Leon Fleisher: Music critics are no longer relevant
The combative pianist, 85, has been sharing his opinions with our San Francisco friend, Elijah Ho. Exhibit A: In daily newspapers, the role of today’s critic, somebody once said, is like ‘one who describes an accident to an eyewitness’. This day-after-the-event kind of reporting is no longer relevant. I mean, the event is gone, […]
Music director flies in to airport birthday mob
From the Detroit News: Before Slatkin’s arrival Tuesday, the International Arrivals area was atwitter with young musicians practicing “Happy Birthday” and passing out party hats and noisemakers. “I’m very excited … it’s Maestro Slatkin’s 70th birthday,” said flutist Larry Williams, 15.
And the winner of the 2014 Stalin Prize is…
Take a look at this conductor’s schedule for the coming month. He is scheduled to conduct almost every single night in October, in six different countries. October 1 – Russia, St. Petersburg October 2 – Russia, St. Petersburg October 3 – Kazakhstan, Astana, October 4 – Kazakhstan, Astana 5 October – Russia, Tomsk, October 6 and 7 – Russia, […]
The ‘dumpy’ mezzo has lift-off
Tara Erraught, the young Irish singer who was lynched by a fat-pack of London critics in May, is onto her next Strauss role at Bavarian State Opera, named yesterday as opera house of the year. Tara is making her role debut at Carlotta in Die Schweigsame Frau, lighter than air. Even later. […]
Two maestros appeal to Denmark to save its musical Borgen
By one of those sweet chances of musical fate, the two music directors of Copenhagen’s orchestras, Fabio Luisi and Adam Fischer, happened to be working at the Met in New York. They put their heads together and wrote an open letter to the people of Denmark, urging them to save the DR Chamber Orchestra (DNCO), […]
Standing room only at Joshua Bell’s return to the Metro
Last time at L’Enfant Plaza, the violinist made $32 and change as commuters passed him unnoticed. Today, the event was pre-announced. Look what happened. photo: David Srebnik
Americans raise cash for young Russian cellist’s grave
When the Russian cellist Dmitri Volkov, 26, was found dead in bed four months ago, the Heifetz International Music Institute at Mary Baldwin College paid for the body to be sent home to his family for burial. Now, friends are trying to raise $15,000 for a headstone. They are nearly there, a few hundred short. If […]
Just in: Stage directors form a trade union
Leading figures in British theatre have announced the formation of Stage Directors UK, a trade group aimed at protecting directors rights and increasing their fees. They speak of ‘an increasing sense of anger and frustration’ at their lack of representation and appreciation. The group is led by Matthew Warchus, incoming head of the Old Vic, […]
Jessye Norman: Women singers are judged in ways men are not
She’s speaking on the BBC’s Hard Talk, with special reference to the Glyndebourne fat pack. Watch.
Opera house of the year?
The title is awarded by the monthly Opernwelt and the 2014 winner is…. Munich. Its music director Kirill Petrenko is conductor of the year. Well deserved? We think so.
Atlanta: The path from lock-out to lock-down
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has a new acting president in the driving seat today, a former executive of Coca-cola which once aspired ‘to teach the world to sing/in perfect harmony.’ There ‘s a long way to go before they reach that point in darkest Georgia. And a lot of questions for the new boss to […]