What happened when a French violinist did a Joshua Bell?
1 The film is a helluva lot more elegant. 2 The playing is p.d. good. 3 The first person to give him a dime is a busy young woman. 4 The sound is better on the Paris Metro than in DC. 5 People actually stop and listen. The violinist is Renaud Capucon. He is playing […]
Meet Nigel Kennedy, Strad salesman
The colourful British violinist has lent his services to the instrument dealership, J&A Beare, who – after a century of deliberation – have finally decided to taken in Sotheby’s and Christie’s in the auction market. Bids open tomorrow (Monday) on the Beare’s site here. Nigel is pumping up the product right now. Who’d have guessed he […]
Hot new video: Joyce goes Ballroom
We informed you a couple of weeks back that the irrepressible mezzo Joyce DiDonato was about to appear late at night in a Brooklyn ballroom where no diva foot had ever trod before. Well, here’s the video evidence – just in. Nothing quite like it since Pierre Boulez threw his rug concerts.
Dress code: Woman in niqab ‘is asked to leave the Opera’
Reports from Paris say that a couple from the Gulf were asked to leave the Bastille in the middle of a performance of La Traviata after the woman refused to remove her face covering. The pair were seated in the most expensive seats, costing 231 Euros each. Jean-Philippe Thiellay, deputy director of the Opéra, said […]
9/11 mayor to lead anti-Met Klinghoffer demo
Opponents of John Adams’s opera The Death of Klinghoffer, which opens tomorrow night at the Met, are jubilant at the capture of a trophy march leader. Rudolph Giuliani, who has signalled his participation in the protest, acquitted himself with proficiency and sympathy as Mayor of New York during the 9/11 attacks. His opposition to the […]
Magic Flute realist has died
Austrian media are reporting the death, aged 84, of Wolfgang Hutter, a fantasy artist whose 1974 designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute are among the most memorable ever imagined. His stage designs were seen at the Vienna Staatsoper, the Volksoper, Theater an der Wien, Graz Opera and Theater in der Josefstadt
The Wagners hire a Communist lawyer
Gregor Gysi, the former East German middleman who is now head of the Left party in the German Bundestag, has been hired by members of the Wagner family to protect their rights on the board of trustees at Bayreuth. His principal client is Nike Wagner, presently head of the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, along with […]
Can jazz ease post-surgery stress?
They give you plenty of meds to numb the pain during and after an operation Some of the meds have unfortunate side-effects. Try listening to music instead, is the advice from the Anesthesiology 2014 conference in New Orleans. Dr. Flower Austin, D.O., anesthesiology resident at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, reported on a study […]
Brit writer takes over Berlin Fest
The Berlin Jazz Festival is has a new artistic director. He is the retiring chief sports writer of the Guardian, Richard Williams. Richard, 66, has one of the most diverse careers in UK print media. He has been head of artists and repertoire at Island Records, editor of Time Out and Melody Maker, assistant editor of the Times […]
Social and personal: Top soprano has a baby
Message from Sonya Yoncheva: “Dear all, my husband and I are delighted and extremely happy to inform you that our little Mateo was born on the 6th of October, in Switzerland! We feel all very well.” Sonya “Chers tous, mon mari et moi sommes enchantés et extrêmement heureux de vous informer de la naissance […]
If you win a ticket to the Met, they inform the IRS
An alert reader has directed us to an interesting post on the Opera-L list. The Metropolitan Opera, writes Michael Liebert, has a donation that funds 200 cheap on-the-day tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. The Rush Ticket program (usually $25 for an auditorium seat), does not publish the names of lucky winners. But it does […]