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Benefit Concert for Australian Bushfire Relief Announced

Published February 18, 2020   |  By Alicia Cook  |  Post in All Areas

On Tuesday, March 3, Lyric Opera Stage Artists (of Lyric Opera of Chicago) will host a benefit concert for Australian Bushfire Relief, with all proceeds going to the Australian Red Cross. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Second Presbyterian Church, the benefit concert will feature AGMA members of the Lyric Opera Chorus; pianist Noah Lindquist; and Lyric Opera Chorus Master, Michael Black. Michael Black was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and was at Sydney Opera House for 13 years. Black returned to his home to see friends and family over Christmas. It was during that visit that he experienced the enormity of the bushfires. The 2019–20 Australian bushfire season started with several serious fires in June 2019.... Read More -->

Chandra Kuykendall to Retire after 22 Seasons with Colorado Ballet

Published February 14, 2020   |  By Alicia Cook  |  Post in All Areas

After 22 seasons with the Colorado Ballet, Chandra Kuykendall, a Principle Dancer with the AGMA signatory company, will retire in April of this year. When taking into account her schooling, she has been with Colorado Ballet for 31 years. Chandra Kuykendall. Don Quixote in 2019. Photo by Mike Watson "My proudest time at Colorado Ballet is right now," stated Kuykendall said in a video via Colorado Ballet’s official YouTube account. "To a young dancer just starting their career, my advice would be to soak everything in; really learn what you can from your coaches and peers and enjoy every moment. While a rehearsal may go by very slow, the years go by very, very fast.” She is from Parker, Colorado and trained at the Academy of Col... Read More -->

Posthumous Gift to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Among Largest in US Opera History

Published February 13, 2020   |  By Alicia Cook  |  Post in All Areas

Phyllis Brissenden, a founding supporter and Life Board Member of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL), left the Company a record-shattering gift in the wake of her death. Brissenden, who died on Dec. 17, 2019 at 86 years old, bestowed the company an endowment gift, estimated at $45 million. Phyllis Brissenden and OTSL general director Andrew JorgensenPhoto: SUZY GORMAN "This gift, the largest in Opera Theatre's history and one of the largest ever recorded for an American opera company, will offer OTSL a new level of financial stability as the company prepares for its 50th anniversary in 2025," the AGMA signatory company said in a press release. According to the press release, Brissenden’s gift will more than double OTSL’s en... Read More -->

HuffPost Highlights Two AGMA Ballerinas in Black History Month Feature

Published February 12, 2020   |  By Alicia Cook  |  Post in All Areas

In honor of Black History Month, the latest from HuffPost explores the unique set of challenges that face dancers of color. AGMA ballet dancers Miranda Silveira, member of San Francisco Ballet, and Olivia Boisson, of the New York City Ballet, are interviewed in the article. They share why diversity and representation in the Industry matters to not only those currently dancing professionally, but the young people dreaming of being on stage one day.  “Feeling represented in what you do for a living is crucial,” Silveira told HuffPost. From Silveira's Instagram Account Silveira grew up in Barcelona, Spain. She moved to Madrid at 14 to pursue ballet at the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Mariemma. At just 16, she... Read More -->

AGMA Dancers on “Pointe”

Published February 11, 2020   |  By Alicia Cook  |  Post in All Areas

Two of AGMA’s very own appear together on the stunning winter 2020 cover of Pointe Magazine. Catherine Hurlin, 24, and Aran Bell, 21, are both recently promoted soloists with American Ballet Theatre.  New York City-born Hurlin began her training at Scarsdale Ballet Studio and Westchester Dance Academy. She received a full scholarship to the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School. She attended American Ballet Theatre’s (ABT) Summer Intensive as a National Training Scholar during the summers of 2010, 2011, and 2012. Hurlin joined ABT as an apprentice in December 2013 and the corps de ballet in June 2014.  She was promoted to Soloist in September 2018.  Bell was born in Maryland and wa... Read More -->

American Airlines Magazine Highlights Three AGMA Opera Signatories

Published February 10, 2020   |  By Alicia Cook  |  Post in All Areas

Flyers of American Airlines who find themselves flipping through its first and business class in-flight magazine this month will be able to get to know some of the top opera houses in America, all of which are AGMA signatory companies. The magazine, Celebrated Living, features Opera Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis on page 40 of its January/February issue. Written in honor of Opera America’s 50th anniversary, the three-page spread includes quotes from David Devan, Philadelphia’s general director and president; Robert Meya, Santa Fe’s general director; and Andrew Jorgensen, Saint Louis’ general director. Following the publication, AGMA reached out to the opera houses for further thoughts. Opera Ph... Read More -->

History-Making AGMA President Passes Away

Published February 6, 2020   |  By Alicia Cook  |  Post in All Areas

Nedda Casei, who made history when she became AGMA’s first woman president, passed away on January 20, 2020. She was 87 years old. "Though I never had the pleasure to know Nedda personally, her legacy echoes through AGMA," said Raymond Menard, AGMA president. "Not only did she make history as AGMA's first woman president, but her strong commitment to the musical arts and dedication to our union made her one of our strongest supporters even in the years following her presidency. She was beloved by her colleagues and will be greatly missed. We will continue to honor her memory." AGMA file photo Casei’s decade-long tenure as AGMA president began in 1983 and concluded in 1993. During her time as president, she fought for ... Read More -->

AGMA Reminds Members of Feb. 1 Dues Deadline

Published January 30, 2020   |  By Alicia Cook  |  Post in All Areas

AGMA encourages its members to avoid lapses in membership by submitting their dues by February 1. To do so, members can log into the MyAGMA portal and then head to their personal portal to pay their annual dues. Members can also call AGMA’s Membership Department at 212-265-3687. For members no longer seeking work within AGMA’s jurisdiction, there is an option to apply for Honorable Withdrawal. Please go to the AGMA website or contact AGMA’s Membership Department for details on this process. ... Read More -->

AGMA Announces New Director of Communications

Published   |  By Alicia Cook  |  Post in All Areas

Alicia Cook is thrilled to join the team at AGMA as its Director of Communications. In her new role, Cook will be responsible for AGMA's overall communications strategy, including the magazine, branding, public relations, web presence, and social media, working collaboratively with many members of the AGMA community as well as the Board of Governors. “Alicia has established herself as a prolific writer and superb creative professional. She brings to this position a wealth of experience in elevating communication strategies. AGMA is experiencing a period of exciting growth and achievement. Alicia is the ideal choice to engage with our members and external community to enhance brand awareness and AGMA’s growing national reputation... Read More -->