An opera singer looks back on the cancer she beat
Arianna Zuckerman has been given the all-clear. She is a singer, a teacher and a mother of two little girls under five years old. In a frank video for Sexi Soprano, Arianna talks about the struggle, about survivial and the future. ‘I don’t have cancer any more. What a gift. I better make good use […]
Met soprano will sing at Carnegie Hall after running NY marathon
Susanna Phillips will sing the national anthem before running the New York marathon today. That’s the easy part. Tomorrow night she’s down to sing Juraj Filas’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall. No time to catch her breath.
Sad loss of a pedigree pianist
Shocked and saddened to report the death of Ricci Horenstein, a noted concert pianist and outstanding piano teacher who sepnt the second half of her long life in London. A cousin of the great conductor Jascha Horenstein, Ricci fled Vienna just ahead of the Nazis and wound up destitute in Palestine as a teenager, in […]
A New York radio man responds to being fired
Brian Wise, the classical music writer and producer who was sacked by WQXR for alleged plagiarism, has responded with dignity and humility from a link on his Twitter account. Here’s what he writes: NPR and WQXR have identified some sentences and phrases in my work that were similar to those used in other media outlets. […]
New York classical radio fires producer for alleged plagiarism
The New York classical music station WQXR has fired Brian Wise, one of its most industrious and knowledgeable writers. Brian was accused of plagiarising other writers’ work in 10 instances recorded here. Several of the alleged heists are from the New York Times. Brian is a well-liked colleague and we will not prejudge the case […]
Thomas Ades: Are they serious? Some of those old German conductors just sound absurd
From an interview the composer has given to our SanFran friend, Elijah Ho: ‘It’s all a little bit of an act, this idea that German is serious and other things are frivolous. It’s just another form of performance, and I think this is one of the reasons that Beethoven suffered from such ponderous performances, particularly […]
Opera investigates a $57,000 mobile phone bill
An official of the Paris Opera is under investigation for running up 52,000 Euros ($57,000) on a monthly bill while on vacation in Spain this July. It is suspected the person concerned downloaded movie on his or her laptop while lounging on a beach. No disciplinary action has been taken. ‘We don’t understand this bill,’ […]
Hollywood to make Leonard Bernstein biopic
It’s a personal passion of Martin Scorsese, who will direct, it was announced today. The script is being written by Josh Singer, who wrote Spotlight. Let’s hope they’ve got someone good to look after the music. What can possibly go wrong?
Another New York opera company shuts
First City Opera. Then Gotham. Now Opera Sacra in Buffalo, upstate New York, has sung its last. For 40 years it has featured to holier side of the dramatic art. The final show is Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake. Report here from Mary Kunz Goldman.