Too much booing?
In today’s Observer, Martin Kettle thinks that British audiences have lost their constraints. The last time I went to the opera, the audience booed the production – even though they had bought tickets in the full knowledge of what it would be like. So what should be done – stop the show? eject the audience? Read […]
‘For most of history, musicians have done what they are told’
The quote comes from a new book by the Oxford historian Dominic Sandbrook, The Great British Dream Factory, reviewed in the current issue of the TLS. Glossing swiftly over the misuse of the present tense (what they are told), the statement itself is demonstrably false. Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, took orders from no-one. Nor, so […]
Marin Alsop in hot water over ‘required violence’ in BBC interview
The Baltimore Symphony music director has run into flak back home for suggesting, in a BBC interview, that violence had been necessary to redress social inequality in the city. ‘It’s heartbreaking that we haven’t dealt with these issues, that it requires violence, which I think it does require, to be honest, to change this equation,’ […]
‘When I was a singer’ is no more
The 1970s French chanteur Michel Delpech has died, aged 69.
Kissin announces his return to Russia
The pianist, who has avoided playing in his homeland since 2009, has said he will return in 2017. Interviewed by a Tass correspondent in New York, he gave no reason either for his absence or for his welcome return.
Carnegie Hall laments 35-year board member
The Board of Carnegie Hall have posted the following notice in Sunday’s New York Times about their late colleague Gilbert Kaplan, who died on Friday. Gil was a board member for just under half his life. The Board of Trustees and staff of Carnegie Hall mourn the passing of our dear friend and colleague […]
Famed string quartet appoints new leader
The Allegri string quartet, founded in 1953 by Eli Goren and William Pleeth, has changed its first violin. Ofer Falk makes way for Martyn Jackson, who becomes the quartet’s sixth leader in as many decades.
Brazil mourns leading composer
Gilberto Mendes passed away on January 1 morning in Santos at the age of 93. A pioneer of Bossa Nova, he founded the Musica Nova Festival. As a young man he studied in Darmstadt with Boulez and Stockhausen.
Israel Opera chief steps down
Hanna Munitz has announced her retirement after 21 years as chief executive. She kept the company running but was unpopular with artists, especially conductors, some of whom she fired with extreme acrimony. She lacked charm and was not renowned for gratitude. Apparently 120 candidates applied for the vacancy the day it was advertised. Munitz will […]
Sad news: Chief Met Opera negotiator has died
The American Guild of Musical Artists has announced the death of Alan Gordon, a union official whose firmness and patience with the Metropolitan Opera and its general manager Peter Gelb averted a lockout in the summer of 2014. Alan, who was 70, was well-liked on all sides of the tables. Message from Jimmy Odom, President of […]