Chethams new head is ex-BBC Singer
Alun Jones is to become head of Chetham’s School of Music from September, it was officially announced today. He has been the Head of St. Gabriel’s School, Newbury, since 2001 and was President of the Girls’ Schools Association. A former Choral Scholar, freelance singer and ad-hoc member of BBC Singers, Mr Jones began his teaching […]
City Opera is back. So?
Former New York City Opera board member Roy Niederhoffer has won his court battle to be allowed to revive the enterprise after paying its creditors just under $1 million to buy their consent. City Opera (est. 1943) went belly-up in October 2013 after a prolonged comedy of woeful mismanagement. Niederhoffer, a hedge-fund manager, aims to reopen with […]
Just in: Agent pleads not guilty to murdering pianist
John Martin has entered a not guilty plea at Manchester Crown Court to the charge of murdering the concert pianist Natalia Strelchenko, 38, in the early hours of August 30 last year. Martin, 48, a double-bass player, had been living with Miss Strelchenko in Newton Heath, Manchester, and acting as her agent. He appeared in court under […]
Wigmore goes live
London’s Wigmore Hall has announced its first live-streamed concert. It takes place on Thursday 28 January 2016, together with the hall’s 2016/17 Season Launch, followed by performances from Berlin’s Armida Quartet, soprano Anna Lucia Richter with pianist Michael Gees, and baritone Andrè Schuen with pianist Daniel Heide.
An American will design Vienna Opera’s new curtain
Tauba Auerbach, 34, is a dedicated abstract artist. Her curtain will go up at the start of next season.
Boulez, yelled the timp, that was Abraca-f***ing-tastic
A lovely memory of Pierre Boulez by Mary Miller, general and artistic director of Bergen National Opera: Many years ago, a somewhat posturing editorial appeared in one of the London papers – `Do we really need Pierre Boulez?´ it asked. The response, one imagines, was supposed to reflect England´s early 90s deep-felt and somewhat fashionable wincing in the […]
Aussie chief exec switches orchestras
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has, ‘after an extensive global search’, hired its next managing director from… the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Sophie Galaise made a big splash in Brisbane three months ago when she appointed Alondra de la Parra as music director, a title never previously granted by an Aussie orch. Now Sophie’s swanning off south, […]
Spanish trumpet wins US principal seat
We’re informed that Antonio Marti has been granted tenure as principal trumpet of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in Charleston, South Carolina, effective immediately. Born in Valencia in 1978, Marti studied at Mannes and has played in the New York Philharmonic, Madrid Symphony, Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and more.
Countertenor, mourning his father, cancels opera tour
The French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky has pulled out of a major tour of Handel’s Partenope with Il Pomo d’Oro after the death of his father. The tour was to have visited Paris, Ferrol, Coruña, Pamplona and Madrid. Lawrence Zazzo will replace Philippe in Paris. The first two Spanish dates are cancelled and it remains to […]
Opera America now has a women’s page
Our attention has been drawn to Women’s Opera Network, hosted by Opera America. Mission statement: Acknowledging the under-representation of women in arts leadership positions as a critical concern, a capacity crowd convened at the May 2015 Annual Conference for a very spirited, substantive and productive conversation. Now, a few months later, our shared commitment bears […]
Sliding Seoul Philharmonic can’t find stand-ins for Chung
Apart from quick-fix Christoph Eschenbach, who flew in to open the season, the Seoul Philharmonic is struggling to replace its forced-out music director, Myung Whun Chung, and to fill its seats. They had to cut top prices from 120,000 won ($99) with Chung to 70,000 won with Eschy and they haven’t been able to find anyone […]