Update: Alex Ross demolishes Mrs Bach
I was meant to be seeing a preview last week of ‘Written by Mrs Bach’, a documentary claiming to prove that Anna Magdalena wrote some of her husband’s cello suites. The theory originates from Martin Jarvis, a professor at Charles Darwin University in Northern Territory, Australia. It is disputed by John Butt and Ruth Tatlow and in the […]
Looks like curtains for Orchestra as Ulster wakes up to 10% budget cut
The Belfast Telegraph reports today that ministers are having to trim £850 million from their departments by next week. The Ulster Orchestra, facing insolvency within a month, may have run out of willing saviours. If the orch survives, insiders say, it will be at most a chamber ensemble.
First glimpse of Sondheim’s Into the Woods, made in Hollywood
Stephen Sondheim sounds quite keen on the trailer. Can Meryl Streep sing? You decide. Click here. Also starring: Blunt, Depp, Kendrick, Pine, Simon Russell Beale. Opens January.
Pop news: Morrisey orders lunch for Liszt piano competition
Contestants and judges at the International Franz Liszt Competition in Utrecht, Netherlands, came down to lunch to find that meat and fish had been banned from the canteen menu. The British pop singer Morrisey was due to perform in the venue and he had banned all flesh from the premises. ‘We try to honour our […]
No bargains: Marconi’s violin fetches $1 million
A purported Antonio Stradivari which once belonged to Alfonso Marconi (pictured), brother of the radio pioneer, sold today at Sotheby’s London for £624,000 – more than three times its pre-sale estimate. Celebrity, celebrity…. press release: The London-based specialist musical instrument auctioneers Ingles & Hayday today (Tuesday, October 28, 2014) sold a violin attributed to Antonio Stradivari which […]
Franco Zeffirelli threatens Aida action against La Scala
The veteran director, 91, has accused the theatre of ‘banning’ his 2006 Aida production and selling it to an opera house in Kazakhstan. ‘La Scala’s vile procedure will require the firm intervention of the magistrature,’ said the director, accusing La Scala of trying to erase him from its history. La Scala’s Aida is due to open […]
Video: Nick Cave leads the fight to stop Brussels opera cuts
This has just gone up on La Monnaie sites from the Australian singer, songwriter, allround artist. Watch. Post by La Monnaie De Munt.
Ebène Quartet unwrap their new violist
He’s 23 (that’s legal for a string quartet). He’s French (only to be expected). And he can sing (they sometimes do that for an encore). Replacing Matthieu Herzog, who has gone off after 15 years to become a conductor, meet… Adrien Boisseau.
Always wanted to be an opera angel?
You can buy the costume for as little at 65 Euros at this week’s props sale at the Opéra Comique in Paris. Click here. Ready for wear on Judgement Day. Devils, he and she, also available.
Please tell me this is a hoax
Apparently not. It’s the work of Polish artist Zbigniew Libera and it has been exhibited in 2002 at the Jewish Museum in New York. More here and here.
Gergiev’s Ring is barely half sold
They have begin deep discounting today on tickets for a Mariinsky Ring cycle, opening in Birmingham next week. Around half the seats are still unsold. There have been local complaints that prices are far too high – £75 to £200 a seat – and there is growing unease about Valery Gergiev’s involvement with the occupationist […]