Dumbest music fund-raiser of the year
The email arrived this morning from a well-known contemporary music foundation. We’ll delete its identity out of pity, probably undeserved. Dear Norman, as you may know, (X, our chairman) is incredibly busy at the moment. He’s therefore passed on your email address and asked that I write to you on his behalf – in this […]
Hot new video: Renee Fleming cuddles up to KISS
Renée Fleming, coming up shortly on the televised broadcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Rub your eyes now.
School apologizes for sex abuse by music teacher
There’s a Royal Commission looking into a culture of abuse at a boy’s school in Hobart, Tasmania, music of it by the headmaster and music teacher. When one of the victims made a statement to police in the 1970s, the two suspects caught flights out of the country – one to South Africa, the other […]
Last word: But for the opera, would anyone remember Klinghoffer?
In my latest essay for Standpoint magazine (out today), I examine the troubled genesis of an opera that has generated far more heat than light. Setting aside the political issues, there are ethical considerations that have barely been discussed. For example: Klinghoffer’s daughters have a case: the makers of this opera had no right to […]
Farewell to Mr Mellifluous
Sad to learn of the death of Paul Vaughan, first presenter of Radio 4’s arts programme Kaleidscope (now Front Row) and the unseen voiceover of television science programme, Horizon. A renaissance man rare among BBC lifers, Paul could present and interview anything and anyone in no time flat. As a first-time author many years ago, […]
Record news: Marathon diva gets promoted at Decca
Rebecca Allen, whose charity marathon run we promoted on Slipped Disc, has been named managing director of Decca Records, promoted this morning from general manager. She moves into the seat vacated by Dickon Stainer. Becky, when she’s not running, wears killer heels. More than one self-designated ‘opera singer’ has felt their kick at the negotiating […]
Columnist to diva: How do you stay so thin?
Neil Steinberg is four-times-a-week columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. He’s been on the job for 18 years and has got the hang of it by now. His byline has made it into headlines. So the Sun-Times splash Steinberg: Opera is fini if the fat lady keeps singing is not altogether out of character. It tops a […]
Viking pianist gets agency deal
A Viking in glasses, now that’ll scare ’em. Press release: HarrisonParrott is delighted to welcome Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson to its roster for worldwide general management. Described by The New York Times as a “splendid pianist” and by Piano News as an “immense talent”, Víkingur is already a star in Iceland having won all the […]
Just in: Rome Opera returns as staff endorse tough deal
Everyone has agreed to take a pay cut and work harder. The workers voted 300-7 for the new deal. Play resumes tomorrow with Rusalka.
Why has it been 10 years since Hilary Hahn played the NY Philharmonic?
They’re breaking the ice tomorrow night, but what happened in 2004? And since? Apparently the last time she played with the orch was December 2004, the Elgar concerto with the late Sir Colin Davis. Post by New York Philharmonic.