A bid to save the Charles Ives birthplace
They sold the house the composer built to developers. Now the heritage fight moves to another front. The birthplace is falling down. The museum in Danbury, Connecticut, is trying to raise money to save it. If you think you can help, visit the website or write [email protected] From the guide to historic buildings in Connecticut: […]
City Opera’s farewell note
Here’s the letter that supporters and patrons are receiving today. No admission of error or responsibility by the bumbling management team. Just thanks and goodbye. Dear John It is with much regret that we announce the cancellation of the 2013-2014 Season. New York City Opera did not achieve the goal of its emergency appeal, […]
Special offer: best seats at Covent Garden £25, tonight only
Here’s what they tweet: Offer for tonight’s #ROHelektra – £25 for orchestra stalls. Enter ‘tweetelektra’ in the ‘do you have a code?’ box > http://www.roh.org.uk/events/22767/tickets … Why on earth is Elektra such a hard sell?
Vienna State Opera to announce live streaming
Details to be clarified in a fortnight: From the end of October selected opera and ballet performances from the Wiener Staatsoper will be broadcast worldwide as live streams in high quality via internet and Samsung Smart TV. Please find enclosed the invitation and the media accreditation request form with further information about the press conference […]
More bleak news: New York City Opera has filed for bankruptcy
The Kickstarter appeal failed to reach one-third of its target and was shut down this morning. The company has posted the following notice: It is with much regret that we announce the end of our fundraising campaign on Kickstarter and the cancellation of the 2013-2014 Season. New York City Opera did not achieve the goal […]
Slipped Disc editorial: Minnesota find yourself another country to be part of
In the thick of the civil rights struggle, the protest singer Phil Ochs wrote an ode to a southern, racist state. The refrain went: Oh, here’s to the land you’ve torn out the heart of Mississippi find yourself another country to be part of. In the smaller world of symphonic music, those lines now apply […]
Breaking: Osmo Vanska quits Minnesota
The music director of the Minnesota Orchestra has resigned. Here’s his statement. You read it here first. (We have been told he will say nothing more on the subject and is not available for interview.) 1 October 2013 Press statement from Osmo Vänskä Today I have given notice of my […]
Onegin sings: ‘What a bore it was’. At the Met, it’s exactly that.
Our Manhattan operavores, Elizabeth Frayer and Shawn E Milnes, have been to see the Putin team play gay-free Tchaikovsky at the Met. They almost walked out. Read their review here.
If this goes up, I’m leaving town
The composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has hinted on occasion that he might leave the country if a Labour government raised the tax rate for the super-rich. Well, I feel the same way. Yesterday, the lyricist Don Black proposed that a statue should be erected in London West End to the most successful maker of stage musicals […]
It wasn’t Lang Lang who awoke China to western classical music
So who was it? In an essay in the new edition of Standpoint, I trace the beginnings of China’s musical awakening to a conductor called Li Delun, whose performance of Beethoven’s fifth symphony in Mach 1977 announced the end of Mao’s Cultural Revilution. You can read the essay here. By unhappy coincidence, I learn today […]