Updated Aug 12, 2020

Tulsa Opera Plays Ball with Rigoletto

Tulsa Opera will open its 2020-21 season on October 9 with a new Rigoletto , staged on the local, Tulsa Drillers' ONEOK ballfield, which, even with proper social distancing, can accommodate a … »Read

Finally, a First Recording of Ethel Smyth's The Prison

There’s a telling photo included in the booklet for the world premiere recording of Dame Ethel Smyth’s The Prison . Taken in 1922 at the inaugural International Society for … »Read

Houston Grand Goes All-Digital in 2020-21

As an antidote to the cessation of live performances necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is going digital in a big way. From Sept. 2020 through April 2021 the … »Read

Six Non-white Artists Talk to the Issue, Favor Blind Auditions

There is no hiding the fact that American orchestras have a “diversity deficit.” In 2014 African American and Latinx musicians comprised just 2.5 percent of professional orchestra … »Read

Former OTSL Director of Artistic Administration Arrested

Damon Bristo recently resigned director of artistic administration for the Opera Theater of St. Louis. He had been placed on unpaid leave upon his arrest on July 23 for child sex trafficking in … »Read

Manhattan School Taps Tazewell Thompson

The Manhattan School of Music (MSM) has named Tazewell Thompson as director of opera studies in the school’s Vocal Arts Division. The Harlem native, who assumes his position immediately, is … »Read

A Well-cast Così Bows in Salzburg

Pondering the state of classical music, especially opera, in a post-Covid world is not a happy pastime. Indeed, one wonders when, if ever, it will again be possible to see operas we want to … »Read

Kent Nagano's Montreal Legacy

On Aug. 31, Kent Nagano will depart the Montreal Symphony Orchestra after 14 years as music director. He arrived on the heels of the tumultuous 25-year reign of Charles Dutoit, who  resigned … »Read

Jackson Hole, WY, Arts Center Names New Chief

Marty Camino is the new executive director of the Center for the Arts in Jackson, WY. He succeeds David Rothman who resigned in March after a year in the job. Camino, who first relocated to … »Read

Montreal Symphony Takes Over the Airport Parking Lot

MONTREAL -- Music lovers streamed into an airport parking lot, socially distancing in cars to listen to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven, Ravel, and Mozart in between flights taking … »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.

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
Maxim Lando, pianist
New Artist of the Month
January 2020
Hao Zhou, violinist
New Artist of the Month
December 2019
Michele Gamba, conductor
New Artist of the Month
November 2019
Lucia Lucas, baritone
New Artist of the Month
October 2019
María Dueñas, violinist
New Artist of the Month
September 2019


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