Just in: Roberto Alagna sings on after being punched in the nose
The tenor was singing Tosca at Covent Garden when he took a blow to the face in the second act stage fight. Audience reports say he barely missed a beat, carried on singing and got stronger in the third act. Brings tears to your eyes. Let us know if you were there and noticed anything […]
Classical cannabis concerts will go ahead – privately
The Colorado Symphony is on a high. It won’t back down to Denver’s demand that it cancel the roll-your-own marijuana concerts. Instead, it has restaged them as invitation-only events, starting May 23. The orchestra that lights up America. (They can have the slogan for free).
Peter Gelb’s other headache
Talks open today with the stage unions. In a press statement overnight, they delivered the nub of their position: Despite the increased workload, labor costs for IA members have only risen by 2.91 percent since 2007. Meanwhile the Met’s budget has grown from $190 million to $311 million, a 60 percent increase. “The Met’s management, even […]
Major loss for the Met as star clarinet walks out
The New York Philharmonic has offered its vacant principal clarinet seat to Anthony McGill, a luminous personality at the Metropolitan Orchestra who has played as a soloist at the White House and other high places. Brian Wise reports on WQXR that Anthony has accepted the NY Phil seat, held by Stanley Drucker from 1948 to […]
Peter Gelb: Do not read this
Musicians of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra voted unanimously to authorise a strike if talks failed over improved pay and conditions. Slipped Disc asked the lead negotiator, clarinet player Jessica Phillips Rieske, what they aimed to achieve in the talks. Here is her reasoned reply, principled and clear-sighted. It was written just as the Met’s principal […]
Just in: Lang Lang teams up with a Korean boy band star
Tell me the point of this, please. In a tweet @NLebrecht. Or any other way you like. The other guy is Jun K, a Korean boy-band member.
Tinnitus was cause of Ohio composer’s death
The depression that brought about the death of Mark Flugge was connected to two years of suffering from ringing in his ears. A full account of the tragedy can be read here. There is a further posting on the university website here. Our sympathies to his family and friends.