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February 2015

February 18
Met's 2015-16 Season to Feature New Stagings of Otello, Lulu, Manon Lescaut, ElektraLes Pêcheurs de Perles and Company Debut of Roberto Devereux 
The Metropolitan Opera's 2015-16 season, announced today by general manager Peter Gelb and Met music director James Levine, will open with a new production of Otello, and will feature new stagings of Lulu, Manon Lescaut and Elektra, as well as the...
February 15
News MD Levy thmb 315Marvin David Levy, 82, Composer of Mourning Becomes Electra, Has Died
MARVIN DAVID LEVYPassaic, NJ, August 2, 1932 — Fort Lauderdale, FL, February 9, 2015   With his 1967 opera Mourning Becomes Electra, Marvin David Levy experienced something that almost never comes to a modern opera composer: he saw his work yanked...
February 13
Kenneth G. Pigott, 71, Lyric Opera of Chicago President and CEO, Has Died
Kenneth G. Pigott, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s president and CEO, died unexpectedly on Friday, reportedly after suffering cardiac arrest. Pigott, who was 71, had served on the company’s board of directors since 1998 and was appointed as Lyric’s...
February 06
News Gilbert med 2615Alan Gilbert to Resign as NY Philharmonic Music Director in 2017
The New York Philharmonic announced today that maestro Alan Gilbert intends to step down from his position as the orchestra's music director in the summer of 2017, capping eight-years of leadership.  According to a press release issued by the...
February 05
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Tobias Picker to Depart From Artistic Director Post at Opera San Antonio
Composer Tobias Picker, who has served as the artistic director of Opera San Antonio since its founding more than five years ago, has parted ways with the Texas company, it was announced today. Picker’s contract with Opera San Antonio expired on...
February 03
Andrew Patner, 55, Chicago Cultural Critic and Journalist, Has Died
  ANDREW PATNER  Chicago, IL, December 17, 1959 —February 3, 2015  Critic-at-large for WFMT Radio Chicago and its website,, since 1998, Patner was a well-respected cultural critic and journalist in his native Chicago. At the time of his...

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Current Issue: March 2015 — VOL. 79, NO. 9