Israel Yinon’s daughter: He died doing what he loved best in the world
Shir-Ran Yinon has posted the following message in Hebrew and German on her father’s Facebook page: (Slipped Disc translation:) Father died doing what he loved best in the world, the thing to which he dedicated himself in full – music. He collapsed in the Summit movement of the Alpine symphony… He died while he was […]
David Garrett’s Paganini film is ‘a washout’
The German-American violinist’s biopic has just opened – to appalling reviews. Variety: Providing a performance that’s so wooden and unconvincing that his director habitually cuts away from his face during dialogue — the better to mask the awkwardness of his line deliveries — Garrett proves a washout in this formulaic period piece, whose minimal commercial prospects are […]
Dude buys $2.8 million pad with pool
The LA Times reports a new dive into the property market by music director Gustavo Dudamel. The residence in Los Feliz, for which he paid $2.775 million, is ‘a 1923 Four Square-style house with Mediterranean flair… the 3,600-square-foot house retains its Juliet balconies, high coved ceilings and large windows. [Plus] stylish new interiors, a state-of-the-art […]
Korean principal wins Leipzig Mendelssohn prize
Sara Kim, 27, has been announced as the winner of the viola section of the Mendelssohn Prize. Daejon born, Sara is solo viola of the Braunschweig state orchestra and the Berliner Ensemble.
NY police release Met protestor without charge
We have been informed that Dr Roman Torgovitsky was released from custody on Friday evening, after being arrested the night before for invading the stage of the Metropolitan Opera during curtain calls. He will not be charged with any offence.
Prokofiev vs Oistrakh: full match report
Many musicians play chess to sharpen their minds and kill hours in trains and planes. Some are rather good at it. The composer Sergei Prokofiev was good enough to steal a game off an international grandmaster. But he met his match in David Oistrakh. Read a move-by-move account of their contest here. (The young woman looking on […]
Should the Met impose life ban on stage protestor?
There was widespread concern last year when Harvard banned one of its doctoral graduates for life after he mounted a stage where Vladimir Spivakov and the Moscow Virtuosi were performing. The protestor, Dr Roman Torgovitsky, is a biomedical scientist ad martial arts practitioner. He is also a voluble anti-Putin activist. Last night, Dr Torgovitsky mounted […]
Apart from that, Mrs Bluebeard, how did you enjoy the show?
Our intrepid New York operagoers, Elizabeth Frayer and Shawn Milnes, went to see the protests at the Met and stayed to see the premiere. Iolanta, says Shawn, ‘featured some of the best singing I have heard in my adult life at the Met.’ Bluebeard, says Elizabeth, was ‘truly scary’. Read their double/double review here.
A 14 year-old girl will play in the symphony tonight
Giannella is a passionate viola player from Denver who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Today, she is rehearsing with the Colorado Symphony and tonight she will join its viola section in concert. Nice.
ENO’s choice: Sack him, or suck it
Two resignations in a week at English National Opera – the chairman and chief executive – have brought the figure of artistic director John Berry into sharp focus. It is no secret that the Arts Council has been been demanding his head, in exchange for a £7.5 million sweetener. They accuse Berry of […]
Opera that banned ‘unhealthy’ Carmen has new conductor
West Australia Opera became an international laughing stock last year when its chief executive, Carolyn Chard, cancelled a Carmen production as part of a health-sponsorship deal. Both artistic director Joseph Colaneri and chorus master Joseph Nolan walked out. Chard has now appointed Brit-based Aussie conductor Brad Cohen as her next artistic director. He’s doing Faust. Does […]