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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