Updated Dec 1, 2023

Gergiev Will Head the Bolshoi Theater

As previously reported , then disputed , and official as of today, Valery Gergiev is the new general director of the Bolshoi Theater, marking the first time in Russia’s history that the head … »Read

Met's Opening Night of Tannhäuser Interrupted by Activists

The Metropolitan Opera’s season premiere of Wagner’s Tannhäuser was disrupted last night (Nov 30) when a number of environmental protesters (identified as Extinction Rebellion … »Read

Opera di Roma's Very White Mefistofele Is Very Dark

MILAN—In recent years, Rome's Teatro dell'Opera has established itself as an artistically adventurous alternative to La Scala, its more traditional competitor in Milan. Having hosted the … »Read

New Artist of the Month: Bass William Thomas

LONDON—Making your La Scala debut and opening the show at the same time must be about as nerve-wracking as it gets, but on the first night of Robert Carsen’s new Peter Grimes , William … »Read

Long Beach Opera Gets $1.25M-plus

Long Beach Opera, an ambitious and occasionally audacious opera company with an annual operating budget of about $2 million, has received $1.25M from the estate of late (d. 2021) board member … »Read

Competitions and Awards Monthly Wrap-up

Canada Council for the Arts has chosen cellist Bryan Cheng as recipient of its 2023 Virginia Parker Prize . The annual award, which goes to a distinguished classical instrumentalist or conductor … »Read

Historic U.K. Venue Reopens, Perhaps at Too High a Cost

Five years ago Colston Hall, a concert venue in the center of Bristol that dated from 1867, was in desperate condition. “We had a building that was about to fall down," Louis Mitchell, chief … »Read

Stanford Live Names New Top Exec

Stanford Live, the multi-genre performing arts presenter at Stanford University, has named Iris Nemani, chief programming officer of Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, as its next director. She … »Read

City Ballet and Musicians Reach Accord

Following several months of sometimes fractious negotiations , the New York City Ballet and its 63-member orchestra have reached a three-year agreement. Subject to approval by members of Local 802 … »Read

Nézet-Séguin on Prepping Bradley Cooper

The hands-down musical climax of Maestro is the recreation of the 1973 performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 by the London Symphony Orchestra in Ely Cathedral. Although shot over a … »Read



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Each month, Musical America spotlights an important emerging talent. If you haven't heard of the New Artist of the Month before, we predict you will soon.

William Thomas, bass
New Artist of the Month
December 2023
Jonas Frølund, clarinetist
New Artist of the Month
November 2023
Stephanie Childress, conductor
New Artist of the Month
October 2023
Lee Reynolds, conductor
New Artist of the Month
September 2023
Hillary Simms, trombonist
New Artist of the Month
August 2023
Huang Yi, conductor
New Artist of the Month
July 2023
Elijah McCormack, male soprano
New Artist of the Month
June 2023
James Díaz, composer
New Artist of the Month
May 2023
Sameer Patel, conductor
New Artist of the Month
April 2023
Brandon Acker, plucked instrument specialist
New Artist of the Month
March 2023
Emma O'Halloran, composer
New Artist of the Month
February 2023
Anne Marie Stanley, mezzo-soprano
New Artist of the Month
January 2023


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