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    Review: 3-D Enhances An Enigmatic New Opera

    Review: 3-D Enhances An Enigmatic New Opera


    The soprano Miah Persson, at left on film and at right on stage, and the baritone Roderick Williams on film in “Blank Out” at the Park Avenue...

    Michel van der Aa’s “Blank Out” mingles stage action and video projection, live music-making and recorded performance, poetry and original text.
    A Third of the Three Tenors, José Carreras Exits on His Terms

    A Third of the Three Tenors, José Carreras Exits on His Terms


    José Carreras onstage at Carnegie Hall. Known to many as the “other guy” in the Three Tenors, he was an unforgettable artist in his...

    Not just “the other guy,” Mr. Carreras reflects on Pavarotti, Domingo, his career and his brush with death as his final tour arrives at Carnegie Hall.
    Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week

    Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week


    Mac DeMarco (here performing near Zurich in August) comes to Radio City. See listing...

    Our guide to pop and rock shows and the best of live jazz.
    Bowie, Bach and Bebop: How Music Powered Basquiat

    Bowie, Bach and Bebop: How Music Powered Basquiat


    Jean-Michel Basquiat, pictured in 1981, sold his first painting that year to Debbie Harry of Blondie for...

    What was on the turntable in Jean-Michel Basquiat’s studio? The answer is crucial to understanding his work.
    Nate Wooley Puts Together a Mini-Festival

    Nate Wooley Puts Together a Mini-Festival


    The trumpeter and composer Nate Wooley has organized a mini-festival at Issue Project Room in...

    The trumpeter and composer organized “For/With,” a two-night event at Issue Project Room that focuses on four composers.
    Milan Gets a New Soundtrack

    Milan Gets a New Soundtrack


    In May Michael Nyman performed at the Parco Sempione in...

    New friendships and opportunities have multiplied since the British musician Michael Nyman moved to the city last fall.
    Character Study: A Composer’s Debut, at 82

    Character Study: A Composer’s Debut, at 82


    Richard White spent decades developing his opera based on “The Scarlet...

    Richard Alan White always worked nonmusical jobs for a living. Over 40 years, in his spare time, he wrote the opera, “Hester,” which will finally be staged.
    Classical Music in NYC This Week

    Classical Music in NYC This Week


    Sondra Radvanovsky as the title character in “Norma” at the Metropolitan Opera. See listing...

    Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera.
    In Country Music, Nice Guys Finish First (for Now)

    In Country Music, Nice Guys Finish First (for Now)


    The gentlemen of country, clockwise from top left: Chris Lane, Dylan Scott, Brett Young, Thomas Rhett, Michael Ray and Russell...

    For most of the 2010s, Nashville was dominated by the masculinity of bro country. But now the pendulum has swung to the other side: Meet the country gentleman.
    5 Operas in 72 Hours: A Philadelphia Festival Is a Test of Survival

    5 Operas in 72 Hours: A Philadelphia Festival Is a Test of Survival


    The Fairy Prince (the mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb), left, and Lola (the soprano Maeve Höglund) in David Hertzberg’s “The Wake World,” part of Opera Philadelphia’s O17...

    Opera Philadelphia has revamped its programming model, opening its season with O17, a 12-day, 31-performance festival that sprawls across the city.
    Album Review: BTS Takes a Different Approach to K-pop: Ease

    Album Review: BTS Takes a Different Approach to K-pop: Ease


    The members of the K-pop group BTS, clockwise from top left: V, Jin, Jungkook, J-Hope, Rap Monster, Jimin and...

    On this boy band’s new EP, “Love Yourself: ‘Her’,” the group steps back from the genre’s sometimes manic energy.
    Neighborhood Joint: Custom Jewelry With a Hip-Hop Following

    Neighborhood Joint: Custom Jewelry With a Hip-Hop Following


    Chiokva “Eva” Sam, the owner of Popular Jewelry, on Canal...

    An immigrant from Macau opened Popular Jewelry, a humble store on Canal Street, in 1988. But then Cappadonna from the Wu-Tang Clan walked in. The rest is history.
    Moses Sumney Does Not Sing Love Songs

    Moses Sumney Does Not Sing Love Songs


    Moses Sumney’s debut album, “Aromanticism,” examines the ways our culture idealizes couples in...

    The Los Angeles musician questions our culture’s fixation on couples in love on his dreamy debut album, “Aromanticism.”
    Hear What Makes ‘Norma’ the Everest of Opera

    Hear What Makes ‘Norma’ the Everest of Opera


    Among the divas who have tackled the title role of Bellini’s “Norma” are, from left, Rosa Ponselle, Renata Scotto, Sondra Radvanovsky (who sings it to open the Metropolitan Opera’s season on Sept. 25) and Cecilia...

    Five reasons that the title role in Bellini’s masterpiece, which opens the Metropolitan Opera’s season on Sept. 25, defines a true diva.
    Broadway Training, Gangnam Style

    Broadway Training, Gangnam Style


    Members of the ensemble portray a girl group called Special K, which performs in the show’s...

    Six actors in search of K-pop authenticity star in a new musical that looks at the entertainment factories that produce genre-busting superstars.
    Hurricane Harvey Closes Houston’s Opera and Ballet Home for a Season

    Hurricane Harvey Closes Houston’s Opera and Ballet Home for a Season


    Flooding at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey. The center, home to Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet, will be closed until at least May because of flood...

    Flood damage to the Wortham Theater Center caused by Hurricane Harvey was so extensive that the theater will not be able to reopen until at least May.
    The Least-Known Most Influential Man in Fashion

    The Least-Known Most Influential Man in Fashion


    The rocker and fashion pioneer Marc Bolan died 40 years ago but his look still shapes today’s...

    Forty years after his death, it’s time to give the rocker Marc Bolan his due.
    High Tech Meets High Art in a 3-D Opera

    High Tech Meets High Art in a 3-D Opera


    Miah Persson, live onstage, and Roderick Williams, in film, in “Blank Out,” by Michel van der Aa, who has become known for combining traditional opera and high-tech...

    Michel van der Aa’s “Blank Out,” at the Park Avenue Armory, brings together a live singer onstage and another who appears only in a 3-D film.
    Meredith Monk Wins the Gish Prize

    Meredith Monk Wins the Gish Prize


    Meredith Monk in a 2016 photo. She was named the winner of the Gish...

    The venerated multidisciplinary artist of New York’s avant-garde will collect $250,000 for pushing boundaries and contributing to social change.
    Lady Gaga Postpones European Tour Dates, Citing Chronic Pain

    Lady Gaga Postpones European Tour Dates, Citing Chronic Pain


    Lady Gaga performing at the Super Bowl in February. The European leg of her “Joanne” tour was scheduled to start Thursday in...

    The European leg of her “Joanne” tour, scheduled to start Thursday in Barcelona, will be pushed back to 2018. She had canceled a show in Brazil last week.
    A Firing and a Question of Race Roil the Oregon Bach Festival

    A Firing and a Question of Race Roil the Oregon Bach Festival


    Matthew Halls, who was fired last month as the Oregon Bach Festival’s artistic director, conducting at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York last year. The reasons for the firing remain...

    The distinguished festival fired its artistic director last month. The reason remains unclear.
    Brenda Lewis, Versatile American Soprano, Is Dead at 96

    Brenda Lewis, Versatile American Soprano, Is Dead at 96


    Ms. Lewis in a 1967 telecast in the title role of “Lizzie Borden” by Jack...

    A singing actress known for performing work by contemporary composers, Ms. Lewis originated signal roles in the opera house and on the Broadway stage.