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Mariss Jansons to Take Summer Off for Health Reasons

June 25, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Mariss Jansons has been advised by doctors to take a three-month “regenerative” break. The 76-year old conductor has been forced to cancel his summer concerts and tour with the Bavarian Radio Symphony, of which he is chief conductor. … » Read


Fire Shut Up... Continues OTSL's Run of Premieres

June 25, 2019 | George Loomis, Musical America
For American opera goers, the summer of 2019 could be known as the summer of world premieres. From Saratoga, FL, to Long Beach, CA, just about every opera company/festival active in the summer months has a world premiere on its docket, a … » Read

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Göteborg Opera Taps Successor to Stephen Langridge

June 25, 2019 | Anthony Brown, Musical America
The Göteborg Opera has tapped Henning Ruhe [pictured], 41, as its new artistic director opera/drama. Currently head of artistic administration at the Bavarian State Opera, he will succeed Stephen Langridge, who recently moved to … » Read

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Ai Weiwei to Stage Turandot in Rome

June 25, 2019 | Reuters
ROME -- Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, known for his politically charged contemporary works, will try his hand at opera by directing Turandot , which is set in his homeland. The Rome Opera said on Friday Ai will direct Giacomo Puccini’s work and … » Read

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Backstage Drama at La Scala: Pereira, Widmer, Bartoli, and Cleopatra

June 25, 2019 | James Imam, Musical America
MILAN—In May of 2018, La Scala announced with great fanfare that it had teamed up with mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli to mount three Handel operas, starting next fall with a new, Robert Carsen production of Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto. … » Read

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New Artistic Team for Opera North

June 25, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Garry Walker , chief conductor of the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz, is to be music director of Opera North (ON) as of 2020/21. He succeeds Aleksandar Markovic, who quit two years ago after less than a year in the job. … » Read

Industry News

Artists File $100M Lawsuit Against UMG

June 24, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
In a statement, Universal Music Group [UMG] has described The New York Times expose of the disastrous fire, alleged to have destroyed 500,000 recording masters, as filled with "numerous inaccuracies, misleading statements, contradictions and … » Read

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Controversial Oregon Bach Exec Is Out

June 24, 2019 | Taylor Grant, Musical America
Almost two years ago, the abrupt firing of Matthew Halls , a much-celebrated British musician who had succeeded Helmuth Rilling as artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival, roiled this nearly 50-year-old celebration of the masterworks of … » Read

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Jack Renner, Award-winning Engineer, Dies

June 23, 2019 | Susan Elliott, Musical America
Jack Renner, co-founder in 1977 with producer Bob Woods of Telarc International, died on June 19 after a long battle with cancer. He was 84. Renner’s training was in classical music and for a while he was a professional trumpet player. But … » Read

Contests & Awards

Ukrainian Baritone Wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the Word

June 23, 2019 | Nicholas Beard, Musical America
Ukrainian baritone Andrei Kymach, 31, has won the biennial BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition; he gets £20,000, an elaborate trophy, and the launch lad for a potentially huge career. The prize has been won in the past by the likes … » Read

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