Happy news for Midori
The Japanese-American violinist is expecting a baby. Midori, 42, has cancelled a performance this month with the New York Philharmonic. A statement said she ‘has been advised by her physicians to curtail work and travel for a brief period due to complications of pregnancy.’ We hope she’s well and are delighted for her.
Brigitte Fassbaender and the secret of happiness
When I met the great mezzo for a BBC Lebrecht Interview in 2008 (not presently available on line), I was struck by how comfortable she was – in herself, her relationship, her past, her place in the world – while remaining full of ambition, energy and an urge to improve the world of singing. Two […]
More big opera numbers from Berlin
Matching the Berlin Staatsoper’s record season, the Komische Oper has announced a huge increase in attendance – up to 85% capacity from 75 last year, and more than 30,000 extra tickets sold. The Komische, led by the Australian director Barry Kosky, was named opera house of the year by the magazine Opernwelt. Opera is […]
Dream job: Preserving the ush at Covent Garden
Job offer: The Royal Opera House produces some of the best opera and ballet in the world, in one of London’s most iconic buildings. We are currently seeking part-time Ushers to work at performances and events during the evening and daytime, providing first-class customer service and ensuring the safety and security of customers and visitors. […]
A doyenne of string players has died
We have been notified of the death of Kay Hurwitz, widow of the effulgent violinist Emanuel Hurwitz and herself a formidable force in strings education across Europe well into her 80s. Kay was a formidable viola player and chamber musician who developed her interests away from her husband’s high profile as leader (concertmaster) of the […]
Opera sells 101 percent of Ring tickets
Hot on the heels of the Met’s wretched Wagner returns comes news from Amsterdam that their recent Ring cycle sold out – and more. Presumably some tickets were sold twice over or some of the skimpier Dutch agreed to share their seat to achieve a 101% records. Statistics for Dutch National Opera 2013-14 season: 92% […]
Sexiest dance ever, wasted on a dishevelled baldie
Click the word ‘post’. Post by Rodrigo Pires. h/t: Yuliya Barsky From Brazil, needless to say.
Expectant Sonya cancels France
She was to have sung Carmina Burana in Orange in a fortnight, but the Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva has informed the organisers she is ‘awaiting a happy event’.
Who wants to sing chorus at the Met?
They’re advertising auditions for next season, if there is one. Click here.
Maestro moves: Swiss finds port in storm
In tough economic times, the Casa da Musica in Porto has landed an outstanding interpreter of modern works, Baldur Brönnimann.
Last week, no classical music was sold in the USA
The weekly Nielsen numbers are in and they are even worse than usual. The top-selling album, with 1,789 sales, is Casey Cresczendo of The Dear (sic) Hunter with a release called Amour and Attrition. It is described as a symphony – and may even be one (we have not yet received a copy) – but […]