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Joyce DiDonato leaves IMG Artists for rival agency Intermusica

24 August 2010, London, UK

Joyce DiDonato
Joyce DiDonato(Photo: Sheila Rock)

IMG Artists has been further destabilised with the news that international mezzo soprano, Joyce DiDonato, and her agent, Simon Goldstone, have left the company.

The news will add insult to injury for IMG, whose owner Barrett Wissman stepped down after pleading guilty to securities fraud in a New York state prosecution last April. This revelation not only shook the global reputation of the company but may also have sparked a string of departures of high-profile artists. Among those who left last year were the stellar sopranos Karita Mattila and Anna Netrebko, tenor Rolando Villazón and baritone Thomas Hampson.

Despite claims that Wissman’s actions are directly linked to the most recent departures, the circumstances under which DiDonato and Goldstone left the agency are currently unclear.

Goldstone, who worked at IMG as an artist manager in the vocal division for fourteen years, has now signed with London firm Intermusica, taking with him 21 artists, including sopranos Amanda Echalaz and Soile Isokoski and director Stephen Barlow.

These artists will join the Intermusica roster with immediate effect, while Goldstone will begin on Monday 20 September 2010 taking on the role as director, Vocal and Opera.

“I am delighted to be joining Intermusica” commented Goldstone in an official statement to the media. “In these challenging times, I feel that the combination of the company’s very experienced senior management team, spearheaded by Stephen Lumsden, and its vibrant and enthusiastic younger members strike just the right balance. I am very happy to be working once again with my esteemed former colleague, Julia Maynard, and together we look forward to adding to an already well-established roster of talented singers, stage directors and opera conductors.”

Stephen Lumsden, founder and managing director of Intermusica, said: "It is tremendously exciting that a manager of Simon’s calibre and reputation has decided to join Intermusica. His arrival represents a major development for both our Vocal & Opera department and for the company as a whole.”

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