People: Domingo to sing at 100th anniversary Salzburg Festival

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Domingo to sing at 100th anniversary Salzburg Festival

Pl cido Domingo is scheduled to sing two concert performances in Verdi's "I Vespri Siciliani (The Sicilian Vespers)" next summer as part of the 100th anniversary Salzburg Festival, which features 221 performances over 44 days and includes seven staged operas.

Domingo, who turns 79 in January, was dropped or has withdrawn from all his U.S. performances since reports by The Associated Press in August and September detailed accusations against him of sexual harassment or other inappropriate, sexually charged conduct.

He received standing ovations in Salzburg at performances of Verdi's "Luisa Miller" last August and is welcome back pending investigations by the LA Opera, where he resigned as general director last month, and the American Guild of Musical Artists. Helga Rabl-Stadler, president of the Salzburg Festival, said Domingo was engaged two years ago to sing the baritone role of Guido di Montforte on Aug. 16 and 19. European houses have maintained Domingo's contracts.

"We do not see any reason why we should change our opinion if there are no new facts," Rabl-Stadler said in a telephone interview, adding the situation could change depending on what is uncovered by the investigations. "We have to follow the rules of our law."

BMI honors Yoakam, country songwriters

Country music singer, songwriter and actor Dwight Yoakam was honored by performing rights organization BMI for his trailblazing and highly unique style of California country rock.

The organization gave the Grammy-winner the President's Award on Tuesday, as well as honored many of country's top songwriters and artists, during a ceremony in Nashville, Tenn.

Other top country songwriters were also honored, including Nicolle Galyon and Ross Copperman. Galyon became the first female songwriter to win BMI's country songwriter of the year since Taylor Swift in 2010.

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Galyon co-wrote Lee Brice's "Boy," Keith Urban's "Coming Home," Lady Antebellum's "Heartbreak" and Dan + Shay's "Tequila." Copperman co-wrote Kenny Chesney's "Get Along," Blake Shelton's "I Lived It," Justin Moore's "Kinda Don't Care" and Dierks Bentley's "Woman, Amen."

Rapper Eric B, jailed on 17-year-old warrant, released

Rapper and actor Eric B. has been released from a New Jersey jail after spending two weeks behind bars on a 17-year-old warrant.

NJ.com reports that Eric B., whose real name is Eric Barrier, was released from Bergen County Jail on Tuesday where he had been held since Oct. 28.

Barrier was jailed on a bench warrant issued back in 2002 for failure to appear in court for a sentencing. He had pleaded guilty to assault earlier that year.

Barrier's attorney said Barrier was told back then by his former attorney there was no need for him to appear in court.

Eric B. and Rakim are known as one of the greatest hip-hop duos of all time. Barrier most recently has been on the CBS show "Blue Bloods."

Today's birthdays: Actor Steve Railsback is 74. Actor David Leisure ("Empty Nest") is 69. Jazz singer Diana Krall is 55. Actress Lisa Bonet is 52. Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is 42. Singer Trevor Penick (O-Town) is 40. Singer Siva Kaneswaran of The Wanted is 31. Comedian Pete Davidson ("Saturday Night Live") is 26. Actor Noah Gray-Cabey ("Heroes," ''My Wife and Kids") is 24.

— The Associated Press


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