Renée Fleming to portray Pat Nixon at Paris Opera in 2023
NEW YORK — (AP) — American soprano Renée Fleming is to make rare operatic appearances as Pat Nixon in a new production of John Adams' “Nixon in China” at the Paris Opera next season. The opera is to be given eight performances at the Bastille from March 25 to April 16, 2023, the company said Wednesday. Music director Gustavo Dudamel will conduct a cast that includes baritone Thomas Hampson as Nixon and soprano Kathleen Kim as Madame Mao. Fleming returns to New York's Metropolitan Opera for the staged premiere of Kevin Puts' "The Hours," which opens Nov. 22 in the first of eight performances through Dec. 15. Soprano Anna Netrebko, dropped by the Metropolitan Opera for failing to repudiate Russian President Vladimir Putin, is to sing Leonora in a revival of Verdi's “La Forza del Destino” on Dec. 12 and 21 at the Bastille.wftv.com
NY Philharmonic to resume subscription performance Sept, 17
The New York Philharmonic will resume subscription performances in September following a historic 18-month gap caused by the coronavirus pandemic, presenting a shortened schedule of 78 concerts in a season shifted from Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall while the orchestra’s home is remodeled.
Mobile orchestra tries to bring cheer to Venezuelan streets
The live performance is an effort to give people some small respite from the coronavirus pandemic and other hardships. Sanchez conducted the mobile orchestra from his piano as the musicians sweated under the midday sun. The orchestra performed for hours many of his melodies, which he wrote while serving as resident composer of the Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra. His Instagram account includes videos of Sanchez wearing personal protective equipment from head to toe and playing the piano next to patients and health care workers. “I have goosebumps.”___Associated Press photographer Ariana Cubillos and writers Jorge Rueda in Caracas, Venezuela, and Regina Garcia Cano, in Mexico City, contributed to this report.
Boston Symphony Orchestra taps Gail Samuel as 1st female CEO
This Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, photo released by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, shows Gail Samuel in Boston. She currently is president of the Hollywood Bowl and chief operating officer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. (Aram Boghosian/Boston Symphony Orchestra via AP)BOSTON – The Boston Symphony Orchestra on Thursday announced Gail Samuel as its next president and chief executive. As president and CEO, Samuel will lead the orchestra, the Boston Pops, and Tanglewood. AdPrior to joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Samuel held positions with the Minnesota Orchestra, Yale University, Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Young Musicians Foundation.