Bayreuth bass has died, aged 66
Manfred Klein, a prize winner at the 1976 centennial Richard Wagner competition, has died at 66. Born in Bayreuth, he sang various roles there. Much of his career was spent at Wiesbaden, but he was heard on several international stages, including Amsterdam, Vienna and Prague.
The weekend read: The slow death of a sacked NY arts director
The sad tale of Sol Adler is told in New York magazine. Click here.
Just in: Bayreuth calls in ex-Cologne boss to steer a safe Parsifal
Katharina Wagner has appointed Uwe Eric Laufenberg, the overspending former intendant of Cologne, to direct Parsifal in 2016. She had previously fired Jonathan Meese, over alleged budgetary concerns. It’s a fantasy world, Bayreuth.
Jury president stacks competition with 13 of his students
A list of 31 contestants has been announced for the Boris Goldstein Competition, founded in memory of his own teacher by the eminent violin teacher, Zachar Bron. Professor Bron will be president of the jury. We understand that 13 of the participants admitted are Professor Bron’s students. We wish the best of luck to the […]
A Russian violinist wins big in France
Aylen Pritchin, 27, from St Petersburg was announced last night as winner of the Thibaud round of the Long Thibaud Crespin competition. He receives 25,000 Euros. Second was Naoka Aoki, 22 (Japan) Third: Frederike Starkloff, 24 (Germany) Fourth: Kyung Ji Min, 19 (South Korea) Fifth: Hildegarde Fesneau, 19 (France) The jury was chaired by the distinguished Italian soloist, […]
US music director steps down to do missionary work
Change is coming fast at the San Diego Symphony with the arrival of CEO Martha Gilmer from Chicago. Jahja Ling, 63, music director since 2004, has announced he’s stepping down. He told the orchestra: ‘After the 2016-17 season, I look forward to pursuing more international guest conducting, passing on the great musical traditions to the […]
Could you pass the Mike Nichols classical radio test?
Andrew Patner has sent us ultimate audio of the announcer test set by Mike Nichols more than 60 years ago and still in use at WFMT Chicago. You are allowed to make one mistake. After that, it’s next candidate please…. Ready? Click here for two versions.
Director leaves Frankfurt Oper rehearsal … to have a baby
La Sonnambula opens on November 30. Tina Lanik’s second child was not due until December. But new babies wait for no-one. Happily, when Tina went into labour her husband was on hand. He is the stage and costume designer for Sonnambula, Stefan Hagenier. Bellini’s all round. We hear the new baby’s middle name is Amina, […]
What’s up at the Met? The deficit
Peter Gelb has owned up to another bad year – a $22 million loss, the worst in history. The deficit is 7% of total budget. Once before, in 1984, it was 10%. But in cash terms this year’s results are awful beyond precedent. Ticket sales are down, donations are weak. Gelb has not published the […]
My kids ask every evening, ‘who’s putting us to bed tonight?’ – A Met musician’s tale.
The recent existential dispute with Peter Gelb and his board has liberated many musicians in the Metropolitan Opera orchestra to speak freely about their lives, inside and outside the Met. Kari Jane Docter, a cellist, is married to Bruno Eicher, an assistant concertmaster. She loves her job. Read how much here. photo: Pedro Diaz