Principal viola dies after car crash
We regret to report the death of Marshall Fine, principal viola of the Memphis Symphony and a widely published composer of three symphonies and more. Marshall did not recover from injuries sustained in a car crash last week. Marshall was the son of Burton Fine, long-serving principal viola of the Boston Symphony, and the brother […]
Met latest: Talks drag on with 10 unions, Gelb shackled
Another day, another deadline passed, another sign of Peter Gelb’s failed strategy. Ten stage unions continued talks through the night. Moments after midnight, a Met spokesmen told the media there was ‘nothing to report’. A source close to the musicians points out the wider implications of the financial oversight that Gelb has conceded is likely […]
Half a million watch Der Rosenkavalier
Jubilation at Austrian TV as the second channel ratings came in. Last Friday’s screening of the Salzburg Rosenkavalier on ORF2 was watched by 503,000 viewers. At peak time, it had nine percent of the total viewing figures. Could any other country match that? Franz Welser-Most conducted, Brian Large produced for TV.
At last a real baritone: Austrian media on Domingo’s withdrawal
The tenor-turned-baritone has pulled out of Salzburg with a serious and painful illness. What do the media have to say about it? Great, we’re getting a real baritone. Poor taste, even by near-inimitable Austrian tabloid standards. Message frrom Placido Domingo: Thank you so much for all the concern regarding my health and my recent cancellations. I […]
Met latest: From lockout to sellout
Attorneys are writing the small print on the new agreements as these words go live. The stage unions have yet to reach agreement, but both within the negotiating rooms and around the music business there is growing recognition and some degree of amazement at the scale of Peter Gelb’s defeat. That he climbed down a […]
Zakhar Bron starts violin competition
The celebrated teacher has launched a contest in the name of his teacher, Boris Goldstein. It will take place in Bern, next January. Details here.
Met latest: Artists celebrate, Gelb in disarray
The stage unions go back into talks with the Met this morning, having offered a five-year wage frezze which Met manager Peter Gelb peremptorily rejected. Expect him to climb down once more. He demanded 16-17% cuts from the orchestra and chorus and settled for 3.5 percent now, 3.5 percent later. No huge pain for the […]
Can you sell an orchestra on TV? Don Draper can.
Holly Mulcahy, concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra has been reflecting on last week’s TV advert for the St Louis Symphony, which did not necessarily reflect the product in the best light. Here’s Holly’s take: In today’s television advertising world, we see orchestras being used regularly to sell products from beverages to airlines, cars […]
Maxim Vengerov announces new festival in Israel
The Russian-born violinist picks his time for a solidarity act. press release: In the next month in Israel’s leading concert hall the Charles Brofman (Heichal Ha’Tarbut) Masim Vengerov will inaugurate the festival playing chamber works with Israeli pianist Shira Shaked, conducting and playing with the Swiss Menuhin Academy Chamber Orchestra, playing as a soloist of […]
Met cuts deal with unions. Musicians quietly pleased.
Musicians of the Metropolitan Opera reached a tentative deal with the company several hours after the deadline expired. Judging by the responses of individual members it is a much better deal than the 16% pay cut demanded by Peter Gelb. Here’s the union statement: New York, New York—Monday, August 18, 2014—The musicians of the Met […]
Sicklist: Domingo cancels Salzburg
The septuagenarian singer is suffering from a bladder infection, accompanied by a respiratory tract disorder. He is running a high fever. The Polish baritone Artur Rucinski takes over his role for the rest of Il Trovatore. We wish Placido a swift and pain-free recovery.