Q & A: Conductor & Arranger Jonathan McPhee on ‘The Essential Ring’

Credit Frank Caliri Jonathan McPhee boasts a diverse musical portfolio. As the Music Director for the Lexington Symphony in Massachusetts and a Guest Conductor at the Houston Ballet, his expertise doesn’t stop there — he’s also a composer and arranger. With an affinity for arranging, he’s notably transformed grand pieces, such as Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and “Firebird” into reductions. {…}

Wiener Staatsoper Announces Cast Changes for ‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk’ & ‘Die Walküre’

The Wiener Staatsoper has announced cast changes for Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” and Wagner’s “Die Walküre.” The company said that Elena Mikhailenko will sing the role of Katerina replacing Ausrine Stundyte. Meanwhile Simone Schneider will replace Tamara Wilson as Sieglinde on June 4 and 22, 2023. Mikhailenko will the Shostakovich opera with a cast that includes Günther Groissböck, Andrei {…}