Updated Feb 21, 2024

Met Opera in 2024-25: 6 New Stagings, 4 New Directors

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2024-25 season, which opens September 23 with Jeanine Tesori’s Grounded , continues emphasizing contemporary operas, this time all tried and tweaked elsewhere … »Read

Oakland Symphony Premieres Here I Stand, a Tribute to Paul Robeson

Here I Stand , the centerpiece of the Oakland Symphony’s February 16 concert at the Paramount Theater, was a communal event in the widest sense of the term. In commissioning and performing a … »Read

Colburn School Updates $400M Expansion Plans

The timetable and costs for the Colburn School 100,000-sq.-ft. expansion, designed by Frank Gehry, have been updated. Initially announced in March of 2022 , and situated next to the School's Grand … »Read

Playing in a State-funded Ensemble Is Not as Secure as It Seems

It is received wisdom among classical musicians in the U.S. that a career in Europe offers a great deal more stability because governments at all levels subsidize the arts. “Yes, … »Read

Orchestras + Healthcare Activities=A Good ROI

A new report issued at the annual conference of the Association of British Orchestras this past January emphasizes the good work orchestra musicians do in formal and informal care settings … »Read

New Artistic Director for Rome Opera

Paolo Arcà, artistic director of La Scala decades ago (1997-2003), is to take the post at Opera di Roma. He succeeds Alessio Vlad, who resigned last year and has since moved on to become … »Read

Ólafsson's Journey Through the Goldbergs, New York to Reykjavík

Having taken a first bow or two after his February 7 Carnegie Hall debut with J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Víkingur Ólafsson returned to the stage, produced a mic from his … »Read

Capturing Maestro's Sound

One of the many appeals of Bradley Cooper’s Oscar-nominated film Maestro is the authenticity of its musical performances, most especially the recreation of the London Symphony … »Read

London Foundation Competition Names Winners

On Feb. 16, the 52 nd George and Nora London Foundation Competition for young North American opera singers selected six winners from among a dozen finalists. Each performed one selection before a … »Read

Artistic Leaders Arriving and Renewing

South Korea-born conductor Yura Yang , a current Kapellmeister at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe, is to become first Kapellmeister at the Oper Leipzig next season. The 34-year-old maestra earned a BA … »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.

Sarah Dufresne, soprano
New Artist of the Month
February 2024
Ben Goldscheider, horn player
New Artist of the Month
January 2024
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


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