Can you still borrow classical records from a public library?
The BBC has published an important report this morning, showing that 343 public libraries have closed in the past six years, three times higher than Government estimates. Another 111 will close this year. Many of those that remain are staffed by volunteers. A Government minister, Ed Vaizey, has tweeted in response: ‘Pleased that over 99% of […]
When English songs are performed in German
There are surprises in store on the Lebrecht Album of the Week: Viennese masters, always short of cash, picked up commissions from rich British tourists for composing drawing-room settings of national heritage. Haydn and Beethoven filled their boots with Scottish and Welsh ballads for two ducats a song. Haydn wrote about 200, dressed up with […]
First glimpse of JFK assassination opera
Fort Worth Opera will stage the world premiere of JFK: The Opera on April 23. Our pal Shawn E Milnes has been talking to the composer. David T. Little told him: ‘There’s no way the story cannot be about the assassination, but that’s different than making about ‘Who Killed Kennedy’ which this is not. It’s […]
Why opera is losing its US audience
Think-tanker Aaron Renn has some suggestions: 1 Older operagoers prefer HD operas at their local movie house. Opera is a deeply troubled enterprise. Its financial model is broken as it struggles with Baumol’s cost disease, among other problems. It has artistic challenges such as the lack of new operas entering the repertory, which leads companies to […]
A big trucker at the opera
Quincy Roberts owns a major construction hauling company in Dallas, Texas. Roberts Trucking Ltd would never have got so big, folks say, if Quincy hadn’t started out as an opera singer. ‘When you’re part of a stage production, you have to make your own mark but you’re also part of a team,’ says one of his […]
And the Solti award goes to….
… Karina. She’s definitely going places. Evanston, IL – Penny Van Horn, Board Chair of The Solti Foundation U.S. and Elizabeth Buccheri, Artistic and Awards Committee Chair, are pleased to announce the Foundation’s seventh $25,000 grant, The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, to Karina Canellakis, currently in her second season as Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony. […]
Breaking: German jazz idol dies, aged 45
News has just broken of the death of Roger Cicero, one of the most popular figures in German jazz. Early reports say he suffered a stroke, was rushed to hospital and died last Thursday. Son of the Romanian pianist Eugen Cicero, Roger made his first stage appearance at 11 and was on TV at 16. […]
How to build an opera house in 50 seconds
FF video of the Dubai Opera, due to open later this year. Start to finish, has been three years in the making.
Novosibirsk music director dies, at 60
Alexander Bolshakov, conductor of the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet since 1990, died on Sunday at the age of 60. A graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov conservatoire in (then) Lengingrad, he maintained exemplary standards of training and performance in Siberia.
A slightly more civilised airline
Fiona Stevens was initially denied boarding with her violin on Eurowings but they found a way around it. Here’s what happened: “Dear Eurowings, At the check-in desk at Köln airport I was just told that I would not be able to take my violin on board because it is in a hard case. I know […]
A new classical outlet on US radio
Wende Persons, whom we knew in another century when she worked for DG, has got a new gig running a classical strand on a group on some 40 public radio stations, known as the Station Resource Group. Wende will be in charge of Classical Music Rising (CMR), an initiative that reaches out to what is perceived as […]