Updated Feb 20, 2020

Israeli Opera Will Host Domingo's Operalia

JERUSALEM--Despite objections from sexual abuse activists, the Israeli Opera will host a weeklong singing competition organized by Spanish opera star Plácido Domingo in Tel Aviv later this … »Read

Recent Conductor News

Eric Jacobsen , music director of the Orlando Philharmonic, cofounder and coartistic director of the new music ensemble The Knights, has entered the race for artistic director of the Oregon Bach … »Read

An Experiment in Opera Using Deaf Performers

On Feb. 27 Victory Hall Opera in Charlottesville, VA, will test opera’s boundaries with excerpts from Francis Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites using three sopranos alongside three … »Read

Boston Lyric Opera, Revitalized, Readies for the Next Step

In 2002, family considerations led Esther Nelson to take a break from a successful career that had seen her at the helms of companies in Nevada, North Carolina, Virginia, and Cooperstown, N.Y. By … »Read

Fate of Westminster Choir College Rests with the Court

After a hearing before Judge Robert T. Lougy last Friday in Mercer County Civil Court, Westminster Choir College (WCC) students, alumni, and faculty are awaiting a verdict that will determine … »Read

Violinist Plays Her Instrument During Brain Surgery

King’s College Hospital in London has reported that a team of its surgeons successfully removed a brain tumor from a 53-year-old violinist without in any way impinging on her hand movements … »Read

To Tour or Not to Tour: A Moral Dilemma for Musicians

For performers, touring is essential, both for exposure and revenue. But as the impact of travel on the environment becomes ever more apparent, many feel a moral dilemma. While a well-established … »Read

A New Era for the San Francisco Symphony

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s inaugural, 2020-21 season at the artistic helm of the San Francisco Symphony is smashing, as much for the choice of repertoire as for the introduction of a new way … »Read

Hong Kong Phil Cancels Tour

The coronavirus has scuttled the Hong Kong Philharmonic’s six-city tour of Japan, Korea, and Shenzhen, China, scheduled for March 5-28. It has also put the orchestra’s hometown season … »Read

James Conlon to Replace Daniel Harding in Vienna

Daniel Harding has withdrawn from conducting the Vienna Opera Ball two days from now, “due to a serious illness in the family,” reports the Staatsoper. James Conlon, who in December … »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.

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
María Dueñas, violinist
New Artist of the Month
September 2019
Elena Schwarz, conductor
New Artist of the Month
August 2019
Salome Jicia, soprano
New Artist of the Month
July 2019
Gabriella Smith, composer
New Artist of the Month
June 2019
Emmet Cohen, pianist
New Artist of the Month
May 2019
Siena Licht Miller, mezzo-soprano
New Artist of the Month
April 2019
Patrick Guetti, bass
New Artist of the Month
March 2019
Evan Kahn, cellist
New Artist of the Month
February 2019


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