New Jersey’s new music director takes a third job
No sooner was Xian Zhang announced as music director of the New Jersey Symphony than she’s being paraded as principal guest conductor with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Xian, 42, is already chief conductor of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, where she lives. Sounds like she’s got an agent who just can’t […]
Sicklist: Calleja’s out
The Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja is a last-minute cancellation for this week’s three concert performances of Donizetti’s La Favorite at Deutsch Oper Berlin. He’s replaced by the Belgian Marc Laho, singing opposite the stellar Elina Garanca.
New video: Sibelius finalists say ‘hi’ and discuss their ‘immaturities’
Vesa Siren has been collecting video statements from the six finalists. Some are dangerously candid. Watch here.
Cologne Opera runs €120 million over budget
Things are not adding up on the Rhine. The Cologne Opera is undergoing a refit. It was supposed to cost €288 million, reopening in 2015. Now the budget is €400-460 million and the new date is 2018. All being well.
Beijing’s Conservatory chief is sacked for ‘corruption’
It has been confirmed this morning that Professor Wang Cizhao, rector of China’s top music conservatory for 21 years, has been fired after a Party investigation into his daughter’s wedding last June. It was found that he used Conservatory facilities for the lavish event ‘in violation of party discipline’. Professor Wang, 66, was confronted two months […]