© Todd Rosenberg 2014
1. SIMON RATTLE and the BERLIN PHILHARMONIC will return to New York in October 2014 for an eight-day residency presented by Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, in a copresentation with Park Avenue Armory. The residency begins with Carnegie Hall's opening-night gala on October 1 and will include three additional concerts in Carnegie's Stern Auditorium, as well as two performances of Peter Sellars's staging of Bach's St. Matthew Passion at the Park Avenue Armory, offered as part of Lincoln Center's 2014 White Light Festival.
2. The JOHN F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS has announced the selection of DEBORAH F. RUTTER as Kennedy Center's next president. Rutter, who currently serves as the President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, will assume her Kennedy Center duties on September 1, 2014. Rutter succeeds Michael M. Kaiser, who will step down as Kennedy Center president on August 31.
3. Tenor STEPHEN COSTELLO is at Washington National Opera this month, singing Greenhorn in Moby-Dick and Nemorino in L'Elisir d'Amore. The WNO premiere of Moby-Dick in February marked Costello's debut with the company. Earlier this season, Costello made company debuts at Bavarian State Opera, as Rodolfo in La Bohème, and at Houston Grand Opera, as the Duke of Mantua.
4. ALBINA SHAGIMURATOVA takes on the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at Los Angeles Opera this month, paced by LAO music director James Conlon. Elkhanah Pulitzer's new Lucia production marks the company's first performances of Donizetti's tragedy in more than a decade. Shagimuratova's L.A. run as Lucia follows her six performances of the Donizetti at Milan's Teatro alla Scala in February 2014.
5. Under a new arrangement, BOOSEY & HAWKES has added CHAMPION, composer TERENCE BLANCHARD's first opera, to its catalogue. Champion, which has a libretto by Michael Cristofer, had its world premiere in 2013, at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, in a production by James Robinson.
6. Oscar-winning actress CATE BLANCHETT will appear opposite Isabelle Huppert in Sydney Theatre Company's production of THE MAIDS as part of the 2014 LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL, which will run from July 7 through August 16, 2014. Other Festival presentations will include a joint appearance by the Bolshoi Ballet, Opera, Chorus and Orchestra, scheduled to offer the ballets Don Quixote, Swan Lake and Spartacus, as well as a concert presentation of Rimsky-Korsakov's opera The Tsar's Bride. Heisei Nakamura-za, Japan's leading Kabuki company, will appear in a Kabuki drama, Kaidan Chibusa No Enoki. The Festival will also present the New York premiere of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's opera, The Passenger, performed by Houston Grand Opera.
© David Rose 2014
7. Composer PETER MAXWELL DAVIES, the Master of the Queen's Music, was named a Companion of Honour in the 2014 New Year's Honours List. Other notables recognized for their work in classical music included Simon Rattle, who received the Order of Merit, and recording star Katherine Jenkins, who was given the O.B.E.
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