Did anyone top 3,000 nights in one opera house?
We’ve been crunching the numbers of the late Charles Anthony (birthname: Carusoto) who sang a record 2,928 times at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, between debut in 1954 and retirement in 2010. He died yesterday, aged 82. Everyone is saying his is a record that will never be beaten. Perhaps in a single opera […]
Hungary latest: EU Parliament to investigate 'serious concerns'
A resolution has been passed in Strabourg, calling for an investigation into whether Hungary, increasingly isolated by its racist government, is complying with EU laws and values. Press release here. The move appears to chime with an appeal last week by conductor Adam Fischer.
Yoko Ono courage award goes to Nazareth violinist
Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar, an Israeli Arab citizen who fosters musical dialogue between the country’s different communities, has been announced as this year’s winner of the Yoko Ono Courage award. He will receive the prize at MOMA in New York of Feb 26. Haaretz has the details. Nabeel is a former player in Daniel Barenboim’s East-West Diwan […]
Is nowhere safe? Handel flashmob attack hits Cardiff shopping mall
They’re singing ‘free and gay’, but those security men don’t look impressed. Production details: Opera’r Ddraig’s cast performing in Cardiff City Centre (Queen Street and St David’s Centre) to promote our upcoming double bill, to be held at The Gate Theatre, Cardiff, 14th-17th February 2012. Buy Tickets here: http://www.thegate.org.uk/buy-tickets/ or via phone: 029 2048 3344 Music: Handel […]
Anti-regime demo in Budapest university – live video just in
The first shoots of a turbulent spring?
And the world's unhappiest country is, officially…
You thought bankrupt Greece or borderline Portugal? Forget it. War-torn Sudan or Sri Lanka? Relatively happy on this scale. Mob-ruled Mexico? Positiviely beaming. The world’s unhappiest country, according the annual IPSOS survey, is Hungary. It has always been a morose place, but it’s down 4 percent this year and falling. This racist government is getting […]
Slipped Disc's Zulu translator wins major music award
A few weeks back, we received several comments in the Zulu language in response to a report about a singer who had, apparently, risen from the dead (oh, povere Luciano, when will it be your turn?). Since neither we nor Google are fluent in Southern African dialects, we sought a translator among our international readership […]
Now violinist takes time out for paternity leave
The hyperactive Andris Nelsons cracked a conductor precedent last November when he cancelled dates in Birmingham, where he is music director, to await the birth of his first child. Now the violinist James Ehnes has posted on Facebook that he is withdrawing from concerts in Lisbon, Copenhagen, Canterbury and London for much the same reason: […]
Confirmed: Met's longest serving artist is dead
We are hearing from singers that Charles Anthony has passed away. He sang 2,928 times in the house, more appearances than any artist in its history. Confirmation of his death, at 82, was given tonight in the Washington Post.
Guess what? A living composer's symphony tops the US classical charts
Probably hasn’t happened since Gorecki #3. I’ve just checked the Nielsen scans and it’s right there on top, a 9th symphony. So whose is it? Go on, think chalk on … Yup, it’s Phil’s 9th.
New: Slipped Disc launches weekly exchange with Open Letters Monthly
If you’re not familiar with OLM, get familiar. It’s just about the best centre for long-form arts and lit reviews that you will find anywhere in English on the web. Slipped Disc, as you know, does mostly short-form. So, by way of experiment, they and we decided to swap one review a week, giving readers […]