Classical accordion queen weds
It’s bells, bells, bells today for Ksenija, soon to be Ksenija Sidorova Arizaga when she ties the knot with Jose Luis Arizaga Lobeto. Much happiness to them both.
Violinist, 10, is suspended from school for knife use
Abbigail (sic) Cunkelman, of Blairsville, Pa., said she used the Swiss army knife to trim hairs on her bow. Her parents, who received a letter from the school in the vacation saying she would not be allowed back, are taking her case to court. Is the school being over-zealous? ignorant? safe?
Chung quits Korea
After more than a year of political wrangling, Myung Whun Chung has announced he will step down next year as artistic director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. His statement is slightly ambiguous in that it suggests he will continue to fulfil contracted concerts beyond the date of his departure and may return as a guest […]
Anja Silja: ‘I hate surtitles’
From the great soprano’s archived interview with Bruce Duffie. BD: Is it good now that all the operas are done in the original language, with the text above so the people can follow exactly? AS: No. [Laughs] BD: [Genuinely surprised] No??? AS: No. I don’t like it. It’s important for so many opera-goers who never […]
The other Chailly draws a line in the sand
This is a new video from Cecilia Chailly, a formidable harpist and composer, Riccardo’s younger sister. Enjoy.
Oslo Phil recruit English principal cello
The excellent Louisa Tuck, principal cello of the Northern Sinfonia, has won the top seat in the Oslo Philharmonic. She starts in November. We congratulate them both.
Death of a maestro
George Cleve, who conducted all the major US orchestras and was music director in San Jose until the symphony went bust, has died at the age of 79. Vienna born, his middle name was Wolfgang. He told the local newspaper: “Orchestras are dying left and right, and I don’t really know what the end is going […]
Christian Thielemann: ‘I don’t do it for the money’
Early in his career, the controversial German conductor gave an insight on his priorities to our featured interviewer, Bruce Duffie. This is the second in a short series of Duffie interviews. ‘Opera conducting is more an adventure than concert conducting. And don’t forget a concert usually is from 8 to 10. An opera like Rosenkavalier […]
Sad news: Death of a brilliant German director
The family of Nikolaus Lehnhoff has announced his death, after a long illness, at the age of 76. Many productions come to mind, but none more vivid than his Janacek cycle at Glyndebourne. His last production, in May this year, was Turandot at La Scala. He stood aside from the fashionable forms of German Regietheater. […]
Jonas Kaufmann defeats himself
Remember that touching message from Jonas, asking you to buy his new Sony album rather than the recycled one from his former label, Decca? Well, Decca’s Age of Puccini is topping the German charts this week, leaving Sony’s release puffing some way behind at number 2. Decca are cock-a-hoop. Sony, on the other hand, say […]
Claudio Abbado: ‘In Italy, they know opera by instinct…’
In the first of our late-summer series of interviews from Bruce Duffie’s bottomless archive, here’s the late Italian conductor reflecting on the differences between audiences: In Italy, for instance, they know opera by instinct — not because they’re well prepared and not because of the education. Education is very low. There’s not a good education […]