Luxury casting at Dallas’s opera about a dying opera
from the press release: DALLAS, OCTOBER 2, 2015 – The Dallas Opera is proud to present one of the most eagerly anticipated new operas of the year: Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally’s GREAT SCOTT, featuring a once-in-a-lifetime cast headed by America’s favorite mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato, in the title role of Arden Scott; also starring soprano […]
The day a bird flew in to a Messiaen premiere
Our weekend post about past relations between Pierre Boulez and his teacher has elicited this vivid memoir from clarinettist, John Hixson. I grew up as a fan of the elusive Pierre Boulez, and having played Sacre under his lack of a baton on the Eb clarinet with a bit of rubato in a 5/7 passage, he […]
Is Gustavo Dudamel political? This artist says yes.
The LA Phil music director published a strongly reasoned piece last week declaring his love from Venezuela and a zone of disengagement between him and its ruling regime. His longterm antagonist, the pianist Gabriela Montero, has read the piece and thinks otherwise. Slipped Disc does not endorse either side in the personal aspect of this […]
La Scala recalls soprano who was sacked by its academy
The Norwegian mezzo Lilly Jørstad (centre), sacked by La Scala’s Academy as ‘unsuitable’ for a second year of studies, has been rehired by the theatre for a children’s production of Cenerentola. More here at Gramilano.
Levine quits Lulu
The Met’s music director has pulled out of one of his signature pieces. The company says James Levine, 72, wants to reserve his early-season energies for Tannhäuser. Talk of a sidekick and successor has warmed up again. Lothat Koenigs will stand in for Lulu. press release: Faced with the demands of rehearsing and performing two […]
The first loser at the Chopin Competition is…. Fazioli
The Warsaw contest is well under weigh and the organisers have published the list of pianos that contestants have chosen to play. Apparently, they are given 15 minutes to decide. Most picked a Yamaha or a Steinway. Next came Kawai. Only one contestant chose a Fazioli. And not a Bechstein, Bösendorfer or Pleyel in sight.
Death of Russia’s foremost harpist
Olga Erdelyi, soloist of the Bolshoi Symphony for 40 years and teacher at the Moscow Conservatoire for 45, has died at the age of 89. The pre-eminent harpist in Soviet times, Olga was the niece and pupil of Ksenia Alexandrovna Erdely (1878-1971), for whom Reinhold Gliere wrote his much-played harp concerto. This was her last public […]
Beware at O’Hare: TSA agents behead flute, threaten player with arrest
Jessica Schmitz was trying to board a plane at Chicago, heading for Houston where she’s playing on the Arijit Singh tour, when security officials treated her in the most appalling way. Here’s what she tells Slipped Disc: At O’Hare, I just had the worst instrument TSA travel experience of my entire life. I’ve flown with my […]
Exclusive: Gotham’s death kills off a classic revival
Nicolas Mansfield, director of Holland’s Reisopera, writes exclusively for Slipped Disc about a co-pro he was planning with Gotham Chamber Opera – a production that may never see light of day after Gotham’s sudden closure. I saw the news today, oh boy. Another opera house shuts down. And although such events are sadly not […]
Chicago confirms it’s taking principal flute from the Met
Following our exclusive report four months ago that both principal flutes had resigned from the Metropolitan Opera on the same day – one going to Los Angeles, the other to Chicago – the Chicago Symphony has now officially named Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson as principal flute (see below). Denis Bouriakov is already appearing as principal with […]
What was it about Messiaen that made Boulez ‘want to vomit’?
Michael Johnson has sent us an iconoclastic piece he has written for Open Letters Monthly, deconstructing the complex relationship between former teacher and pupil, as reflected in their different styles. At what point did Pierre Boulez say his teacher’s music made him want to vomit? The teacher, of course, was the great French composer Olivier […]