The Passenger in New York: first review
Our operavores Elizabeth Frayer & Shawn E Milnes were at the first night of HGO’s production of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s masterpiece. They weren’t overwhelmed (as we were), but this is an opera that takes time to eter the soul. Click here for their report – ahead of all New York media.
Contralto-conductor is signed by Warner
The French contralto Nathalie Stutzmann, who became a conductor under Seiji Ozawa’s mentorship, has a label deal. Warner has also signed a French harpsichordist. You don’t speak French? Find another label. Press release: July 2014 – Warner Classics & Erato are honoured to announce the signing of an exclusive recording contract with one of the most versatile […]
New memoir: ‘Isaac Stern tried to expel me from the US’
The memoir by Aaron Rosand, which we published earlier this week, has opened the floodgates to reminiscences by musicians who claim to have suffered at the hands of the superpower violinist Isaac Stern. Most were fellow violinists, but other artists did not escape his attention. The ensuing discussion on www.slippedisc.com has prompted the Israeli-born pianist […]
Fraud inquiry: Vanessa-Mae’s pre-Olympic results ‘were faked’
The heat-seeking violinist is in trouble. Her flamboyant entry into the Winter Olympics appears to have been founded on fixed results. AP reports: Four Slovenian ski officials were suspended Friday for allegedly rigging the results of pop violinist Vanessa-Mae to help her qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Competing in Sochi for Thailand […]
British Oscar-winning composer has died, aged 90
Ken Thorne was a genius at setting other men’s music to film. He won the 1966 Oscar for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (original Broadway musical: Stephen Sondheim). He also composed the first Beatles film, Help!, and two of the Superman films, using themes by John Williams.
It’s official: Anna Netrebko is getting married
Facebook announcement: Anna Netrebko and Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov (age 37) are pleased to announce their engagement. The couple met and began dating in March of this year when they appeared together in a production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Rome Opera House. A date for the wedding has not been set, and Anna […]
Who knew? US Secretary of State Kerry plays classical guitar. Watch and learn.
John Kerry, in Beijing, got out his gitter and played a few Spanish riffs for Chinese vice-premier Liu. How do we rate him? A bit slow…
Keith Jarrett is disgraced in Paris
The jazz pianist is averse to coughing. He has taken to walking out when anyone in the audience expectorates. Last weekend, he walked out at the Salle Pleyel. The German cabaret artist and children’s author Felix Janosa was so dismayed he voiced his disgust on his Facebook page: Gestern Abend war was […]
Breaking: Angela Merkel gives Bayreuth a miss
The Chancellor will not be attending the opening night of this year’s festival. A red-carpet fixture in years past, her office has given ‘scheduling clashes’ as the reason for her absence and promised, somewhat vaguely, that she may turn up later in the summer. Could be that Angie’s had her fill of tomato bloodbaths, naked […]
Opera in Dresden and Leipzig is on the up and up
The Semper Oper in Dresden (prop. C. Thielemann) has just turned in a 91.9 percent season, up 1.2% on last year. It can hardly get much better, even in a Strauss anniversary year. Leipzig Opera (boss man: Ulf Schirmer), which has gone through a hard time, announced a 6 percent increase to reach 70 percent […]