Booed tenor ‘will not return to La Scala’
Piotr Beczala, booed on the opening night of Traviata, posted on his Fb page: My last production in La Scala… I think. They should engage only Italian singers … Why I spend my time for this” schmarrn” … Arrivederci … He later clarified: I am a professional Opera Singer, have a contract with Teatro alla Scala […]
Is this the first classical selfie?
This is Rachmaninov’s D-minor piano concerto as seen from the trombonist’s perspective. The trombonist in question is Denis Nesterov of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. We think he may qualify as the inventor of the classical video selfie.
Exclusive pic: Kissin receives his Israeli passport
The pianist Yevgeny Kissin announced tonight that he would travel in future only on his new Israeli papers. He also issued this statement: “I am a Jew, Israel is a Jewish state – and since long ago I have felt that Israel, although I do not live there, is the only state in the […]
New video: Elton John, in Moscow concert, attacks anti-gay law
The concert was dedicated to Vladislav Tornovoi, a 23-year-old gay man tortured to death in southwest Russia in May.
‘Imagine Martti Talvela standing behind you with a huge club in his hands’
The Finnish soprano Hanna Rantala pays tribute to her teacher Tom Krause, who has died, aged 79. photo: Marion Kalter/Lebrecht Music&Arts Tom Krause was one of my voice teachers. I attended numerous master classes and learned to know his gentle, humorous and wise way of teaching and living. He wasn’t only a great singer and […]
Under Milk Wood composer has died
British jazzman Stan Tracey has played his last. Jamie Cullum tweets: ‘He played like a demon right up until his last days on earth as an Eightysomething.’ His best-known work is a score for Dylan Thomas’s radio play. photo: Lebrecht Music&Arts
At the Met, poor Falstaff is upstaged by a horse
Our shrewd judge Steve Rubin feels let down by the Met’s new show: photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera Robert Carsen’s Met debut was an evocative and beautiful production of EUGENE ONEGIN, which this season was summarily replaced by Fiona Shaw’s drab, conservative interpretation of the Tchaikovsky masterpiece. Now the tables have been turned as Carsen’s new […]
Dismay at La Scala opening night as Violetta misses her Act II entrance
This just in from a conductor who’s watching the live stream on a screen a few hundred metres from the theatre: Diana Damrau missed her entrance in Act II, party scene in Traviata. The orchestra went on without singing and almost stopped for a really long embrarassing time. This is at La Scala Opening night, […]
Locked-out Minnesota musicians are nominated again for a Grammy
Somethig to cheer them in this bleak midwinter. Read here.
Back in Washington, Christoph Eschenbach is hit by ‘sour, acidulous’ review
The German conductor received a kicking in Vienna for a lacklustre Magic Flute. Now he’s being savaged for poor Mozart with his own orchestra. This is not the year of the Christoph. Read Anne Midgette here. A Slipped Disc reader writes: As a longtime NSO subscriber who witnessed all of our Music Directors from Dorati, Rostropovich, […]
A great Finnish baritone has died
Photo: Masterclass 2011, photo (c) Marion Kalter/Lebrecht Music&Arts Tom Krause, one of the first post-War Finns to conquer the world stage, died on December 5, aged 79. After a spell as a member of the Hamburg State Opera, he made a 1963 Glyndebourne debut at the Count in Richard Strauss’s Capriccio and bookings […]