An international mezzo mourns her father’s passing
Jennifer Larmore has asked us to post this tribute: William Clarence LarmoreSeptember 9, 1917 – July 12, 2014 William Clarence Larmore, 96, completed his life’s journey on Saturday, July 12th, 2014 after a lengthy illness surrounded by his beloved family and friends. A celebration of the life of this extraordinary man will be held at […]
Musicians earn more from their video games than from albums
That’s the claim being made for the outstandingly business-oriented US band, Aerosmith. Could it work for classical? Are there any classical video games? Where are they?
Peter Gelb repeats a lie on TV
Interviewed this week on NYC-Arts, the manager of the Metropolitan Opera made the following statement (at 05:55 on the video): The box-office sales are down because box-office sales in every city in this country are down for classical music and opera. This is an endemic problem that America faces and that is faced in Europe […]
Lorin Maazel latest: The slow road to recovery
We have received an exclusive insider’s report from the Castleton Festival on Lorin Maazel’s recovery. Maazel has been out of action for several months after an unspecified medical procedure. We’re delighted to hear he’s on the way back. Maestro Maazel has been overseeing many of the rehearsals and has worked with singers, directors, […]
The soprano who opened the Sydney Opera House
Eilene Hannan, who sang Natasha in the production of Prokofiev’s War and Peace that inauguarated the great shell-shape in the sea, has died at the age of 68. She went on to repeat the role in London and at the Met. A much-loved colleague, her international career encompassed the roles of Rusalka, Pamina, Susanna, Cherubino, […]
A conductor gets a watch
First they gave one to a singer. Then to a guitar player. Now, at last, to a conductor. (Do you think they’ve got one left for Gergiev?) Press puff: Pablo Heras-Casado has partnered with Piaget, marking a remarkable period of his career that has included being named Musical America’s Conductor of […]
Video: ‘Listen to the cello,’ Sondheim tells his singer
An authentic master class.
When we’re in a care home, what will they sing to us?
Sharon Eckman, a professional singer, has written a moving account of the work she does with elderly people in care facilities. Many are in advanced stages of memory loss. Sharon demonstrates how music alone can reach their mortal souls. Read, reflect, remember. Click here.
Farewell to the foremost scholar of music among the Jews
We mourn the death today in Jerusalem, aged 85, of Amnon Shiloach, professor of musicology at the Hebrew University and an unrivalled authority on Jewish traditions in music. I had hoped to include him in my recent series on Music and the Jews, but he was sadly unavailable. He did an immense amount of groundbreaking […]
Stunned silence at surprise Juilliard appointment
Peter Sykes, a professor at Boston University, has announced on his Facebook page that he is joining Juilliard: Today I am very happy to share the news that I will be joining the faculty of the Historical Performance Department of the Juilliard School in New York City as its teacher of harpsichord, starting in […]
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. Second review’s just in – […]