MOT names native Detroiter as new president
By Mark Stryker
• Michigan Free Press • Friday, December 06, 2013
Michigan Opera Theatre has hired only its second executive leader in 43
years, and the new guy won’t need a map when he hits town in January. Detroit native Wayne Brown, 64, who has been director of music and opera
for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., since
1997, has been named president and CEO of the opera company. He succeeds
beloved company founder David DiChiera, who announced earlier this year
that he was retiring as general director but would remain artistic
director for a few additional seasons.
By Russell Platt
• The New Yorker • Friday, December 06, 2013
A rare chance to hear an opera by Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson.
A Bumper Crop Of Classical Boxed Sets
By Anastasia Tsioulcas, Tom Huizenga
• Deceptive Cadence (NPR) • Friday, December 06, 2013
This wound up being a spectacular year for elaborate, lavishly packaged reissues.
Breaking the Wagner ban in Israel
By Asher Fisch
• Limelight Magazine • Friday, December 06, 2013
How the principal conductor of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra hopes to perform 'forbidden' Wagner operas.
A Plus-Size Falstaff Grows Into His Outsize Part
By Michael Cooper
• The New York Times • Thursday, December 05, 2013
His mounting unpaid bar tab at the Garter Inn will run to its 6,000th
bottle of sherry. He will send off his 400th love letter to Windsor’s
merry wives. And, before his final comeuppance and joyful last laugh, he
will hear his 2,400th chime at midnight in Windsor Park. Ambrogio Maestri, an Italian baritone whose imposing voice, height and
heft have made him one of the leading Falstaffs of the day, is set to
give his 200th performance as Sir John Falstaff — and his first in New
York — when the curtain rises Friday night on the Metropolitan Opera’s
first new production of Verdi’s Falstaff in nearly 50 years.