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Migrating Maestros: Why Are So Many European Conductors Quitting?
Fred PlotkinOperavore
"Last year, I wrote about long-time prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's negative impact on every aspect of Italian society, including the arts. Reform efforts after his departure came through a new law called Il Legge Valore Cultura, which was intended to strengthen and maintain monuments (such as the Coliseum) and the 14 important Italian opera houses, often called foundations. One of the stipulations of this law was to reduce the size of the boards of the theaters, which may have resulted in a reduction in fundraising potential precisely when more money has to be sought from private sources."
Jessye Norman: Why I Ignore My Critics
StaffBBC
Award-winning opera singer Jessye Norman has explained why she does not read what critics say about her. 
Thousands Converge On Independence Mall For Night Of Opera
Justin UdoCBS
With blankets in hand and coolers filled with goodies, thousands of folks packed onto Independence Mall to watch Opera Philadelphia’s performance of The Barber of Seville as it played on two large screens.
Smog Serenade: Opera in 18 Cars Planned Through Downtown L.A.
Brian WiseOperavore
A Southern California director is planning an opera that will take place inside 18 cars as they simultaneously cruise the streets and highways of Los Angeles. Hopscotch: A Mobile Opera for 18 Cars is the brainchild of Yuval Sharon, the artistic director of the L.A. opera company the Industry, set to debut in the fall of 2015. 
Soprano Nicole Cabell Saves the Day for Washington Concert Opera
Gary TischlerThe Georgetowner
It’s hard to talk about Washington Concert Opera as “show biz,” but what happened to the critically acclaimed company as it prepared for its season opener over last weekend gives rise to that old expression, “That’s show biz!”
Another Musicians Lockout at Atlanta Symphony
Ruth McCambridgeNonprofit Quarterly
NPQ has been tracking the woes of many classical performing arts organizations over the past few years and they have been intense. There was the lockout at the Minnesota Orchestra, the closing and subsequent rescuing of the San Diego Opera, the closing of the New York Opera and the threatened lockout at the Met. It would be impossible not to see this as a moment of crisis/opportunity in that field.
[Maltese] Government buys opera tickets for elderly
staffMalta Today
The government has bought opera tickets for old people as part of its active ageing strategy, Parliamentary Secretary Justyne Caruana announced.
Ryan Opera Center Announces 2015-16 Season Ensemble
BWW News deskbroadwayworld.com
Dan Novak, director of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago , have announced that soprano Diana Newman, mezzo-sopranos Lindsay Metzger and Annie Rosen, tenors Alec Carlson and Mingjie Lei, baritone Takaoki Onishi, and bass Patrick Guetti have been accepted into the prestigious program beginning April 27, 2015.
Maria Callas Opera Academy In Her Old Apartment Approved By Greece
Maria Jean SullivanClassicalite
The now-dilapidated house where opera legend Maria Callas lived from 1940-45 is set to become an opera school itself, approved by Greece.
WQXR Welcomes Deborah Voigt as Inaugural Susan W. Rose Artist-in-Residence
Staffbroadwayworld.com
WQXR, New York City's classical music station, announced today that American operatic soprano and Grammy Award-winner DEBORAH VOIGT has been named the inaugural Susan W. Rose Artist-in-Residence, an annual position awarded to a prominent classical artist.
Next for Yuval Sharon, the Industry: 'Hopscotch,' L.A. opera in 18 cars
Jessica GeltLA Times
From opera on headphones to opera on wheels: The next work from Yuval Sharon and the Industry will unfold in 18 cars cruising downtown L.A., Boyle Heights and the Arts District.
The Met Set to Cut Millions
Jennifer MaloneyThe Wall Street Journal
The Metropolitan Opera's general manager, Peter Gelb, last week eliminated 22 administrative positions, or 9 percent of nonunion staff, and now must trim an additional $11.25 million from this year's operating budget — a reduction stipulated by an unusual agreement the Met struck with its unions in August.
Russia: Opera premiere cancelled after its composer was attacked
stafffreemuse.org
The premiere of a new opera in St. Petersburg has been cancelled after two venues refused to host it and the composer was savagely beaten and death threats were issued.
Party Diary: Opera with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
By Helena Andrews Washington Post
It’s not every day that one gets to audit a history lesson on past chief justices of the United States taught in the Supreme Court and led by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Muti quits as Rome Opera conductor
John von RheinChicago Tribune
Suddenly, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has Riccardo Muti almost entirely to itself.

The CSO music director, 73, has abruptly withdrawn as the primary conductor of the Rome Opera after six years, citing ongoing funding, management and labor strife at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, at which he holds the title honorary director for life, according to Italian media reports.
Riccardo Muti severs ties with the Opera of Rome
Lizzy DaviesThe Guardian
The star Italian conductor Riccardo Muti has pulled out of two productions and in effect left his flagship position at the Opera of Rome, provoking dismay and hand-wringing over the state of classical music in his native country.
Boston overdue for a proper opera house
Jeremy EichlerThe Boston Globe
No overview of the city’s opera scene could be complete without a discussion of its most glaringly obvious gap: a proper venue for opera.
Cincinnati Opera posts a surplus for 2014 season
Janelle GelfandCincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Opera's 94th season, which ended July 26, will post a surplus for the 26th time out of the past 27 years, the company says. With ticket revenue at $1.435 million, Cincinnati Opera expects to be in the black again this year, three years after posting a deficit of $300,000.
Is the Dallas Opera the Best Run Opera Company in the United States?
Peter SimekD Magazine
Okay, that headline is going to take a little more to answer than what I have here to back it up. But let’s just put it this way. Last year the New York City Opera went bankrupt. Earlier this year, the head of the Metropolitan Opera in New York said the seminal institution could be facing a “bankruptcy situation in two to three years.” Here in Dallas, after the Dallas Opera flirted with young dynamo George Steele, the kind of up-and-coming hot shot you’d expect Dallas to hire (and the man who eventually marched the New York City Opera out of existence), they opted for a more conservative approach, bringing in the San Francisco Opera’s COO/CFO Keith Cerny. Cerny cuts the profile of corporate accountant. 
Beth Morrison Projects brings ‘Ouroboros’ to Boston
David WeiningerThe Boston Globe
Even though she’s been based in New York for almost a decade, Beth Morrison knows Boston well. She earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Boston University, and it was during her exploration of Boston’s independent theater scene that she hatched the idea of forming her own company to produce contemporary opera and music theater works. Today, Beth Morrison Projects is a driving force in the difficult task of guiding new-music projects from conception to stage, with a portfolio that includes works by Nico Muhly, David T. Little, and David Lang.
Britain's killing talent, warns Dame Kiri
Vanessa ThorpeThe Guardian
One of the world's greatest opera stars has made an impassioned plea for Britain to stop blocking the flow of young singers into opera houses so that the top quality talents of the future can flower.
Opera discounts: do they deliver?
Simon ThomasWhat's On Stage
The Royal Opera recently ran a promotional initiative in which under 25s were lured into the opera house at bargain prices (just £1-£25 for Mark-Anthony Turnage's Anna Nicole). Not surprisingly, it played to a packed house of youngsters keen to get the Royal Opera House experience and presumably attracted by a work that sounds less 'stuffy' than most of the company's offerings.
Opera San Antonio's 'Fox' brings two performers full circle
Deborah MartinMy San Antonio
Opera San Antonio's staging of Fantastic Mr. Fox marks a bit of a homecoming for cast members Tynan Davis and Theo Lebow.
The Trouble With Klinghoffer Isn't Quite What You Think
Justin DavidsonVulture
Will an opera about terrorists ever not be timely? Can The Death of Klinghoffer ever stop incandescing? John Adams’s work had its premiere in 1991, when the events it was based on—the 1985 hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro and the murder of an American passenger, Leon Klinghoffer—were still raw memories. In the years that followed, occasional new productions and weekly bursts of lethal fanaticism kept reactivating the arguments about the opera. Now that it’s finally coming to the Metropolitan Opera, Palestinian hijackers seem almost to belong to another era, before 9/11, before Iraq and Afghanistan, before anti-Jewish riots in Paris, before drone strikes, Iron Dome, and YouTube beheadings. Through all of that, Klinghoffer hasn’t lost its sting.
Science Reveals Something Surprising About Metal Fans and Classical Music Lovers
Jordan Taylor Sloan music.mic.com
Classical fans and metal fans are scientifically proven to have identical psychological profiles. And the two forms of music are way more alike than you'd think.
Los Angeles Opera comes to the beach in Santa Monica
Jessica GeltLA Times
Giuseppe Verdi's fallen woman soared at sunset Wednesday on the Santa Monica Pier as the Los Angeles Opera staged its first live digital simulcast, with an estimated 2,500 viewing La Traviata on a giant screen by the beach while the action was unfolding live at L.A.'s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Before a Night at the Opera, a Day Backstage
Sara KrulwichThe New York Times
As the Metropolitan Opera prepared for this season’s opening night, Sara Krulwich, a New York Times staff photographer, spent a day backstage documenting the intense preparations. Although a labor dispute almost derailed the season, there is no shortage of work to be done: More than 1,500 people work there some days, and this time of year is the busiest.
Vocal Hero
Annalyn SwanVanity Fair
It could almost be the plot of an opera: a dark, dashing descendant of both Genghis Khan and Tamerlane appears and sweeps all before him. But in the case of Russian-born bass Ildar Abdrazakov—“I’m one-fourth Tatar and three-fourths Bashkirian,” he says with a smile—it happens to be true. 
Long Beach Opera’s Andreas Mitisek Wants a More Connected Community
Asia MorrisLong Beach Post
National Arts Strategies (NAS), an organization that provides accessible and affordable, high quality leadership training programs that enable leaders in arts and culture to explore their toughest challenges, announced the 50 leaders that will be attending The Chief Executive Program: Community and Culture.
Composer Iain Grandage creates opera of Tim Winton’s The Riders
Matthew WestwoodThe Australian
Iain Grandage has such an eagerness to play with others that you wonder if there’s a sandpit big enough for him. He’s one of our most amiable musicians. You may have seen him conducting a symphony orchestra, at a concert headlined by one of his friends, Tim Minchin or Gurrumul.
Video: Vancouver Opera's production of Carmen
StaffVancouver Sun
Director Joel Ivany discusses the Vancouver Opera production of Carmen.


100 Creatives 2014: John Cramer, Freelance Violinist and Concertmaster at Opera in the Heights
Maha AhmedHouston Press
When John Cramer was 6 years old, he hated the violin. He wanted to play the piano, but his family only owned an old violin that his father played long ago, so he bore with it and followed in his father's footsteps. His mom also sang in a choir, leaving the Cramer household with everything but a shortage of musicality.
Encompass New Opera, Treehouse Shakers and More Ste for BAM's 2014-15 PDP
StaffBroadway World
The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) today announced the participants of the third cycle of the BAM Professional Development Program (BAM PDP), led by BAM and the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. The companies for this session represent mixed disciplines ranging from dance to theater to opera.
Tibor Rudas Dies at 94; Brought the World the Three Tenors
Douglas MartinThe New York Times
Tibor Rudas, an irrepressible impresario who took classical music from concert halls to casinos and from there to baseball stadiums and the Eiffel Tower, helping to propel the Three Tenors to global glory, died on Sept. 8 at his home in Santa Monica. Calif. He was 94.
New York City ID Cards Coming With Cultural Benefits
Michael M. Grynbaum, Robin PogrebinThe New York Times
The municipal identification cards that New York plans to start issuing next year in an effort to make life easier for undocumented immigrants will come with an added benefit so enticing that many others may sign up for them too: an offer of free tickets or discounts at 33 of the city’s leading cultural institutions.
San Antonio's opera history significant but patchy
David HendricksSan Antonio Express-News
Success. Happiness. Disappointment. Ruination. Renewed hope.

Those ingredients help turn opera plots. They also could apply to the history of opera in San Antonio, which has experienced cycles of lavish success punctuated by periods of dwindling audiences, inactivity followed by revived interest.
2nd conductor resigns from Vienna State Opera
Associated PressThe Washington Post
The Vienna State Opera has lost Bertrand de Billy — its second star conductor in less than two weeks.
'Massive' Klinghoffer Protest Planned for Met Opening Night
Susan ElliottMusical America
The “Coalition Against the Met Terror Opera” (CATO) has announced a “massive” protest scheduled for Sept. 22 starting at 4:30 p.m. It promises “thousands” on hand to declare their disgust with an “opera promoting terrorism, anti-Semitism, and anti-Zionism.”  ...CATO is protesting John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer, which opens Oct. 20.
No death knell: Pittsburgh symphony and opera strive to attract newcomers
Elizabeth BloomPittsburgh Post-Gazette
On a Thursday evening in May, a couple hundred patrons dressed in jeans or formal wear filed into the ornate lobby of Heinz Hall. They weren’t there for a Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert. They were there for happy hour. It was nothing fancy: Guests sampled snacks provided by Downtown restaurants and sipped wine as the White Tie Group, a jazz band made up of symphony musicians, performed.
New Orleans Opera extends contract with director Robert Lyall through 2017-18 season
Chris WaddingtonThe Times-Picayune
The New Orleans Opera Association has extended its contract with Robert Lyall, the maestro who serves as general and artistic director for the company. The announcement came in an email sent late Sunday (Sept 14).
Tobias Picker On His Family Opera, "Fantasic Mr. Fox"
Nathan ConeTexas Public Radio
Composer Tobias Picker has written three symphonies, eight concertos, and scores of works for solo piano, chamber musicians, and voice. But in his role as Artistic Director of Opera San Antonio, his focus is on the stage. For the opening of its inaugural season, Picker has selected one of his own works, and one designed to open the doors for all ages to an art form that engages the senses in unparalleled fashion. Fantastic Mr. Fox was Picker's second opera, written in 1998 for the Los Angeles Opera.
Quiz: How much do you know about Handel's operas?
Tom Service, Imogen TildenThe Guardian
With Xerxes back at English National Opera, find out if you're up to speed on Handel's many, many operas
Metropolitan Opera reduces non-union jobs in expected cost-cutting move
StaffNew York Business Journal
The New York Metropolitan Opera is proceeding with layoffs weeks after reaching new agreements with its unions, a dispute that had threatened the start of the opera’s fall season.
Opera reports strong ticket sales, record-breaking fundraising
Anne ConstableSanta Fe New Mexican
The Santa Fe Opera reported this week that ticket sales for the 2014 season were the second highest in history: $8.7 million, compared to $8.8 million in 2013. Attendance was more than 78,000.
Meet OPERA San Antonio's Resident Conductor Andres Cladera
Opera DeskBroadway World
Andres Cladera is an indispensable member of the creative team that will bring Fantastic Mr. Fox to life. Leading the small orchestra of seven musicians is just one of the tasks that fall under the responsibility of this talented young conductor, a native of Uruguay. Andres is also in charge of coordinating a smooth flow between the orchestra and the singers from second to second and oversees the entire musical dimension of the opera.
Love/hate: Opera lovers sing the art form's praises
StaffSan Jose Mercury News
The culture vultures win! Clearly a love of opera runs deep in the Bay Area, if our latest Love It/Hate It cultural smackdown is any indication.

Our longtime opera reviewer, Richard Scheinin, squared off against colleague Martha Ross on the topic, and we asked you readers to weigh in. Not a single opera hater responded. So if you, like Ross, wish you could warm up to opera but didn't want to say that publicly, then read on. The passion may persuade you.
What makes a musical leading lady?
Mark LawsonThe Guardian
The word "diva" was co‑opted from opera to refer to powerful women in other fields. But, in three shows being staged this autumn, the metaphor is reversed by turning non-singing high-achieving controversial figures into musical leading ladies.
Photo Flash: First Look at Two Operatic Musicals at TNC - RAPPACCINI'S DAUGHTER and OUT THE WINDOW
StaffBroadway World
Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director, and The After Dinner Opera Company present "The Power of Love", two new american operatic musicals adapted from classic works: Seymour Barab's operatic parody "Out The Window", based on Georges Feydeau's Farce "Par La Fenetre", and "Rappaccini's Daughter", a musical tale with music by Michael Cohen and libretto by Linsey Abrams, based on Nathanial Hawthorne's Gothic Short Story. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
Metropolitan Opera Changes $25 Tickets Program
Michael CooperThe New York Times
The Metropolitan Opera is modifying its program that offers $25 tickets in some of the priciest sections of the opera house by moving it onto the web this season, rather than having patrons physically wait in line for a chance at seats.
London's Royal Opera targets youngest-ever audience
David MillikenReuters
Britain's Royal Opera House will open its doors to children as young as two when its new season starts on Thursday, as the 282-year-old institution seeks a new generation of music-lovers.

Fall 2014 Magazine Issue
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  • Emerging Artists: Act One


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