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An American is first winner at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World - Article - 13 June 2017

The US baritone Anthony Clark Evans, 32, is first through to the finals of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. (Since the contest is only screened several days late on BBC television, we apologise for the spoiler.) Evans saw off four other contestants: Roberto Lorenzi (Italy), Nadezhda Karyazina (Russia), Batjargal Bayarsaikhan (Mongolia) and Lilly Jørstad […]

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Only four tenors in BBC Cardiff’s 20 finalists - Article - 1 March 2017

A flood of 400 applicants for BBC Cardiff’s Singer of the World competition has been whittled down to 20. The competitors are: Miriam Albano (Italy, mezzo) Louise Alder (England, soprano) Dominic Barberi (England, bass) Batjargal Bayarsaikhan (Mongolia, tenor) John Chest (USA, baritone) Sioned Gwen Davies (Wales, mezzo) Anthony Clark Evans (USA, baritone) Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar (Mongolia, […]

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Orch sells 15% more tickets, still loses money - Article - 6 December 2016

The Indiannapolis Orchestra reports reported a 15 percent rise in ticket sales, its fourth consecutive increase and an all time high. However…  the ISO ended the year with a $561,000 deficit, due largely to a 78 percent increase in medical claims expense and inclement weather during the Marsh Symphony on the Prairie season, two factors out […]

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Breaking: Indy musicians win 9.3% pay rise - Article - 16 September 2016

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has reached a swift, amicable three-year deal with its musicians, 14 months ahead of deadline. The terms are: – base musician pay will increase 9.3 percent over the course of the contract, from $70,000 in 2016-17 to $76,500 in 2019-20 – the orchestra will increase from 74 to 76 players. How […]

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Mezzo shunned by La Scala academy wins rich scholarship - Article - 10 August 2016

Last summer, the Academy of La Scala terminated the studies of young mezzo Lilly Jørstad after two years, even though the opera house was engaging her in serious roles.   Lilly has continued to win roles since then. Now she has been awarded Norway’s Arctic Talent 2016 scholarship, worth €43,000 ($48,000), to help further her career. […]

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Just in: Vienna Opera trims its season - Article - 6 April 2016

Dominique Meyer, the director, has been warning for a while that money is tight and he’ll have to cut back. The new season, announced this morning, has just five new productions: Ø Gluck Armide (16. October 2016 – Cond.: Marc Minkowski; Dir: Ivan Alexandre; Cast: Gaëlle Arquez, Paolo Rumetz, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Gabriel Bermúdez, Jinxu Xiahou, Olga […]

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Indy orch gets $10 million gift - Article - 24 November 2015

Big Pharma does some good. The Indianapolis Orchestra woke up this morning $10m the richer. It plans to spend the money on streaming concerts and improving the musicians’ pensions. The orch is on a bit of a roll with a good, young conductor, Krzysztof Urbanski, and 15 percent growth in ticket sales. INDIANAPOLIS – The Lilly […]

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La Scala recalls soprano who was sacked by its academy - Article - 4 October 2015

The Norwegian mezzo Lilly Jørstad (centre), sacked by La Scala’s Academy as ‘unsuitable’ for a second year of studies, has been rehired by the theatre for a children’s production of Cenerentola. More here at Gramilano.

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Appalling: Academy fires student after she makes La Scala debut - Article - 7 August 2015

The Norwegian mezzo-soprano Lilly Jørstad, who has been singing Rosina at La Scala this week, has been told by the La Scala Academy that she is ‘unsuitable’ to complete her studies next year. The Academy letter, obtained and translated by Gramilano, reads: Dear Sig.ra Jørstad, we regret to inform you that, in the light of considerations that emerged […]

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44 years separate Rosina and Figaro on La Scala stage - Article - 3 August 2015

Lilly Jørstad, a student at the La Scala Academy, made her debut this weekend in Barber of Seville opposite Leo Nucci and Ruggero Raimondi. Graham Spicer tells s all about it here. But nota bene: Lilly is 29. Leo and Ruggero are both 73, with a lifetime’s experience behind them. The beauty of opera is that […]

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Next one out: Minnesota Orchestra loses its pops director - Article - 26 November 2013

Lilly Schwartz is leaving the Minnesota Orchestra for a new position as associate producer at SFJAZZ in San Francisco. More here. No future there. Last one, please turn out the lights.

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