Brexit. A total of 96 per cent said they were worried about their finances. The charity reported a 65 per cent increase in requests for mental health support. Nelson leaves Boston Esther Nelson, who has been General and Artistic Director of Boston Lyric Opera for the past 12 years, is leaving the company at the end of the season. Widely credited with having built Boston’s biggest opera company into an international entity, Nelson, previously General Director at Glimmerglass Opera, said that it was time for a new strategic planning process and that ‘The financial and artistic stability at BLO now offers the perfect opportunity to make room for a new team’. BLO’s Chief Operating Officer Bradley Vernatter will serve as Acting General and Artistic Director. Appointments A new team for Oper Leipzig has been announced: on 1 August 2022 Tobias Wolff will take over as Intendant, joined by Cornelia Preissinger as Opera Director and Deputy Intendant, Christoph Gedschold as Music Director and Marlene Hahn as Head Dramaturg. Long Beach Opera has appointed James Darrah as Artistic Director. Florin-Daniel Şandru has been named Interim General Manager of Iaşi National Opera, following the suspension of Beatrice Rancea, who has been accused of embezzlement. Bucharest National Opera’s new Interim General Manager, Daniel Jinga, has appointed Tiberiu Soare as BNO’s Artistic Director. Annette Weber, currently Casting Director at Staatsoper Hamburg, will become Director of Opera at Opernhaus Zürich in September 2021. Nicole Braunger has extended her contract as Opera Director of the Staatstheater Karlsruhe until 2024. Edward J. Lewis III is succeeding Jeffrey P. Haydon as President and CEO of the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.
André de Ridder is to succeed Fabrice Bollon as Generalmusikdirektor of Theater Freiburg from the 2022-3 season. Felix Bender will take over as Generalmusikdirektor of Theater Ulm from 2021-2. La Scala has extended Riccardo Chailly’s contract as Music Director until 2025.
Antonio Pappano will become Chief Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra in September 2024; he steps down from his post as Music Director of the Royal Opera House at the end of July 2024. Yoel Levi has been named the new Music Director of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra. The Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla has appointed Marc Soustrot as its new Chief Conductor. Dinis Sousa will become Principal Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia in September 2021. Alpesh Chauhan has been named Principal Guest Conductor of the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker. Yaroslav Shemet has been announced as Chief Conductor of the Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice. The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal has named Kent Nagano as Conductor Emeritus.
Lawrence Brownlee has joined the Juilliard School’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts as Distinguished Visiting Faculty. Awards At the 2021 Grammy Awards, Marilyn Horne received a Lifetime Achievement Award and the Best Opera Recording was won by the Metropolitan Opera’s release of Porgy and Bess. Max Emanuel Cencic has received the Honorary Award of the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik 2021. The Venice Music Biennale has given its Leone d’oro (Golden Lion) award to the composer Kaija Saariaho. Gemma New has received the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award. The soprano Daisy Bevan and baritone Liam Karai have won this year’s Frederic Cox Award for Singing at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Opera, May 2021