Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Pays Tribute to Shirien Taylor-Donohue who Died at 62

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra violinist Shirien Taylor-Donahue has died at the age of 62. Taylor-Donahue was principal second violin of the orchestra from July 1987 to May 2016 and was married to Met Master Electrician Paul Donahue. In a tribute to the violinist, many Met orchestra members wrote about Taylor-Donahue. Colleague Caterina Szepes noted, “We cried on each other’s shoulders during {…}

Fabio Luisi & Dallas Symphony Team Up with Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for Fundraising Concert

(Credit: Koichi Miura/Metropolitan Opera) The Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and Music Director Fabio Luisi (Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Directorship) have announced a joint concert with members of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The collaboration event will benefit the MET Orchestra Musicians Fund and the DFW Musicians COVID-19 Relief Fund and it will be {…}

Q & A: MET Orchestra Members Barbara Jöstlein Currie & Julia Bruskin on the Orchestra’s Spotlight Series & the Current State of Organization

The MET Orchestra, one of the greatest in the world, is in jeopardy. Read that again. The MET Orchestra, one of the greatest in the world, is in jeopardy. That’s not just an opinion. As reported in multiple news outlets, including this one, none other than the iconic conductor, Maestro Riccardo Muti, unequivocally stated just that. In his letter dated {…}