Anne Midgette

Classical BeatWashington, D.C.

The latest from Anne

Washington Performing Arts celebrates the 75th anniversary of a historic event, in style.

  • Apr 13, 2014

The Washington Performing Arts Society gets a new name and a new look for 2014-15, with an emphasis on community, collaboration, and Powerpoint-speak

  • Apr 11, 2014

The Richard Tucker Foundation names Michael Fabiano its 2014 winner; the Birgit Nilsson Prize awards $1 million to the Vienna Philharmonic

  • Apr 11, 2014

There was very little not to like on the National Symphony Orchestra’s program, but there was an awful lot of it.

  • Apr 11, 2014

Composer Oliver Knussen curates a diverse program of music that includes Britten and Stravinsky

  • Apr 9, 2014

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Marian Anderson’s concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The field still has a long way to go.

  • Apr 9, 2014

The bass Ryan Speedo Green will get $50,000 a year for two years to further a burgeoning career, from Vienna (Va.) to Vienna (Austria).

  • Apr 8, 2014

Louis Andriessen’s acclaimed “La Commedia” makes a strong start to a week-long celebration of his work.

  • Apr 7, 2014

The executive director who sought to make the Atlas a contemporary arts center departs after 3 years.

  • Apr 4, 2014

David T. Little is not interesting because he’s a rock drummer. He’s interesting because his music’s good.

  • Apr 4, 2014

On the second leg of its U.S. tour, the Israel Philharmonic goes French - and comes out strong

  • Mar 31, 2014

Two pharmaceutical tycoons are establishing a classical music empire with ties to D.C. institutions.

  • Mar 29, 2014

The impassioned, polarizing and
well-paid conductor will remain for two more seasons through 2017.

  • Mar 24, 2014

Cantate Chamber Singers honor Britten with Japanese Noh-inspired performance of his church parable.

  • Mar 24, 2014

Despite uneven results, the Kennedy Center re-signs its music director, Christoph Eschenbach, through the end of 2016-17.

  • Mar 24, 2014

Unhappy in Germany, a soprano goes on “The Bachelor” — and then weighs the career consequences.

  • Mar 22, 2014

The Washington National Opera’s “Elisir” does its best to sparkle, thanks to husband-wife team of leads.

  • Mar 21, 2014

Music director and orchestra offer moving Tchaikovsky and John Corigliano symphonies.

  • Mar 19, 2014

On conductors and politics: Gustavo Dudamel won’t condemn Maduro regime. Should we expect him to?

  • Mar 14, 2014

The young tenor Michael Fabiano gave Washington Concert Opera reason to put on minor Verdi work.

  • Mar 10, 2014
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About Anne

Anne Midgette came to the Washington Post in 2008, when she consolidated her various cultural interests under the single title of chief classical music critic. She blogs at The Classical Beat, which she thinks you really should be reading.