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Stephen Sondheim Dies at 91

November 26, 2021 | Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
 NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century with his intelligent, intricately rhymed lyrics, his use of evocative melodies and his willingness to … » Read

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Royal Opera House Cancels Opening Night Due to Labor Shortage, Covid

November 26, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Opening night of Tosca at the Royal Opera House on December 5 has been cancelled, as has the dress rehearsal of December 2. The reasons are twofold: a lbackstage labor shortage and the encroaching strains of Covid-19.  The production will … » Read

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Covid Shutters Venues in Germany & Austria. Again.

November 24, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The Covid-19 situation in Central Europe is, once again, having a major impact on life in the performing arts. The Paris Opera Orchestra, which started a tour November 19 in Toulouse, has had to postpone a number of concerts along the way, … » Read

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U.S. Orchestras' Recovery Mirrors Larger Performing Arts Sectors'

November 24, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Revenue for U.S. orchestras  is beginning to recover as they resume performing before live audiences. According to “ Orchestras in Recovery ,” released by TRG Arts and the League of American Orchestras, ticket sales have been … » Read

Contests & Awards

The Classical Grammy Nominations

November 24, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Grammy voters got their list of nominated choices yesterday, which, in the classical realm means a grand total of 13 categories, including Best Engineered Recording and Producer of the Year, out of a total of 86, raging from rap to Latin to jazz, … » Read

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For Presenters, Pandemic Challenges Are Here for the Duration

November 24, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Even in the best of times, being an arts presenter that relies on international artists is not for sissies. “You have to remember,” says Rupert Hemmings, LA Opera’s VP of artistic planning, “even in a perfect world … » Read

People in the News

Beyonce´ Executive Named CEO of ABT

November 23, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The general manager of Beyonce´’s media company has just been named CEO and executive director of the American Ballet Theater. Janet Rolle´ succeeds Kara Medoff Barnett, who resigned in July . Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie … » Read


At the ENO, a Cheap and Cheesy Valkyrie Not Worthy of Its Singers

November 23, 2021 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
LONDON--The anglicized title gives it away: this is Wagner performed in English, as is the custom at London’s second opera house. On November 19 the company launched its new Ring cycle not with Das Rheingold but with its audience-pleasing … » Read


2 Programs Mark a Special Reunion in San Francisco

November 23, 2021 | Steven Winn, Musical America
All eyes were focused on stage right at Davies Symphony Hall on Friday, November 12. As Michael Tilson Thomas entered, a full-throated cheer of the sort more likely to be heard at Oracle Park, where the San Francisco Giants play, rang out. The … » Read

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Kent Nagano, Ever Youthful, Turns 70

November 23, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
A conductor who numbers Frank Zappa, Pierre Boulez, Leonard Bernstein, and Björk among his mentors is clearly one of eclectic tastes. As Kent Nagano turns 70, he tells Deutsche Welle , "If you think about it, my life is just a constant … » Read

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