Flash! Yuja’s latest skimpies
Yuja Wang, the Chinese pinaist, made her name in the Hollywood Bowl three years ago in a scrap of orange. She was back last night, having refreshed the wardrobe. The new outfits: photo credit: (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times) Mark Swed’s review here. […]
Death of a prominent viola player
The Hungarian virtuoso Ervin Schiffer, viola player of the Haydn Quartet and its forerunner, the Dekany Quartet, has died at the age of 82. Born in Hungary, he moved to Holland and taught there at the leading conservatories. Our condolences to his wife and quartet partner Kati Sebestyen (pictured).
Just in: Poland cancels Russian culture year
The Polish government has cancelled all cultural exchanges with Russia for next year. ‘The Council of Ministers decided to call off the Polish Year in Russia and the Russian Year in Poland, planned for 2015,’ said government spokesperson Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska. ‘This is the decision of the government, but both the foreign and culture ministers – […]
Peter’s Gelb’s last gambit gets low and personal
The letter sent by Peter Gelb to every member of Metropolitan Opera staff was ostensibly intended to give advance warning of a lockout that will ensue if their unions do not agree to Gelb’s cuts by the end of next week. Its real purpose was to make ordinary people think about the personal cost of […]
Mr Pops is gone, at 96
Norman Leyden fronted the Oregon Symphony’s pop concerts for 34 years – and made the arrangements that are still used today.
Opera co-founder has died, aged 91
Lois Dick was a singer in Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, until the lights went on. In 1963, she co-founded Madison Opera and became its leading diva. Obituary here.
Gelb’s proposed lockout: the stage unions respond
Statement by Joe Hartnett, Assistant Dept. Director Stagecraft for I.A.T.S.E. On Metropolitan Opera Management’s Threat to Lock out Performers and Backstage Employees We want the show to go on. Our bargaining teams are very serious about hammering out an agreement with opera management. Several negotiating sessions have been scheduled over the next week. Management […]
Peter Gelb to Met staff: Prepare to be locked out
The manager has sent a letter his his employees, warning that he may shut the opera house down at the end of next week. Salient sentence: ‘If we are not able to reach agreements by July 31 that would enable the Met to operate on an economically sound basis, please plan for the likelihood of […]
Musicians to Peter Gelb: You’ll lose the city hundreds of millions of dollars
Union statement just in: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWednesday, July 23, 2014 Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb Threatens Lockout, Cancellation of the 2014/2015 Opera Season;Orchestra Musicians Denounce Gelb’s Long-Planned Lockout as a “Cynical strategy to cover up his failed management and lack of artistic vision” New York, NY–Wednesday, July 23, 2014–Local 802, American Federation of Musicians, […]
Max Hole is right about the Royal Festival Hall: Tear it down
For twenty-five years, in all forms of media, I have argued that London’s Royal Festival Hall is not fit for purpose as a classical venue. Over that period some £200 million of public money have been pumped into futile upgrades. The hall operators are presently asking for more. Sometimes I felt like a voice in […]