Pleading the excuse that I am on book leave this month, I am a little slower than usual about reporting the latest news developments. But it is worth observing here that Heinz Fricke has, for health reasons, been compelled to pull out of all of his Washington National Opera commitments for the fall. Andreas Delfs (evidently Washington's go-to conductor for eleventh-hour cancellations) will replace him in "Ariadne auf Naxos," and Philippe Augin will conduct the concert performances of "Götterdämmerung."
To follow up on some of the comments about Monday's post about new music in Washington: I think it's a mistake to look for an active new music scene, in any city, to be completely represented by big institutions like the opera and the orchestra. Deplore it or not, the fact is that not many big companies can afford to show too much that's truly experimental, even though the NSO gave a laudable focus to the new in its CrossCurrents festival last spring. Nor is experimental/contemporary work always best showcased in the settings of the Kennedy Centers and Lincoln Centers of this world. Try, by contrast, a festival like DC's Sonic Circuits, which (even in the wake of funding cuts) has just announced its program, September 22-27. I'll post a reminder nearer the date.
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