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New Artist of the Month: Soprano Vuvu Mpofu

July 1, 2020 | Clive Paget, Musical America
Like most opera singers right now, Vuvu Mpofu’s 2020 calendar is a patchwork of cancellations and question marks. Locked down in her grandmother’s house in Port Elizabeth, however, the South African soprano has a more immediate … » Read

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Music Director Compensation in 2017-18: The Top Ten

July 1, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Drew McManus is gathering his annual compensation reports, posting music director and executive salaries for orchestras in the 2017-18 season. The list of Top Ten Earners shows Riccardo Muti way out in front among music directors, earning … » Read

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Vermont Symphony Taps Executive Director

June 29, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
The Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO), which reports that it is currently offering small-ensemble performances throughout the state, has named a new executive director. She is Elise Brunelle, former managing director of the Cape Town Opera, where … » Read

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Moscow Judge Suspends Serebrennikov's Sentence

June 29, 2020 | Marina Panina
MOSCOW (AFP)--A Moscow court on Friday handed outspoken Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov a three-year suspended sentence following a fraud conviction denounced by his supporters as politically motivated. Known for his daring statements and … » Read

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New Appointments for Three Rising Conductors

June 26, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Queensland (NZ) Youth Orchestras (QYO) has appointed Simon Hewett [pictured] as music director, effective next January. He succeeds founder John Curro, who passed away last November. A native of Brisbane, Hewett has been principal conductor of … » Read

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Omaha Symphony Taps Its Next Music Director

June 25, 2020 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Ankush Kumar Bahl, onetime protégé of Kurt Masur and assistant to Jaap van Zweden, is to be the next music director of the Omaha Symphony, effective in the 2021-22 season. He succeeds Thomas Wilkins, who ends his 16-year tenure at … » Read

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Chicago Symphony Artistic VP Exits for Greener Pastures

June 25, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Cristina Rocca, longtime associate to Riccardo Muti, VP for artistic planning of the Chicago Symphony since 2015, is to exit the U.S. for London, where she will become artistic director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), starting … » Read

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Muti from Ravenna: 'You Pay a High Price for the Absence of Culture'

June 24, 2020 | Colleen Barry, Associated Press
RAVENNA, ITALY —Riccardo Muti sent a resounding message Sunday night, that live classical music has returned to the Italian stage in his adopted home of Ravenna, even as the musical outlook remains grim in the United States, where he also … » Read

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Cinci Symphony/Conservatory Choose New Diversity Fellows

June 24, 2020 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) have chosen their next class of CSO/CCM Diversity Fellows. The program, launched in 2015 with a grant from The Mellon Foundation, aims to … » Read

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Utah Symphony/Opera Names New CEO

June 24, 2020 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Last week, the Nashville Symphony cancelled its entire 2020-21 season . Today, that orchestra’s COO Steven Brosvik was announced as the new CEO of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera (USUO). He will succeed Paul Meecham, who left suddenly last … » Read

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