Here’s what you missed at the Met
From the Polish tenor, Piotr Beczala: ‘We were prepared for everything but not for this!!!!! As one of the greatest singers says : 5 days in the season the voice sounds perfect, incredible ,amazing – and in those 5 days you don’t have performance… today was the day…’
Helga Schmidt is ‘in line for Italian job’
Our gola profonda reports: The sacked artistic director of the opera house in Valencia, Spain, could be up for a plum job in Italy. A round of musical chairs is being staged in the next few days at Bologna, Cagliari, Napoli, Genova, Bari, Parma, and possibly Florence. Parma, Verdi’s home town opera house, looks likely […]
Chief exec follows conductor out of royal orchestra
At the Royal Flanders Philharmonic, the Intendant Hans Verbugt has resigned with immediate effect. Two months ago, music director Edo de Waart did the same, apparently after players complained he was ‘too demanding’. Antwerp and the EU taxpayer are building a new concert hall for this orchestra. It was due to open later this year, […]
Be first to see new Traviata animation
Directed by Emily Knight for English National Opera. Just gone online. For more ENO/St Martin’s animations, click here.
New York violinist murder: two plead not guilty
The murder of Mary Whitaker last summer at her home in upstate New York horrified the music community. Mary was a well-loved member of several orchestras, a person with a ready smile for all and no known enemies. Two men, Jonathan Conklin, 43, and Charles Sanford, 30, were swiftly arrested in Buffalo. Their trial has […]
Sicklist: Vienna Phil flies in soprano sub from New York
Genia Kühmeier* has pulled out of a Mozart aria concert this Saturday. So the VPO have called in Marina Rebeka, who is just winding up a month at the Met, as Violetta and Musetta. Toi-toi to her. *(not, as previously reported Diana Damrau)
Darkness in Spain as top classical promoter considers bankruptcy
Ibermusica, the premier Spanish concerts organisation, has disclosed a one million Euro deficit. The family company, which has brought the world’s great orchestras and artists to Spain since 1971, has taken a devastating hit since the Euro debt crash. ‘Until four years ago the season was always sold through subscriptions,’ says the company’s founder, Alfonso […]
Tragic death of gifted US soprano, aged 30
The death has been reported of Jennifer Holbrook, an outstanding Peabody graduate whose professional roles included Violetta, Adalgisa, Manon (Massenet) and Leila (Pearl Fishers). Jennifer died in Philadelphia a week ago. No cause of death has been disclosed. She leaves a partner, William Davenport, who is also an opera singer; and their two year-old daughter, […]
Bavarian Opera goes for same-sex, mixed-race kiss
This is the arresting cover of the new issue of the Bayerische Staatsoper magazine, Max Joseph. Can’t see it happening at Covent Garden or the Met. Painting by Finnish artist Jani Leinonen.
You think it’s easy playing the piano backwards and upside down?
Lara Downes has offered us her least comfortable publicity pic. Artists are invited to send us their worst posed portraits. Go on…. you know you want to. Classicalmusicianslookinguncomfortable#16
In Seoul, music director’s enemies accuse him of ‘crimes’
Allies of the ousted chief executive of the Seoul Philharmonic are stirring up the Seoul media against the music director Myung Whun Chung. Chung is being accused of using official plane seats for his family over the past ten years and has been ordered to pay back $12,000. This sounds more like a mishap than […]