A selection of radio and television interviews, podcasts, webcasts, and panel discussions.
The women who shaped classical music: In this ninety-minute online talk, I spotlighted some of the obstacles women have faced in this male-dominated field. Women have always been active in music; the history books just don't always reflect it.
How to love opera like an insider: In this two-hour online talk, I presented a personal introduction, geared to everyone from beginners to aficionados, to this crazy and wonderful art form that's dominated my life.
This long-running podcast focused on breaking down barriers to classical music enjoyment. In the episode called "Critiquing Anne Midgette," I discussed my article "A Beginner's Guide to Classical Music: No Snobs Allowed," and talked about all the many unconventional approaches there are to enjoying aspects of this art form.
When the world closed down in 2020, it sent everyone into a flurry of Zoom meetings and webinars and podcasts as people grappled with the existential challenges. I've left most of what I did in 2020 on a separate shutdown page, since that context helps explain its particular flavor.
PBS NewsHour: Remembering opera singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. 5/2012
PBS NewsHour: More on Fischer-Dieskau. 5/2012
NBC Nightly News: Metropolitan Opera to investigate James Levine for alleged sexual misconduct. 12/2017
The American Interest: Zoom discussion with classical music critic Anne Midgette. 5/2020
Colloque en esthetique musicale. 3/2013
The Spanish Orchestra Foundation (AEOS) and the Global Leaders Program: An international panel on how to get audiences back into theaters after Covid-19. (June 2020)
The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) annual conference hosted a bracing session about #MeToo, racial discrimination, and more. (June 2020)
The Florence Price Festival presented the panel "Race and Gender in Music Criticism," moderated by Natasha Gauthier. (August 2020)
Rubin Institute: "Creativity and Criticism," public panel with Alex Ross and others. 10/2014
Jeremy Eichler, "Time's Echo:" I talk to the classical music critic of the Boston Globe about his book on music, memory, and World War II/the Holocaust, focusing on Strauss, Schoenberg, Britten and Shostakovich (August 2023).
Alex Ross, "Wagnerism": I talk to the classical music critic of the New Yorker about his definitive book on the influence of Richard Wagner across multiple forms of art. (September 2020)
Philip Kennicott, "Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning." I talk to the Pulitzer Prize-winning art and architecture critic of the Washington Post, whose memoir interweaves Bach and the death of his mother. (November 2020)
Will Robin: "Industry: Bang on a Can and New Music in the Marketplace." I talk to the University of Maryland assistant professor of musicology about his new book on the New York music collective Bang on a Can. (February 2021)
A Music of Their Own: Classical Music's #MeToo Moment (interview with Majel Connery), 2/2023
All Songs Considered (NPR): The 2010s: classical music's decade of reckoning (Tom Huizenga, host).
The Next Track (UK/USA):
The Covid-19 shutdown. 5/2020
No snobs allowed: Classical music for beginners. 8/2018
The David Taylor Podcast (UK): Anne Midgette on classical music in the age of Covid-19. 4/2020
The In Series: Video podcast in the Covid-19 shutdown series "In Series in our Pajamas." 5/2020
The Alma Ensemble Summer Interview Series: A wide-ranging discussion with a piano trio. 7/2020
WNYC: an archive of appearances on Soundcheck, the Brian Lehrer Show, and other segments produced by New York's public radio station, going back to 2007. Don't miss the "Soundcheck Smackdown" in which I face off with Norman Lebrecht.
NPR: Ten questions for a critic: the state of classical music (with Tom Huizenga; 11/2009). Performance Today, with Fred Child, Classical MPR: Changing the narrative about women in music (3/2018).
The Kojo Nnamdi show, WAMU, Washington DC: Bassoons and Budget Problems; the future of classical music in the region (8/2019) and Classical music for the big screen (1/2011).
WETA, Washington DC: A conversation about working with Leon Fleisher on his memoir, 'My Nine Lives' (11/2010).
Connecticut Public Radio: The Future of the Hartford Symphony (8/2015) and An Ode to Opera (11/2013).
BBC Radio 3: Music Matters. Inauguration music (1/2017); music news from the US (11/2013).