Next one out: Minnesota Orchestra loses its pops director
Lilly Schwartz is leaving the Minnesota Orchestra for a new position as associate producer at SFJAZZ in San Francisco. More here. No future there. Last one, please turn out the lights.
Just in: Rome Opera unions suspend strike for Muti to conduct Ernani
Staff at Rome Opera are on strike over threats of redundancy to 480 staff. The company is formally bankrupt. But the unions this morning agreed to let tomorrow’s premiere go ahead after music director Riccardo Muti said ‘it would be a crime’ to cancel it. Power to the podium.
German media boss to 148 composers: ‘Please refer to my letter to 160 conductors’
Abrupt to the point of rudeness, the beleaguered Peter Boudgoust who is trying to merge two SWR orchestras has told some of the world’s leading composers: “Because your demands and arguments are very similar to those put forward by the conductors, we happily pass on to you the statement we printed on our website. We would […]
Franz cancels his Dresden debut and they can’t find another maestro
The Vienna Opera and Cleveland Orchestra music director should have conducted for the first time at the Semper Opera tomorrow, but he’s not feeling well. Under such short notice, say Dresden, they couldn’t find another conductor. So they’ve hired a pianist, Rudolf Buchbinder, instead. Announcement below. Krankheitsbedingt musste nun aber Franz Welser-Möst sein Dresdner […]
Stolen in Hampstead: A treasured bassoon
Susie Herman is desperately missing her Howarth academy bassoon no 6334 in black leather Marcus Bonna case, worth £5,000, stolen on October 6 in West Hampstead. Finder please [email protected]
Australia’s first Ring director dies
Elke Neidhardt, a German-born actress who premiered Wagner’s Ring in Australia in 20o4, has died, aged 72. She was resident director at Opera Australia for 13 years and her Adelaide Ring won global recognition. Elke referred to Wagner as ‘an evil man’ and to conductors as ‘egomaniacs’. Singers thought she was terrific.
Photo: The moment my string went snap
Last week, Leonidas Kavakos suffered an extraordinary misfortune in Helsinki when the E string on his violin came loose just as he started a Mozart concerto. Listen here. Last night, on home turf in Athens, Leonidas pitched into the Brahms concerto only for a string to break. What did he do? Over to our man […]
Winter woes: Conductor tosses lozenges at coughing Chicago audience
Our colleagues at Chicago Classical Review were there: On Saturday night, Michael Tilson Thomas … went offstage and emerged with two large handfuls of loose cough lozenges, which he tossed underhanded into the main floor audience seats. What else happened? Read here.
A respected Italian maestro has died
Angelo Campori, an associate of Leonard Bernstein who conducted at the Met and the Vienna Opera, has died aged 79. He had been weakened by heart disease for the past decade. Campori’s greatest nights, it is said, were in the Arena di Verona and in Verdi’s home capital, Parma. Fabio Luisi tweeted the following tribute: Maestro […]
Alberto Vilar is being held in a cell with no heating, books or music
This is the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, not one of Mr Putin’s jails. It’s a transit facility. The convicted fraudster and former opera philanthropist is being held while a judge hears his appeal against having his bail revoked, suddenly and without good reason. The original trial judge Richard Sullivan, still on his case, decided […]
Just in: Music biz mobilises for Philippines disaster
Press release: NOVEMBER 25, 2013 — The global music community has come together for the worldwide release today of a new compilation that features the biggest names in music to raise money for those affected by supertyphoon Haiyan in The Philippines. “Songs for the Philippines,” a unique collection of 39 chart-topping hits and classic tracks, is now available […]