Updated Jan 15, 2021

Berlin's Opera and Concert Halls Shuttered

Berlin's Senator for Culture Klaus Lederer has declared all concert halls and opera houses shuttered at least until Easter (April 4), according to Word arrives just a few days after … »Read

Ft Worth Op Ties Gala to Black History Month

On Feb. 21, the Fort Worth Opera will celebrate Black History Month with “A Night of Black Excellence: Past, Present, and Future,” a virtual benefit concert featuring an all-star … »Read

Astral Artists Names New Exec Director

Astral Artists, a by-audition management company specializing in emerging classical artists, has named Lourdes Starr-Demers as executive director, succeeding Julia Rubio, who left in October 2019 … »Read

APAP 2021 Deemed a Success

A conversation with artist and humanitarian Yo-Yo Ma was the capstone event on Jan. 12, the closing day of the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) annual conference. Ma told … »Read

Met Musicians Ask for Muti's Support

At the request of the musicians of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Riccardo Muti has penned a letter, “To the Concerned Citizens and Supporters of the Arts,” on the letterhead of the … »Read

Good News from New Aerosol Study: 50% Capacity Is Safe, with Conditions

A new study from Germany on the spatial dispersion of aerosols offers some cause for optimism about a return to live performance. On three dates in November, the Fraunhofer Heinrich Institute … »Read

Vasily Petrenko Gets Key Moscow Post

Russian conductor Vasily Petrenko would seem to be the maestro of the hour, having just added a fourth key position to his CV. Today, the Russian Ministry of Culture named him artistic director of … »Read

Kosman: Now Is the Time for the Gov't to Step In

During the Great Depression more than 80 years ago, the Works Progress Administration created employment opportunities for millions of Americans, tens of thousands of whom were painters, writers, … »Read

New Paris Opera Chief Takes On Political Correctness and Sparks Fly

Has the rarefied world of French ballet come under the sway of American-style cancel culture? The new director of Paris Opera, home also to France's top ballet company, has been accused of … »Read

Midori Among KenCen 2021 Honorees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five months after they were postponed because of the coronavirus, the annual Kennedy Center Honors are coming back in May, possibly in a series of small events, organizers … »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.

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
Zack Winokur, director
New Artist of the Month
March 2020
John Brancy, baritone
New Artist of the Month
February 2020


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