The next Arts Council chair will be…
White. Male. Tory. Today should have been the deadline for applications, but the DCMS awoke to realise that there are only two halfway credible candidates and both are drawn from the same narrow genetic spectrum. And both vote to the right. The deadline (we hear) has been hastily extended to next week and phones are […]
Anna Netrebko is working on her German
The Russian-Austrian soprano tells Das Opernglas, out today, that she has set aside the whole of April to master the German language, in readiness for her Wagner debut as Lohengrin’s Elsa in May. Christian Thielemann will conduct the production in Dresden. He’ll make sure she speaks good German.
Horn player killed, cellist hurt in road smash
Two players in Musica Aeterna, an ensemble directed by Teodor Currentzis, were involved in a two-car collision on the road from Perm to Ekaterinburg. Vladimir Garushka, an outstanding horn player from Minsk, was killed on the spot. He was 31. His companion, the cellist Anna Morozova, 24, was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Anna […]
Death of an organic Italian singer
Gianmaria Testa, a singer-songwriter who was part of the Italian landscape, died today of cancer. He was 57. Testa has been described as a cross between Bob Dylan and Georges Brassens.
IU’s maestro beats his last
David Effron, conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, will preside over his last concert tonight, after 18 years as professor of conducting. Notice from IU: Congratulations to Professor David Effron, who will retire from the Jacobs School of Music in May 2016, after 18 years on the faculty. This performance […]
DG signs first accordionist
Every label should have one. press release: Ksenija Sidorova signs exclusive Deutsche Grammophon contract and unveils fresh vision of Carmen in stunning yellow label debut album Countless artists, authors and other sharp creative minds – from Manet and Peter Brook to Nabokov and Nietzsche – have drawn deep inspiration from Carmen. Ksenija Sidorova is […]
Netherlands Opera mourns founding father
Northern Arizona University has communicated the death of Nando Schellen, former director of NAU Opera and before that of Netherlands Opera. He died in Phoenix on Monday, aged 81. Nando was managing director and associate general director of The Netherlands Opera from 1969-1986, after learning his trade at Bayreuth. He was also president of The Netherlands […]
Toronto’s swift departure leaves a gaping hole
The Toronto Symphony are at pains to point out that Jeff Melanson was not fired this morning. The president and CEO departed by mutual consent, with immediate effect. Melanson’s turbulent management style and private life ensured him a stream of unsought media coverage. Although the TSO sought to depict Melanson as a vibrant young innovator, ghosts […]
Breaking: Toronto releases orchestra president
Jeff Melanson is gone from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Here’s the statement. TORONTO, ONTARIO — 03/30/16 — The Board of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Jeff Melanson, President & CEO of the TSO, have mutually decided that it is in the best interests of both parties that he resign from his employment with the […]
Breaking: Symphony fires president
We’re hearing that a major orchestra has parted company with its boss. Details still coming in. Watch this space.
Just in: Madame Prime Minister leads her own orchestra
L’Obs reports today that Anne Gravoin, wife of the French prime minister Manuel Valls, has maintained her professional role as an orchestral violinist. A few business friends offered to help her found an ensemble. She is now concertmaster and artistic director of the Alma Chamber Orchestra. Named after (yes, probably). photo: AHMET IZGI/Anadolu Agency