15, the stately, golden-toned Murray Perahia was to perform a recital at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The following night, the romantic, impetuous Martha Argerich would lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Beethoven's First Piano Concerto. Neither event, as it turned out, would come to pass.
March 25, 2006 | Chris Pasles, Times Staff Writer
Sarah Caldwell, the beloved founder of the Opera Company of Boston and the first woman to conduct New York's Metropolitan Opera, has died. She was 82. Caldwell died of heart failure Thursday at the Maine Medical Center, according to Jim Morgan, former manager of the company and a lifelong friend. During its 33-year history, the Opera Company of Boston ran on a shoestring budget and often had to use gymnasiums, college auditoriums and rented theaters. It closed in 1991 because of lack of funds.
February 22, 2006 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
Placido Domingo, the superstar tenor who helped found Los Angeles Opera and has led it as general director since 2003, has renewed his contract with the company for an additional five years, through 2011. At the same time, the company announced Tuesday, artistic director Edgar Baitzel has been promoted to chief operating officer, and two executives are assuming new jobs: Marilyn Shapiro as executive vice president and Mitchell Heskel as director of administration and chief financial officer.
February 5, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Herta Glaz, 95, a mezzo-soprano who gave more than 300 performances at New York's Metropolitan Opera between 1942 and 1956 and later taught at USC, died Jan. 28 in Hamden, Conn. She had been in failing health for several years after a stroke. Born in Austria, Glaz received her musical training at the State Academy of Music. She later studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She made her opera debut at 19 at the State Opera of Breslau as Erda in Wagner's "Das Rheingold."
November 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
Barbara Cook, the former Broadway ingenue who found her greatest success as a cabaret singer, will be the first female pop singer presented in concert by New York City's Metropolitan Opera. Cook is scheduled to perform at the Met on Jan. 20. The only other pop singer to be presented by the Met was the late singer and actor Yves Montand. "She is just thrilled because she happens to be a huge opera fan and goes to the opera all the time, so it's one of the highlights of her career.
October 29, 2005 | From Associated Press
The Metropolitan Opera has established the Beverly Sills Artist Award, a prize worth $50,000 for young opera singers. The award, intended to aid career development, will be given annually to U.S. singers between ages 25 and 40 who have already appeared in featured solo roles with the New York opera company. The award will be funded by Agnes Varis, a managing director on the Met board, and her husband, Karl Leichtman.
September 12, 2005 | Jeannine Stein, Times Staff Writer
The days of the fat opera singer are waning. Opera has become an increasingly visual medium, because of the influence of television and film, and directors want singers to look the part, not just sing it. They now demand more physical prowess from performers -- a swordfight should resemble a swordfight, not a couple of guys vaguely lunging at each other. But singers who have jumped on the treadmill have discovered something else -- being fit makes them better singers.
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