| Dec 14, 2012
| 2:00 PM
It's been a year of hand-wringing at arts institutions on both sides of the Atlantic. The world economy has been particularly effective in scarifying orchestras and opera companies. In the United States, several orchestras are in various states of...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 12:00 PM
Leaders at Los Angeles Opera are breathing a little easier now that a huge financial burden has been lifted from their shoulders.
L.A. Opera is announcing Wednesday that it has fully repaid a $14 million emergency loan it received in 2009, a loan...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 8:45 PM
[This story has been updated.]
This year's Grammy Award nominees in the classical music categories feature a typically diverse mix of recordings, ranging from gargantuan undertakings such as the Metropolitan Opera's production of Wagner's "Ring" cycle...
| Aug 2, 2012
Character actor appeared regularly on 'Columbo'
John Finnegan, 85, a character actor who portrayed a scout in the 1984 baseball film "The Natural" and regularly appeared on television's "Columbo," died Sunday at his Palm Desert home from...
| Aug 6, 2012
| 8:05 AM
When she isn't busy hearing arguments at the highest court in the land, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg can sometimes be found across town at the Kennedy Center as a spectator at the Washington National Opera.
Ginsburg, 79, is an opera buff...
| Aug 11, 2012
Oscar-winning special effects master
Carlo Rambaldi, 86, an Academy Award-winning special effects master known as the father of "E.T.," died Friday in southern Italy after a long illness, Italian news media reported.
He won visual...
| Aug 20, 2012
| 11:37 AM
Classical music fans in Southern California have known for several years that Andreas Mitisek works minor miracles on a shoestring at Long Beach Opera. With limited financial resources, he has maintained the small company's reputation as a risk-taker,...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 12:07 PM
Looking to put a child sex-abuse scandal behind it, the BBC has named a major figure from classical opera as its director general. Tony Hall has served as the chief executive of the Royal Opera House in London since 2001. His job at the BBC is expected to...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 1:49 PM
A man has a casual affair with a woman and then dumps her. The woman, now with child, longs for his return but is coldly rebuffed. Humiliated and left with nothing to live for, she kills herself with a sharp blade to the throat.
The story of Puccini's...
| Nov 13, 2012
Longtime classical music radio announcer in L.A.
Thomas Cassidy, 95, an announcer who was the longtime host of classical music programs on the now-defunct KFAC radio station, died Nov. 5 at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, his daughter...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 5:55 PM
Lucille Bliss, who provided the voice of the cartoon character Crusader Rabbit in the early days of television and gained recognition a generation later as the voice of Smurfette in the 1980s television hit "The Smurfs," has died. She was 96.