Maestro quits Vienna after tenor tiff
The French conductor Betrand de Billy has stormed out of the Vienna State Opera’s new Lohengrin after differences of opinion wkth the director Andreas Homoki and the star tenor Klaus Florian Vogt. ‘It’s about two minutes of music in an opera that lasts four and a half hours,’ sighed opera boss Dominique Meyer. The Finnish […]
Carlos Kleiber’s Rodolfo has died
The tenor Ottavio Garavento, who starred in Kleober’s 1981 Boheme at La Scala with Mirella Freni, has died aged 80. A stalwart of Claudio Abbado’s era, Garavento had a repertoire of 113 roles.
Britannia rules as Vienna Opera raises its ticket prices
There will be six new productions next season, and an extra five percent on the ticket price. ‘We had no alternative,’ says general director Dominique Meyer. The programme has a distinct Anglo tendency with the Vienna premiere of Thomas Ades’s The Tempest, conducted by the composer; Covent Garden chief Kasper Holten will direct Mozart’s Idomeneo […]
Faltering Juilliard hits back with three major signings
The New York conservatory has been losing ground. Curtis, Cleveland and others have been creating the stars of tomorrow. So Juilliard has dug deep and added three piano powerhouses to its faculty – the British virtuoso Stephen Hough (pictured), Daniil Trifonov’s teacher Sergei Babayan and the Busoni winner Hung-Kuan Chen. Announcement here.
Fresh tremors as US opera company cancels its last production
Word from Indianapolis is they can’t afford next month’s Albert Herring. Cast members have been stood down. The company is said to be in financial difficulties after poor ticket sales. Let’s hope and pray it’s not the third crash this season in American opera.
A stalking horse for the BBC
After we had remarked on the paucity of qualified candidates to head the BBC Proms and Radio 3, a kind spirit sent us the cv of the current head of Welsh Rugby: (Our man) was appointed Group Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Union and the Millennium Stadium in 2006. He returned home to Wales […]
Women are taking over barber shop (and about time, too)
They’re called GQ and they – are – good. h/t: Andre Solomon-Glover
More upheaval at Dartington
Having dismissed Nicholas Daniel after one year as summer school director, the chaotic Devon trust has appointed the pianist Joanna Macgregor to take charge for the next three years. Nick has been treated shabbily. Can Joanna expect better? Story here.
BBC announces new bosses in music and arts
Roger Wright showed exquisite timing in his resignation. This looks like yet another added layer of much-loved BBC bureaucracy. Two memos: Dear All, Today, we’re announcing the biggest commitment we’ve made in the arts for a generation. As I said last autumn, I want BBC Arts and BBC Music to sit proudly alongside […]
The next BBC music chief will be….
… probably none of the names that have been speculated in today’s papers in the wake of Roger Wright’s resignation as head of BBC Proms and Radio 3. It won’t be easy to find the right person. There is a lamentable paucity of proven managerial talent in the 30-45 age range. The likely runners are: […]