Breaking blizzard: The Met cancels premiere
Running story… 1230 The Met intends to go ahead with Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle Monday night, but says keep checking the website, www.metopera.org. We’ll update as we hear more. pictured: Manhattan in blizzard of 1947 IMPORTANT UPDATE: The mayor of New York had just announced no non-emergency vehicles on the street after 11pm. The […]
Both soloists sick for tomorrow’s Bluebeard
Andrea Meláth & Bálint Szabó have unfortunately had to withdraw from tomorrow night’s performance @southbankcentre due to ill-health, tweets the RPO. We’re enormously grateful to Ildikó Komlósi & Willard White for taking over their roles at such short notice. Not a bad swap. Dutoit conducts.
This record should not work
Who, of right mind, would reduce a Shostakovich symphony to three solo instruments and percussion and expect the result to be musical? Kolja Blacher, that’s who. His new release is my Album of the Week on sinfinimusic.com. Absolutely arresting. Click here.
Britain’s first woman trumpeter has died
Joan Hinde’s earliest fame came with a BBC performance of the Haydn trumpet concerto, never broadcast before by a woman. She went on to make her name in light entertainment, and boy could she play. Joan has died, aged 81, in Chichester (credit: The Obit Patrol).
Zakhar Bron stacks finals with his own pupils. Again.
We had assurances that the first Boris Goldstein violin competition, organised in his own teacher’s memory by the virtuoso teacher Zakhar Bron, would be entirely clean and transparent. Yeah, right. Nine of the 14 finalists are Bron students. Additionally, although Ida Haendel is listed as one of the judges we’ve heard from her […]
Gergiev and the three bears
This is the latest graphic provocation from the anti-Putin group that is picketing Valery Gergiev’s tour of the US. There were further protests in Michigan this weekend. Anti-Gergiev and Netrebko demonstrations are expected tonight at the Met. UPDATE: We’ve just heard the demo has been postponed due to anticipated blizzards.
Forever and ever singer is no more
The vastly popular Greek singer Demis Roussos died in Athens on election day. He was 68. His record sales exceeded 60 million.
Helga’s counted them all out… and she’s still there
When Helga Rabl-Stadler became president of the Salzburg Festival, Nikolaus Harnoncourt walked out. Well, that’s Salzburg, always someone walking out. But not Helga. Entering office 20 years ago today (she had previously run the Salzburg chamber of commerce), she has clung on through thick and thin, progressive regimes and laughably mediocre, for longer than anyone […]
Classical musicians looking uncomfortable (15)
It must be curtains for Domingo. They’re coming to take him away.