Longtime Met Opera music director James Levine to retire

Apr 15, 2016

Longtime Met Opera music director James Levine to retire

Conductor James Levine, who led the Metropolitan Opera for 40 years as its music director, will retire at the end of the current season for health reasons, the company announced Thursday. The 72-year-old Levine, who has conducted more than 2,500 performances at the Met, ...

Argentine jazz great 'Gato' Barbieri dies at 83

Apr 3, 2016

Argentine jazz great 'Gato' Barbieri dies at 83

Argentine-born jazz saxophonist Leandro “Gato” Barbieri, who won a Grammy for music in the 1972 film “Last Tango in Paris,” died on Saturday, New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club said. He was 83. “Today we’ve lost an icon, pioneer and dear friend,” the legendary ...

Mar 31, 2016

Kabuki actor Kataoka ties the knot with actress Fujiwara

Actress Norika Fujiwara and Kabuki actor Kataoka Ainosuke tied the knot on Wednesday, their management agencies said, after they announced being in a relationship in August. Fujiwara and Kataoka, both 44, will hold a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday to talk about their ...

Mar 27, 2016

All-girl AKB48 spawns Thai, Filipina sister acts

All-girl idol group AKB48 plans to add branches in two more Southeast Asian countries — Thailand and the Philippines, its management agency said. BNK48, to be based in Bangkok, and MNL48, in Manila, will join the AKB48 family as its newest sister groups, while ...