US star soprano misses La Scala gala season-open debut
United States' soprano Lisette Oropesa poses in front of La Scala opera theater in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. Soprano Lisette Oropesa was to be the first American to single a title role in the gala season opener of La Scala since Maria Callas in the 1950s. Oropesa is one of 24 singers recording for a broadcast event marking the traditional Dec. 7 opening. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MILAN – Soprano Lisette Oropesa was to be the first American to sing a title role in the gala season opener at La Scala since Maria Callas in the 1950s. Management opted for a gala evening of star singers and ballet dancers, mostly recorded in segments in advance.
Placido Domingo to receive lifetime award in Austria
FILE- In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, opera singer Placido Domingo performs during a concert in Szeged, Hungary. Domingo will make his first public appearance since recovering from coronavirus to accept a lifetime achievement award on Aug. 6 in Salzburg, Austria. (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh, File)SOAVE Placido Domingo will make his first public appearance since recovering from coronavirus to accept a lifetime achievement award in Austria next week. The famed tenor will receive the honor on Aug. 6 in Salzburg by the organization behind Austrias Music Prize at an invitation-only ceremony. Since European lockdowns have eased, classical music performances are gradually resuming and Domingo also has a full fall calendar, just months after recovering from the virus.
Lebanon holds Baalbek concert despite virus, economic crisis
Musicians from the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra perform during a concert in the ancient northeastern city of Baalbek, Lebanon, Sunday, July 5, 2020. Dubbed "an act of cultural resilience," the concert aims to send a message of unity and hope to the world amid the coronavirus pandemic and an unprecedented economic and financial crisis in Lebanon. For the first time since the Baalbek International Festival was launched in 1956, this year's concert is being held without an audience, in line with strict COVID-19 guidelines. Lebanese watching the 55-minute show at home posted nostalgic sentiments on social media about bygone days that have been replaced by an economic crisis and growing poverty and hunger. Lebanon is being shaken by a severe economic and financial crisis, made worse in recent months by the coronavirus and lockdown restrictions.
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