Opera chief quits after 53 days
Regina Han, appointed only last month as general director of Korea National Opera, has resigned under pressure of a hostile media campaign. A coalition of musical organisations claimed she lacked experience for the job. Regina, 44, had an international career as a singer in Europe and Japan before turning to scholarship and administration. She said: […]
How Bayreuth cured a Nazi depression
Wonderful clip from Karl Ritter’s Stukas (1941) just posted on www.wagneropera.net. A sick Luftwaffe pilot is cured of his depression by listening to Götterdämmerung at Bayreuth. The music revives him to climb back into the cockpit and bomb civilians in England. You see where all this Wagner leads?
Just in: Report calls for ‘equality quotas’ in classical music
New research by Dr Christina Scharff at Kings College London finds extensive inequalities at every level of the classical music profession with regard to sex, class, education and ethnicity. Among its findings: – The proportion of women working in the arts and cultural sector has fallen to 43%; – women earn less than men (£29,015, compared […]
How few records can a Met star sell?
The weekly list of US classical sales becomes ever more depressing. Only Bocelli reached 1,000 CD and download sales on Nielsen Soundscan last week; the next best record failed to sell 400. But the most shocking stat is that a new DG release by Piotr Beczala, the Polish tenor who has been wowing Met audiences […]
Russian Wagner director faces Pussy Riot charge
A production of Tannhäuser in Novosibirsk has drawn a complaint from the Russian Orthodox church and a police charge of offending religious sensibilities against the director, Timofei Kulyabin. production shot He is accused of public ‘desecration of the object of religious worship in Christianity – the image of Jesus Christ in the Gospels’. The show opened in […]
Madonna falls backwards at Brits, blames Armani
The video…. the coverage… the commentary. She wrote on Instagram: ‘Armani hooked me up! My beautiful cape was tied too tight! But nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up! Thanks for your good wishes! I’m fine! #livingforlove.’
She sang for Stravinsky
The Welsh mezzo-soprano Maureen Guy, who saing in Igor Stravinsky’s 80th birthday Athens production of Oedipus Rex and in Georg Solti’s Decca Ring cycle, has died, aged 82. Her sorrowing husband, whom she married in 1958, is the tenor John Mitchinson. Our warm sympathies to John and their two sons, David and Mark.
Hussain abandons Passenger
Productions are coming thick and fast for Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera, The Passenger. It opened to standing ovations and rave reviews in Chicago on Tuesday and has its next production in Frankfurt-am-Main on Sunday. Problem, though. Frankfurt’s British conductor, Leo Hussain, has fallen sick after five weeks of arduous rehearsals. He will be substituted by a […]
Christian wins € 35,000 Siemens award
The British composer Christian Mason, 30, woke up a lot less poor this morning. Click here. Christian lives in London and works with the LSO.
Just in: The new concertmaster is… 24
Friederike Starkloff has taken over as first concertmaster of the NDR Philharmonic in Hannover. Originally from Chemnitz, she has won any number of competitions and plays a J.B. Guadagnini, on loan from the Baden-Württemberg State Collection. She has recorded Mozart sonatas on the Oehms label and is a fearless performer. She succeeds Volker Worlitzsch, who has retired.