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:

Rapper Juice WRLD Has Died At Age 21

Sunday, December 08, 2019

The fast-rising rapper collapsed at Chicago's Midway Airport in the early hours of Sunday. The Cook County medical examiner confirmed his death to NPR.

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R. Kelly Paid Bribe So He Could Marry 15-Year-Old Aaliyah, Government Alleges

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, N.Y., have added another charge against the R&B singer: that in 1994, he paid an Illinois official to make a fake ID that claimed that Aaliyah was 18 years old.

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R. Kelly Girlfriend Says She Was Hacked, Did Not Make Claims Against Him

Thursday, December 05, 2019

In a video posted by TMZ Wednesday night, Joycelyn Savage said that a series of online posts attributed to her — alleging that the R&B singer sexually and physically abused her — were fakes.

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Opera Star Vittorio Grigolo Fired By Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera

Thursday, December 05, 2019

His simultaneous dismissal from two of the world's leading opera houses comes after an investigation into allegations of misconduct during a Royal Opera performance in Tokyo.

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Famed Conductor Mariss Jansons, 76, Has Died

Monday, December 02, 2019

One of classical music's most beloved and widely heard conductors died Saturday. Born in secret in Nazi-occupied Latvia, he went on to a stunning international career.

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Met Opera Chief Peter Gelb Renews His Contract Through 2027

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Despite some very public bumps in his tenure, the head of the largest performing arts organization in the U.S. received a five-year extension to his contract.

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One Of R. Kelly's Most Vocal Defenders Now Claims She's Also A Victim

Monday, November 25, 2019

One of the R&B singer's live-in girlfriends, Joycelyn Savage, alleged in a series of online posts that the singer sexually and physically abused her, and forced her to have two abortions.

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Taylor Swift's American Music Awards Medley In Limbo Amid Conflicting Reports

Monday, November 18, 2019

The pop megastar's former label announced Monday that it had an agreement with the made-for-TV event. The awards show's producers say otherwise.

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Taylor Swift's TV Drama: Pop Star Claims Former Label Won't Let Her Perform Hits

Friday, November 15, 2019

It's the latest round in what has become an acrimonious — and deeply personal — failed business relationship between the pop megastar and Big Machine. Her former record label denies the accusations.

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Conductor and Composer Raymond Leppard — A Champion Of The Old And The New — Has Died

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The British conductor, harpsichordist and scholar helped reignite interest in works by composers like Monteverdi — but he also championed new works and wrote notable film scores of his own.

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Whitney Houston, Notorious B.I.G. Among 16 Nominees For Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Other first-time nominees include Dave Matthews Band, Soundgarden and The Doobie Brothers.

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Prince's Estate Condemns Trump's Use Of 'Purple Rain' At Campaign Rally

Friday, October 11, 2019

According to Prince's estate, President Trump had promised not to use any of the icon's music during his campaign.

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Composer Giya Kancheli, Championed By ECM, Dies At 84

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

One of the most prominent composers of the late 20th century has died. Georgia's Giya Kancheli wrote music full of light, shade and an incandescent longing. He was 84 years old.

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Plácido Domingo Resigns From LA Opera

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

The announcement that the opera megastar is stepping down as the company's general director comes in the midst of two formal investigations into accusations of sexual misconduct made by 20 women.

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Plácido Domingo Out At Metropolitan Opera Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The opera star, who has been accused by 20 women, was scheduled to perform Verdi's Macbeth starting on Wednesday night. In an email, he told Met staffers that he will never perform there again.

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Vittorio Grigolo, A Prominent Tenor, Has Been Suspended For Alleged Misconduct

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The 42-year-old singer was removed from a Royal Opera tour of Japan after alleged sexual misconduct. Grigolo's suspension comes amidst a wider discussion about the subject in the opera world.

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Met Opera Chief: 20 Women's Accusations Against Plácido Domingo 'Not Corroborated'

Monday, September 23, 2019

In a closed-door meeting with the company's chorus and orchestra, General Manager Peter Gelb argued that the Met has no reason to investigate the famed opera singer or to cancel his performances.

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Met Opera Faces 'One More Catastrophic Crisis' As Employees Must Work With Domingo

Friday, September 20, 2019

One of opera's most popular and bankable stars is scheduled to sing at New York's famed opera house next week. But a number of Met employees say that they find the situation untenable.

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Banjo Player, Folklorist, Photographer and Filmmaker John Cohen Has Died

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A member of the New Lost City Ramblers, Cohen celebrated American roots culture in many mediums, including his celebrated photography. He died Monday at age 87.

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Ric Ocasek, Frontman Of The Cars, Has Died

Sunday, September 15, 2019

The lead singer of The Cars — the offbeat Boston rock band that became a mainstay of radio in the 1980s — died Sunday afternoon in Manhattan.

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