The man behind the camera: his name is Mr Pic
The Opéra de Paris is staging an online exhibition of work by its aptly-named house photographer, Roger Pic. Pic, who died in 2001, covered all the Paris theatres. But he was most involved in the Théatre Garnier, home of the Paris Opéra until the opening of the Bastille, and he is credited in this exhibition […]
All washed up with an artist's tea-towel
A chance exchange with a former Covent Garden press officer Rita Grudzien introduced me to the work of Pat Albeck, which will be exhibited next week at Norwich Cathedral. Pat’s husband, Peter Rice, is a successful set designer for opera. Here‘s a list of his credits. Pat does the washing-up. In a very classy way. […]
'They've got an awful lot of coffee in Brazil': no more
Edmundo Ros, who wrote that theme song to my childhood, has died in Spain aged 100. Here’s a BBC obit. And here‘s a much stronger appreciation from Sue Steward in The Guardian.
Why is this German maestro receiving a London honour?
I am struggling to understand why the Royal Academy of Music has elected Christian Thielemann to an honorary membership (see citation here). Thiely has hardly worked in London since the mid-90s when he fell out badly with the orchestra in the Royal Opera House. He has shown no apparent concern for the education and welfare […]
World heritage alert: Janacek's opera house faces closure
Alarming news from the Czech Republic. The city of Brno has imposed a cut too far on its opera house, which may be forced to shut down. Brno was home to Leos Janacek and its opera house staged Jenufa in January 1904 to great local acclaim. A dozen years passed before Prague agreed to take […]
Portraits of Mahler – by a kindergarten class in Vienna
I have been sent these drawings by Gregor Dekleva, of the International Montessori Preschool Vienna. They were made by children aged three to six years old, to the theme, “The man who made music!”.
And now for some Liszt on the fiddle (+video)
A while back, I warned you that Liszt’s B-minor sonata had been transcribed for solo violin and was being played by Giora Schmidt at Ravinia. Well, here’s the video. Enjoy.
The List of Liszts (a members-only event)
This Sunday, to mark the 200th birthday of the restless Abbé, the European Broadcasting Union will be putting on concerts and recitals from many of the cities he visited, from Dublin to Bucharest. Like many multinational organisations, the EBU does not allow access to its website, thereby defeating the aim of multinational cooperation. However, here’s […]
A second orchestra starts restoring a church
First it was the London Symphony Orchestra restoring the City gem of St Luke’s as a rehearsal and education centre, a place of infinite possibilities for interaction and outreach with diverse communities (as well as black-tie dinners). Now the Halle in Manchester has received grants to renew St Peter’s Church, Ancoats, along similiar lines. It’s […]
Ozawa, looking better, accepts Japanese 'Nobel'
Pictures have just come online of the Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa receiving the Premium Imperiale culture award, sometimes referred to as the Japanese Nobel. He shared it with Anish Kapoor, Ricardo Legorreta, Bill Viola and (below) the British actress Judi Dench. (photo: AP) Ozawa’s August comeback from cancer treatment ended after one performance of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle […]