Grateful Dead tribute band member shot dead near Philly
Daniel DeGennaro, who played with Bob Weir in Grateful Dead tribute band Kingfish, has been shot dead in his Bucks County home. Police are treating it as homicide. First reports here and here.
Just in: Disaster looms at Denmark's national opera and ballet
The Royal Danish Theatre has announced budget cuts of 100 million kroner ($16.5 million) and 100 job losses. The chorus alone could lose 16 singers. The Theatre has had a turbulent year, with a cover-up of drugs abuse in the ballet and the loss of artistic director Kaspar Holten to Covent Garden. Nevertheless, the end […]
Cinderella, for your pleasure, upon this New Year's Night
La Monnaie have just posted the complete video of Massenet’s Cendrillon, which has provoked heated discussion on this site and elsewhere in the past week. Judge for yourselves – try for instance, the opening of Act 3. The entire opera lasts two and a half hours.
Even odder goings-on (2a): So they're not married after all
Our social correspondent has received an urgent message from the responsible authorities at forumopera.com. Apparently the site owner and chief editor Camille De Rijck is not – as posted on his Facebook page – married to Hélène Mante, nor she to him. Or so they say. Ms Mante has taken down her Facebook page and Mr […]
Ever tried cyber music? It's such fun – free classical download #6
Matyas Seiber (1905-60) was a Hungarian exile who came to grief in South Africa when a steering wheel came off in his hands in Kruger National Park and he smashed into a tree. Although he wrote a James Joyce opera in 12-note rows, he also loved jazz and all things Magyar. This upcoming release from […]
For unto maestro a child is born…
Our social correspondent reports: On behalf of Andris Nelsons and Kristine Opolais, we are thrilled to bring you the news that Adriana Anna Nelsons was born on 28th December at 13:50 in Riga, weighing 3.8 kilograms. All three of the Nelsons Family are doing well and Andris is a very proud Father. Many greetings from the Nelsons Family to you. Readers will recalls that Andris has taken […]
The Dutch, cutting arts, are spending 1 billion tax Euros a year on fireworks
An economist in Holland has worked out the true cost of the country’s love of pyrotechnic displays on New Year’s Eve, most of which are paid for by the taxpayer, directly or indirectly. According to Benn Bernmann every 1 Euro spent by a consumer, another 16 Euro has to be spent by the Dutch government […]
Odd goings-on (2): Review site owner is also artists agent (update)
A few days ago, I took issue with a review on the Forum site in which a lone foreign singer was singled out for criticism of her French diction. The post provoked views from all sides, including someone who identified herself as deputy editor of the site. It appears she is married to the site […]
Odd goings-on (1): Classical agency to buy share in record label? (update)
I’m hearing of negotiations between IMG Artists, the ever-turbulent talent agency, and LSO Live, the busy media outlet of the London Symphony Orchestra, for some kind of merger. IMG has a Russian investor, Alexander Shustorovich, who is eager to expand on all fronts. A deal with a record label would make some kind of sense […]
Sneaky peek at a new Beethoven cycle – free classical download #5
This is the fizzing fourth movement of Beethoven’s second symphony from the forthcoming cycle on Orchid Classics by the Copenhagen Philharmonic – it’s been a big year for the Danes – and conductor Lan Shui. Download here. I think the marketing plan is to offer the boxed set with a free sweater.
Stabbed opera director 'happy to be alive'
Claudio del Monaco, who underwent emergency surgery on Wednesday after being attacked with a breadknife, has been telling visitors to his hospital bed in Treviso of his lucky escape. Claudio, 64, received four stab wounds to the chest. His wife Daniela, 35, was found wandering in a daze on a nearby beach. She is being […]