Opera replaces car-smash leader
Kentucky Opera has named Dallas Opera artistic administrator Ian Derrer to be its next general director. He succeeds David Roth (below) who died a year ago when he suffered a heart attack while driving.
Opera chief leads Brexit way to new passport
It is reported that Nicholas Mansfield, director of Netherlands Touring Opera, has applied for a Dutch passport in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Many other Brits in the arts will follow suit. We hear of a rush yesterday on the consular facilities at several London embassies.
Dude is selling his house
You’ll never buy a nicer hacienda. Gustav Dudamel has put his Los Angeles house on the market, only 18 months after he moved in. Since then, however, he got divorced. The asking price is $3.3 million. More pics here.
Israel Phil player is suspended on sex charge
It has been reported this morning on Galei Zahal radio that a musician in the Israel Philharmonic has been suspended for sexual harassment of female colleagues. No further details have been given. A female contact tells us that the charge has substance. The man is considered innocent until proved guilty. Sexual harassment in the workplace […]
Cleveland principal viola hands seat to his student
Wesley Collins has been named principal viola of the Cleveland Orchestra from September. He succeeds his Cleveland Institute of Music teacher Robert Vernon, who is retiring after 40 years, the longest tenure of any string principal in the Orchestra’s history. Wesley has been playing in the Boston Symphony for the past four years.
The worst ever US classical sales chart
We’ve just seen the Nielsen Soundscan sales ratings for last week and can pronounce, in full confidence, that fewer classical records were sold than at any time since records were kept. For the first time, no release sold as many as 100 copies in the entire USA – that’s CD sales and downloads combined. Of […]
Death of H-number musicologist
Radio France has announced the death of Harry Halbreich, the world authority on Olivier Messiaen and an indefatigable cataloguer of other composers. The works of Honegger and Martinu are listed in H numbers. Berlin born, based in Belgium, he wrote at least a dozen composer biographies. Harry was 85.
Trombonist has his face rebuilt
Message from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe: All of COE’s thoughts are with Håkan Björkman (principal trombone) who is undergoing surgery today to rebuild his face after a cycling accident last week. Get well soon Håkan!
La Scala orch to make Bolshoi debut (instead of BBC Proms)
Riccardo Chailly is taking the Filarmonica della Scala on a 10-stop Europe tour, including a first visit to Moscow. A date will have been offered to the BBC Proms, which evidently declined. Who needs La Scala at the Proms? press release: Riccardo Chailly and Filarmonica della Scala will return to Europe for a 10-concert, August […]
Wild scenes in the City of London
It’s all right…. it’s just the LSO Chorus rehearsing last night’s posthumous world premiere of Hogboon, by Peter Maxwell Davies. picture (c) Robert Garbolinski
Young Brit opera hires Euro expert
Mahogany Opera, founded two years ago and specialising in contemporary work, has appointed Ivan van Kalmthout as chief executive. Ivan, who is Dutch, was recently interim Artistic Director at the Liceu in Barcelona. Before that, he worked at Vlaamse Opera, Hamburg Staatsoper and Berlin Staatsoper. This kind of cross-channel hiring has been placed in jeopardy by […]