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    David DiChiera, Who Gave Opera a Home in Detroit, Dies at 83

    David DiChiera, Who Gave Opera a Home in Detroit, Dies at 83


    David DiChiera, the founder of Michigan Opera Theater, in the Detroit Opera House around 2005. Dr. DiChiera dedicated himself to keeping opera alive in the...

    Dr. DiChiera built an opera company that presented world-class talent at a time when Detroit’s population was dwindling and its future looked bleak.
    Muslim Rapper Cancels Bataclan Concerts. French Far-Right Celebrates.

    Muslim Rapper Cancels Bataclan Concerts. French Far-Right Celebrates.


    The rapper Médine, who said on Friday that he will now play the Zenith in Paris because demonstrations were brewing over his planned shows at the...

    Marine Le Pen called rapper Médine’s decision to cancel the shows “a victory for all victims of Islamist terrorism.”
    Album Review: Alone in the Studio in 1983, Prince Is Revealed

    Album Review: Alone in the Studio in 1983, Prince Is Revealed


    “Piano & a Microphone 1983” contains nine songs Prince recorded on a cassette at his home studio the year before “Purple Rain”...

    Listening to the nine songs on “Piano & a Microphone 1983,” the first album of material from Prince’s storied vault, feels like eavesdropping on the artist at work.
    Handel and Philip Glass, but Make It Fashion

    Handel and Philip Glass, but Make It Fashion


    George Condo’s portrait of the countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, on the cover of Mr. Costanzo’s new Glass-Handel album...

    The countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo has planned an all-star art-clothes-dance-video spectacle to accompany the release of his new album, “ARC.”
    Review: The Jaap van Zweden Era Begins at the Philharmonic

    Review: The Jaap van Zweden Era Begins at the Philharmonic


    Jaap van Zweden leads his first concert as the New York Philharmonic’s music director at the season-opening...

    At the season-opening gala concert, Mr. van Zweden made a strong statement about new music. But his approach to repertory staples remains problematic.
    How Robyn, Pop’s Glittery Rebel, Danced Her Way Back From Darkness

    How Robyn, Pop’s Glittery Rebel, Danced Her Way Back From Darkness


    The Swedish star Robyn is back, and she’s still leaning on what she calls the pillars of pop music: “Eternity and death. And losing...

    After enduring an emotional crash, a breakup and the death of a mentor, the Swedish star has her first album in eight years and the most transcendent song of her career.
    Retooling the Met Opera’s Problematic ‘Ring’ Machine

    Retooling the Met Opera’s Problematic ‘Ring’ Machine


    After months of work, the Metropolitan Opera hopes it has improved the massive, temperamental and noisy set for Wagner’s “Ring”...

    The 45-ton set for Wagner’s sprawling masterpiece was noisy and glitch-prone in its last outing. So the Met has been working for months to fix it.
    Suge Knight Gets 28 Years in Prison in Hit-and-Run Plea Deal

    Suge Knight Gets 28 Years in Prison in Hit-and-Run Plea Deal


    Marion Knight, known as Suge, with his lawyer Albert DeBlanc in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday. A plea bargain left him with a 28-year prison...

    The one-time rap mogul on Thursday pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in a 2015 case tied to the film “Straight Outta Compton.”
    13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend

    13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend


    From left, Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn of the Byrds will perform their landmark 1968 album “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” at the Town Hall on Sunday and Monday...

    Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
    6 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend

    6 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend


    From left, Cree Carrico, Sam Shapiro, Talise Trevigne, Michael Slattery, Abigail Nims and John Moore in Missy Mazzoli’s third opera, “Proving Up,” which will be at the Miller Theater on Wednesday and Sept....

    Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
    A Frenzied Run-Up in a House Full of Divas

    A Frenzied Run-Up in a House Full of Divas


    Elina Garanca, Anna Netrebko and newcomers rehearse “Samson et Dalila,” “Aida” and “La Bohème” for the Metropolitan Opera’s opening...

    Elina Garanca, Anna Netrebko and newcomers rehearse “Samson et Dalila,” “Aida” and “La Bohème” for the Metropolitan Opera’s opening week.

    Popcast: What Makes for a Great Celebrity Profile?


    Writing in-depth features about stars can be an art form. But it’s been changing in recent...

    Writing in-depth features about stars can be an art form. But it’s been changing in recent years.
    Review: In a Gilded Space, a Choir Reflects on War and Peace

    Review: In a Gilded Space, a Choir Reflects on War and Peace


    The Crossing, led by Donald Nally, performs the politically charged program “Of Arms and the Man” in the Board of Officers Room at the Park Avenue...

    The Crossing, led by Donald Nally, presented a site-specific, politically charged program, “Of Arms and the Man,” in the ornate Park Avenue Armory.
    Cat Power Has a Lot to Be Proud Of. Now She Knows That.

    Cat Power Has a Lot to Be Proud Of. Now She Knows That.


    Chan Marshall, who records as Cat Power, considered moving away and leaving music behind when she got pregnant. Instead she started work on her new album,...

    The singer and songwriter Chan Marshall has a new child, a new label and a new lease on life with her 10th album, “Wanderer.”
    Maroon 5 to Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

    Maroon 5 to Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show


    Maroon 5, fronted by Adam Levine, will be the first band to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show since...

    The band is scheduled to take the stage for the annual extravaganza on Feb. 3 in Atlanta.
    Royal Opera House Gets a $66 Million Revamp

    Royal Opera House Gets a $66 Million Revamp


    The new Linbury Theater at the Royal Opera House in London will feature opera by Janacek and dance by Rambert in its first...

    The almost-three-year renovation includes the 406-seat Linbury Theater, and more public spaces in the foyer.
    Critic’s Notebook: R.I.P., the Celebrity Profile

    Critic’s Notebook: R.I.P., the Celebrity Profile


    Beyoncé on the cover of Vogue and Paul McCartney on the cover of GQ. While she told her own story, he was interviewed in...

    The famous are saying less (if anything at all), granting interviews to their friends and sharing on social media. What’s being lost? Almost everything.
    Lizzo Wants to Build You Up

    Lizzo Wants to Build You Up


    The hip-hop artist Lizzo writes music that is as much about building yourself up as it is about accepting who you...

    “I made a commitment to feel-good music,” the artist said before a show at MoMA PS1. “I had to show my belly a lot of attention, a lot of love.”
    Megaphones Up, the Philharmonic Opens With Two Young Voices

    Megaphones Up, the Philharmonic Opens With Two Young Voices


    Conrad Tao, left, and Ashley Fure have written new works for the opening weeks of the New York Philharmonic’s...

    The composers Ashley Fure and Conrad Tao make their New York Philharmonic debuts with new works during the first two weeks of the season.
    Ira Sabin, Founder of JazzTimes Magazine, Is Dead at 90

    Ira Sabin, Founder of JazzTimes Magazine, Is Dead at 90


    Ira Sabin with the trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in the 1980s. Mr. Sabin’s passion for jazz was ignited as a teenager when he saw Gillespie perform in Manhattan with Charlie Parker and Max...

    Originally a drummer, he channeled his passion for jazz into a publication that began as a four-page newspaper to promote his record store in Washington.
    At the Paris Opera, a Celebration 350 Years in the Making

    At the Paris Opera, a Celebration 350 Years in the Making


    The Palais Garnier, the 19th-century home of the Paris Opera. Founded in 1669, the opera once performed mainly at the Palace of Versailles and the Palais...

    Over the next 16 months, dancers and singers will have ample occasion to celebrate the anniversary of the Paris Opera’s founding by Louis XIV in 1669.
    A Tale of Two Paris Opera Houses

    A Tale of Two Paris Opera Houses


    The very modern Opéra Bastille is home to 14 of the opera season’s...

    The Paris Opera’s director and music director shared some of their favorite local haunts in the orbit of the Palais Garnier and the Opéra Bastille.
    Beyond Performance: Fund-raising Helps Pay the Bills

    Beyond Performance: Fund-raising Helps Pay the Bills


    The Paris Opera Ballet. Its annual opening gala often raises about 1 million euros for the opera...

    Initially, philanthropy was a stopgap solution. Now it has become a much bigger source of income for the institution.
    Bizet’s Home Rehearses for Its Next Act

    Bizet’s Home Rehearses for Its Next Act


    The riverside villa in Bougival, near Paris, where Georges Bizet, the composer of “Carmen,” once lived. It is being turned into a museum and music...

    The riverside house near Paris where Georges Bizet, the composer of “Carmen,” once lived is being converted into a museum and coupled with a music center.
    Big Jay McNeely, 91, Dies; R&B’s ‘King of the Honkers’

    Big Jay McNeely, 91, Dies; R&B’s ‘King of the Honkers’


    Big Jay McNeely at the Paradiso in Amsterdam in 1988. He had a pivotal role in establishing the saxophone — before the electric guitar supplanted it — as the featured instrument among soloists at the dawn of rock ’n’...

    At the dawn of rock ’n’ roll, he put the saxophone front and center, sometimes while lying on his back, kicking his legs, or jumping off the stage.
    Review: Chutzpah? An Afro-Cuban-Yiddish Opera Worth a Schlep

    Review: Chutzpah? An Afro-Cuban-Yiddish Opera Worth a Schlep


    Jennifer Jade Ledesna, left, and Matthew Patrick Morris in “Hatuey: Memory of Fire,” an improbably multicultural opera at Montclair State...

    “Hatuey: Memory of Fire,” through Sunday at Montclair State University, tells the story of a 16th-century uprising in a 1930s Havana nightclub.
    Grace Notes: Elvis and Ella Fitzgerald Sang It. She Says Her Father Wrote It.

    Grace Notes: Elvis and Ella Fitzgerald Sang It. She Says Her Father Wrote It.


    Liz Roman Gallese with her father’s documents relating to his involvement in the song “Blue Moon,” at her home on Friday in Wellesley,...

    “Blue Moon” is credited to Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. A documentary filmmaker tried to get to the bottom of a family story that it was really written by her father.
    Review: Good Music, but Julia Bullock Makes It Great

    Review: Good Music, but Julia Bullock Makes It Great


    The soprano Julia Bullock at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Saturday. The program, “History’s Persistent Voice,” was the first in her season-long...

    The rising soprano opened her season-long residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with slave songs and settings of the words of black artists.