Keynote address: Thursday, January 19 at 7:00 pm
"Artist as Critic/Critic as Artist"
Anne Midgette is the chief classical music critic of the Washington Post. For seven years she was a regular contributor to the New York Times, where she was the paper’s first-ever female classical music reviewer and also reviewed theater. Her work has frequently appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Opera News, Town & Country, and many other publications.
A graduate of Yale University, where she majored in classical civilization, Midgette lived in Germany for 11 years, where she wrote for a range of publications about music, the visual arts, theater, dance and film; edited a monthly magazine; worked as a translator; and wrote several travel guidebooks. After returning to New York in 1998, she worked as classical music editor for the now-defunct online music company MusicMaker.com, which anticipated iTunes, before starting at the Times in 2001.
She was co-author of The King and I, a candid and controversial book about Luciano Pavarotti told from the perspective of his long-time manager Herbert Breslin (2004), and of My Nine Lives, the memoir of the pianist Leon Fleisher (2010). Her article on the decline of big voices in opera was included in Da Capo Best Music Writing 2006. She was named one of the 100 most important people in Washington by Washington Life magazine in 2009. She also maintains the Washington Post blog, The Classical Beat.