Updated Sep 22, 2023

The Met's New Direction: 'The Stakes Could Not Be Higher'

NEW YORK (AP) — Jake Heggie recalls that after Dead Man Walking premiered in San Francisco in 2000, the opera, his first, was quickly taken up by other companies, but there was not even a … »Read

Parting Thoughts from a Seasoned Opera Theater Impresario

After nearly three decades as general director of Opera North, Richard Mantle has announced he will step down this December. He will leave behind a company much improved by his presence. After … »Read

A New 'Live Performance Industry Council' Meets in NYC

On Sept. 18 New York City Mayor Eric Adams convened the first meeting of the Live Performance Industry Council, a group of 52 representatives from the theater, music, and dance industries; the … »Read

Two Soon-to-Be Dueling Intendants at San Carlo

Who’s in charge is the question of the moment at the San Carlo Opera House in Naples. Is it Stéphane Lissner, who was dismissed in June after the passage of a law capping tenure for … »Read

K-W Symphony Needs $2 Million—by Tomorrow

In a news release on Sept. 19, volunteer leadership of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) expanded on its decision to cancel the upcoming season, saying that the organization needs to raise $2 … »Read

Philly O Musicians Take Aim at Their CEO's Salary

On Tuesday, Sept. 19, the musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra boarded buses for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for performances planned on Wednesday and Thursday. But they … »Read

Prague Symphony Names New Music Director

Beginning with the 2025/26 season, Tomáš Netopil will become the chief conductor and music director of the Prague Symphony Orchestra. He will succeed Tomáš Brauner, in … »Read

Tenor Stephen Gould Has Died

NEW YORK -- Tenor Stephen Gould, who announced earlier this month that he had been diagnosed with incurable bile duct cancer, has died. He was 61. Gould's agent Stephanie Ammann confirmed the … »Read

What Ever Happened in Kitchener-Waterloo?

The more than 50 members of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the third largest in Ontario, received a shock on Sept. 16 when an email message informed them that their 2023-24 season, due to start … »Read

Chicago Musicians Get 3 Percent Increase Per Year for 3

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and members of the Chicago Federation of Musicians voted Tuesday to ratify a three-year labor contract that incudes 3 percent annual salary … »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.

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
Nina Shekhar, composer
New Artist of the Month
December 2022
Zlatomir Fung, cellist
New Artist of the Month
November 2022
Jonathan Swensen, cellist
New Artist of the Month
October 2022


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