Osmo Vänskä is on his way back
The Finn has been telling friends in Minneapolis that he’s negotiating a return as music director, now the orch president Michael Henson, is on his way out. ‘We started negotiations last Saturday, and I think that the purpose of those negotiations is to try to find out if there is a way for me to […]
San Diego Opera says its boss will get no payoff
The chair of San Diego Opera, which has shut down abruptly, has issued a strong statement denying that the closure was designed to protect the pension pots of its chief executive Ian Campbell and his ex-wife Ann. The Campbell couple earned $800,000 a year from the company, equal to five percent of its budget. ‘They […]
What Germans do for music: some numbers
The average German spends 56 Euros a year on music. If he’s male, he might spend 80. One in four bought a CD last year. Among the 30-49 age group it was almost one in two (47.9%). But only one in ten (11%) bought a download. They’re keen, the Germans, but not quick. The stats […]
How Georg Solti freshened up his scores
An online exhibition from Harvard shows how the conductor varied the colours he used in his score markings to show himself how his ideas changed down the years. Even in his sheet for Bear Down Chicago Bears.
Vital statistics on the state of American opera
David Gockley of San Francisco Opera has been delivering some home truths after the collapse of San Diego. He called San Diego ‘one of the best-run companies in the country for decades’ and outlined a parallel decline in his own company’s finances. His figures, below, make essential reading: San Francisco Opera Operating budget: 1980: […]
‘The President of the USA is disrupting my concert’
The violinist Linus Roth is playing tonight in Brussels. Unluckily, the concert coincides with a visit by Barack Obama. Linus writes: The presence of a politician like President Obama can affect us artists. In Brussels, where I am stepping in as a soloist with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Ivor Bolton in the Palais […]
Did you sing in this 1960s boy-abuse choir?
Campaigner Ian Pace is appealing for anyone who sang in the London Boy Singers in the 1960s to contact him. Its director Alan Doggett, who went on to work with Andrew Lloyd Webber, is suspected of being an active paedophile. He worked with more than 1,000 boys. The police will reopen his file if enough […]
UK to get new-built £40m Conservatoire
They’re knocking down the Birmingham Conservatoire (three cheers). It’s one of the ugliest sights on earth. But they’ve agreed to build a new one. Can we see the architect’s plans, please, before it goes up?
Violin is lost on London Underground
Please spread the word. It’s a 1919 Paul Lorange. Satoko Fukuda @satoko_fukuda Follow Help! Violin lost on the tube. Kind Londoners pls retweet and help me to find my violin before Concert this Sunday! Reward to finder.
Tony Hall’s arts vision boils down to the Bob and Jonty show
There is no doubting the good intentions of Tony Hall, former Covent Garden director whisked back into the crisis-ridden BBC. Tony, head of news in the John Birt era, brought with him a reputation for fair dealing, clear decision-making and a passion for the performing arts. Yesterday, he unveiled the mission. It is a bold […]
‘The finest viola in existence’?
The New York Times, which is helping Sotheby’s hype up the price for the late Peter Schidlof’s Stradivarius, pays no critical attention to the claims made for the instrument, or to its projected $45 million price. It is one of only ten extant Strad violas. Here is David Aaron Carpenter playing the instrument that was […]