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New Artistic Leaders for France & Belgium

July 27, 2021 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Emmanuel Hondré is to be the next general director of the Opéra National de Bordeaux, effective as of August 2022 and succeeding Marc Minkowski as his term expires. Hondré has been director of the Concerts and Shows … » Read

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Scott Harrison Named Executive VP and Provost, Cleveland Institute

July 27, 2021 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Capping a new leadership lineup underway over the last several years under President and CEO Paul W. Hogle, the Cleveland Institute of Music has named Scott Harrison executive VP and provost—a new position at CIM. Harrison is a familiar … » Read

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The Met's 'Prince of Darkness' Has Died

July 27, 2021 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Gil Wechsler, who as the Metropolitan Opera’s first resident lighting designer spent over 20 years casting light on 114 productions (74 of them new), died on July 9. He was 79. He first arrived at the Met in 1977, having already designed … » Read

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San Francisco Opera Chorus Director to Retire After 35 Years

July 23, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Ian Robertson, Chorus Director at San Francisco Opera, is to retire at the end of 2021 after a remarkable 35 years in the role. His period with SFO constitutes the longest tenure of any individual in an artistic leadership role in the … » Read

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Priti Gandhi is Portland Opera’s New Artistic Director

July 23, 2021 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
Portland Opera has announced that Priti Gandhi will be the company’s new Artistic Director. Gandhi arrives from Minnesota Opera where she was Chief Artistic Officer. Her responsibilities will overlap with those of PO’s former Director … » Read

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Tributes Flow for LA Legend Guido Lamell

July 23, 2021 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
Guido Lamell, Music Director of the Santa Monica Symphony, and for over 40 years a violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, passed away on July 13 after suffering a heart attack. Lamell, a much-loved instrumentalist and maestro, had been … » Read

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Oksana Lyniv: An Interview with Bayreuth’s First Woman Conductor

July 22, 2021 | Rudolph Tang, Musical America
Last year's Bayreuth Festival was cancelled due to the pandemic. This year, history will be made again when Oksana Lyniv becomes the first woman to mount a podium previously occupied by the likes of Hermann Levi, Wilhelm Furtwängler, and … » Read

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Tokyo Olympics Composer Quits Over Bullying

July 21, 2021 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
As if the COVID outbreaks in the Tokyo Olympic Village were not bad enough, now the Japanese composer Keigo Oyamada has resigned from the creative team for the opening ceremony of the Games. Oyamada, 52, admitted to having bullied children with … » Read

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Local Government Bars Domingo from Singing in Spain

July 20, 2021 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
A Spanish provincial government has barred its regional orchestra from accompanying veteran tenor-turned baritone Plácido Domingo at a music festival in September citing the singer’s alleged history of sexual misconduct. The … » Read

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Sir Graham Vick, One of Opera's True Visionaries, Claimed by COVID

July 18, 2021 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Sir Graham Vick, the English opera director and visionary founder of Birmingham Opera Company, has died at the age of 67. The Company announced his death on Twitter: “We are devastated to announce that today 17 July 2021 Sir Graham Vick, … » Read

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