Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette to step down in November

Posted on: September 25, 2019

“Anne Midgette, chief classical music critic for The Washington Post since 2008, is leaving the paper,” writes Susan Elliott in Monday’s (9/23) Musical America (subscription required). “Midgette, known as the first female critic to write for The New York Times regularly when she started there in 2001, has decided to move on. Her last day at the Post will be November 22. She reports that her position will remain intact, and a search is underway for her successor…. ‘I have always wanted to write more books,’ said Midgette. ‘I have had my say about DC’s classical music institutions, and I think a change is good for everyone, readers and musicians as well as writers.’ Author of The King and I: The Uncensored Tale of Luciano Pavarotti’s Rise to Fame by his Manager, Friend, and Sometime Adversary (with Herbert Breslin) (2004) and My Nine Lives: A Memoir of Many Careers in Music (with Leon Fleisher) (2010), Midgette reports she will remain in Washington, DC, with her husband, [music writer] Greg Sandow, and son Rafael. Among the most highly regarded voices in the field, her July 2018 Post article with colleague Peggy McGlone … blew the lid off sexual abuse in the classical music business.”

Posted September 25, 2019