Uncovered: How a railway town became the hub of Russian opera
In the New Year issue of Standpoint, out this week, I uncover the traces of an amateur musician who made a culture-free railway town the world capital of Russian opera. Intrigued? Read on here.
Baroque tenor makes his US debut as conductor
Paul Agnew is being groomed to succeed the legendary William Christie at Les Arts Florissants. He was recently appointed joint music director and has just made his US debut. So how did it go? Our friends at Chicago Classical Review were there. photo: Denis Rouvre
Mayor of Rome appoints economist to save Muti’s Opera
Amid bankruptcy and threats of closure, Carlo Fuortes has been parachuted in to save a historic opera house whose music director is Riccardo Muti. An experienced technocrat, Fuortes teaches cultural economics at university and has been managing Director of fondazione Musica per Roma since 2003.
Sacked Cathedral choir sings its last
With perfect Christian timing, Landaff Cathedral sacked its seven adult choristers in the week before Christmas. Last night, they sang their last. David Hutchings was there for Slipped Disc: Last night, in their final concert, Llandaff Cathedral Choir gave a performance of the utmost professionalism, not simply singing beautiful music for us, but […]
At last, Vienna Philharmonic cancels honours it gave to Nazi leaders
In the run-up to its New year showcase, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has let it be known that honours it gave to six Nazi leaders have been withdrawn. It has also admitted past intentions to present an honour to Adolf Hitler. The six who have been stripped of Vienna glory are: Baldur von Schirach, the […]
Who’s the highest paid arts manager in Austria?
No huge surprise here. Alexander Pereira collected 304,500 Euros ($416,343) in salary for being chief of the Salzburg Festival in 2012, down from 355,000 the year before. The shock is that Pereira may be earning 50% more than Dominique Meyer, boss of the Vienna State Opera, whose year-round job yields vastly more performances than the Salzburg […]
This is what Spanish airline did to my intrument
The rage is rising against Iberia subsidiary Vueling, which forces musicians to fly their instruments without cases. A Facebook protest page has been launched here. The horror is that if you book a flight on Iberia you may well end up on Vueling. Take care.
Threatened orchestra still $4 million short of safety
They’re putting a brave face on it, announcing $1m in new donations. But the Milwaukee Symphony has only weeks in which to raise another $4m if it is to stave off bankruptcy.
New video: Want to silence a café? Get out your cello…
This Boston flash mob has just gone viral. Enjoy.
Chicago replaces stricken Boulez with three protégés
Obliged to accept that Pierre Boulez is too infirm to fly over for a February celebration of his music, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has come up with a novel solution. Rather than replace big gun with one of equal calibre, they have picked three sharpshooters from a new generation. Press release below. CHICAGO— With great […]