How your music tastes change (unseen by social media)
A study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology aims to show how people”s choices in music change over the course of a lifetime, from Teddy Bear’s Picnic to Abide with Me, via Bach, Blur and Lady Gaga. We’ve extracted a summary below. On the whole, a more precise and useful picture might be yielded, […]
Did Anna Nicole kill City Opera?
A report in the impeccably named Non-Profit Quarterly suggests that the last production staged by New York City Opera was actually the nail in its coffin: As a somewhat bizarre coda to these events, the final production put on by the NYCO may have led to its demise. The last work performed was “Anna Nicole,” a […]
Ex-head of strings is rearrested on pupil rape allegations
Malcolm Layfield, who was forced to resign as head of strings at the Royal Northern College of Music after being accused of the rape of three teenaged students at Chetham’s, has been rearrested in connection with another case. The Guardian reports the he was released on bail, without being charged. Police investigations continue into sex abuse charges […]
Canadian pianist rushed to hospital in mid-recital
The Austrian-born Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti was helped off stage during a Florida recital last night after meandering and repeating passages during a Beethoven recital. A medical emergency was identified and he was taken by ambulance to hospital. Here’s an eyewitness account from our friends at South Florida Classical Review: Kuerti’s growing disorientation and numerous […]
New, improved, updated: Worst classical covers of 2013
It’s time to start assembling a long list. Five new releases rush to the top of the pile. Please add your own. 1 Ms Wang shot to attention with a skirt that barely covered her essentials. Now she’s wearing a fin de siècle lampshade. What gives? 2 What’s that man doing with an upside-down umbrella […]
Obamacare and the musician: a user’s guide
It is estimated that 43 percent of US musicians carry no health insurance. If you are, or know, one of the uninsured, read this.
Renee Fleming stars in first livestream from Vienna Opera
The all-American diva singing Marschallin for the first time in Vienna and they are streaming the full Rosenkavalier. Mojca Erdmann sings Sophie, Sophie Koch Octavian. The Vienna Philharmonic is in the pit, Adam Fischer conducting. How will that play on the Met’s cinema audiences? Vienna’s entry into livestream mode changes the dynamic of how opera is received […]
Breaking: La Scala has a new music director
In a tremendous coup for the incoming intendant, Alexander Pereira, the hometown maestro Riccardo Chailly has agreed to become music director from January 2017 – or so Pereira leaks to Corriere. The coup, if true, is a terrific boost for the unsettled opera house. Chailly, 60, grew up at La Scala when his […]
How to build an audience by using social media metrics
This is interesting, potentially important research, essential reading for independent minded musicians. A study by a Microsoft researcher, Nancy K Baym, examines how musicians and the music industry can use social media metrics to analyse and identify an audience for specific performances and products. Nancy has been talking to successful players of online media, such […]
Just in: Jackie Evancho moves to Sony Masterworks
The 13 year-old ex-child singer who has topped the US ‘classical’ charts has announced a label switch on her Facebook page. She was formerly with Columbia and Syco, Simon Cowell’s joint label with Sony. The immediate significance of the shift in terms of charts categories is imperceptible.
President Hollande attended Patrice Chéreau’s funeral
The French political establishment paid tribute to a great director at the church of Saint-Sulpice. Details here. Waltraud Meier sang Wagner’s Im Treibhaus and Träume (Rêves) in memory of one of the great Ring directors, followed by a reading of a Shakespeare sonnet.