Bayreuth replaces its Siegfried
We hear that Lance Ryan (pictured) is out of this summer’s festival. His replacement is Stefan Vinke, as part of a widespread shakeout from a stumbling Ring production.
Low rumblings at an unpopular competition result
The Queen Elizabeth competition for violin was won last night at midnight by a Korean, Lim Ji Young, 20. She receives 25,000 euros ($27,470) and a four-year loan of a 1708 Stradivarius from the Nippon Music Foundation. Second was Oleksii Semenenko of Ukraine and third William Hagen of the USA. Our contacts in the jury room […]
‘Flat’ oboist sues Philharmonic for unfair dismissal
Not everything is coming up roses in Buffalo. The excellent Buffalo News reports the dismissal and imminent law case of principal oboist Pierre Roy, who has been accused, among other offences, of playing flat in the Buffalo Philharmonic to disrupt some of his less friendly colleagues. Read the full story here.
Maestra stays: Good times keep rolling in upstate New York
The Buffalo Philharmonic have renewed JoAnn Falletta to 2021. She has served as music director since 1999, the longest term in the orch’s history. She is also music director in Virgina, and served a brief term in Ulster. press release: BUFFALO, NY – JoAnn Falletta will remain at the helm of the Buffalo Philharmonic […]
Exclusive: String quartet is banned from Wigmore Hall
We have reported the recent travails of the Leipzig Quartet, whose leader Stefan Arzberger has been detained in New York on a charge of attempted murder after being found running naked through a boutique hotel. Arzberger strenuously protests his innocence, insisting he was the victim of a drug assault by a transsexual prostitute. The quartet […]
Why Mozart’s hair is worth four times Beethoven’s
A lock of Wolfi’s fetched £35,000 this week at Sotheby’s. A snipping of Ludwig’s made just £8k. Scarcity value, presumably. What would people be prepared to pay for baldie Bruckner?
Munich orchestra manager is convicted of drug peddling
A former orchestra manager of the Bavarian State Opera has been found guilty of selling marijuana and ecstasy pills. He pleaded guilty and admitted to smoking up to 15 joints a day ‘but never at work’. He claimed to have bought the drugs from stagehands. The manager was dismissed from his job in November last year. […]
Pavarotti remembered, fondly after all these years
In 2002, the great tenor came to the town of Correggio, near his home in Modena, to reopen its Teatro Comunale Bonifacio Asioli. Luciano died five years later. Every year since, Corregio has awarded a Pavarotti d’Oro prize to perpetuate his memory. Among the laureates are Leo Nucci, José Carreras, Andrea Bocelli, Mirella Freni, Raina Kabaivanska, […]
Who’s running our classical social media?
The pianist Peter Donohoe has stepped in at very short notice for Louis Schwizgebel to play the Ravel G major concerto this weekend in Leeds. The marketing people got swiftly into gear. Here’s what happened next, in Peter’s own words: After a tweet by my management company, retweeted by orchestra, chorus, and venue, in which Ravel’s […]
Conductor cancels season to have baby
We’re delighted to report that the Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra is cancelling her winter 2015/16 global engagements in order to have her first baby. Perfectly natural and unworthy of further comment except to wish Alondra all the best. Well, just one comment: Ever since Andris Nelsons broke the mould and took paternity leave around the […]
A serious place in the American dream
At last year’s League of American Orchestras conference in Seattle, they put on a sexist rapper to entertain the delegates, many of whom declared that this was just what they’d always wanted from a symphony orchestra. At this year’s gathering, the Cleveland Orchestra with Franz Welser-Most performed the following programs: 1 Strauss: Daphne 2 Beethoven: […]