PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Frederica von Stade sat on a table singing, her face filled with fear and wonder, her character unsure where she was going and where she had been. Nearly a half-century after her professional debut, the 73-year-old teamed with fellow mezzo Marietta Simpson for a mesmerizing performance Thursday night in the world premiere of "Sky on Swings," Lembit Beecher's joyful and disturbing chamber opera about two women deteriorating from Alzheimer's disease.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - After almost two decades, Walt Disney World is ending the pyrotechnic, light and fireworks show which nightly lights up the sky above its Epcot theme park. The theme park resort said on its blog this week that the "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth" show would be replaced with a new show once it ends in summer 2019. "IllumiNations" debuted in 1999 as part of the theme park resort's celebration of the new millennium.
NEW YORK (AP) - New Chris Cornell music is being released more than a year after his death. Cornell's widow Vicky is behind the new album "Chris Cornell," as well as a four-disc box set. Both will be released November 16. The first track from both projects is titled "When Bad Does Good ." Vicky Cornell says it came from her husband's archives.
NEW YORK (AP) - Mariska Hargitay thinks "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has played a huge role in educating people on sexual violence, but believes there is still a lot of work to do. The star of the TV drama spoke as the NBC show celebrated its 20th season Thursday at the Tribeca TV Festival. Hargitay has been playing Lt. Olivia Benson from the first episode. She said she was initially drawn to the show because it was tackling issues that others weren't.
LONDON (AP) - Singer Elton John and partner David Furnish have accepted an apology and undisclosed libel damages over a newspaper report that their dog severely injured a child while on a play date. The pair brought the case against News Group Newspapers, which owns The Sun and Sun on Sunday, over a story in February that claimed the dog inflicted "Freddy Krueger-like injuries" - a reference to the violent character in the "Nightmare on Elm Street."
BERLIN (AP) - An arrowhead firmly lodged in the skull of an ancient fallen warrior, a voluptuous woman's form carved from ivory and the mask of a Roman river god are among more than 1,000 major archaeological discoveries being brought together for the first time. The exhibition opening Friday at Berlin's Gropius Bau museum reveals how war, art and migration have left their mark in Germany since the Stone Age.
MILAN (AP) - Milan designers were letting go of streetwear and turning back to the basics of elegant design on the second day of Milan Fashion Week. That is not to say there is nothing for trendy youth. Designers are turning to materials like PVC to keep a street-smart edge. And they aren't giving up the lessons of functionality, incorporating them into more sophisticated collections.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bill Cosby could be sent to prison next week for drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 in what became the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. Cosby is due in court Monday for a two-day sentencing hearing that follows his conviction in the spring on three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault.