Updated Sep 20, 2019

Philadelphia's O19 Gets Underway with the Brilliant Denis & Katya

If you caught Philip Venables’s opera of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis at last season’s NYC Prototype Festival, you’ll know he doesn’t fight shy of harrowing subject … »Read

In Berlin: La forza del regie

BERLIN — Booing can be a badge of honor in Germany’s theaters, particularly when it comes to canonical works. That’s at least one way of regarding the vehement reactions that … »Read

The Porgy Cast on the Obstacles of Being Black in Opera

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 60 years after Marian Anderson broke the color barrier at the Metropolitan Opera, black singers still face unique obstacles in building their careers within the … »Read

Lahti Symphony Names New Principal Guest

German conductor Anja Bihlmaier, recently named principal conductor of the Residentie Orchestra in the Hague, Holland, is to become principal guest conductor of Lahti (FI) Symphony Orchestra in … »Read

Eight Black Opera Composers We Should Know

That three white men wrote the most celebrated American opera about African Americans— Porgy and Bess —should not be considered evidence that there are not black composers with operas … »Read

Philly Orch Adds a New Layer to the Executive Branch

Tanya Derksen, president of Orchestras Canada and of that country’s Regina Symphony Orchestra in Saskatchewan, will move into a new job with the Philadelphia Orchestra as of October 28. The … »Read

History Lesson with Benefits: The Constitution

The idea of a choral setting of the U.S. Constitution sounds like a pretty dry couple of hours. But not only is Benjamin Yarmolinsky’s self-styled “secular oratorio” a cornucopia … »Read

When the Concertmaster Is the Outreach Ambassador

When the Wichita Symphony Orchestra (WSO) kicks off its 2019-2020 season this weekend, its new concertmaster, Holly Mulcahy, will be front and center. She will partner with Timothy Jones, the … »Read

Jaime Laredo to Exit Vermont Symphony

Violinist/conductor Jaime Laredo is to retire as music director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra at the end of the 2020-21 season. Laredo will have been at the helm for 20 seasons, having … »Read

Vanity Fair Declares Opera's 'Modern Moment'

When a major glossy magazine like Vanity Fair writes about contemporary opera, you know something big must be afoot. The latter years of the 19 th century—the years of Verdi and … »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.

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
Michael Vincent Waller, composer
New Artist of the Month
January 2019
Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor
New Artist of the Month
December 2018
Davóne Tines, bass-baritone
New Artist of the Month
November 2018
Robert Trevino, conductor
New Artist of the Month
October 2018
Nilo Alcala, composer
New Artist of the Month
September 2018


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