The composer of the shortest opera, Peter Reynolds, died on October 11 at his home in Cardiff, United Kingdom. The Welsh composer created Sands of Time in 1993, which lasts only four minutes.
The Verbier Festival has appointed Canadian Stephen McHolm as Director of the Verbier Festival Academy and Special Projects on December 1, 2016. He replaces Christian Thompson who will work full-time at the Orchestre National de Lyon. McHolm is currently the Artistic Director of the Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary.