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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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NewsBeth Stewart
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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NewsBeth Stewart
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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NewsBeth Stewart
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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NewsBeth Stewart
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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NewsBeth Stewart
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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NewsBeth Stewart
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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NewsBeth Stewart
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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NewsBeth Stewart
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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NewsBeth Stewart
Out of Russia

Opera America Magazine

New York, NY

Lidiya Yankovskaya, the newly named music director of Chicago Opera Theater, has built an imposing reputation in op­era and new music. Her schedule includes symphonic and opera assignments across the country. Here she chats with OPERA America President/CEO Marc A. Scorca about her life and career, and the challenge of devel­oping new audiences for opera.

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NewsBeth Stewart
COT Welcomes New Music Director

Perform.Ink

Chicago, IL

“Lidiya represents the future of opera,” noted COT Board Vice President Susan Irion. “She is as skilled with operas of the past as she is with works of living composers, and often collaborates with other arts and community groups to create productions highly relevant to her audiences.

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NewsBeth Stewart