Updated Sep 22, 2020

Van Cliburn Competition Postponed to 2022

Back in March when the repercussions of the pandemic began to become apparent and lockdown became rule of law, event planners everywhere adopted one or two of three strategies: reschedule, move … »Read

On Voter Registration Day, a Heartfelt Reminder

In honor of voter registration day, pianist and arts activist Lara Downes has assembled a group of colleagues to record, individually, Leonard Bernstein’s “Take Care of This … »Read

ENO Launches 8-Day Run of Bohème in a Parking Garage

On Sept. 19 the English National Opera (ENO) presented Europe’s first live, drive-in opera. A parking garage at London’s Alexandra Palace is the venue for an eight-day run of 12 … »Read

American Pianists Ass'n Chief to Exit

The Indianapolis-based American Pianists Association, which holds alternating jazz and classical piano competitions every two years, said on Tuesday that its longtime president and CEO, Joel … »Read

Teatro Real Fills the House and the House Implodes

On Sept. 20, a protest forced Madrid’s Teatro Real opera house to abandon a performance of Verdi’s Un ballo in Maschera .  Complaining that they were seated too close together, … »Read

San Francisco Opera Musicians Take 50% Cut and Whine About It

San Francisco Opera and its musicians have come to terms, ratified on September 18 and retroactive to August 1 and effective through July 31, 2023. The agreement, which continues healthcare, cuts … »Read

Zubin Mehta Blasts American Media

In an interview first published in Italy’s Corriere della Sera and subsequently picked up by Austrian media, Zubin Mehta, the 84-year-old India-born head of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (among … »Read

Met Opera Paid $3.5M to Settle with James Levine

Individuals “familiar with the terms” of the Metropolitan Opera’s settlement with James Levine, reached in August of 2019 , have disclosed that the company and its insurer paid … »Read

Opera Has Lost a Devoted Fan and Advocate in RBG

The death of Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on Sept. 18 not only deprived the U.S. of one of its most storied jurists but also one of its most avid opera lovers. “She … »Read

MA's Free Guide to (Mostly) Free Streams, September 21-28

We will be updating this list weekly. Please note that all times are given in U.S. Eastern Time (ET). To calculate in other time zones or counties, British Summer Time (BST) is currently five … »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.

Katherine Balch, composer
New Artist of the Month
September 2020
Daniela Candillari, conductor 
New Artist of the Month
August 2020
Vuvu Mpofu, soprano
New Artist of the Month
July 2020
Xabier Anduaga, tenor
New Artist of the Month
June 2020
Stella Chen, violinist
New Artist of the Month
May 2020
Theo Hoffman, baritone
New Artist of the Month
April 2020
Zack Winokur, director
New Artist of the Month
March 2020
John Brancy, baritone
New Artist of the Month
February 2020
Maxim Lando, pianist
New Artist of the Month
January 2020
Hao Zhou, violinist
New Artist of the Month
December 2019
Michele Gamba, conductor
New Artist of the Month
November 2019
Lucia Lucas, baritone
New Artist of the Month
October 2019


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