The Woodstock couple … still crazy after all these years
Remember this album? That frozen moment of eternal innocence? Well here they are today, still together after 46 years. Nick and Bobbi Ercoline married two years after Woodstock, have two sons and live not far from the concert site. Marriage must have something going for it.
Yannick to music biz: Change it
In an address to the Classical Next conference in Rotterdam, the Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin called for ‘new venues, new dress codes and maybe also an entirely new repertoire’. You can watch his speech here.
Just in: Cecilia Bartoli to star in West Side Story
Announcing next year’s Salzburg Whitsun Festival today, the Italian mezzo said she will sing Maria in a new production of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. UPDATE: Norman Reinhardt will sing Tony. Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the Simon Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. The director is Phil McKinley. The musical fits into a Shakesperian theme that Bartoli has been […]
German politicians overturn next music director
We reported last weekend that players in the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn voted 98-2 in favour of Jun Märkl as their next music director, only to be overruled by a committee of three, including Nike Wagner (below), that chose Marc Piollet. Now both of those choices have been set aside by the city’ political leadership. […]
Just in: Norway drops head of opera
Per Boye Hansen signed on for five years as artistic director in 2011. He was told today his contract will not be renewed. ‘It is with a heavy heart I must announce that my term at Norwegian Opera & Ballet will not be prolonged,’ he announced this morning. It appears he had a falling out […]
Lots of Latvian musicians. Why no Lithuanians?
There are times when it seems that classical music is overrun with artists from a state of barely two million souls. It could almost make a Gershwin patter song: Jansons, Nelsons, Skride, Skride, Skride Galante, Garanca Kremer, Maisky, Vasks… (to name but a few). Plenty, too, from Estonia. But what of neighbouring Baltic state, Lithuania? […]
Breaking: Vienna Opera hires principal from the Berlin Phiharmonic
Sophie Dartigalongue, a bassoonist in the Berlin Philharmonic for the past two years has won the audition for principal bassoon in the Vienna Opera orchestra. She succeeds Professor Michael Werba in September this year. Sophie, 24, French-born, played in the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie and the Orchestre de l’Opéra Lyon before upgrading to Berlin. […]
Remembering the conductor that got shot
The Berlin Philharmonic, setting aside other distractions, is dedicating this weekend’s concerts to the memory of Leo Borchard, who conducted its first post-Hitler concert on May 26, 1945, standing in for Wilhelm Furtwängler who had fled to Switzerland. Borchard, 46 at the time, had been born in Moscow to German parents and lived in Berlin […]
Chailly denies he’s quitting Leipzig
The German Bild tabloid has an ‘exclusive’ splash today, claiming that Riccardo Chailly will leave the Leipzig Gewandhaus in 2018, two years before his contract expires. Chailly, 62, took up additional duties this month as principal conductor (a less demanding role than music director) with La Scala, Milan, where he was born and bred. However, […]
Pianist cancels rare piece. Martha Argerich steps in.
Daniil Trifonov has pulled out of the Kremerata Baltica’s Mieczyslaw Weinberg weekend at the Vienna Festival next month. Daniil received a summons from Valery Gergiev to play in Moscow at the opening of the Tchaikovsky Competition, of which he is the most recent winner. It’s the kind of offer you don’t refuse. What to do? Not […]
Tragedy: Chicago theatre head, 40, is killed in Scotland
P J Paparelli, artistic director of the American Theater Company and an award-winning director of new plays, has been killed in a car crash while on vacation in Scotland. PJ, who was 40, was one of the most vibrant figures in new American drama. Tragic details here.