Start the week with Pavarotti in his smalls
The great man is asked about his most embarrassing moments… a video that popped up in our feed.
Another bad airline: Emirates impose extra ticket for violas
From Alexander Gilman, artistic director of LGT Young Soloists: I am flying with my youth ensemble LGT Young Soloists to Dubai next April. The concert organizer has booked the flights with Emirates. During the booking process, Emirates has asked the concert organizer for the exact measurements of the instruments. After receiving the measurements for the […]
Three views on women in opera, one radical
The manufactured controversy over the Met’s late adoption of an established opera by Kaija Saariaho has bred a spate of thoughts about the state of prejudice against women opera composers. Our pal Shawn E. Milnes reflects on the sorry history here, but he finds a rising tide of equality in smaller companies. By way of […]
Two London orchestras change their leader
The London Symphony Orchestra have elected a new chairman, succeeding Lennox Mackenzie, who is stepping down after 16 years. The new chief is Gareth Davies, 44, principal flute since 2000. Gareth will have a tough learning curve with Simon Rattle coming in as music director, equipped for the first time in LSO history with what […]
Vienna Philharmonic: In 20 years we could have more women than men
Now the orchestra has finally broken the double-digit barrier – 10 women out of 121 members – its chairman, Andreas Großbauer, is speculating that the gender balance will be overturned in the course of the next generation. ORF report here.
Exclusive: Another Met principal flies off to LA Phil
We hear that Boris Allakhverdyan, principal clarinet at the Metropolitan Opera since 2013, won the audition for the same seat at the LA Philharmonic on Friday. He is the fourth woodwind principal out of eight to flee the Met in the past two years – both principal flutes quit on the same day last summer, one […]
Death of a great quartet violist
Peter Kamnitzer, viola player in the LaSalle Quartet, has died in Israel at the age of 93. He co-founded the quartet at Juilliard in 1947 with fellow-refugees and played in it throughout the world until its disbandment in 1987. The LaSalle’s earned renown on Deutsche Grammophon as specialists in 20th century modernism, especially the Second […]
The Prime Minister dropped in at our concert
The French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, is married to a professional violinist, Anne Gravoin. They go to music. Last night, they dropped by backstage in the interval of a concert by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France to see the conductor, Mikko Franck.
Russian wins principal oboe at Concertgebouw
Ivan Podyomov, 29, originally from Archangelsk, is the new co-principal oboe of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He will share the seat with a fellow-Russian, Alexei Ogrintchouk. Ivan writes: It’s a huge honour for me to become a part of this fantastic orchestra and especially incredible and touching is to be a colleague of my dear friend Alexei Ogrintchouk, […]
Violist speaks out: I am not Kim Kardashian
The viola player Kim Kashkashian won a Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. US mass media got excited. They thought she was someone connected to Kanye West. Kim has had to go on the record to deny any connection with those plastic people. ‘I’m a middle-aged mother and a classical musician,’ she protests. Can’t anyone tell the […]
Free English National Opera from Arts Council control
In an interview on BBC’s Front Row, I returned to a simple solution for Britain’s perpetual opera crisis. Over the past 25 years, one or other of the Arts Council England’s biggest clients – Royal Opera House, English National Opera, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company – has been under threat of cuts or closure after […]