Sombre news: A much-loved English tenor is lying in a coma
Brian Galliford, who overcame a brutal battle with mouth cancer in the 1990s and went on to sing significant roles at Covent Garden, Glyndebourne and La Scala, has suffered a brain haemorrhage and is lying in a coma in a Lyon hospital. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. You may send good wishes […]
Iron-gloved Renée debuts on an Arab stage
Renée Fleming’s concert last night in Abu Dhabi was her first in the Arab world. It went well, we read. Not sure about the arm-length black gloves, though. Must have been a cold wind in the Gulf.
A conductor gets his top off (in the interests of science)
In Munich, he’s now the poster boy for Cool Britannia. Maestro Daniel Harding, flying in for a Mahler 6th, agreed to take part in a BR project on cardio-vascular health. One of those before and after tests. His heart rate is fine, we’re told. The physician, two days later, is still hyperventilating. Photo: […]
Critic wins ten grand for ‘services to classical music’
This doesn’t happen often, so enjoy it while you can. The Faz critic Eleonore Büning has been announced as winner of the Heidelberg Festival Prize. The judges cited her ‘substanziell und nachhaltig für die Vermittlung von klassischer Musik’ (substantial and sustainable service to the promotion of classical music). Büning, 62, is also chair of the […]
New video: In Odessa, a different mob rules
The Odessa Philharmonic this weekend (apparently), conductor Hobart Earle.
Two orchs decide to share conductor
The Residentie Orchestra of The Hague has announced a new chief conductor. It’s Jan Willem de Vriend, who is already chief of the Dutch SO, an ensemble embroiled in a bitter legal battle over its name. The two orchestras have – unusually – agreed to share Vriend’s services. They are in different parts of the (small) country. […]
Inside tip: Gloom for DC as Eschy gets new contract
Orch insiders tell us that Christoph Eschenbach’s contract as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra is to be renewed tomorrow. Eschy is the third highest paid maestro in the US, on $1.93 million a year. He has received some of the worst reviews of any top stick this past year. A sizeable part of […]
Palm Beach Opera regrets its tenor is ‘unable to perform the services required’
Tales of Hoffmann went ahead without Giuseppe Filianoti for the above unusual, cryptic reason. Do they mean he can’t sing the role? Or passed his sell-by? Either way, the stand-in tenor was a flop and the production staggered. David Fleshler was there for SFCR. Read his review here.
Twitter kills off Twitter music
It’s unmatched for short messages and instant snaps, but the #Twitter Music stream has not fulfilled expectations. The Twitter-powered app aimed to help people find music based on who they followed. A trendy idea, but dumb. The Twitter #Music app has been removed from the Apple App Store, and the rest of the service will be shut down […]