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COT Mounts Genderfluid Carmen

September 17, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Carmen is not the first opera that comes to mind when mezzo-sopranos Jamie Barton and Stephanie Blythe square off opposite one another singing lead roles. But in the Chicago Opera Theater’s (COT) gender-bending new semi-staged production of … » Read

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APAP to Distribute Up to $50,000 Each to 50 Presenters

September 17, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
A grant of $3M from The Andrew W. Melon Foundation will enable The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) to assist members and their artist/ensemble partners to reopen venues, resume touring, and re-engage with audiences. “At … » Read

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Met Opera to Stage Anthony Davis's X

September 17, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
NEW YORK--With its first opera by a Black composer premiering ten days from today, the Metropolitan Opera has announced its second, coming just two years from now: Anthony Davis’s X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X , just two years after … » Read

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Recording Sales Up by 27 Percent in First Half of 2021

September 16, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
New statistics from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) reveal that the U.S. recorded music industry generated $7.1bn in retail value during the first two quarters of 2021, a 27 percent increase when compared to $5.6bn for the … » Read

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Bejun Mehta Stars in Haymarket Opera's Orlando

September 16, 2021 | Wynne Delacoma, Musical America
CHICAGO—Artistically, Haymarket Opera Company is firmly planted in the Baroque era. For the past decade, the company has been charming Chicago opera lovers with zesty, elegant performances of works by the likes of Handel, Telemann, … » Read

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Met Opera Offers Free Simulcast of Fire Opening in Harlem

September 15, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The occasion of opening night 2021 at the Metropolitan Opera grows more momentous as the date of September 27 approaches. The latest news about the first opera on this stage in 18 months— apart from Fire Shut Up in My Bones being the … » Read

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Westminster Choirs Diminished, Spoleto Festival Forms Its Own

September 13, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The Spoleto Festival USA is putting together a new, specific-to-the-task choir, with auditions scheduled for four cities this fall. The choir’s makeup and formation will follow the model of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, which hosts … » Read

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Citing the Need for Diversity, Opera 'Sacks' Half of Its Orchestra

September 13, 2021 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
The English Touring Opera (ETO) has notified nearly half of its musicians that they will not be contracted for the 2022 tour. The reason, says the ETO, is the prioritization of “increased diversity in the orchestra…. in line with the … » Read

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LA Times Touts Success of Dudamel Fellows

September 13, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The LA Philharmonic’s Dudamel Fellowship Program, now in its 12 th year, is proving to be a highly successful incubator for young conducting talent. While most orchestras engage an assistant conductor or two to step in when needed and to … » Read

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ABT Finds a West Coast Home at Segerstrom Center

September 10, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
The American Ballet Theater (ABT) and Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA. have announced a three-year partnership that will include annual productions of Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker as well as several world and West … » Read

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