Anastasia Tsioulcas

Anastasia Tsioulcas writes at NPR Music for “Deceptive Cadence” (http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence). Widely published as a writer on both classical and world music, she is the former North America editor for Gramophone Magazine and the classical music columnist for Billboard. She has also been an on-air contributor to  many public radio programs, including WNYC’s Soundcheck, Minnesota Public Radio’s The Savvy Traveler, Public Radio International’s Weekend America, and the BBC’s The World.

Anastasia Tsioulcas appears in the following:

LA Opera To Investigate Plácido Domingo After Sexual Harassment Report

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The women — eight singers and a dancer — told The Associated Press that the opera titan tried to pressure them into sexual relationships by offering them jobs.

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Memos Lay Out Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Opera Star David Daniels

Thursday, August 08, 2019

University of Michigan memos obtained by NPR detail multiple, serious allegations, including an accusation that Daniels solicited students in exchange for money — a potentially criminal offense.

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Met Opera, James Levine Avoid Public Dispute In #MeToo Accusations, Settle Lawsuit

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

The Metropolitan Opera suspended, and then fired, Levine after several men came forward with accusations that the conductor had sexually abused them.

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R. Kelly Charged With Two Criminal Counts In Minnesota

Monday, August 05, 2019

The attorney for Hennepin County, Minn. announced Monday afternoon that the singer is being charged with hiring a minor for prostitution in an alleged incident that dates back to 2001.

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R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Charges In New York

Friday, August 02, 2019

The R&B singer — who currently faces 18 federal charges related to the sexual abuse of girls and women — once again asserted his innocence, as he has for almost two decades.

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Woodstock 50 (Finally) Throws In The Towel

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

After a series of logistical and financial setbacks, the planned three-day festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock Music & Art Fair has been canceled by its organizers.

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Opera Star David Daniels Indicted For Sexual Assault In Texas

Friday, July 26, 2019

Daniels and his husband, Scott Walters, are both accused of drugging and raping a man in Houston in May 2010. Daniels is also being accused of drugging and raping another man in Michigan in 2017.

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New Music Friday: Our Top 7 Albums Out July 26

Friday, July 26, 2019

Our list of the week's best albums includes Cuco's highly anticipated Para Mí, a Spoon greatest hits compilation, rapper YBN Cordae's debut LP, devotional music from Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and more.

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Mali's 'Guitar Gods' Tinariwen Receive Racist Threats Ahead Of U.S. Tour

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The band of Tuareg guitarists — who have faced down Islamic extremism at home in Mali — are receiving violent threats and racist responses to a scheduled concert in North Carolina in September.

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Art Neville, A New Orleans Icon, Dead At 81

Monday, July 22, 2019

The keyboardist and singer was a co-founder of both the Meters and the Neville Brothers — bands that took the funk and swagger of New Orleans to a much larger world.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's Voice Offers A Sonic Refuge

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Right before he recorded a string of beloved albums for Peter Gabriel's label, the Pakistani vocal master of qawwali gave a milestone performance in 1985. It's now available for the first time.

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R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Child Pornography Charges

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The embattled R&B star, who was also charged with obstruction of justice, is being held without bond in Chicago.

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Johnny Clegg, A Uniting Voice Against Apartheid, Dies At 66

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The pioneering South African singer, songwriter and activist died Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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R. Kelly Arrested On Federal Charges, Including Child Pornography And Kidnapping

Friday, July 12, 2019

Kelly was arrested Thursday evening in Chicago and charged with 13 federal counts. On Friday morning, prosecutors in New York's Eastern District unsealed five other counts, including racketeering.

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Nicki Minaj Cancels Saudi Arabia Performance, Citing Human Rights Concerns

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Following heated criticism from human rights groups, Nicki Minaj has pulled out of a music festival in Saudi Arabia that she was scheduled to headline on July 18.

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Chinese Company Backs Out Of Controversial Choir College Purchase

Monday, July 01, 2019

Rider University had planned to sell Westminster Choir College to the China-based Kaiwen Education, but now says it will only move Westminster out of its valuable property in Princeton, N.J.

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Taylor Swift's Former Label Big Machine Is Sold, Rankling The Star

Monday, July 01, 2019

The sale, to the company of Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun, was announced Sunday, and included control over all of Swift's previous albums.

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Artists File $100 Million Suit Against Universal Music Over 2008 Fire

Saturday, June 22, 2019

A group of bands, artists and estates — including the estates of Tupac Shakur and Tom Petty as well as Hole, Soundgarden and Steve Earle — are suing the world's biggest record company for damages.

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Philippe 'Zdar' Cerboneschi, Influential Producer And Electronic Artist, Dead At 52

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The French-born artist was one-half of the lauded dance group Cassius and worked with a long list of big names in the studio, including MC Solaar, the Beastie Boys, Phoenix and Hot Chip.

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Following A Fiery Controversy, Legal Issues Mount For Universal Music

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

After a New York Times investigation was published last week, "dozens" of artists and estates are contemplating filing suits. UMG's head has pledged "transparency" — 11 years after the fire.

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