Just in: Bach man makes comeback after nearly 50 years
What took him so long? Press release: Sir John Eliot Gardiner returns to Wigmore Hall for first time since professional debut there in 1966 4 May 2015 Wigmore Hall, London Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir make a long-awaited return to London’s Wigmore Hall this May, almost 50 […]
Dawn raid: Dallas poaches Covent Garden concertmaster
In a deal reminiscent of the Ewing family, Dallas Opera has swooped for Peter Manning, concertmaster of the Royal Opera House, offering him opportunities both to lead the orchestra and conduct it. It’s what they call in the City ‘a tailored fit’. And in The Godfather ‘an offer he couldn’t refuse’. It leaves Covent Garden […]
Maestro move: Brit stick grabs French orch
Our chers amis at resmusica.com inform us that Grant Llewellyn has been appointed music director of the Orchestre symphonique de Bretagne (OSB) from the start of next season. Grant, 54, is presently music director at Raleigh, North Carolina. He lives in Cardiff, a short flight from Brittany.
Maria Radner’s song of hope
And tomorrow, the sun will shine again… An artist of outstanding quality, lost today with her husband and baby in the Germanwings crash. Maria was 33 years old.
These we have lost today
Maria Radner, 33, a fast-rising contralto, made her Met debut in January 2012 in Götterdämmerung at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, followed by Die Frau ohne Schatten at La Scala two months later. This season she was due to make her debut at Bayreuth under Kirill Petrenko in Rheingold and Götterdämmerung. Born in Düsseldorf, […]
Two opera singers are dead in Germanwings crash
The singing world has been devastated today by the loss of two outstanding professionals who were on board the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf that came down in the Alps. The Alberich and the Erda of Barcelona’s production of Siegfried – Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner – were among the losses. We understand that Maria’s husband […]
Death of a dance legend, aged 91
We have been informed of the death of Mary Clarke, long-serving editor of the Dancing Times (1963-2008), ballet critic of the Guardian and London editor of the New York Dance News. She died at her home on Saturday. Dance won’t be the same without her.
A free day with Andris Nelsons
The Boston Symphony is inviting the city to spend a spring Sunday with the new music director – free of charge, first come, first in. Cool idea. press release: Symphony Hall will open its doors for a free day of musical activities for the community on Sunday, April 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., […]
La Scala shock: Pereira takes a pay cut
The board of La Scala has confirmed a new 5-year contract for sovrintendente Alexander Pereira, starting February 2016. He will be paid up to 240,000 Euros per annum, which is said to be the current legal maximum for the head of an Italian opera house. It is about one-seventh of Peter Gelb’s package at the Met, one-quarter […]
‘If you can’t sell Carmen at the Met, something is clearly wrong’
James B. Stewart, author of a generally supportive article on Peter Gelb in the New Yorker, adds some edge to his investigation in an interview on NPR. He observes that the Met is presently selling 70 percent of its seats, as against 90 percent before Gelb, and that the audience is just getting plain… older. […]
Haydn in London? He’s been outed now
A plaque commemorating Joseph Haydn’s residency in London – yes, those 12 London symphonies – was unveiled by Sir Neville Marriner at 18 Great Pulteney Street this morning. video and photo: Frances Wilson Her report: At midday on 24th March 2015, to the cheers of the assembled crowd, Sir Neville Marriner unveiled a commemorative blue […]