Sep 21, 2020
Anne Midgette was for 11 years the classical music critic of
The Washington Post, where she expanded her beat with a
strong social-media presence and became known for her work on
#MeToo. Before the Post, she spent seven years as a regular
contributor of classical music and theater reviews to the New
York Times, having earned the dubious distinction of becoming
the first woman to review classical music regularly for that paper
in 2001. She has also written frequently for The Wall Street
Journal, Opera News, The Los Angeles Times,
Town & Country, and many other publications. A graduate of
Yale University, she started her career as a journalist
during the 11 years she lived in Germany, where she wrote about the
visual arts, opera, film, and dance, worked as a translator, edited
a monthly magazine, and wrote several travel guidebooks. The
co-author of The King and I, a candid book about Luciano
Pavarotti written with his long-time manager, Herbert Breslin
(2004), and of My Nine Lives, the memoir of the pianist
Leon Fleisher (2010), she is currently working on a historical
novel about the woman who built pianos for Beethoven.
In this talk Anne Midgette generously shares the vivid experience of the responsibilities of being a critic, and her thoughts about the current state of classical music in the light of the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.
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