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April 2015

April 08
The Metropolitan Opera Guild Appoints Thomas M. Martin as Managing Director
The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Opera Guild is pleased to announce that Thomas M. Martin, current Director of Finance and Administration, has been named Managing Director, effective July 1st. Martin will succeed Stewart Pearce, who will...
April 03
Andrew Porter, 86, Longtime New Yorker Critic Whose Prose and Musical Discoveries Changed Opera, Has Died
Porter© James Bradshaw 2015 ANDREW PORTERCapetown, South Africa, August 26, 1928 — London, England, April 3, 2015  On this side of the Atlantic, Andrew Porter was known best for the long period he spent as the classical-music...
March 24
Contralto Maria Radner and Bass-Baritone Oleg Bryjak Killed in Germanwings Flight Crash in French Alps
    Maria Radner, Oleg Bryjak  Two opera singers were among the 150 people killed in a Germanwings flight that crashed on Tuesday in the southern Alps en route to Düsseldorf. German contralto Maria Radner, 34, and Kazakhstan-born...
March 22
Nicholas Brownlee, Marina Costa-Jackson, Joseph Dennis, Reginald Smith, Jr. and Virginie Verrez Named as Winners of Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions
  Metropolitan Opera National Council Finalists: (left to right) Kathryn Henry, Joseph Dennis, Marina Costa-Jackson, Nicholas Brownlee, Virginie Verrez, Jared Bybee, Deniz Uzun, Reginald Smith, Jr., and Allegra De VitaPhoto by Rebecca...
March 11
News Bennett San Diego Opera med 315David Bennett, Former Executive Director of Gotham Chamber Opera, Appointed General Director of San Diego Opera
San Diego Opera, which last year fought back from the brink of closure after fundraising several million dollars and rescinding a vote by its board to shutter the company, has appointed David Bennett, the former executive director of New York City’s...
March 05
News kaufmann med 315Ill with Flu, Tenor Jonas Kaufmann Withdraws from Saturday's Metropolitan Opera Performance of Carmen
The Metropolitan Opera announced on Thursday that German tenor Jonas Kaufmann has withdrawn from the March 7 performance of Carmen that was to have been his only remaining onstage appearance in New York this season. Earlier this week, Kaufmann, who...
March 04
David Geffen Gives $100 Million Gift to Lincoln Center to Spearhead Transformation of Avery Fisher Hall
Concert Hall to be Renamed David Geffen Hall at Beginning of New York Philharmonic's 2015-16 Season
David Geffen, the music, film and business executive and philanthropist, has given a gift of $100 million to Lincoln Center to spearhead the transformation of the complex’s largest concert hall, Avery Fisher Hall. The announcement of Geffen’s...
March 03
News Rattle LSO med 315Simon Rattle Named as Next Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra
Simon Rattle, currently chief conductor and artistic director of the Berliner Philharmoniker, has been announced as the next music director of the London Symphony Orchestra.  Rattle, who will replace outgoing music director Valery Gergiev, is...
February 27
Six Singers Selected as Winners of Forty-Fourth Annual George London Foundation Awards Competition
Six young singers were selected as the winners of the forty-forth annual George London Foundation Awards Competition, the organization announced today, with the competition’s top prizes going to soprano Julie Adams, 26; tenor Michael Brandenburg...

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Current Issue: May 2015 — VOL. 79, NO. 11