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.
From Reiner to Maazel, 47 years in the Pittsburgh strings
Samuel Elkind spent his life in the Symphony. When he retired, he kept coming back to rehearsals and concerts. Sam has died, aged 95.
Breaking: Peter Gelb admits he caused the Met crisis
Musicians of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra are about to issue a further challenge to claims by the manager, Peter Gelb, that high labour costs have brought the Met to a point of economic crisis. The musicians argue that the crisis was caused by Gelb’s poor financial management. They could hardly believe their eyes when Gelb […]
Head of strings is charged with rape
Malcolm Layfield, who was forced to resign last year as head of strings at Royal Northern College of Music during police investigations of historic sex offences, has finally been charged with one count of rape. The charge relates to a woman of 18, allegedly assaulted in 1982 when Layfield was teaching at Chetham’s School of […]
Rome Opera is saved. Sort of.
The liquidation of Rome Opera – music director: Riccardo Muti – has been called off. For a month, at least. A peace deal has been put on the table for the unions to consider in a referendum. There will be cuts, but not as deep as feared. For the moment. Report here.
Opera Australia mourns popular Italian coach
Renato Fresia-Verdino, who coached singers at Opera Australia for 25 years, died suddenly on Sunday of a heart attack. He was 64. Renato had also taught singers in New Zealand and Wales. A a kid in Rome, he played crowd scenes in Ben Hur. Tribute here.
The first jazz teacher at Santa Cecilia
Giorgio Gaslini, the Italian jazz pianist who composed the soundtrack for Michelangelo Antonioni’s La notte (The Night, 1961), has died, aged 84. He was the first teacher of jazz at Rome’s Santa Cecilia Academy.
What to say when you’re asked, ‘Is classical music dying’?
I was asked the question yesterday by a Classic FM camera team at the opening of the Bristol Proms, an event that is trying to break the straitjacket formality of concertgoing. The answer that sprang to mind was: ‘if classical music is dying, then you’re doing it wrong’. If the audience wont’ come, choose another […]