When most people think about music in Newport, they imagine the storied folk and jazz festivals. But in the houses of Newport in July, the mansions that line the streets around Bellevue Avenue, the Newport Music Festival has earned a place among the world’s premier chamber music festivals. From its recent history, when members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra partnered with the Preservation Society of Newport County in 1969 to the Malkovich years (1975 to 2017), the festival has flourished.

Now, Pamela Pantos, an internationally acclaimed opera singer with vast experience in theater and business, assumes the executive directorship. Pamela joined me today at noon on The Open Forum on AM 1540 WADK, here you’ll get to know the new director, hear her vision, and get a glimpse of this year’s festival.

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For more information on Newport Music Festival, visit www.newportmusic.org.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).