Updated Mar 3, 2021

Glimmerglass 2021 to Go Al Fresco

From July 15 through August 17, the Glimmerglass Festival will present a program of opera and music theater at a newly created outdoor stage on the vast Glimmerglass grounds in upstate New York. … »Read

New Orchestra Execs in Texas and West VA

David Pratt, executive director of the Savannah Music Festival (SMF) for slightly more the two years, is to be the new CEO and executive director of the Austin (TX) Symphony Orchestra (ASO), … »Read

Rhiannon Giddens to Host Third Season of Aria Code

Skillfully positioned in the middle of one of its membership drives, WQXR has announced the particulars of Aria Code , launching its third season March 10 with the focus on “Nessun … »Read

A New Title in Montreal, a New Music Director in Klagenfurt

Kent Nagano, whose acclaimed 16-year tenure as music director of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) ended at the end of last season, is back in town to conduct several … »Read

So 20th Century: Butterfly as Eastern Stereotpye, Carmen as Western

Puccini’s Madama Butterfly marries a transcendent musical score with an incredulous story that can raise the hackles of all but the most “unwoke” of contemporary listeners. … »Read

Taking Up Serpents: The Right Opera for the Right Time

Traditional opera, with its larger-than-life multiple accoutrements, has been out of the question since last March. Chamber opera, with its relatively short running time and pared-down cast … »Read

Michigan Opera Theater Heads Outdoors for the Near Future

The Michigan Opera Theater (MOT), still riding high from Yuval Sharon’s  successful Ring adaptation last October, Twilight: Gods , staged in the Detroit Opera House parking garage, has … »Read

Broadway Makes a Comeback--in Australia

Its “curtains up, light the lights” in Australia, where live theater is once again packing in audiences. Melbourne houses are currently hosting Come From Away and Harry Potter and the … »Read

A New Era for Long Beach

When Andreas Mitisek, the Long Beach Opera’s long-time artistic director stepped down in 2020, all concerned knew he would be a hard act to follow. His innovative, experimental productions, … »Read

AP Report: New York Times Needs a Culture Change

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times says it needs a culture change to become a better place to work, particularly for people of color. The newspaper told its employees in a February 24 report … »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.

Lio Kuokman, conductor
New Artist of the Month
March 2021
Nicholas Namoradze, pianist/composer
New Artist of the Month
February 2021
Brian Giebler, tenor
New Artist of the Month
January 2021
Samuel Mariño, male soprano
New Artist of the Month
December 2020
Liza Stepanova, pianist
New Artist of the Month
November 2020
Tabea Debus, recorder player
New Artist of the Month
October 2020
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


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