Corbyn for Glasto, Trump for Glynde?
It was confirmed this morning that Bellowhead-reject Jeremy Corbyn has accepted an invitation to appear at the mud-caked Glastonbury Festival. We hear some Glyndebourne donors would like to Trump that. The Republican near-as-dammit nominee names Beverly Sills as a role model. He is fond of quoting the Met soprano’s maxim: ‘There are no short cuts […]
Breakthrough? This shirt lets deaf people hear orchestral music
Introducing the Sound Shirt, developed by the Jungen Symphoniker of Hamburg. Watch. Feel.
Budapest slashes Ivan Fischer’s festival orchestra
The city of Budapest has summarily cut its subsidy to the Budapest Festival Orchestra from HUF 260 million to 60m. The 80 percent reduction leaves the orchestra with the equivalent of less than 200,000 Euros ($220,000) in city support. There was no advance warning or consultation, and no reason has been given. The orchestra has […]
All 42 Handel operas in one festival
Can’t be done? Will be done. In May 2020 at the centenary of the Göttingen Handel Festival. And all 42 in about two weeks. ‘We’re not sure of the finances,’ says intendant Tobias Wolff, ‘but the vision is there.’
Death of opera singer-MP
The Ukrainian baritone Dmytro Hnatyuk, who has died aged 91, was a member of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, 1972-1984, and of the Ukrainian Parliament, 1998-2002. He was also director of the State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet from 1988. So why don’t we have more opera singers in Parliament? Or any at all? There’s […]
So, Maestro, with 2 or 3 equal singers, who do you choose?
Stephen Lord, the veteran music director of the Opera Theatre of St Louis, has been talking candidly to Kristine Driskill about the singers he looks for when casting an opera and how they should present themselves for audition (no piercings, please). His reply to the headline question veers towards favouring young singers of apparent versatility rather […]
Muted response to English National Opera’s last throw
Few signs of enthusiasm or confidence have greeted Friday’s appointment of Daniel Kramer, 39, as ENO’s next artistic director. Kramer, 39, arrived at ENO nine years ago as a protege of the opera-loving actor Simon Callow. He was tasked with directing Harrison Birtwistle’s graphic Punch and Judy and made a decent, if unmemorable, job of […]
Five strings are picked for diversity training
As we reported last July, the Mellon Foundation has given $900,000 to the Cincinnati Symphony and the local Conservatory to train up minority musicians to take the lead in professional symphony orchestras. The first five candidates have been chosen – all string players, are area where minorities are most under-represented. The five are: Emilio Carlo, 21 (viola); […]
Banff dismantles Melanson
In another blow to the former Toronto Symphony CEO, the Banff Centre – his previous post – has slashed eight percent of the workforce and demolished Jeff Melanson’s much-vaunted restructuring. His successor says: ‘It was wonderful that the previous administration and the board went through an exercise to see what might be possible in the […]
Death of Shostakovich Quartet violist
The death has been reported of Alexander Galkovsky, violist of the Shostakovich String Quartet from 1972 to 2004 and later of the New Russian Quartet. He taught at the Moscow Conservatoire from 1990.
What New York can expect from its next music director
The Lebrecht Album of the Week is a Mahler 3rd symphony from Dallas. Any good? On first hearing, this performance is efficient and attractive with sustainable speeds and some fetching solos from the concertmaster, Alexander Kerr. The vocal soloist Kelley O’Connor lacks heft and any dimension of the ominous in her Nietzschean admonition, but […]