Opera co-founder has died, aged 91
Lois Dick was a singer in Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, until the lights went on. In 1963, she co-founded Madison Opera and became its leading diva. Obituary here.
Gelb’s proposed lockout: the stage unions respond
Statement by Joe Hartnett, Assistant Dept. Director Stagecraft for I.A.T.S.E. On Metropolitan Opera Management’s Threat to Lock out Performers and Backstage Employees We want the show to go on. Our bargaining teams are very serious about hammering out an agreement with opera management. Several negotiating sessions have been scheduled over the next week. Management […]
Peter Gelb to Met staff: Prepare to be locked out
The manager has sent a letter his his employees, warning that he may shut the opera house down at the end of next week. Salient sentence: ‘If we are not able to reach agreements by July 31 that would enable the Met to operate on an economically sound basis, please plan for the likelihood of […]
Musicians to Peter Gelb: You’ll lose the city hundreds of millions of dollars
Union statement just in: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWednesday, July 23, 2014 Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb Threatens Lockout, Cancellation of the 2014/2015 Opera Season;Orchestra Musicians Denounce Gelb’s Long-Planned Lockout as a “Cynical strategy to cover up his failed management and lack of artistic vision” New York, NY–Wednesday, July 23, 2014–Local 802, American Federation of Musicians, […]
Max Hole is right about the Royal Festival Hall: Tear it down
For twenty-five years, in all forms of media, I have argued that London’s Royal Festival Hall is not fit for purpose as a classical venue. Over that period some £200 million of public money have been pumped into futile upgrades. The hall operators are presently asking for more. Sometimes I felt like a voice in […]
What’s wrong with this classical audience?
It’s Paris, 1968, and they are lots of young women in the audience. Whatever became of the girls in the orchestra stalls? Click the word ‘Post’ if video does not pop up. Post by Meloclassic.
Austrian Cross for Welsh opera boss
A richly deserved award for David Pountney, marking ten years as adventurous director of the Bregenz Festival. Press release: Welsh National Opera’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director, David Pountney, has been awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, First Class. He was presented the award by the President of the Republic […]
Breaking: US chamber orchestra shuts down
Lawrence Johnson has news of the closure of Boston’s Discovery Ensemble. Founded in 2008 by the young British conductor Courtney Lewis and a musicologist, David St George, it aimed to draw high school and university students into playing in a classical orchestra. Unfortunately, there weren’t enough donors around to sustain it. And Courtney’s gone on […]
Sick list: Hilary Hahn is out for the summer
The violinist joins an ever-lengthening line of stress and fracture victims. Her issue? An inflamed muscle. Her agents have told festivals it will keep her out for six weeks.
Where’s Gustavo? Chinese go Caracas as President Xi faces mangled anthem
A state visit by the Chinese president is something that brings out the best in most countries. Not Venezuela, apparently. President Xi Jinping was greeted by a rendering of the Chinese national anthem that, by the look on his face, made him want to turn back ad fly home. Just watch. As millions are doing […]
Dutch cellist wins festival prize
This might not normally make the news but on a national day of mourning in the Netherlands it is warming to report that Harriet Krijgh has been awarded the soloists prize at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. Previous winners include Daniel Hope and Julia Fischer. Go, Harriet!