Leaked emails: The Met’s defence of Klinghoffer
Now the Met’s season is going ahead, opposition to its production of John Adams’s opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, has intensified. We have been forwarded a complaint by a Met supporter and a response by Ann Ziff, on behalf of the board of the Metropolitan Opera. Read, and wonder. Dear Ann and Members of the […]
Grammy-winning pianist dies in New York, aged 39
Octavio Brunetti, who won a 2007 Grammy for his album Te Amo Tango, has died in New York of an unexplained infection. His family raised $33,000 in 16 days to help pay for his hospital treatment. Classically trained, Octavio became one of the leading tango pianists in Argentina, as well as conductor of the orchestra […]
Weird, or wonderful? Rachmaninov played by Leon Theremin on his hands-free machine
Rachmaninov plays Polka with his wife
Rare audio recording. Appalling sound, but such vitality.
Covent Garden’s oboe is caught cycling across America
David Presly plays oboe in the Royal Opera House orchestra. It’s a dark and arduous job, with few whiffs of fresh air. So when school is out, David gets on his bike and just rides. One summer he cycled from Britain to Iran. This month, he’s pedalling from San Francisco to New York, kipping down […]
‘3 in 5 UK musicians suffer psychological problems’
A survey by Help Musicians UK finds a high level of mental illness and substance abuse in the professional community. Of the 552 musicians who responded, more than half worked in classical music. Half of those who sought help from the National Health Service were disappointed by the outcome. Among the respondents, 45 percent reported […]
Kennedy Center picks principal viola, 25
Meet Allyson Goodman, 25, principal viola of the Kennnedy Center opera orchestra. She’s a recent winner of the Young Texas Artists Music Competition. h/t: Viola, Viola
Social scoop: Seiji Ozawa is a grandfather
Our social affairs correspondent brings news of a first child for Seiji and Vera Ozawa’s daughter, Seira. Seira’s first thank-you note (below) is to the Saito Kinen Orchestra and Festival. Our congrtulations to the whole family.
Lang Lang’s new arm candy
He’s been dining in Vienna with Bianca Jagger. Do we know who she is? Does he?
Wall Street Journal on Peter Gelb: ‘The unions ate his lunch’
In a quick counterbalance to its myopic puff-profile of Peter Gelb, the Journal has let Terry Teachout loose on the Met’s union agreements. Alone among US commentators, Teachout calls the capitulation by its proper name and cuts the manager down to size. He adds: ‘Everything that Mr. Gelb said prior to sitting down to negotiate left […]