Both countertenors get through to Operalia final
Two high guys made the final cut. Here’s the full list for tomorrow’s final, conducted by Placido Domingo: Mario Chang (tenor, Guatemala, 24)Anaïs Constans (soprano, France, 26)Carol Garcia (mezzo-soprano, Spain 30)Joshua Guerrero (tenor, USA/Mexico, 31)John Holiday (countertenor, USA, 29)Alisa Kolosova (mezzo-soprano, Russia, 27)Abdellah Lasri (tenor, Morocco, 32)Yi Li (tenor, China, 30)Andrey Nemzer (countertenor, Russia, 31)Christina Poulitsi (soprano, Greece, 31)Mariangela Sicilia (soprano, Italy, 28)Rachel Willis-Sørenson (soprano, […]
Julie Andrews has a new list of Favourite Things
Just dropped into our mailbox: To commemorate her birthday , actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan’s RadioCityMusic Hall for the benefit of the AARP. One of the musical numbers she performed was ‘My Favorite Things’ from the legendary movie ‘Sound Of Music’. Here are the new lyrics she used: Botox and nose drops and […]
Chicago Symphony: The exodus accelerates
A third senior executive has quit Chicago in what is starting to look like mass flight. First, Deborah Rutter resigned as president to take over the Kennedy Center. Then Martha S. Gilmer quit as artistic v-p to go off and run San Diego Symphony. Now, the CSO’s #3, artistic administrator Nick Winter has announced he’s heading […]
Israeli army performs Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah
The instrumentation is interesting and the atmosphere cool, but the song is stripped of its low-down-and-dirty intimacy and the translation into Hebrew is downright awkward. The great singer-songwriter, 80 next month, has never wavered in his devotion to Israel. See what you think. Click here.
Now BBC TV shuts out Britain’s top composer
BBC4, the minority culture channel of the national broadcaster, is relaying a delayed Proms concert tonight. Excluded from the broadcast is Sonance Severance 2000, a work by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, who is widely regarded as the country’s most original composer. Why take it off TV? Because the controllers of television are terrified their viewers might […]
Joan Rivers ‘in critical condition’
The comedian who provoked a recent furore with outrageous comments about Palestinians stopped breathing this morning while undergoing throat surgery. She is said to be in a critical condition. Ms Rivers is 81.
Rock star makes huge gift to orchestra… in Jerusalem
Details are still sketchy, but it appears that Neil Y0ung has made ‘a very substantial donation’ to the Jerusalem Foundation, for the purpose of training an orchestra of Jewish and Arab children. Mark Sofer, the Foundation’s president, said: ‘We’re very grateful to the artist Neil Young for his great generosity in giving to a Foundation […]
Best city to live in Spain?
We established yesterday that New York and Los Angeles are not the most cultured places to live in the US. What about Spain, then? A survey published on El Pais rules out Madrid and Barcelona for all sorts of social reasons. So where, then? The best place for a foreigner to live in Spain is, […]
Joy at last: Millions flood into Minnesota Orchestra
The former lock-out ensemble has announced $13.2 million in four separate gifts. Ten million came from one donor. The new season opens September 5 with Renee Fleming. Report here.
Welcome to Mahler4, the ugliest tower in town
This new office block in Amsterdam is known as Mahler 4, because it is situated on Gustav Mahlerlaan. The composer would have gone berserk. Specifications below. Architect: UNStudio Client: Mahler 4 VOF, Consortium G&S Vastgoed, ASR Vastgoed, ING Real Estate Location: Gustav Mahlerlaan, Zuid-as, Amsterdam Program: offices Building area: 28.280 m² Volume: 118.878 […]