Italy says classical audiences are getting younger
A report in La Repubblica says that Italians are bucking the zimmer-frame trend. Classical record sales are up 20 percent, Rome is staging classical raves, Naples sells opera tickets for 7 Euros to the under-30s, La Fenice is showing an 11% increase in under-40 online ticket buyers. Classical is looking sexy once again. Read here.
A US classical station is taken over by country music
WBACH in Portland, Maine, has played what it says in the name for 25 years. No longer. As of yesterday, the station is playing country music. ‘We would like to thank the fans of WBACH and classical music for listening over the years and we regret any inconvenience as a result of the changes,’ said […]
Three more composers are in the money
The Ernst Siemens Foundation has given 35,000 Euros each to three young composers. They are a Swede, Lisa Streich; a Dane, Simon Steen-Andersen; and a Swiss, Michael Pelzel.
Mexican wins 60k Swiss prize
Víctor Ibarra, 38, has won the first Basel Composition Competition, chaired by Georg Friedrich Haas with a prize of 60,000 Swiss francs. Haas cited the ‘exciting harmonic world’ invented by Ibarra. The award commemorates the new-music maecenas Paul Sacher. Second prize (SFr25,000) went to the Itaiian Pasquale Corrado, third prize (SFr15,000) was awarded to South Hannah […]
Whatever happened to Opera Chic?
In the early blogosphere, a young American woman in Milan set the pulses racing with some hot gossip and goings-out in the capital of Italian opera. We got to meet her, after agreeing not to reveal her name, and liked her a lot. But the blog fell silent in 2014 and we’ve lost contact. Her […]
Bath abolishes arts funding
The ancient Roman town of Bath, which depends on heritage tourism, has said it will scrap all funding for the arts in order to save £433,000 by 2020. That will probably spell the end of the Bath Festival. It’s quite alarming.
Scariest record of the year?
Er, do I really want this on my coffee table? The composer is Vivaldi.
Opera house goes on strike
Staff at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe have called a ‘warning strike’ in pursuit of a six percent pay rise. The company’s latest production is a Clinton-Lewinsky themed version of Handel’s Semele.
Music teacher ‘buried husband on farm’
Louise Khan, 46, a Scottish piano teacher, has been arrested in Portugal, after remains of her partner Alyn Pennycook were found buried on their remote farm. He is believed to have died of cancer. The Portuguese authorities are planning to out her on trial for illegal burial. More here.
Poland mourns a legend
Danuta Szaflarska, possibly Poland’s most prolific film actor, has died at 102, a few months after completing her last role. After risking her life as a courier for the Polish resistance under the German occupation, she was seldom off the stage or the film set for b75 years. Her first husband was the pre-eminent Chopin […]