Two Boys: First review (‘rather brilliant’)
Our friend Paul Pelkonen is first online with a review of the Nico Muhly opera ta the Met. From his description, the production has developed considerably since its first outing at English National Opera. Read here.
Martha Argerich and 8 pianist friends: live stream from Paris tonight
Here’s a link to the live stream of an extraordinary event: Martha and eight of her faves, playing Bach from Paris tonight. At the first concert last night at the Salle Pleyel, Martha led an all Bach program, with Gabriela Montero improvising in the style of Bach. Both concerts will also be available on demand following their […]
Orchestra cancels concert for lack of one musician
It’s a familiar scenario.A player is taken ill just before a concert. An announcement is made to the audience while upstairs everyone hits the phones to call in a substitute. After an hour or so, the concert commences. Not in the Malaysian Philharmonic. The orchestra has been so depleted by unfair dismissals of European and […]
Caveat: Chailly and La Scala is no done deal
Sources close to the conductor Riccardo Chailly inform us that, not for the first time, the Italian media has inflated whisper into history. A leak to Corriere della Serra from the incoming general manager Alexander Pereira that Chailly would become music director in 2017 took the conductor by surprise, they say. Nothing has been settled. […]
Alfredo crashes out in middle of Mehta’s Traviata
Trouble last night in Valencia, where the tenor Ivan Magri started the performance with an inflammation of the vocal cords that got progressively worse. He was replaced on stage by a stage manager in costume who went through the moves, and offstage by another tenor plucked from a Walküre rehearsal. The show went on. Read […]
‘Titanic violin’ sells for £900,000
The widely-hyped and widely-disputed violin that supposedly went down on the Titanic has fetched $1.45 million in a country auction. The buyer is said to be British. Most other items in the smallhouse sale went for two and three-digit sums. The auctioneer’s efforts over seven years have plainly paid off. This is, however, unlikely to […]
Of Canada’s 10 top young musicians, one is classical
It’s a blogpost of national significance on the Canadian Broadcasting site. You can’t guess the classical contender? It’s him.
After City Opera, New York may lose an orchestra
Our WQXR colleague Brian Wise fears the worst for the Brooklyn Philharmonic. They are not returning calls to potential bookers. The music director’s contract has expired. The website is ‘closed for maintenance’. And insiders speak of ‘severe financial difficulties’. In the richest city on earth. Read Brian here. It’s a sad old song.
Dresden plans to share operas with Sydney and New York
First policy statement from new Semper Oper boss here. Don’t expect to see music director Christian Thielemann on the Qantas shuttle any time soon.
Mass renaming for the arts in Holland
Er, why? And so what? The shoe has yet to drop. De Nederlandse Opera, The Dutch National Ballet and The Amsterdam Music Theatre move forward together under the name Dutch National Opera & Ballet With the following specifics: De Nederlandse Opera will be renamed Dutch National Opera the Dutch National Ballet will retain […]
Formidable talent spotter calls time after 55 years
Ann Summers Dossena, who managed the careers of George Shirley, Shirley Love and Louis Quilico, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Claremont String Quartet, and most recently pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, pianist Haiou Zhang and clarinetist Kornel Wolak, is giving up her agency. Extracted press release below. Toronto, October 16, 2013 – After 55 years as an artist manager, Ann Summers Dossena […]