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November 2014

October 21
Jay Hunter Morris to Replace Anthony Dean Griffey in Upcoming Houston Grand Opera World Premiere of A Christmas Carol 
Tenor Jay Hunter Morris has been tapped to replace Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's company's upcoming world premiere of A Christmas Carol, the company announced today. In a statement, Houston Grand Opera said that Griffey had withdrawn...
October 20
Oscar de la Renta, 82, Influential Fashion Designer and Metropolitan Opera Guild Board Member, Has Died 
Oscar de la Renta, 82, a longtime member of the board of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, has died. During de la Renta's tenure on the Guild board, which lasted from 1985 until his death, he served on the merchandising committee and was an enthusiastic...
October 19
Stephen Paulus, 65, Prolific American Composer Who Penned Four Operas for Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Has Died
American composer Stephen Paulus has died at the age of 65.  Paulus, whose voluminous, diverse output comprised thirteen operas, more than 150 choral works and numerous works for orchestras, chamber ensembles and solo instruments, suffered a stroke...
October 10
News Rita Shane med 1014Rita Shane, 78, Dramatic Coloratura Who Found Acclaim at New York City Opera and the Met, has Died
RITA SHANENew York, NY, August 15, 1936 — October 9, 2014  Rita Shane, a dramatic coloratura who was much admired for her performances at New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera and other theaters, has died. She was 78.  Shane studied at...
October 03
Rome Opera Fires Entire Orchestra, Chorus in Response to Labor Unrest and Slashed Funding
The management of Rome Opera has dismissed the company's entire permanent orchestra and chorus and will resort to outsourced musicians in an effort to alleviate the opera's untenable finances and labor unrest, it was announced today. The stunning...
October 01
San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley to Retire at End of 2016 Season
Influential Administrator Will Have Presented Nearly Fifty World Premieres in Five-Decade Career
San Francisco Opera's general director David Gockley announced today that he plans to retire in July 2016, at the conclusion of the company's 2015-16 season.   By the time he retires, Gockley will have spent forty-four years as one of the most...

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Current Issue: December 2014 — VOL. 79, NO. 6