‘You have the wrong body for ballet and, at 13, are too old to be considered’
This is ABT’s Misty Copeland in her first network sportswear ad.
Vienna shuts its opera museum
The State Opera Museum, opened nine years ago on the Hanuschhof, has made a continuous loss. It was never much of a tourist attraction and of scant use to scholars, so few will mourn the culture minister’s decision to pull the plug. Vienna has a thriving museum of music and a brilliant theatre museum. A […]
Arena di Verona to get a roof
Heavy rains and occasional floods have prompted the town’s mayor to say he’s absolutely determined to put a lid on the opera. At least half of this summer’s performances so far have been called off. Wimbledon has rooofed itself successfully for the tennis. But critics say a lid will kill the Arena’s charm and ruin […]
Poster of the week: Jew genius in Munich
A proof-reader’s nightmare. (Genij, in Russian, is genius).
Spain’s supreme court dismisses case against ‘noisy’ pianist
We’ve heard from Laia Martin, the young Spanish pianist who, for the past 11 years, has been pursued through the courts by a litigious neighbour who tried to have her jailed for noise pollution. This week, the supreme court threw out the neighbour’s appeal against the Gerona court’s original verdict in favour of Laia. It […]
What Mary Poppins looks like in German
The first German-language version of the Walt Disney musical will hit Vienna at the beginning of October. It’s a transfer of the Cameron Mackintosh 2004 London production, which has sold over 11 million tickets on tour. Annemieke von Damm stars in the Julie Andrews role. We hope the text is better – a lot better […]
Metropolitan Opera latest: 3-day ceasefire before ‘done deal’ is signed
We’re hearing that negotiators on both sides of the Metropolitan Opera dispute went to bed last night happy. A single source close to the Met management tells us ‘it’s a done deal’. Peter Gelb himself described the 72-hour hiatus as a ‘one-time only extension’, designed to give Federal negotiator Allison Beck a chance to reach […]
Deutsche Grammophon signs its first Iranian
Here’s a little sliver of life from the music biz: Some time in 2010, I was contacted by a young artist who was frustrated at his agent’s inability to get him a date at the BBC Proms. He had a brilliant idea – to perform the Goldberg Variations on the harpsichord, never done before at […]
Gergiev to the Dutch: ‘I feel your pain’
A statement by Valery Gergiev on the downing of MH17 over the Ukraine is being received with some scepticism in the Netherlands. The statement makes all the right human noises. But it fails to register the conductor’s uncritical support for Vladimir Putin and his adventures in the Ukraine. Here’s the statement in full: […]
Met latest: Meet the mediator
Both sides have now agreed to call in a mediator. It looks as if Allison Beck of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will get to work before the day is out. Whether she can avert a lockout tomorrow morning is anyone’s guess. Peter Gelb must be praying she’ll get him off the hook. Beck was for […]
Just in: Chicago Symphony loses another top exec
Martha Gilmer, head of artistic planing and a Chicago Symphony vet of 38 years, is moving to San Diego as CEO. Her departure follows that of CSO president Deborah Rutter, who has gone to Washington. Neither will be easy to replace. Andrew Patner has the story here.