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Sondra Radvanovsky

Met Opera Swaps Anna Netrebko for Sondra Radvanovsky as Bellini's 'Norma' >>

The Metropolitan Opera this week switched the announced performer in the title role of Vincenzo Bellini's opera 'Norma' for their upcoming 2017-18 season. Sondra Radvanovsky will replace Anna Netrebko beginning with the Met's season opener on September 25, 2017.

Brian Asawa

Brian Asawa, Acclaimed San Francisco Opera Countertenor, Dies at Age 49 >>

Vocalist Brian Asawa died on Monday, aged 49. The Japanese-American countertenor, nephew of sculptor Ruth Asawa, was a celebrated operatic performer with close ties to the New York Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco's Merola Opera Program.

James Levine

Metropolitan Opera's James Levine Forced to Retire After Season for Medical Reasons >>

It has perhaps been the Metropolitan Opera's most imminent concern for its latest season, but it's been announced that the company's iconic and emblematic conductor, James Levine, will step down after this season.

Beverly Sills

Soprano Ailyn Pérez Wins Metropolitan Opera's Beverly Sills Artist Award >>

Soprano Ailyn Pérez is this year's recipient of the illustrious Beverly Sills Artist Award. The honor is presented to young singers who have appeared in solos at the Metropolitan Opera.

Kathleen Battle

Kathleen Battle Returns to the Metropolitan Opera 22 Years After Firing >>

Operatic soprano Kathleen Battle has announced she will return to the Metropolitan Opera some 22 years after her famous departure. Peter Gelb, the new general manager, says there's no ill-will towards the performer.

Tuba Player

The Metropolitan Opera Knows Hairbrushes and Tubas Don't Mix >>

It's not often that musicians are faced with dramatic problems minutes before they go on stage, or into the pit. A recent diary entry made by the Metropolitan Opera, however, claims a hairbrush and a tuba can make for a disastrous evening.

The Metropolitan Opera Announces 2016 National Council Winners

The Metropolitan Opera Announces 2016 National Council Winners >>

The Metropolitan Opera's annual National Council Auditions has to be a looming force over its contestants. The young contenders, who aim to make one of the top five positions and an astounding boost to their singing career, have been selected for 2016.

Despite Medication Change, James Levine's Met Opera Tenure Still Uncertain

Despite Medication Change, James Levine's Met Opera Tenure Still Uncertain >>

The Metropolitan Opera's beloved conductor, James Levine, has had a tumultuous battle with Parkinson's Disease, which has hindered his abilities to continue with the company. With tenure of four decades, and despite doctors claiming a change in medication could help curb his symptoms, Levine's future with the orchestra remains uncertain.

Metropolitan Opera's James Levine Could Conduct for More Seasons With Adjusted Medications

Metropolitan Opera's James Levine Could Conduct for More Seasons With Adjusted Medications >>

Old age and the onset of a degenerative illness haven't slowed down long-time Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine, whose battle with Parkinson's Disease may have forced him into retirement. Per the prognosis of Levine's neurologist, his symptoms could be alleviated with a simple change in dosage of his medication.

Children Board a School Bus

Former Metropolitan Opera Singer, Philip Bologna, Sings to Schoolchildren on Bus Route >>

For now-retired opera singer Philip Bologna, his talent as a tenor brought him across the world and to many audiences. Though he may not be singing professionally anymore, he is singing to a much younger audience, to schoolchildren on his bus route in Rochester. Have no fear though, as Philip Bologna, 63, states he enjoys every minute of what he does.

Dimitri Hvorostovsky

Dmitri Hvorostovsky Cancels Metropolitan Opera Performances in Feburary >>

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the Russian baritone who has recently been undergoing treatment for a brain tumor in London, has announced that he will withdraw from four February performances at the Metropolitan Opera. The performances were for Verdi's "Il Trovatore."

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

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

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 to the flu.

Anna Netrebko Announces Performance of 'Iolanta' at Royal Albert Hall Outing June 24

Anna Netrebko Announces Performance of 'Iolanta' at Royal Albert Hall Outing June 24 >>

Opera's beloved darling, Anna Netrebko, is proud to announce a recently added gig at the world famous Royal Albert Hall. In association with the venue and U-Live, the special Iolanta performance is scheduled for June 24.

Luca Pisaroni

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.'

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