Anna Netrebko: ‘We artists shouldn’t meddle in political issues.’ Er, don’t quote me.
The diva gave a joint interview with Placido Domingo to Die Zeit (German text, and not online). Her precondition, issued through her agency, was that she was not to be asked questions about Vladimir Putin. The paper duly reported that. Here’s a summary of the rest of the interview for Anna-watchers. During the first […]
Exposed: Schumann’s great-grandson was a serial abuser at English public school
Among the ripples of the police investigations into 1980s student rape at Chethams, the RNCM, Guildhall and other music schools, a private school reached a quiet settlement this week with a former student who had been sexually abused by a teacher between 1976 and 1983. He was not the only victim at Sevenoaks School. Stuart Neilson, […]
Just in: Australia’s only classical magazine faces closure
The Gramophone offshoot, Limelight, is being wound up by its owners Haymarket Media as part of the sale of Gramophone to new owners. Haymarket is open to offers for Limelight until December 13, after that it’s curtains. While Slipped Disc regrets any contraction in classical music media, it cannot shed too many tears for a […]
London pays tribute to Patrice Chéreau (who only worked here once)
Press release: photo: Lebrecht Music&Arts On Sunday 15 December, the Young Vic will present a celebration of the life and work of Patrice Chéreau who died on 7 October 2013. Friends and colleagues will present excerpts of the films, opera and stage productions of one of the great theatre artists of our time. The evening […]
Blind and autistic, the boy musician who changed my life
The Irish baritone Sam McElroy, fiancé of the pianist Gabriela Montero, has been involved for five years with an extraordinarily talented child, a boy called Rex Lewis-Clack. Rex is blind, autistic and a musical savant. Sam wants to put his life on a secure footing. Take a minute to read about a rare gift. The […]
Russia is blowing its culture budget on limos
Nice story in Ria-Novosti. The Ministry of Culture has put out a tender for hiring four luxury sedans BMW at a cost of 15 million rubles ($500,000). Why four? There’s a minister, Vladimir Medinsky, and six deputy ministers to shuttle around. Each car must be compatible with ‘the presidential communication “Kavkaz-9” (the system must be installed […]
Hundreds at Sir John Tavener’s funeral
The ceremony was conducted in the Greek Orthodox rite in Winchester Cathedral. The music was by Tavener, Bruckner, Bach, Stravinsky. Report here. More here. First television coverage here.
Video: Jussi Björling sings Prayer of Thanksgiving
The great Swedish tenor, never knowingly outsung. Watch the video here.
An event of continental magnitude: Frank Gehry to build concert hall for Dudamel in Venezuela
El Sistema founder Jose Antonio Abreu announced last night that the LA architect who built Walt Disney Hall, is coming to Venezuela to do another. This is an event of continental magnitude, giving the country a potential lift on the scale of Sydney Opera House. Announcement in Spanish here and below. Maestro Abreu […]