Sondheim star returns to West End stage, aged 88
It’s Angela Lansbury. Need we say more? She’ll appear in Noel Coward’s Blithe spirit.
Conductors are just waiters, says Esa-Pekka Salonen
… and women can do it just as well as men. Read the Finn’s 10 top tips for being a 21st century maestro. Right here.
Shocking: Swedes stop Ring to stage Pink Floyd
We drew your attention in summer to the adventurous opera season that is held in a disused quarry in Dalhalla and had dreamed of going out to see it there ourselves. However, we learn today that the local authorities in Dalhalla have called off all Ring performances next August in order to vacate the quarry […]
Breaking: BBC cancels concert after Glasgow disaster
The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra issued the following notice at 5pm, a coule of hours before concert time: Following last night’s tragic incident, and its developments, BBC Scotland has cancelled tonight’s concert, Japanese Masters conducted by Ilan Volkov, out of respect for everyone affected. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you […]
How conductors sounded (5): Karajan, in immaculate French (and with Ozawa, in English)
and a fascinating conversation with Seiji Ozawa
How conductors sounded (3): Dmitri Mitropoulos in rehearsal
Congenial, respectful, unfailingly encouraging.
How conductors sounded (2): Toscanini talks about Otello (in Italian)
Much quieter and more prosaic than you’d expect.
Bad result: Concertgebouw fails to beat Australian XI
Despite moral support from Maris Jansons, a football XI of the Concertgebouworkest could only manage a goalless draw against the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Various reasons for the debacle were given in the dressing room: 1 It was hot. 2 They played too fast. 3 It was the violas’ fault. 4 We were under-rehearsed. 5 The […]
Dramaturg wanted. Oh, don’t we have one already?
Much flutter in the operatic dovecotes this morning. Glyndebourne has advertised for a part-time dramaturg, 45 days a year at around £250 ($400) a day. But hang on a minute. It’s only 13 months since the company appointed Cori Ellison as its first-ever dramaturg. Either she’s heading back home, or they need two. We’ll let […]
How conductors sounded (1): Furtwängler talks about Beethoven (en Francais)
This is the first of a short series. If you’re very good, we’ll post more goodies tomorrow and in German