Met parts company with its press director
The Metropolitan Opera is parting company with Peter E. Clark, director of its ineffectual press office. Clark is taking early retirement in March after 30 years at the Met. Never a proactive press director, he is not personally to blame for the company’s negative media profile. His departure is unlikely to get the Met […]
Lorin’s fond farewell: streamed live tomorrow
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Artist moves: Cami signs Swiss pianist
The giant CAMI agency, which shows few vital signs these days, has awoken to take on the Swiss-Chinese pianist and magician, Louis Schwizgebel. Press release below. Columbia Artists Management LLC welcomes pianist Louis Schwizgebel to its esteemed roster of instrumentalists effective immediately. Schwizgebel will join the office of R. Douglas Sheldon. A BBC Radio 3 […]
Which Verdi opera?
A new production, a famous quartet… another clue? Rigoletto, opened this week at the Salzburg Landestheater.
Time to say goodbye: Top conductor retires
The modernist conductor Michael Gielen has laid down his baton on health grounds at the age of 87. Gielen was principal conductor of the Belgian National_Orchestra, 1969–73, the Cincinnati Symphony 1980–86 and Southwest German Radio SO, 1986–99, as well as Intendant and GMD of Frankfurt Opera, 1976-86. He has been active lately in trying to block a merger […]
France loses its last brass instrument maker
The instrument maker Courtois, founded in 1789, will shut in December. The company specialised in trombones. Courtois are the only kind played at the Met. The Courtois brand will be maintained in Germany by the Buffet Crampon group. Small craft makers are being driven out of France by a nose-dive economy and crippling social legislation. The […]
Decline of the West: Carmen-ban opera house loses its artistic heads
West Australian Opera, which made headlines by banning Carmen on health grounds, is losing artistic director Joseph Colaneri and chorus master Joseph Nolan after the current Trovatore. Neither, it seems, was offered a new contract by the general manager Carolyn Chard, who said the board was ‘reviewing the structure of the company’. That’s manager-speak for shrinking […]
Dawn raid: Detroit snatches highly-rated cellist from New York Philharmonic
Wei Yu, 34, a New York Philharmonic cellist since 2007, has been named principal with Leonard Slatkin’s DSO. ‘Every aspect of his audition with us was spectacular,’ said Slatkin, ‘from the solo spotlight to his leadership of the section during his trial week.’ Still, Detroit?? Actually, it looks like smart career move. Detroit is renewing […]
Diva takes a dive: Joyce falls after singing national anthem
All in blue and bare of accompaniment, the mezzo from Kansas City gave her all in Game 7 of the World Series. But no sooner had she finished singing than she hit the dirt. Here’s AP: (Photo (c) Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports) KANSAS CITY, Mo. – (AP) — Oops, another national anthem stumble at […]
‘15% of the new works we perform are by women’ (but less than 2% of the old)
The Baltimore Symphony has conducted a survey of 21 major US orchs. Here’s what they found.
Ivan Fischer shakes it up, inviting audience to sit inside the orchestra
The restless Hungarian maestro’s latest experiment is a concert series starting next week at the Konzerthaus Berlin in which certain players in the orchestra vacate their seats for audience members. Here’s the plan: Unser Chefdirigent Iván Fischer ist immer für neue Ideen gut. Für diese Saison hat er sich etwas ausgedacht, das es so noch […]