The Good Stuff

CNN

New York, NY

“All of us who are on that stage come to the experience with our own feelings and our emotions about what fleeing and seeking for home means to us.” The Refugee Orchestra Project brings together musicians from all over the world and provides a space for refugees and immigrants to share their experiences through music.

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Shaping The American Operatic Canon

NewMusicBox

New York, NY

Opera’s strength has been in its ability to unite the arts to tell powerful, moving stories. In order to cultivate a diverse generation of talent, we must find a way to overcome the existing limitations of accessibility to sufficient training.

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The Catalyst-Conductor

NewMusicBox

New York, NY

In bypassing institutional gatekeepers, these conductors have brought relevance, vitality, and an expanding number of previously unrepresented voices into the field. Indeed, the dynamic new “catalyst-conductor” could help bring the revitalization that the classical music industry so desperately seeks.

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Music45

Newcity Magazine

Chicago, IL

Her musical presence has revitalized a company that had become a shadow of itself. The Chicago premiere of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick in April was a major event, in no small part because of Yankovskaya’s elucidation of the score… The Chicago premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta was no less revelatory.

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Refugee Orchestra Project to Make UK Debut

Classical Music Magazine

London, UK

Founded in 2015 by conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya, the ROP has taken its message of inclusion to hundreds of thousands of listeners around the world via live and streamed performances in New York, Boston, Washington D.C. and at the United Nations. The UK debut concert will raise money for London-based charity Refugee Action.

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Female Phenom

Lagniappe Weekly

Mobile, AL

When the Mobile Symphony Orchestra takes the Saenger Theatre stage at month’s end, a pioneer will lead them. But that’s what trailblazers do, isn’t it?

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When Women Take The Baton

New York Review of Books

New York, NY

Now that she’s running a multimillion-dollar operation, Yankovskaya directs casting, chooses the repertoire, and oversees management of the orchestra; and, of course, she conducts most of the company’s productions.

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New Artist of the Month: December 2018

Musical America

New York, NY

Friendly and fearsomely articulate about her personal goals and plans for COT, she clearly relishes opera’s nonstop interaction with colleagues, from singers and musicians to administrative personnel, from stage directors to stagehands.

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Music of Many Countries in One Hall

UN News Russia

New York, NY

“The work that we are performing today is very interesting. We come together with the stars of the world of classical Indian music – Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Ayaan and Amaan, who play the traditional instrument of India, the sarod. The piece is a concert for a trio of sarods, accompanied by an orchestra of classical music. Thus, the music of India and classical Western music merge into one. The music will be played not only by India, not only by Western European music - the music of the whole world merges here in the United Nations.”

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Indian Music Masters Join Refugee Players in Wishing UN a Happy Birthday

UN News

New York, NY

“You don’t need to speak a common language linguistically to perform together because music is universal. We try to express emotions – we try to touch our listeners through rhythm and through melody. And maybe we use a different scale or a different mode or a slightly different rhythmic pattern to do so, but ultimately it is all the same. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your context is…”

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2018 Career Assistance Awards

Solti Foundation U.S.

Chicago, IL

”The young musicians we recognize are part of the fabric of our future musical landscape. From what we have seen and heard, it is going to be a glorious, immense vista, full of creativity, energy and passion,” said Ms. Van Horn.

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Talking With Conductors

Schmopera

Toronto, Canada

It's far from being one of his best-known operas, yet Donizetti's Pia de' Tolomei, after Dante's Divine Comedy, has a memorable performance history. Pia now sees its American premiere. We spoke with its conductor, Lidiya Yankovskaya about performing rare works, and her respect for the singers she conducts.

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In Spite of and Thanks to...

Russian Chicago Magazine

Chicago, IL

"The musical field gains a great deal when our artistic leaders are from diverse backgrounds. Art is a reflection of the world around us. If only a small slice of humanity participates in the art-making, we – as creators in an uber-collaborative process – cannot fully express our world, and, in this way, are significantly less effective in reaching our audiences."

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Artists as Activists in The Modern Era

National Sawdust Log

New York, NY

Any art is an expression of the world around us, and our world has changed dramatically. One of the things I love most about opera is the way it brings together individuals of all backgrounds and fields in the creation of a single work. This particular work, an opera that describes the unsympathetic, cold reality of the immigration process, was relevant when it was written in 1949, and has unfortunately become even more relevant today. However, as I watched the diverse cast, the crew moving the set pieces, and the international production team, I felt optimistic.

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A Conductor in A Skirt

Etazhi Literary Magazine

Moscow, Russia

“The problem is that in the world of classical music, everyone is afraid of risk. Money is always not enough, everyone relies on charitable donations, and therefore the administration prefers not to experiment and, following customary traditions, chooses male conductors. The hardest thing is to get a chance to show yourself.”

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5 Questions with...

WFMT

Chicago, IL

“I was sad, in a way, to find out when I got this position – and we didn’t know this until we did some research – that I was the only female music director of a major opera company in this country. But I think it’s starting to change, and there are so many amazing women doing work out there, conducting and directing, and doing behind the scenes work leading companies.”

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