What a would-be opera star did when ill-health killed her hopes
Elizabeth Lewis Celeste was on track to make an international opera career when a series of strokes set her back. Looking around, she saw how tough it was for young singers to get into major companies. So she opened a starter company in Vancouver. Here’s her story: Opera di Concertisti e Meraviglie is an independent […]
Just in: As Venezuela becomes a dictatorship, a citizen composes her protest
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro has seized powers to rule by decree for the next 12 months. The Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero today published the first open protest at the destruction of her country’s flimsy democracy. It’s the country’s National Anthem,in C minor.
Video: How to play Paganini with a two-inch bow
This is how. h/t: David Hutchings
Would you vote for a man with nothing but musical clichés between his ears?
Ed Milliband’s choice of Desert Island Discs – assuming it was his own and not some psephological committee’s – is shocking not for its bad taste but for its numbing banality. Every single song the Labour leader is a piece of public furniture, familiar to passing dogs on Comfort FM. Not one reveals an original […]
Netrebko gets a new Uruguayan
They’ve solved the missing tenor problem in Berlin’s sold-out Trovatore. The new Manrico singing opposite Anna Netrebko and Placido Domingo (baritone) will be Gaston Rivero, a Uruguayan-American working mostly on the German circuit. In other news German tabloids are reporting that Netrebko is single again.
He wrote the jingle for De Gaulle airport
Bernard Parmegiani, who has died aged 85, was a groundbreaking electronic composer in France. Among other achievements, he wrote the earworm that was played to passengers in the Paris international airport from 1971 to 2005.
Composer gets his name on a Hollywood block
Steven Spielberg and John Williams were there to see Fox rename a site on its lot after a major film composer. The Lionel Newman Music Building honours the Oscar-winning composer of the Hello Dolly score, not to mention M*A*S*H and more. Read here.
Classical musician of ‘world repute’ is put in the tabloid dock
Two British newspapers at the scummier end of the spectrum have been reporting the trial of a musician who is accused on one count of ‘sexual assault by touching’. The person in question is charged with making advances to a teenaged girl while simultaneously kissing her mother – not a nice thing to do, if […]
Juilliard names Euro star as professor of composition
Matthias Pintscher, music director at Ensemble Intercontemporain, has announced that he’s to be professor of composition in New York from September 2014. The catch? Student registrations close next week.
Hot news: Osmo Vanska to conduct Minnesota musicians again
A date has been fixed next May for the former music director and his locked-out musicians. The programme at the Unniversity of Minnesota will replicate the orchestra’s very first concert on campus in 1929. Check it out here.