Sh*t Conductors Say
Tick the ones you’ve heard most often – a chillout session with Josh Weilerstein. You mean you only got paid $40,000 for that concert?
Breaking: Rio municipal theatre delays season after buildings collapse
News just in from Brazil: the famed municipal theatre of Rio has been forced to postpone its new season until May after the collapse of nearby buildings. Report here in Globo.
Why Mahler? goes three rounds with Boss Borda In LA: the video
Author Norman Lebrecht in conversation with Deborah Borda, president and CEO, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. In his new biography, Lebrecht explores the life of the composer who straddled two musical worlds—born into the age of high romanticism and most prolific at a time of artistic revolution. More pictures from the evening here. Presented in association […]
How not to treat a singer – rehearsal pics from Munich's underwear Ring
Director Andreas Kriegenburg likes to get his way in rehearsal. He’s not afraid of a fight and when it gets really boring, he organises a tug-of-war . This, I think, is the divorce scene from Rheingold What divorce? Does it really matter in a post-modern prod?
Just in: Joyce DiDonato mourns death of 'astonishing, miraculous' child
The magnificent mezzo was toasting the end of Enchanted Isle at the Metropolitan Opera when news reached her that a six year-old boy she had helped a few days ago in a Montessori school had been killed with a methadone dose by his drug-addict mother. Joyce has posted the following tribute on facebook and twitter: […]
Heart-scare soprano cancels 2012 (update)
The Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman had emergency heart surgery two years ago when her arteries clogged up. So when venues received notification today that she was cancelling all events for the first first half of the year, there were understandable fears for her health. Nothing to worry about. Measha’s expecting a baby, according to a Spanish press release UPDATE: […]
Ring alert: Munich goes for men and women in their underwear
The Bavarian State Opera has been flagging up its Ring cycle, which starts at the weekend, conducted by Kent Nagano, his first. The director is Andreas Kriegenburg. Cast includes Danish Bass-baritone Johan Reuter as Wotan in his House debut, Mezzo Sophie Koch as Fricka, Wolfgang Koch as Alberich, Stefan Margitaas Loge and Aga Mikolaj as Freia. And because it’s February they’ve stripped everyone down […]
Terrible news: music editor killed in car crash
News just in on the BBC: Robert Maycock has been killed in Kent when his car hit a tree. Robert, 63, had been music editor of the Independent newspaper and, before that, of Classical Music magazine. I knew him well in both capacities and liked him a lot as a thoughtful, slightly quirky colleague. He […]
Philip Glass, 75 today, eats his cake (hope it doesn't repeat on him)
This is Father Phil with his boys cutting into the birthday cake (courtesy of Paula Brochu).
Women pay for the Vienna Philharmonic, don't play in it
Carnegie Hall’s announcement of its coming series with the resolutely almost all-male Vienna Phil comes with the usual acknowledgement. The first concert is paid for by Mrs Charles Wrightsman, the other two by the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation. I wonder whether these generous donors are aware that the orchestra has not admitted a female player […]
Auschwitz writer dies in 67th liberation week
The architect Roman Halter, author of Roman’s Journey and a tireless educator in Holocaust history, has died in London, 67 years after his liberation. A mild man with a quizzical look, he was the sole survivor of his entire family. He was 85; may he rest in peace.