What’s your ear-worm today?
Caption: Good news, sir: We’ve successfully removed the tune that was stuck in your head. (c) Leigh Rubin, 2009
Los Angeles mourns principal oboe and photographer
We have been informed of the death of David Weiss, principal oboe of the LA Phil for 30 years until his retirement in 2003. For much of that time, he was also the orchestra’s principal photographer. See gallery here. David first played in the orch in 1962, when he was just 15. He was professor […]
What’s killing criticism? The stars…
In his defence of the corpulent adjectives he used to describe a comely young singer in Glyndebourne’s Rosenkavalier, Richard Morrison, chief music critic of (London’s) Times, wrote on Thursday: ‘The Times has yet to receive a single letter, email or online comment objecting to what I wrote. Which suggests that the general public accepts that when people […]
Thank you, Richard Branson
An obituary in yesterday’s Times newspaper has obliged me to doff my hat to the attention-seeking entertainment and transportation mogul whose businesses seem to run more on ego than on fuel. Now, curb the the criticism. I have reason to be grateful to the high-flying Mr B. According to the eulogy for his sometime close […]
Violin star is cleared by tax authorities
We are relieved to report that the Danes have called off the dogs in the tax-dodge case they were building against Nikolai Znajder. The violinist, who has lived in Denmark only since he married in 2012, had laid out a full defence against having to pay tax in previous years. His defence has been accepted […]
Is this the best Covent Garden can show to students?
Covent Garden has announced, via a BBC education reporter, that its opening night next season will be reserved for students only, at prices ranging from £1 to £25. Genuine outreach or eye-catching stunt? Opinion is divided. Obviously, the more students you can get across an opera threshold, the more likely some of them are to return. […]
Video: A family that makes pianos together stays together
Piano’s Maene, in Belgium, is one of the few family-owned piano makers and distributors still in business. This lovely short promo doc demonstrates a domestic process that is fast disappearing and a connectivity with customers and public that is almost extinct. Watch.
A new way of walking about opera
Click the links embedded in the image here, and you will be led into a graphic video wonderworld of grand opera, front and back stage.
A singer’s green room is the loneliest place in the world
In timely fashion, after the week’s furore over singers’ body-image, the Royal Opera House has released a touching and revealing backstage film of Elizabeth Watts as she prepares to sing Zerlina for the first time in Kasper Holten’s production of Don Giovanni. To get her into the role, Kasper tells her to think of George […]