The Met has a new principal bassoon

The Met has a new principal bassoon


norman lebrecht

May 24, 2018

The Sarasota Orchestra’s Evan Epifanio has won the audition for principal bassoon at the Metropolitan Opera.



  • Barry Guerrero says:

    Good, they’ll need him. Just in time for them to break off and be a competing symphony orchestra with a nice endowment, while the Met building collapses in a final immolation scene!

  • John Borstlap says:

    The bassoon is a prominent member of the orchestral family. An orchestra without bassoons is like a fresh slice of bread without a crispy crust.

    • barry guerrero says:

      Brilliant. May I use that?

      How ’bout, “an orchestra without oboes is like a day of rest”?

      • John Borstlap says:

        One could also say: ‘An orchestra without oboes is like a day without a nagging house wife’ or, more friendly: ‘….. is like a vegetarian barbeque’.

  • anon says:

    He’s hot.

    (Sorry if that’s harassment, but I’m just stating a fact.)

  • Phyllis says:

    I know his aunt. Years.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Handling the bassoon is not always without disturbing side-effects – apart from wrong notes:

  • barry guerrero says:

    I see I posted my previous thought too soon.

  • Joani Heavey says:

    OH Evan, I’m so excited and proud of you. I feel pretty honored to say I was your classroom music teacher. You will be amazing! Congratulations!!!

  • Susan Martini says:

    Congrats Evan!!! So proud of you!

  • Johnny B. says:

    Heard him play, literally the best bassoonist of all time. Ever. Period.

  • Johnny B. says:

    Best bassoonist I’ve ever heard. Easily.