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July 2015

June 29
News Thielemann med 615Christian Thielemann Appointed Music Director of Germany's Bayreuth Festival
Christian Thielemann, currently chief conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden, was named today as music director of Germany’s Bayreuth Festival, the celebrated annual festival conceived by and devoted to presenting the operas of Richard...
June 24
News Hvorostovsky Med 615Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky Diagnosed with Brain Tumor, Cancels Engagements through August
Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky announced on his website today that he has cancelled all of his professional engagements through August after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Posted to the baritone's website, a full statement reads: "It is...
June 22
News Petrenko thmb 615Kirill Petrenko Named as Chief Conductor Designate of the Berlin Philharmonic
Kirill Petrenko, the current music director of Munich's Bavarian State Opera, has been named as the new chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, the orchestra announced today, making the Russian-born conductor the latest in a succession of...
June 21
Belarusian Soprano Nadine Koutcher Wins 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition
Soprano Nadine Koutcher receives the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World trophy from competition patron Kiri Te Kanawa Belarusian soprano Nadine Koutcher was named today as the winner of the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World...
June 18
Soprano Patricia Racette Retires Role of Butterfly From Repertory; Hei-Kyung Hong to Sing Puccini's Heroine Next Season at Met
Soprano Patricia Racette, who made her professional opera debut in 1988 in the title role of Madama Butterfly and has since gone on to become one of its most celebrated interpreters, has decided to retire the role of Cio-Cio-San from her repertory...
June 18
Plácido Domingo Withdraws from Madrid Gianni Schicchi Performances Following Sister's Death
Plácido Domingo has withdrawn from the title role in upcoming Teatro Real performances of Gianni Schicchi following the recent death of his sister, the Madrid theater announced today.  The announcement of Domingo's withdrawal from the June and July...
June 16
Five Leading Orchestras in U.S. and Europe Partner with Google to Sell Exclusive Recordings of Live Performances
Classical Live to Offer Recordings of 22 Full Works at Outset, With More Releases Planned for Each Season
Five leading orchestras in the United States and Europe announced today that they have partnered with Google to sell exclusive recordings of some of their live performances via the Google Play digital music storefront, indicating a significant...
June 04
News Gunther Schneider Siemssen med 615Gunther Schneider-Siemssen, 88, Stage and Lighting Designer Who Made His Mark With Seven Different Ring Cycles, has Died
GUNTHER SCHNEIDER-SIEMSSENAugsburg, Germany, June 7, 1926 — Vienna, Austria, June 2, 2015  A stage and lighting designer of rare refinement, sophistication and imagination, Günther Schneider-Siemssen worked on seven different productions of Der...
June 03
News Juntwait med 615Margaret Juntwait, 58, Voice of the Metropolitan Opera's Radio Broadcasts since 2004, has Died
Margaret Juntwait, who served as the voice of the Metropolitan Opera's broadcasts on terrestrial and satellite radio since 2004, has died. Juntwait, who was 58, passed away following a long battle with ovarian cancer.  Juntwait was named as the...
June 02
News Nico Castel med 615Nico Castel, 83, Tenor, Internationally Celebrated Coach and Teacher, has Died
NICO CASTELLisbon, Portugal, August 1, 1931 — New York, NY, May 31, 2015  An internationally celebrated language and diction coach and master teacher, Castel had an enormous impact on the art of singing during his career of more than six decades. ...

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Current Issue: June 2015 — VOL. 79, NO. 12