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    He Sounds Just Like Freddie Mercury. And That’s Good for Business.

    He Sounds Just Like Freddie Mercury. And That’s Good for Business.


    Marc Martel is a vocal doppelgänger for the Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. It’s brought him international fans, live gigs and uncredited screen time in “Bohemian...

    Marc Martel never thought his vocal resemblance to the Queen frontman “would amount to anything more than a fun karaoke trick.” It’s taken him to “Bohemian Rhapsody” and beyond.
    Trying to Stop Brexit, Using Catchy Songs and Washboard Abs

    Trying to Stop Brexit, Using Catchy Songs and Washboard Abs


    The members of the Breunion Boys, a Dutch boy band formed in response to Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. From left: Joshua Alagbe, Seyed Hosseini, Hajo Reurs, Pablo Ramos and Gilles...

    The Breunion Boys are wading into a bitter debate with a clear mission: “We just want to show the real love between Britain and Europe.”
    Chaka Khan on Artistic Freedom, Her Side Hustles and Joni Mitchell

    Chaka Khan on Artistic Freedom, Her Side Hustles and Joni Mitchell


    Chaka Khan said her first album in 12 years reflects shifts in her life: “I’m a happier person these...

    The singer’s first album in 12 years, “Hello Happiness,” marks the beginning of yet another era for the Queen of Funk: “I can still drop it like it’s hot onstage.”
    Bibi Ferreira, Grande Dame of Brazilian Stage, Dies at 96

    Bibi Ferreira, Grande Dame of Brazilian Stage, Dies at 96


    Bibi Ferreira in “Man of La Mancha” in 1966. She brought that and two other Broadway musicals, “My Fair Lady” and “Hello, Dolly!,” to Brazil, and played the lead female role in all...

    Ms. Ferreira, who kept singing well into her 90s, brought Broadway musicals to Brazil and made the music of Édith Piaf and Frank Sinatra her own.
    Review: A Road Test for Concertgebouw and Daniel Harding

    Review: A Road Test for Concertgebouw and Daniel Harding


    The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, led by Daniel Harding. He is touring the United States with the orchestra, which is in search of a new...

    In the Emperor Concerto, dynamics were carefully balanced, with a glassy delicacy to the music-box passages and a richness to the jubilant fanfares.
    Venezuela Crisis Prompts Plans for Dueling Concerts on Border

    Venezuela Crisis Prompts Plans for Dueling Concerts on Border


    Workers in Cúcuta, Colombia, assembling the platform on Monday for a concert organized by the British billionaire Richard Branson to raise money for the Venezuelan relief...

    After the billionaire Richard Branson said he planned to hold an aid concert for Venezuela, the embattled government of Nicolás Maduro said it would hold a rival show nearby.
    U Tin, Burmese Slide Guitar Master, Dies at 87

    U Tin, Burmese Slide Guitar Master, Dies at 87


    U Tin, right, at his home in an undated photo with U Ne Myo Aung of Gitameit Music Institute in Yangon, Myanmar. Mr. Tin was a master of the slide guitar and adapted it to the music of his...

    Mr. Tin adapted a Western instrument to express the richness of Burmese music, including folk tunes, royal court music and movie songs.
    What I Love: She Loves Her Stuff. He Has Little and Cares Less.

    What I Love: She Loves Her Stuff. He Has Little and Cares Less.


    The Christmas clock on the wall in the living room was a gift to Ms. Michaelson from Hallmark. “They knew I loved Christmas,” she...

    The musician Ingrid Michaelson and the actor Will Chase have very different ideas about material possessions. And that works out just fine.

    Popcast: Behind the Ryan Adams Investigation


    The musician has been accused of dangling career opportunities while pursuing female artists for sex, then turning domineering and vengeful. He denies the...

    The musician has been accused of dangling career opportunities while pursuing female artists for sex, then turning domineering and vengeful. He denies the claims.
    21 Savage on ICE Detention, the Grammys and His Uncertain Future

    21 Savage on ICE Detention, the Grammys and His Uncertain Future


    In one of his first interviews after being released by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement for overstaying his visa, the rapper 21 Savage talks about his early days in the United States and his time in...

    “My situation is important ’cause I represent poor black Americans and I represent poor immigrant Americans,” the rapper said.
    Surfacing: Saturdays in the Bronx With Bach

    Surfacing: Saturdays in the Bronx With Bach


    Nearly every weekend for the past 28 years, local children have flocked to the Bronx Conservatory of Music for very low-cost instruction in classical music. Will the school’s success be its...

    Nearly every weekend for the past 28 years, local children have flocked to the Bronx Conservatory of Music for very low-cost instruction in classical music. Will the school’s success be its undoing?
    After an ‘Ambiguous’ Apology From Ryan Adams, What’s the Right Way to Say Sorry?

    After an ‘Ambiguous’ Apology From Ryan Adams, What’s the Right Way to Say Sorry?


    Specificity and transparency are essential to a good apology. The one released by Ryan Adams in response to reports of abusive behavior “does not meet the criteria by any stretch of the imagination,” one expert...

    In the #MeToo era, many public apologies have missed the mark. Experts say a good apology should be transparent, specific and sincere.
    Family Guide: Kids and Culture? There’s So Much to Talk About

    Family Guide: Kids and Culture? There’s So Much to Talk About


    Andy Warhol’s “Flowers” series from 1964, set against “Cow Wallpaper [Pink on Yellow]” from 1966 in the retrospective of his work at the Whitney Museum, through March...

    Arts writers for The New York Times share their strategies (snacks) and budget-friendly options (outdoor events) in a discussion about introducing children to the arts.
    City Opera Faces Its Biggest Challenge Since Bankruptcy

    City Opera Faces Its Biggest Challenge Since Bankruptcy


    A scene from New York City Opera’s production of “Candide” in 2017. The company’s future is in jeopardy after the departure of its board...

    The chairman of New York City Opera’s board — and its biggest benefactor — is stepping down, adding another challenge for the troubled company.
    Review: Thomas Dausgaard Should Be a Philharmonic Regular

    Review: Thomas Dausgaard Should Be a Philharmonic Regular


    The conductor Thomas Dausgaard made his New York Philharmonic debut on Thursday at David Geffen...

    The Danish conductor, set to become the next music director of the Seattle Symphony, made his New York Philharmonic debut with stirring Schumann.
    Critic’s Notebook: A Pianist Swings Hard in Both Classical and Jazz

    Critic’s Notebook: A Pianist Swings Hard in Both Classical and Jazz


    The pianist Aaron Diehl will be featured in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s mini-festival this weekend celebrating the Harlem...

    Aaron Diehl will perform as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s weekend-long series “William Grant Still and the Harlem Renaissance.”
    F.B.I. Opens Inquiry Into Ryan Adams’s Explicit Communications With an Underage Fan

    F.B.I. Opens Inquiry Into Ryan Adams’s Explicit Communications With an Underage Fan


    F.B.I. agents took the first steps to open a criminal investigation into whether Ryan Adams committed a crime engaging in sexually explicit communications with an underage...

    The musician denies that he had inappropriate online sexual communications “with someone he knew was underage.” Agents from the Crimes Against Children Squad will seek to interview the woman.
    Ryan Adams Dangled Success. Women Say They Paid a Price.

    Ryan Adams Dangled Success. Women Say They Paid a Price.


    Ryan Adams in 2017. A prolific singer-songwriter with his own label and studio, he is also known to communicate directly with fans and critics on social...

    Several women say Adams offered to jumpstart their music careers, then pursued them sexually and in some cases retaliated when they spurned him. He denies the claims.
    Ryan Adams Album Release Canceled Amid Report of F.B.I. Inquiry

    Ryan Adams Album Release Canceled Amid Report of F.B.I. Inquiry


    The release of the first of three new Ryan Adams albums, “Big Colors,” has been put on hold indefinitely, according to music...

    “Big Colors,” the first of three albums scheduled for this year, is on hold after the musician was accused of explicit communication with an underage fan. He denies the claims.
    In Germany, a New ‘Magic Flute’ Is a Deadly Serious Game

    In Germany, a New ‘Magic Flute’ Is a Deadly Serious Game


    The characters in the Berlin State Opera’s new production of “Die Zauberflöte” have been re-envisioned as puppets, as in this costume design by Walter van...

    At the Berlin State Opera, Yuval Sharon’s fresh staging of Mozart’s classic will share the repertory with a beloved storybook take from 1994.
    Michael Avenatti Says He Gave R. Kelly Sex Video to Authorities

    Michael Avenatti Says He Gave R. Kelly Sex Video to Authorities


    R. Kelly, pictured in 2013, has been trailed by allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse for years, but he has never been convicted of a...

    The celebrity lawyer said he gave a tape showing the singer with a 14-year-old girl to law enforcement officials in Chicago. Kelly’s lawyer denied any illegal conduct.
    Michael Jackson Estate Cancels Chicago Musical Run

    Michael Jackson Estate Cancels Chicago Musical Run


    Michael Jackson rehearsing at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in...

    The estate attributed the change in plans to labor issues and not a forthcoming documentary detailing abuse allegations against the late pop star.
    Angry Dolls Meet Their Mother

    Angry Dolls Meet Their Mother


    Courtney Love, left, and the designer Batsheva Hay at the Batsheva fall 2019 fashion...

    Batsheva Hay channeled Courtney Love for her New York Fashion Week presentation. Then she invited her to see it all.
    Can a Star Conductor Finally Make It Work in America?

    Can a Star Conductor Finally Make It Work in America?


    Daniel Harding, who will lead the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on Thursday and Friday at Carnegie...

    Daniel Harding, who brings the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to Carnegie Hall this week, has struggled when conducting American orchestras.
    Review: ‘Rigoletto’ at the Met Opera Sounds Almost Desperate

    Review: ‘Rigoletto’ at the Met Opera Sounds Almost Desperate


    Vittorio Grigolo, center, as the womanizing Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s “Rigoletto” at the Metropolitan...

    Vittorio Grigolo, perhaps the most dependably exciting tenor in opera, seemed nervously overeager and sang that way, too, as Verdi’s Duke of Mantua.