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La Scala under fire for proposed funding from Saudi Arabia

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s premier opera house, La Scala in Milan, is under fire over a proposal to grant a board seat to Saudi Arabia’s culture minister with the promise of 15 million euros ($16.8 million) in new funding. The plan, which is to be voted on next week by La Scala’s board, has been harshly criticized by members of ...

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians take to the picket line

Picketing began yesterday on the sidewalks outside the entrances to Symphony Center in the Loop, as the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra marched off their first full day on strike.

Soprano Nadine Sierra wins 2017 Richard Tucker Award

Soprano Nadine Sierra has won the 2017 Richard Tucker Award, dubbed the Heisman Trophy of opera.

Hearing George Shirley, the Met’s First Black Tenor, Sing Mozart Will Melt Your Heart

In 2015, former President Barack Obama awarded Shirley with the National Medal of Arts.

Make Music Day festival is coming to dozens of US cities

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 50 U.S. cities will be hosting Make Music Day, a free one-day outdoor festival celebrating music and music-making. The annual event is June 21, the summer solstice. Highlights of Make Music Day in the U.S. will include Sousapaloozas in Chicago; Cleveland; Madison, Wisconsin; Minneapolis-St. Paul; New York; and San Jose, California. Part of Make ...