A pop-chart classical hit that falls between two stools
We were quick to applaud when Nicole Benedetti’s new album broke into the UK pop charts, the first classical violinist to do so in two decades. The content we found less encouraging. Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy is a blend of Bruch and Robbie Burns. It sounds pretty good. What it fails to do is come […]
Composer gives 120,000 Euros to Latvian opera house
Igor Krutoy, a Russian-Ukrainian composer, has leaped to the aid of a hard-pressed Baltic house. Rejected as a student by the Kirov conservatoire, Krutoy made his living as a songwriter in Moscow, did a course of studies in Saratov and wound up as head of a music conglomerate, Music1.ru. In 2011, he was reported to […]
Lincoln Center laments a president
John W. Mazzola, who ran the Center for 15 years effectively as its second president, has died at 88. A lawyer, Mazzola resigned in 1982 after being found to have used company credit cards to pay $18,000 in personal costs. NY Times obit here. Vivid profile here.
Germany’s top competition is stormed by Koreans
The ARD music competition, Germany’s most prestigious, has been overwhelmed this year with 519 applications, whittled down to 312. The largest number of participants comes from South Korea, followed by Germany, Japan, Russia, France, Spain, USA, China and Poland. The competition kicks off in Munich on September 1. Total prize money is 165,000 Euros, along with […]
Two music students killed on way to international clarinet conference
Tragic news from Scott McAllister, professor of composition at Baylor University, Texas: Two beautiful Baylor music students passed away today on the way to the International Clarinet Association conference. Look up in the sky tonight because if Laura Onwudinanti is as bright and inspiring in heaven as she was here with us, you will need your sunglasses. […]
Italian tenor, 64, is felled by aneurism
We have received belated news of the death of Maurizio Graziani, a tenor who sang on most of the great Italian stages and abroad in Austria, the US, Australia and Japan. He died on July 5 in his home town, Macerata.
Peter Gelb wishes you good health
Message from Alan Gordon, the Agma negotiator: During AGMA negotiations yesterday with the Met, we reminded Peter Gelb that there were several single mothers in the chorus who had severely disabled children needing constant medical care and other choristers who had children needing special medications, all of whom would be endangered if their health insurance […]
Troubled orchestra picks homegrown music director
The Rochester Philharmonic, which fired its Norwegian music director Arild Remmereit 18 months ago after a breakdown of relations with the management, has announced Ward Stare as its next conductor. Stare, 31, grew up in Rochester, played in its youth orchestra and, at 18, became principal trombonist at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In 2012 […]
More savings volunteered by Met musicians
Musicians of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra have identified a further $1.2 million in savings, raising the total to $31m. They maintain the company is in trouble because of Peter Gelb’s admitted profligacy. They add: The Met needs to address the real problems of artistic and financial mismanagement. Full statement below. New York, NY–Tuesday, July 29, […]
Just in: Helga Schmidt is ousted in Valencia
First Zubin Mehta quit over budget cuts. Now the veteran Austrian artistic director of the Palau de les Arts de Valencia is on her way. The dream is over.