Simon Rattle: ‘Conductors make too much fuss about conductors’
Fascinating phone interview with Fiona Maddocks in today’s Observer here. Rattle repeats that, come what may, he’s staying in Berlin after the job’s up in 2018.
Winners (and losers) at Domingo’s Operalia
Sad to report that neither of the countertenors got a sniff at the top prizes. The two high guys shared a $10,000 consolation slot. The winners are: Rachel Willis-Sørensen (US), 30, soprano and Mario Chang (Guatemala), 28, tenor. Rachel has already sung major roles in big houses – Mimi in Bohème at Semperoper Dresden […]
A Sondheim star has died, aged 64
Victoria Mallory, the original Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music, has died of pancreatic cancer. She was married to Mark Lambert, who played Henrik Egerman in the same production. Their daughter, Ramona Mallory Lambert, played Anne in the 2009 Broadway revival. Another sad loss to the Sondheim family, so soon after the irreplaceable Elaine […]
Conductor asks his orchestra to sing at BBC Proms
Message from Ivan Fischer: Dear Friends, on this present tour I asked the Budapest Festival Orchestra to start a new life – to sing regularly. At the end of the Proms and elsewhere on tour we performed Abendständchen by Brahms as an encore only after three days of practice. Why? Because people should sing! […]
Soft job lined up for exiting Edinburgh director
Jonathan Mills, outgoing director of the ever-less-relevant Edinburgh Festival, is (we hear) front-runner to be head of the Australian National Gallery in Canberra. Nobody goes to Canberra.
Lars Vogt takes the ice for Hans Vonk
I did it! Help ALS research and also other good causes and in memory of wonderful friends of the past, still present today in our hearts, like Hans Vonk, who died 10 years ago of ALS and Boris Pergamenschikow, who also died much too early 10 years ago. Click here to watch.
Just in: Beethoven Festival is cancelled
George Lepauw, who failed to pay many of his Chicago performers last year, has ‘with a heavy heart’ announced the cancellation of next month’s festival. He is under a boycott warning from the musicians’ unions. Cancellation here. Apology nowhere. Love? Doesn’t know what it means.
Leaked emails: The Met’s defence of Klinghoffer
Now the Met’s season is going ahead, opposition to its production of John Adams’s opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, has intensified. We have been forwarded a complaint by a Met supporter and a response by Ann Ziff, on behalf of the board of the Metropolitan Opera. Read, and wonder. Dear Ann and Members of the […]
Grammy-winning pianist dies in New York, aged 39
Octavio Brunetti, who won a 2007 Grammy for his album Te Amo Tango, has died in New York of an unexplained infection. His family raised $33,000 in 16 days to help pay for his hospital treatment. Classically trained, Octavio became one of the leading tango pianists in Argentina, as well as conductor of the orchestra […]