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That fe­male touch

A mere 138 years af­ter it first raised its cur­tain, New York’s Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera has an­nounced that it is to com­mis­sion its first ever op­eras by fe­male com­posers. The Met’s mu­sic di­rec­tor Yan­nick Nezet-seguin and gen­eral man­ager Peter Gelb say that the com­pany will be stag­ing works by Missy Maz­zoli and Jea­nine Te­sori, the for­mer based on Ge­orge Saun­ders’s novel Lin­coln in the Bardo. See Richard Mor­ri­son, p25.

Mon­teverdi mae­stro

In an­other first, Sir John Eliot Gar­diner is to take on an as­sis­tant. Hav­ing flown his Mon­teverdi Choir and Orches­tras solo for 54 years, the revered con­duc­tor, now 75, has re­cruited Di­nis Sousa to share the work­load. Sousa will play a ma­jor role in all of the en­sem­bles’ ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the on­go­ing Ber­lioz Se­ries tour of Europe and the US.

Words of warn­ing

Gar­diner, fel­low con­duc­tor Sir Si­mon Rat­tle and com­poser Howard Goodall are among a num­ber of lead­ing fig­ures from across the Bri­tish mu­sic world who have signed an open let­ter to Theresa May spell­ing out the dan­gers that Brexit may bring. The let­ter, penned by Sir Bob Geldof, warns that ‘Brexit will im­pact ev­ery as­pect of the mu­sic in­dus­try. From tour­ing, sales, copy­right leg­is­la­tion, to roy­alty col­la­tion.’ Oth­ers to have signed it in­clude pop mu­si­cians Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Queen’s Roger Tay­lor and Nick Ma­son of Pink Floyd.

Fly­ing Finn

With Vasily Pe­trenko set to pack up his ba­tons and head to pas­tures new in 2020, the Oslo Phil­har­monic has named Klaus Mäkelä, 22, as the man to take over from him as chief con­duc­tor. Mäkelä, the lat­est of a seem­ingly in­ex­haustible sup­ply of bril­liant young Finns, is also an ac­com­plished cel­list and is cur­rently prin­ci­pal guest con­duc­tor of the Swedish Ra­dio Sym­phony Or­ches­tra.

Met com­mis­sion: US com­poser Missy Maz­zoli

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