24th September: NY Met cancels 20/21 season, Orchestre national de France welcomes new Music Director, “Germany sings” on National Day

Thursday 24th September 2020

Met cancels 20/21 season – operas to return in September 2021

The Metropolitan Opera has announced the cancellation of the entire 2020–21 season due to the ongoing Covid crisis. At the same time, the company also announced its plans for its 2021–22 season, which will open with the Met premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the first opera by an African American composer to be performed at the Met.

The Met made its painful decision to cancel the balance of the 2020–21 season based on the advice of health officials who advise the Met and Lincoln Center. Because of the many hundreds of performers who are required to rehearse and perform in close quarters and because of the company’s large audience, it was determined that it would not be safe for the Met to resume until a vaccine is widely in use, herd immunity is established, and the wearing of masks and social distancing is no longer a medical requirement. Health officials have said this will likely take at least five to six months after a vaccine is initially made available.

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L’Orchestre national de France accueille son nouveau directeur musical

Cristian Macelaru dirige un programme qui ne néglige pas la musique française, répertoire de prédilection de la formation.

Cristian Macelaru et Benjamin Grosvenor jouent (presque) à domicile. En ces premiers jours d’automne, le nouveau directeur musical de l’Orchestre national de France (sa prise de fonction a été anticipée d’une année, suite au départ précipité d’Emmanuel Krivine) rencontre le virtuose britannique à la Maison de la Radio, où le prodige du clavier a élu résidence pour la saison 2020-2021.

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The Orchestre national de France welcomes its new Music Director

Cristian Macelaru directs a programme that does not neglect French music, the repertoire of choice for the group.

Cristian Macelaru and Benjamin Grosvenor play (almost) at home. In these first days of autumn, the new music director of the Orchestre National de France (he took up his post a year early, following the hasty departure of Emmanuel Krivine) meets the British virtuoso at the Maison de la Radio, where the keyboard prodigy has taken up residence for the 2020-2021 season.

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Bundesweite Aktion “Deutschland singt” am Nationalfeiertag

Zum 30. Jahrestag der Deutschen Einheit soll es am 3. Oktober eine bundesweite Gesangsaktion geben. Dahinter steht der Bundesmusikverband Chor und Orchester, aufgerufen sind Chöre und Instrumentalensembles.

Laut der Ankündigung sollen sich in 150 Städten und Gemeinden Menschen auf Marktplätzen versammeln, “um den Jahrestag der Deutschen Einheit sowie 75 Jahre Frieden in Deutschland zu feiern”. Schirmherren der Aktion sind demnach der EKD-Ratsvorsitzende Heinrich Bedford-Strohm und der Vorsitzende des Zentralrats der Juden, Josef Schuster.


Nationwide campaign “Germany sings” on National Day

On the 30th anniversary of German reunification, there will be a nationwide singing event on 3 October. The Federal Association of Choirs and Orchestras is behind the event, and choirs and instrumental ensembles are invited to take part. According to the announcement, people in 150 towns and communities are to gather on market squares “to celebrate the anniversary of German unity and 75 years of peace in Germany”.

According to the announcement, the patrons of the event are Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Chairman of the EKD Council, and Josef Schuster, Chairman of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

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