Rome opera hires Gatti, who lost job over #MeToo allegations

ROME (AP) — Rome’s opera house on Friday defended hiring conductor Daniele Gatti, who was fired by an Amsterdam-based orchestra last summer over sexual misconduct allegations. Teatro dell’Opera di Roma spokesman Renato Bossa said that the theater signed Gatti this week to a contract running through December 2021 as musical director because, in a country with “rule of law, one ...

Celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Art Institute of Chicago with WFMT! Tune In for an Art-Inspired Morning Program on Saturday, December 8

It’s December 8, 1893 – The World’s Columbian Exposition just ended in Chicago, which saw an influx of people and made the Windy City a truly international destination. Imagine that you are on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Adams Street in downtown Chicago. Some modest buildings dot the skyline, and there’s a little hustle and bustle in the streets. ...

Notorious RBG Makes Opera Debut in Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment

Opera lover and Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has appeared in an opera before – at least, in a way. She is a character in Scalia/Ginsburg, a comic one act with words and music by Derrick Wang that had its world premiere in July 2015. But now, Ginsburg herself will appear in a production of Donizetti’s The Daughter of ...

Hear World Premiere by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer David Lang FREE This Weekend In Chicago

David Lang (Photo: Peter Serling) It’s not every day you can hear the world premiere of a piece composed by a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer for free. You can hear David Lang’s latest work, composition as explanation, at the Arts Club of Chicago, during its open house celebrating its 100th anniversary this Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 12-5 pm. “One of ...

Listening to Charles Ives Sing Charles Ives Is One of the Most Charming Things You’ll Ever Hear

Composer Charles Ives gave us wonderful works for solo instruments, voice, band, chamber ensemble, and orchestra. He also gave us some wonderful recordings of himself performing his own work. And while the composer was known for using polytonality and microtones, it seems that he may have introduced some of these things into performances of his vocal works accidentally. A quick ...