Kent Nagano & Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg Offer Video Micro Concerts Featuring Vocal Performances

With the pandemic came innovation, particularly in using video to present works. Renowned conductor Kent Nagano and the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra explored the medium to create Micro concerts—bite-size, half-hour audiovisual performances that take their cue more from pop music visuals than from staid, traditional concert films. The videos are available for viewing for free until October 22, 2022. Five {…}

Concerto Köln & Kent Nagano to Present Historically-Informed Performances of Wagner’s ‘Das Rheingold’

This November, Concerto Köln alongside conductor Kent Nagano will present historically-informed performances of Wagner’s “Das Rheingold.” The performances come as part of their “Wagner Readings” project, which was started in 2017 and began to develop this artistic/scientific approach to the tetralogy, bringing together scholars of multiple disciplines. The first concert will be held on Nov. 18 at the Kölner Philharmonie, {…}

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Appoints Rafael Payare as New Music Director

(Credit: Henry Fair) Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal has announced the appointment of Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare its new Music Director. Payare will start his five-year tenure during the 2022-23 season. The Venezuelan conductor will replace the famed conductor Kent Nagano, who has held the position since 2006. Payare graduated from the famous musical education program “El Sistema.” He won the {…}

Dorothea Röschmann & Kent Nagano Highlight Christmas Concert in Hamburg

(Credit: Harald Hoffmann / Felix Broede) The Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg has announced a special Christmas concert, which will spotlight the famed soprano Dorothea Röschmann. Röschmann will perform Johan Sebastian Bach’s “Laudamus te” from the Mass in B minor.  Kent Nagano will conduct the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg in a program that will also include Schäfer’s “Yamaga” for Violin and String Orchestra, {…}

‘You Get What You Put Out Into the Universe:’ Baritone Lucas Meachem On His Highs and Lows, Diversity in Opera, & COVID’s Impact on Young Artists

In late May, the COVID-19 pandemic relented for a spell, enticing parts of the United States to reopen after weeks of lockdown. Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer in the States, was in full swing. 2020 had a disastrous start, but big cities like New York had the virus somewhat contained. Worldwide, the insidious threat of sickness and {…}