Can opera change anything?
In the course of discussing the Death of Klinghoffer controversy in this month’s Standpoint magazine, I found myself drawn to a fundamental question on the function and purpose of opera: Not since Auber’s La Muette de Portici fomented Belgian revolution in 1830 and Verdi’s Nabucco defined Italian nationalism in 1842 has an opera provoked […]
Two Koreans in Geneva piano finals
Results of the Semi-Final round (candidates selected for the Finals) Mr. Igor ANDREEV 26 y.o., Russia Mr. Honggi KIM 26 y.o., South Korea Ms. Pallavi MAHIDHARA 26 y.o., United States Ms. Ji-Yeong MUN 26 y.o., South Korea Members of the piano Jury 2014 : Pascal Rogé, France, Chairman Pascal Devoyon, France Gabriel Kwok, […]
Dutch conductor is at odds with his US orchestra
Dallas News reports serious fictions between music director Jaap van Zweeden and his musicians: ‘The musicians have been telling me they’re extraordinarily uncomfortable with the work environment, and they feel at times like they’re being browbeaten excessively in rehearsals by the music director,’ says Ken Krause, president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Professional Musicians Association. Jaap admits […]
Iranian maestro declines French honour
Iranian state media are reporting that the eminent composer and tar virtuoso Hossein Alizadeh has turned down the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Alizadeh, 63, a three-times Grammy winner, said it was his principle not to accept titles. ‘The art-loving people and my dear compatriots have bestowed upon me the highest honour many […]
Pictures at an audition for the Vienna Philharmonic
In a pre-New Year’s attempt to deflect criticism of their anti-feminism and racism, the Vienna Philharmonic have issued seven pictures of last week’s audition, accompanied by explanatory texts. It breaches 170 years of secrecy but does not clarify much (see below). Official text in italics. Auditions take place at the Gustav Mahler Hall (usually one […]
No doubt now who’s boss in Salzburg
They are circulating this new image of Cecilia Bartoli, taken on Friday after she signed on to be head of the Whitsun Festival until 2021.
Tenor on the loose: Jonas Kaufmann is ‘in love with an opera director’
The Good Book says it is not good for a man to be alone. The recently separated tenor has been seen out and about with Christiane Lutz, a young opera director working mainly at Graz and Lübeck. She has a Handel Rinaldo opening this week at the Theater an der Wien. Eat your heart out, […]
How much of an ‘American musician’ was Leonard Bernstein?
There’s a new biography of Lennie in Yale’s Jewish Lives series. What is the point of applying ethnic and national categories? I take issue with the author’s subtitle in a review for the JC. Read it here.
Panufnik day in London makes the New York Times
Delighted to see that our composer focus at King’s Place tomorrow has made the Manhattan breakfast table. Click here for the article, here to join us for a Sunday of surprises with a cabaret finish.
Record gloom: Classical distributor collapses
T2 Entertainment, which took on many small labels in the Low Countries after Codaex went out of business 13 months ago, has followed its predecessor into oblivion. The crash leaves a welter of labels without distribution in the crucial pre-Christmas month. Classical Music magazine reports that ex-EMI vet Theo Lap is trying to set up […]
Gergiev ends LSO Australia tour, takes other orch to China
The London Symphony Orchestra ended an Australian tour with Valery Gergiev yesterday. Tomorrow, he’s conducting the Mariinsky orchestra for three nights in Taiwan, followed by two more in Beijing. Then a weeklong Russian tour and on to Italy. He does not get a night off until December 16. What kind of music can those audiences […]