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February 2016

January 28
News Luisi med 216Fabio Luisi Named as Music Director Designate of Florence's Opera di Firenze and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
GENOA-BORN CONDUCTOR FABIO LUISI has been named as the new music director designate of Florence’s Opera di Firenze and its annual spring festival, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, in what appears to be something of a shakeup at the Tuscan company....
January 27
Baritone Jarrett Ott to Replace Nathan Gunn in East Coast Premiere of Higdon's Cold Mountain at Opera Philadelphia
BARITONE NATHAN GUNN has withdrawn from the east coast premiere of Jennifer Higdon's opera, Cold Mountain, owing to a serious family illness, the company announced today.  Gunn, who sang the role of the opera’s protagonist, W.P. Inman, at the world...
January 27
In Review Van Zweden Phil med 216Jaap Van Zweden Named as Next Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, Succeeding Alan Gilbert
DUTCH CONDUCTOR JAAP VAN ZWEDEN was named today as the next music director of the New York Philharmonic, making him just the twenty-sixth music director in the orchestra’s 174-year history, the successor to Alan Gilbert—whose tenure concludes with...
January 26
LA Opera's 2016-17 Season to Feature Domingo as Macbeth, Company Premiere of Glass's Akhnaten, Diana Damrau as Four Hoffmann Heroines and Wonderful Town 
LA OPERA'S 2016-17 season will feature six mainstage opera productions, the performance of a musical theater work at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and more than a dozen performances of works under the aegis of LAO's Off Grand initiative, the company...
January 26
News Duval med 216French Soprano Denise Duval, 94, Muse to Poulenc, Has Died
Duval and composer Francis PoulencManceaux Photographe/OPERA NEWS Archives DENISE DUVALParis, October 23, 1921 — Bex, Switzerland, January 25, 2016  DENISE DUVAL didn't set out to be a muse. In 1947, as a freshly engaged...
January 26
Jonas Kaufmann Withdraws From Upcoming Met Performances of New Manon Lescaut; Roberto Alagna to Sing des Grieux
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA announced today that tenor Jonas Kaufmann has withdrawn from the company's upcoming performances of its new production of Manon Lescaut due to illness.  Kaufmann will be replaced by tenor Roberto Alagna, who is currently at...
January 14
News Minnesota Opera Taylor lg 116Ryan Taylor, Arizona Opera General Director, Named as Minnesota Opera's New President and General Director
MINNESOTA OPERA has named Ryan Taylor as its new president and general director. Taylor, who currently serves as the general director of Arizona Opera, begins a five year contract with the Minnesota company on May 1, 2016. Taylor’s appointment...
January 14
News Aucoin med 216Composer, Conductor, Pianist and Writer Matthew Aucoin Named as LA Opera's First Artist in Residence
LA OPERA ANNOUNCED TODAY that 25-year-old composer, conductor, pianist and writer Matthew Aucoin has been named as the company’s first ever Artist in Residence.   In a staggeringly brief period of time, and at a shockingly young age, Aucoin has...
January 14
Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2016-17 Season to Feature New Rheingold, Magic Flute, Company Premiere of Troyens, and New-to-Chicago Stagings of Norma, Carmen and My Fair Lady 
LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO'S 2016-17 season, announced today by the company’s general director Anthony Freud and music director Andrew Davis, will open with a new production of Das Rheingold—the first part of the company's new Ring cycle—before...
January 06
News Pierre Boulez Conducting thmb 116Pierre Boulez, 90, Composer and Force for Innovation and Rigor in Classical Music, has Died
    Pierre Boulez at the 2009 Lucerne Festival© Priska Ketterer, Lucerne Festival  PIERRE BOULEZ Montbrison, France, March 26, 1925—Baden–Baden, Germany, January 5, 2016COMPOSER, CONDUCTOR, THEORIST, TEACHER AND...

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