People in the News

Gran Teatre del Liceu Gets a New A.D. and a New Lease on Life

January 17, 2019 | James Imam, Musical America
Víctor Garcia de Gomar will leave Barcelona's Palau de la Música to become artistic director of the Gran Teatre del Liceu. He succeeds Christina Scheppelmann at the start of the 2019/20 with a four-year contract and an annual salary … » Read

Industry News

Contract Extension Expires in Baltimore

January 17, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The Baltimore Symphony musicians’ four-month contract extension expired on January 15 and, according to the players, management “expressed no desire to extend the contract in writing.” However, there appears to be mutual … » Read

Contests & Awards

A First: €250,000 Siemens Prize to a Woman Composer

January 17, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
British composer Rebecca Saunders has been announced as the winner of the 2019 international Ernst von Siemens prize of 250,000 euros. She is the first woman composer to be so designated. Established in 1972 by the grandson of the industrial … » Read

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Met Dynamo Gets Respect in the Pit

January 17, 2019 | Ronald Blum, Associated Press
NEW YORK — Mighty Mouse has come to save the Met. Some in the Met orchestra have taken to calling the 5-foot-6-inch Yannick Nézet-Séguin, their new music director, by the affectionate anthropomorphic nickname first bestowed by … » Read

People in the News

Prez Favors Russian-born Pianist

January 17, 2019 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
What a difference a few years can make. During the Obama administrations, a broad range of musicians—from classical to hip hop, R & B to country, pop to rock—performed at The White House. One musician missing during the Obama … » Read


ROH Queen of Spades as Bizarre Tchaikovsky Lookalike Contest

January 16, 2019 | Mark Valencia, Musical America
LONDON—The Royal Opera was at pains to release advance information about its production of The Queen of Spades so no one could say they hadn’t been warned. This was to be a reinterpretation rather than a recreation, with director … » Read

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