A new staging of Richard Wagner’s opera “Tannhaeuser” set during the Holocaust was canceled after some scenes so upset audience members at the Dusseldorf opera house that they sought medical attention after the performance.
Spain’s Placido Domingo kissed his Puerto Rican singing partner Ana Maria Martinez, Bryn Terfel belted out tunes from his Welsh homeland and Gilberto Gil played bossa nova from Brazil at this year’s Abu Dhabi Festival.
Michael Baum took every substitute teaching job he found and has sent out hundreds of resumes since graduating from college two years ago. He never got a full-time offer and works as a waiter at a pizza parlor in Chicago, earning $650 during a busy week.
The South Korean bass-baritone Samuel Youn will sing the title role in “The Flying Dutchman” at Bayreuth Festival after Yevgeny Nikitin withdrew because of Nazi symbols he had tattooed on his chest in his youth.