A tenor laments the abolition of San Diego Opera
It was one of the best places to work, says Richard Leech in his open letter, and Ian Campbell was the best of bosses. Such a shame it had to go. More lament than protest. Here’s his letter. One of our readers has noted that San Diego’s budget of $15 million equates to the annual turnover […]
First take on the new Steve Jobs opera
We’ve been sent rehearsal footage from the upcoming French multimedia opera, Steve Five (King Different). Its creators are Roland Auzet and Fabrice Melquiot and it opened on the fringes of Lyon this week. With singing lines such as ‘on part maintenant à New York’, it certainly is different from the original pomme.
And this nun can sing
The US classical charts have been dominated for a month by Decca’s Benedictines. Now Sister Cristina Scuccia is storming The Voice of Italy game show. Whatever happened to the virtues of solitude?
Putin’s pet journalist is banned in new EU sanctions
We hear that the Russian journalist named in the new list of the west’s unwanted is Dmitry Kiselev, head of the Russia Today media group, mouthpiece for Vladimir Putin. Earlier this week Kiselev said on Russian television that Russia was ‘the world’s only country that is ready to turn the USA into radioactive ash’.
A Vienna soprano buries her husband
The Staatsoper was cast in gloom today as Genia Kühmeier attended the funeral of her husband, Martin Siebzehnriebl, who died on March 14 after a severe illness. The Austrian soprano has been obliged over recent weeks to cancel international engagements. Colleagues and admirers may wish to send condolences to her Facebook page. Our sympathies to the artist […]
Wake up, you’re conducting two unseen works tonight!
At eight-thirty this morning the Paris-based conductor George Pehlivanian was getting the day on its feet when the phone rang. ‘You’re conducting tonight in Madrid,’ said his agent. ‘And two of the pieces are world premieres. Go straight to rehearsal. Do not pass go.’ Sergio Alapont had called in sick to the Spanish National Orchestra […]
San Diego Opera boss: I held two jobs, my wife had one
Ian Campbell, who this week announced the closure of San Diego Opera, has been explaining the generosity of his compensation. The local ABC affiliate found that Campbell earned around $508,000 in 2012, on the high side for the boss of a failing arts ensemble. “It is significant, there’s no question,” Campbell said. “But I do two jobs […]
Herbert von Karajan is rebranded
The late conductor chose his partners with care. The only major label for which he never recorded was Warner. But Warner now owns the former EMI Classics and is shamelessly rebranding Herbie as it own. Look.
Gergiev outlines his China policy
From an interview posted by Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts. Gergiev: I think China develops faster than any other country in the world. It’s a new opera stage. Q: How do you think co-production will give some positive effects to the opera market both in Russia and China? A: There is a big […]
Why Osmo is now a no-no in parts of the MO
It is widely assumed in the media that the departure of Minnesota Orchestra President Michael Henson paves the way for the return of Osmo Vänskä as music director. Not so. Here are a number of reasons we are hearing from within the MO and across the music industry as to why this might not be […]