A CORONAVIRUS VISA ROUNDUP FOR NON-US ARTISTS

March 31st, 2020

Cancelled Engagements, Unemployment, Layoffs, and Visa Renewals By Brian Taylor Goldstein As the tumbleweeds blow through Times Square and we begin to consider the viability of Easter peeps or even kale to supplement the dwindling toilet paper supplies, there is an understandable amount of angst and confusion on many fronts. Not least among them are […]

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A Cri du Coeur from French Artists

March 16th, 2020

By Frank Cadenhead. March 16, 2020. This is a major declaration of French opera’s performing artists. This “Cri du Coeur” makes plain that the abrupt cancellation of all opera everywhere in France at Midnight on March 14 leaves both artists and staff without any idea of when this will end and if there will be […]

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What We Know So Far About Trump’s Coronavirus Travel Ban

March 13th, 2020

By Brian Taylor Goldstein In short, not much. As you can imagine, this was announced without any details as to how, exactly, this was going to work in terms of screening, implementation, flight schedules, etc. But here what we know so far… Anyone who has been in one of the 26 European countries in the […]

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Please Consider Donating Cancelled Tickets Rather Than Seek Refunds

March 13th, 2020

I, like most of you, was ingrained with the paradigm that the show must go on no matter what—to the extent that I once performed a whole show the day after I had all four wisdom teeth extracted. However, these are extraordinary times. The live, performing arts will not suffer more than any other economic […]

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The Response of the Performing Arts to the World Premiere of the Coronavirus

March 4th, 2020

By Brian Taylor Goldstein Let’s all step back and take a breath for moment. As you can imagine, the coronavirus has overrun (dare I say “infected?”) our office with an ever growing stream of cancellations based on force majeur and concerns from venues, presenters, agents, and artists from around the world. As the situation has […]

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Wasn’t There a Revolution in France?

January 18th, 2020

By: Frank Cadenhead. When I heard that there was a box in the Opéra-Comique that was still in the possession of an aristocratic family, I thought it was a joke. There is a French version of The Onion available but this item was in Le Monde. It appears that Louis XVI gave a box as […]

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Avoiding A Trip to A U.S. Consulate

January 14th, 2020

Depending on the consulate and a person’s nationality, a “renewal by mail” option is “sometimes” available for artists who are applying for the same visa (O, P, F, etc) within 1 year of the last one. For example, a famous conductor who comes to the U.S. each year on O-1 visas and who gets approved […]

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Visa Tip for Booking Agents/Managers

December 13th, 2019

December 13, 2019 Hi folks Sorry for our infrequent posts. We’ll try and do better. To that end, I thought I’d share an issue that just arose with one of our clients. A booking agent filed P-1/P-1S visa petitions for a group that has previously been approved. This time, they received an RFE on a […]

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Good News Backstage at La Monnaie

October 20th, 2019

  By: Frank Cadenhead.  It is not a news item demanding the attention of fans of opera around the world but it is important for opera in Brussels. The Théâtre de la Monnaie stage and the workshops where productions are prepared and stored are now linked by a tunnel under Leopold Street. There was only […]

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Tenor Facebook War Averted

October 12th, 2019

By: Frank Cadenhead. This is (mostly) a Google translation of an item from the French site Forum Opera: After declaring in 2015 that he would not go back on the stage of the Orange Theater, Roberto Alagna announces he will give up Otello on July 12 and 15, 2020 in Munich to make his return […]

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