Unofficial: Met Opera picks new principal flute

Word is racing round the flute world that Chelsea Knox has won the coveted vacancy at the Met.

Chelsea is assistant principal flute of the Baltimore Symphony.

The Met has yet to confirm.

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      • Preliminaries behind a screen, then finals without a screen, is standard practice for US orchestras. The Met is famous for keeping the screen even during the finals.

    • Also, working backward: Kincaid —> Barrère —> Taffanel. Most US flutists are descended from Barrère one way or another; most flutists everywhere are descended from Taffanel.

    • What will happen to Demarre McGill, one of the current Acting Principal Flute players? He left his job in Dallas, presumably with the expectation that he’d land the permanent Met job. I’ve heard him perform many times, and he’s outstanding!

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