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U.K. Chief of Dubai Opera Defends His Programming

August 14, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
As the Dubai Opera prepares for its fourth season, CEO Jasper Hope is proud that the venue has become an anchor for the UAE’s cultural scene and a hot spot in Dubai’s downtown. Since arriving from Royal Albert Hall, Hope has presented … » Read
 

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Statement from the Los Angeles Opera About Its General Director

August 13, 2019
"We believe all employees and artists should be treated respectfully and feel safe and secure within their work environment. "LA Opera has robust human resources policies and procedures in place. In accordance with those policies, LA Opera will … » Read
 

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Statement from Washington National Opera About Its Former General Director

August 13, 2019
“Washington National Opera and the Kennedy Center have zero tolerance policies with regard to harassment, discrimination, or abuse of any kind, and we take allegations of this nature very seriously. The specific accusations reported today … » Read
 

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San Francisco Opera Cancels Upcoming Domingo Concert

August 13, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Responses to the allegations against Placido Domingo continue to filter into the "In" box.  The San Francisco Opera has just cancelled his October 6 concert, originally advertised as a celebration of “one of the most influential … » Read
 

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Two Very Different Reactions to the Domingo News; Update: Met Opera Statement

August 13, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
It is early yet, but the news of Plácido Domingo’s alleged inappropriate behavior toward some of his former female colleagues has begun to ripple through the industry. Thus far, there have been two very different reactions, one from … » Read
 

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#MeToo Catches up with Plácido

August 13, 2019 | Jocelyn Gecker
For decades, Plácido Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in opera, has tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his … » Read
 

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Melbourne Symphony Taps New Principal Guest

August 13, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Chinese American conductor Xian Zhang, music director of the New Jersey Symphony through 2023-24, has been appointed principal guest conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra starting in 2020. Sir Andrew Davis is the orchestra’s … » Read
 

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Berkshire Choral Institute Names President

August 13, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
After a lengthy search, Berkshire Choral International has selected Steve Smith, for four years the executive director of the Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus, as its new president. He succeeds Debi Kennedy.   BCI … » Read
 

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UK Musicians, Orchestras Fear No-Deal Brexit Could Kill Touring

August 12, 2019 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
As the prospect of a no-deal Brexit becomes ever more likely, the music industry in the U.K. is trying to plan for a whole host of problems. The most immediate issue is the ability of British musicians to tour in Europe. "We've got orchestras … » Read
 

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Berlin's Oldest Musical Institution Sued for Discrimination

August 12, 2019 | Sarah Shay, Musical America
A gender-discrimination suit is being brought against Berlin’s oldest musical institution, the State and Cathedral Choir Berlin (SDB), established in 1465 under Frederick II, elector of Brandenburg. A nine-year-girl was rejected for … » Read
 
 

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