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    The Met Reinvents Itself, Yet the Ushers Remain the Same

    The Met Reinvents Itself, Yet the Ushers Remain the Same


    Ricardo Taveras, an usher at the Met, before opening night of “La Fanciulla del...

    Opera at Lincoln Center is in the midst of a cultural shift. To know its institutional memory, look to those wearing the tuxedos with the burgundy lapels.
    5 Things to Know in Pop Culture Today

    5 Things to Know in Pop Culture Today


    Taylor Swift’s new deal with Universal Music Group is one of the things we’re talking about today in pop...

    Taylor Swift’s new record deal, weird props for sale and more from Monday’s TV, music and movie news.
    A New Time for Christian Marclay

    A New Time for Christian Marclay


    Christian Marclay with the organ in the Huddersfield Town Hall in...

    The artist may have won acclaim for “The Clock,” but at a festival in England his music is the object of attention.
    A Church Remembers Avicii, With Hits Instead of Hymns

    A Church Remembers Avicii, With Hits Instead of Hymns


    A crowd waiting outside the Hedvig Eleonora Church in Stockholm on Friday for a religious service remembering the musician...

    Sweden is one of Europe’s least religious countries. Pastors there are using pop and rock music at Masses to try to attract a younger crowd.
    Rapper 6ix9ine Arrested on Racketeering Charges

    Rapper 6ix9ine Arrested on Racketeering Charges


    Daniel Hernandez, the rapper known as 6ix9ine or Tekashi69, was sentenced last month to four years’ probation in a case involving explicit videos with an underage...

    The arrest was the latest and most serious in a string of legal problems for the 22-year-old rapper and Instagram star.
    Taylor Swift Announces New Record Deal With Universal Music

    Taylor Swift Announces New Record Deal With Universal Music


    Taylor Swift posted news of her new label deal on Instagram, noting that she had secured ownership of her master recordings at Universal and negotiated with digital streaming in...

    After more than a decade on the Nashville-based Big Machine Records, Swift is moving on, securing ownership of her master recordings with her label.

    Retro Report: He Died Giving a Voice to Chile’s Poor. A Quest for Justice Took Decades.


    The activist folk singer Victor Jara was murdered in the days after a 1973 coup that brought Gen. Augusto Pinochet to power. A quest for his killers led to a Florida...

    The activist folk singer Victor Jara was murdered in the days after a 1973 coup that brought Gen. Augusto Pinochet to power. A quest for his killers led to a Florida courtroom.
    A Long-Lost Symphonic Love Story Is Told Again

    A Long-Lost Symphonic Love Story Is Told Again


    The composer Julius Eastman, left, with R. Nemo Hill, to whom he dedicated his Second...

    A new edition of Julius Eastman’s Symphony No. 2, dedicated to a former lover in the early 1980s, will have its premiere by the Mannes Orchestra.
    When Puccini Came, Saw and Conquered New York City

    When Puccini Came, Saw and Conquered New York City


    From left, David Belasco, Arturo Toscanini and Giacomo Puccini, during one of the composer’s two formative visits to New York...

    We take a look at Puccini’s visits and premieres, as his “Il Trittico” returns to the Metropolitan Opera, where it had its premiere a century ago.
    The Salzburg Festival is Planning a Mythic Summer

    The Salzburg Festival is Planning a Mythic Summer


    Markus Hinterhäuser, right, the artistic director of the Salzburg Festival, with the conductor Teodor Currentzis, who will return next summer to lead Mozart’s...

    The Austrian festival has announced that operas exploring the myths of Oedipus, Medea and Orpheus will be on the bill next summer.
    It’s Starting to Look a Lot Like Choreography on Opera Stages

    It’s Starting to Look a Lot Like Choreography on Opera Stages


    Isabel Leonard sang the title role in Nico Muhly’s “Marnie.” The choreography is by Lynne Page, the direction by Michael Mayer — but where does one start and the other...

    When singers move well, opera’s physical side becomes related to choreography, connecting humans to music in terms of space, time and meaning.
    Louis Armstrong’s Life in Letters, Music and Art

    Louis Armstrong’s Life in Letters, Music and Art


    Louis Armstrong in his den in 1958. In the background: a rug in the guest bathroom at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in...

    Step inside the mind of one of America’s great virtuosos, thanks to a vast archive of his personal writings, home recordings and artistic collages.
    Roy Clark Is Dead at 85; a Face of Country Music on ‘Hee Haw’

    Roy Clark Is Dead at 85; a Face of Country Music on ‘Hee Haw’


    Roy Clark, right, performing with Roy Acuff during a taping of the syndicated television show “Hee Haw” in 1983. The show was conceived as a down-home answer to the sketch comedy series “Rowan & Martin’s...

    He and Buck Owens were hosts of a long-running prime-time TV variety show that helped bring country music into mainstream American pop culture.
    7 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend

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


    “Only the Sound Remains” by Kaija Saariaho will make its United States debut on Saturday at the Rose...

    Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
    Review: A Cast Change Adds Suspense to the Met Opera’s ‘Pearl Fishers’

    Review: A Cast Change Adds Suspense to the Met Opera’s ‘Pearl Fishers’


    Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena, front center, as the lovers Leïla and Nadir in Bizet’s “Les Pêcheurs de Perles,” which returned to the Metropolitan Opera on Wednesday...

    The baritone Mariusz Kwiecien fell ill during Bizet’s opera on Wednesday. His replacement, Alexander Birch Elliott, 32, made his Met debut.
    A Tanglewood Summer of Bach, Wagner and Renée Fleming

    A Tanglewood Summer of Bach, Wagner and Renée Fleming


    Visitors at Tanglewood last summer. The summer music festival has announced its 2019...

    The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced its plans for next summer at Tanglewood, its bucolic summer home in the Berkshires.
    Critic’s Notebook: R&B Blossoms, With Hip-Hop in the Rear View

    Critic’s Notebook: R&B Blossoms, With Hip-Hop in the Rear View


    Jorja Smith is part of a new class of singers helping shine a spotlight back on pure R&B...

    For nearly two decades, R&B took a back seat as rap grew into a cultural powerhouse. But a new class of singers devoted to the genre’s core principles is on the rise.
    Rosalía: The Pop Star Bringing Flamenco to a New Generation

    Rosalía: The Pop Star Bringing Flamenco to a New Generation


    Rosalía Vila Tobella in Madrid in October. “Everything is in flamenco,” the Spanish singer said. “Spirituality, loyalty, humility,...

    The Spanish musician invests the genre’s complex, finger-clicking rhythms and deep, intense style of singing with playful samples and slogans with attitude.
    You Can’t Spell Cher Without Her (and Her and Her)

    You Can’t Spell Cher Without Her (and Her and Her)


    Teal Wicks, Stephanie J. Block and Micaela Diamond, who star as different incarnations of the title character in “The Cher...

    How three Broadway actresses capture the essence of one superstar: Thank the costumes, “Burlesque” — and white teeth.
    Lorde Says Kanye West Copied Her Stage: 5 Things in Pop Culture Today

    Lorde Says Kanye West Copied Her Stage: 5 Things in Pop Culture Today


    Lorde performing on her Melodrama tour in April. The singer posted an Instagram story accusing Kanye West and Kid Cudi of stealing the tour’s stage...

    The singer accused West and Kid Cudi of copying her stage set. Their designer said Lorde “wasn’t the first person to use a floating glass box, she won’t be the last.”
    Leonard Cohen Exhibition to Come to New York

    Leonard Cohen Exhibition to Come to New York


    When “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything” comes to the Jewish Museum, it will include “Passing Through,” a 360-degree video installation by George...

    After its debut at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, “A Crack in Everything” will open at the Jewish Museum next year.