Updated May 12, 2021

Dressing Room Dust-up Between Two Mighty Maestros

As  previously reported, Riccardo Muti and the Vienna Philharmonic were to have officially reopened La Scala on May 11, the very day of the 75 th anniversary of the postwar reopening under … »Read

Met Opera and AGMA Reach Accord; Other Unions Still Holding

The Metropolitan Opera and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), representing the chorus, dancers, actors, and stage managers, have (finally) reached accord. Terms of the contract will not … »Read

Concertgebouworkest Signs New Artistic Partners for 2021-22

Apparently in no rush to find a new chief conductor after the demise of Daniele Gatti,  Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has announced new relationships for 2020-21, including … »Read

16 Onstage Bicycles Will Power New Work by London Sinfonietta

“Pedal power” will be on full display when the London Sinfonietta premieres composer Laura Bowler’s Houses Slide on July 9 at Royal Festival Hall. The work for soprano and … »Read

Summer at the Bowl Sees LA Phil Onstage More than Usual

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has issued the details of its upcoming Hollywood Bowl season, opening May 15 with five free concerts for healthcare workers and first responders, two of them with … »Read

U.K. Theaters Can Reopen May 17; Most Will Not

On May 17 the U.K. will take what Prime Minister Boris Johnson has labelled "a considerable step on the road back to normality.” While urging people to "exercise caution and common sense," … »Read

Christian Thielemann's Semperopera Contract Not Renewed

A surprise announcement from Saxony’s Minister for Culture Barbara Klepsch indicates that the contract of Semperopera’s longtime Chief Conductor Christian Thielemann will not be … »Read

3 New Recordings: Small Forces,
Big Impact

Contemporary music can be a prickly affair, but for those driven by the pleasure principle it’s nice to know there are some seriously thoughtful composers out there offering new music to … »Read

Carnegie Hall Offers Free 'Select' Streams of Historic Concerts

Beginning May 14 at noon, and for every Friday throughout the summer, “Carnegie Hall Selects” will offer a free full-length streamed concert by legendary classical musicians in … »Read

Leaders Trounce UK Gov't for Proposed Arts Cuts at University Level

The plan announced by Gavin Williamson, the U.K.’s Education Secretary, to cut government funding for arts subjects at universities by nearly 50 percent has generated outrage among leading … »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.

Tiffany Poon, pianist
New (Video) Artist of the Month
May 2021
Miles Mykkanen, tenor
New Artist of the Month
April 2021
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


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