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More businesses reopen in China, but many people stay home


February 10, 2020

BEIJING (AP) โ€” More offices and stores in Beijing and other parts of China finally reopened Monday after the Lunar New Year break was extended to discourage travel and contain the new coronavirus, but many workers and shoppers appeared to stay home.Public health authorities are watching closely to see ...

Renowned Italian soprano Mirella Freni dies at age 84


February 9, 2020

Mirella Freni, an Italian soprano whose uncommon elegance and intensity combined with a sumptuous voice and intelligence to enthrall audiences for a half-century, has died at age 84.Freni died Sunday at her home in Modena, Italy, from a degenerative muscular disease and a series of stokes, according to...

National Symphony cancels 3 China concerts due to virus

The Associated Press

February 4, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) โ€” The National Symphony Orchestra has canceled two concerts in Beijing and one in Shanghai next month following China's virus outbreak.Music director Gianandrea Noseda had been scheduled to lead performances in Beijing on March 13 and March 14 followed by a concert in Shanghai on Ma...

Famed Welsh singer Bryn Terfel breaks ankle in three places

January 29, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) โ€” Bryn Terfel broke an ankle in three places and will have surgery this week, causing him to cancel what would have been his first performances at the Metropolitan Opera since 2012.The 54-year-old Welsh bass-baritone had been scheduled to star in a new production of Wagner's "Die Fliegende Ho...