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Nigel Redden to Retire from Spoleto Festival

September 24, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Nigel Redden, longtime general director of the Spoleto Festival USA, has said he will step down in October 2021 after 35 years of ever-imaginative, often bold artistic and executive leadership. “The c ancellation of the 2020 Festival and … » Read
 

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Carnegie Hall Oct. 7 Opening Remains a Gala, Albeit Virtual, Affair

September 24, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Carnegie Hall’s October 7 opening night gala, announced in January , will be a unique experience this year, requiring no advance reservation and no best-clothes-out-of-the-closet attire. It will be virtual, of course, a pre-recorded … » Read
 

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Met Opera Revenue Losses Reach $150M

September 24, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
A recent New York Times article contained some Met Opera numbers that have not been disclosed elsewhere. Those include a whopping $150 million in revenue losses—half the company’s annual budget—as a result of the 3,800-seat … » Read
 

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Planned Lang Lang Film Raises Hollywood Hackles

September 24, 2020 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Oscar winners Ron Howard and Brian Glazer are teaming up to direct and produce an untitled film based on Journey of a Thousand Miles , the memoir by Lang Lang. “[His] story is one of determination, passion, sacrifice, and finding the inner … » Read
 

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Music Theater Scholarship Results Deemed a 'White Wash'

September 24, 2020 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The Sept. 18 decision by the Rob Guest Endowment to cancel this year’s competition for Australia’s richest musical theater scholarship has created a firestorm Down Under. The problems began in August, when the Endowment selected 30 … » Read
 

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External Report Reveals Years of Abuse at Curtis Institute

September 23, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
A report posted in full on the Curtis Institute of Music website details decades of sexual abuse, as initially unveiled about 15 months ago by violinist Lara St. John. The report fully corroborates St. John’s claims that, in 1985-86, as a … » Read
 

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Metropolitan Opera Cancels 2020-21; Announces 2021-22

September 23, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The Metropolitan Opera may have set a precedent for New York City’s performing arts organizations today, by announcing the complete cancellation of the 2020-21 season. Simultaneously, it has announced some ambitious and very politically … » Read
 

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Vienna Opera Ball Cancelled for Covid-19

September 23, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Witnessing a recent resurgence in Covid-19 cases, Austrian officials have cancelled the annual Opera Ball, scheduled for February 2021. "This decision was not an easy one for us," Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) told the Austrian Press … » Read
 

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Van Cliburn Competition Postponed to 2022

September 22, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Back in March when the repercussions of the pandemic began to become apparent and lockdown became rule of law, event planners everywhere adopted one or two of three strategies: reschedule, move online, or cancel. Most chose option one and/or two. … » Read
 

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Will U.K. Musicians Quit the Profession? New Study Says Many Will

September 23, 2020 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
The pandemic’s impact on the U.K. music industry is so devastating that one third of British musicians are considering giving up their careers. A survey of 2,000 members of the Musicians’ Union also found that half are currently … » Read
 
 

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