New research: More than half of young players in German orchestras are women
Today’s annual statement of the German orchestral association (DOV) shows a continued pattern of gentle decline. The number of orchs is 131, down from 168 in 1992. The number of jobs is down 20 percent from 12,159 in 1992 to the present 9,825. However, chamge can also mean progress. Some 30 percent of orch seats are now […]
Announcing opera baby of the year
Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna have become parents of a baby girl, Malena. Pics to follow (we hope).
Alagna can’t sing tonight. He’s awaiting a baby.
Message from the tenor Roberto Alagna: COMMUNIQUE : Appelé subitement par un heureux événement à venir dans les toutes prochaines heures, Roberto Alagna est indisponible pour la représentation de ce soir. Il sera remplacé sur la scène de l’Opéra Bastille par Luca Lombardo. ************* BREAKING NEWS: Suddenly called for the forthcoming birth of his […]
Conductor, 27, loses her battle with cancer
Time was stopped today by news of the death of Sarah Knapp Kidd, a dazzling Juilliard graduate whom fellow-students believed was on her way to great things. Originally from Bloomington, Indiana, she lived and died in Brooklyn. NY. Sarah appears in this video on the rise of women conductors. Our sympathies to her family and […]
Orchestra named to back Renée Fleming at Super Bowl
It’s the…. New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jacques Lacombe. But they won’t be in the Bowl. Renée will be singing to a recorded track. Do we like that? Hmmmm…. Renée could phone it in, too.
Germany’s new culture minister backs its music biz at Midem
Monika Grütters begins as she means to continue: talking up the arts, not (like British ministers) telling them what not to do. Press release: The new German minister of culture and media, Monika Grütters, visits the German music-industry at Midem on her first trip abroad as minister Over 60 German companies presenting […]
New study: Who’s in charge in a string quartet?
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have been putting their minds around one of the great mysteries of the universe. They set up the following study: ‘In two separate case studies, two internationally recognized string quartets repeatedly performed a short excerpt from the fourth movement of Haydn’s quartet Op. 74 no. 1, with intentional, but […]
First review for Brokeback Mountain is a rave
Juan Angel Vela del Campo of El Pais is first with a review of Charles Wuorinen’s new opera, Brokeback Mountain. He calls it ‘a hymn of freedom…. tightly structured… flawless.’ Read here (in Spanish).
Swiss foundation swoops for UK composer’s estate
The Paul Sacher Stiftung in Basle has paid an unspecified amount for the manuscripts and documents of Jonathan Harvey, who died in December 2012. The Sacher archive is the largest repository of 20th century composer materials. It is funded by the Hoffman-Laroche pharmacological fortune. photo: Maurice Foxall
Where’s Placido? Conducting Andrea Bocelli….
‘Just wrapped up the first 2 days as conductor of Andrea’s recording of Manon Lescaut in Valencia,’ writes the ex-tenor. The soprano, Ana Maria Martinez, does not get in the pictures.
Karajan’s favourite critic is dead
Karl Löbl, an Austrian journalist who devoted his career to boosting the Karajan machine, has died at the age of 83. Löbl made his name with a scoop in 1955, getting the naive Karl Böhm to state on the record that he would not allow being director of the Vienna State Opera to interfere with […]