Music professor, restaurant pianist, is killed by speeding vehicle
Richard D Syracuse, emeritus professor of music and artist in residence at Ohio University, was killed on Friday night by a Dodge Grand Caravan as he returned home from performing at Ohio University Inn. He taught at the college for 46 years and, after retirement, he entertained diners at the piano several nights a week.
Live Music Now ex-chief has died
We’ve been informed of the death in Manchester of Christopher Yates, aged 76. Chris was for many years Vice Principal of Royal Northern College of Music. He was also chair of the Musicians Benevolent Fund and Live Music Now. LMN has tweeted: ‘His impact on our organisation was enormous, and he will be greatly missed.’ Our […]
Gergiev’s sister will judge Tchaikovsky Competition
The names of next summer’s judges have been released to Russian media (but not posted on the competition’s website). The competition’s chairman is Valery Gergiev, its artistic director Peter Grote. The judges include: Piano: Denis Matsuev (Gergiev and Putin pal), Vladimir Ashkenazy, Michel Beroff, Verbier director, Martin Engstroem, Peter Donohoe. Violin: Yuri Bashmet (Gergiev and […]
Anna Netrebko names the place, Yusif names the date
They’re getting married in St Petersburg, she told Russian television. Her intended, Yusif Eyvazov added quickly ‘not in winter’. Next summer, he said, probably August. Slipped Disc is offering to attend as a neutral observer.
Fresh strife in Minnesota as opera chief quits
Kevin Ramach, 54, has resigned as president and general director of Minnesota, less than three years into the job. His predecessor, Allan Naplan, lasted no more than a year. Nina Archabal of the historical society has taken over as interim. Not looking good.
Opera houses in search of cheap singers
The above headline in Le Monde is causing lots of waves. The article is a song of praise for directors and casting chiefs at Nancy and Bordeaux, who have kept their audiences happy by spotting big voices when they were young and cheap. Bordeaux tapped Nina Stemme long before she caught the eye of Bayreuth. The […]
Second musician is jailed for child sex at UK music centre
Wesley Hawryliw, 32, an orchestral musician from Leicester, has been jailed for eight years for offences against girls aged 11 to 15. Earlier this year, Christopher Dunn, a former teacher at the same Soar Valley Music Centre, given eight years for offences against girls of 15.
Bayreuth bass has died, aged 66
Manfred Klein, a prize winner at the 1976 centennial Richard Wagner competition, has died at 66. Born in Bayreuth, he sang various roles there. Much of his career was spent at Wiesbaden, but he was heard on several international stages, including Amsterdam, Vienna and Prague.
The weekend read: The slow death of a sacked NY arts director
The sad tale of Sol Adler is told in New York magazine. Click here.
Just in: Bayreuth calls in ex-Cologne boss to steer a safe Parsifal
Katharina Wagner has appointed Uwe Eric Laufenberg, the overspending former intendant of Cologne, to direct Parsifal in 2016. She had previously fired Jonathan Meese, over alleged budgetary concerns. It’s a fantasy world, Bayreuth.
Jury president stacks competition with 13 of his students
A list of 31 contestants has been announced for the Boris Goldstein Competition, founded in memory of his own teacher by the eminent violin teacher, Zachar Bron. Professor Bron will be president of the jury. We understand that 13 of the participants admitted are Professor Bron’s students. We wish the best of luck to the […]