A boy soprano, long broken, fades out
Bobby Breen was an RKO star in the late 1930s, briefly a rival to Shirley Temple. Then his voice broke, and war broke out. He got a life, was house pianist for the NBC Symphony Orchestra, then became a talent agent in Florida. Bobby died this week, aged 88.
Teen violin gets management
Last week Noa Wildschut signed a recording deal with Warner. Now, she’s got an agent. All happening very fast for a 15 year-old.
LA Phil mourns a bass
Frederick Tinsley, 76, played 42 years in the Philharmonic, joining the double-bass section in 1974. Before that, he deputised in the New York Philharmonic. The cause of his death is not known. Our sympathies to his family and colleagues.
Shocking stat: Four composers make up 24% of music played by major US orchs
A survey by New York singers’ agent Doug Schwalbe reveals that the leading North American orchestras are still desperately dependent on a tiny handful of dead white males. Doug looks at performances by seven orchestras – NY Phil, LA Phil, Boston, San Fran, Toronto, Philadelphia and Dallas – since 2011. He reports that Beethoven and Mozart accounted for over […]
Maestros move: Seoul names two new chiefs
The Seoul Philharmonic has been headless since Myung Whun Chung quit afetr being forced to defend himself on baseless charges put up by the former chief exec. Since then, the orchestra has been avoided by leading conductors, with one notable exception. Today they have announced two new principal conductors, Thierry Fischer of the Utah Symphony (pictured) […]
Maestro will appear on stage at City Opera
There’s an ingenious project going down in Vancouver, Canada, where the City Opera is a putting together a show made up of all the operas that Mozart started and never got to finish. The Lost Operas of Mozart, constructed by artistic director (and Carlos Kleiber biographer) Charles Barber, is such a surefire hit that you […]
Just in: Woman composer is named a genius
press release: The MacArthur Foundation announced the 2016 MacArthur Fellows today, commonly known as the “genius grants,” and this year’s class includes composer Julia Wolfe. Julia and 22 other Fellows will receive a no-strings-attached $625,000 grant for their exceptional creativity and potential for future contributions to their fields. Julia Wolfe is a composer reimagining American folk […]
Au secours, they’ve stolen our name
There was a public announcement in France yesterday that the fast-rising ‘Cité musicale départementale de Boulogne-Billancourt – île Seguin’ in the west of Paris is to be renamed. And about time, too. The new name: La Seine Musicale. Not to be confused with the excellent Canadian classical website of near-identical name. Think again.
Opera is about men hitting on women
That’s what you’d think from Arte’s new season promo campaign, a co-pro with the Opera Platform website. Think again, guys. Please. (Right click on pic if you want enlarged version)
Sir John Tomlinson: Even if I’m doing Wagner, I’ll sing a Figaro aria to get going
The great bass-baritone is 70 today. Here’s an intensive Wagner interview he gave in 1991 to Bruce Duffie. Click here. And here was the 2009 Lebrecht Interview which the BBC has taken offline. Maybe they’ll reinstate for the day? Happy birthday, John Tom!