Death of a major theatre composer
For 37 years, Guy Woolfenden was director of music for the Royal Shakespeare Company, composing 150 scores of intermezzi and incidental music. His music was indispensable to Peter Hall’s series, The Wars of the Roses. Guy has died, aged 79. As a boy, he sang at the Queen’s wedding to Prince Philip. He played horn […]
Ex-Carnegie Hall chief has died
We have been notified of the death of Stewart J Warkow, executive director of Carnegie Hall from 1978 to 1982. Stewart, who was 81, started out in the accounts department of NBC, became Leopold Stokowski’s assistant at the Symphony of the Air and helped for the American Symphony Orchestra, acting as its first artistic director. […]
Bucharest latest: Opera chief is out – again
It’s anarchy at the Bucharest National Opera. George Călin, reinstated yesterday as head of the opera company, was removed again today. Falstaff has been cancelled and the opera is apparently on strike.
Met taps Frankfurt music director
We hear that Sebastian Weigle will replace James Levine in next season’s Der Rosenkavalier. More here than meets the eye? Weigle, 56, has been a diligent music director at Frankfurt Opera since 2008, and before that at the Liceu in Barcelona. He knows the opera house inside out and he has conducted at the Met […]
America’s foremost outreach musicians
press release: New York, NY (April 21, 2016) – The League of American Orchestras has selected five exemplary orchestra musicians to receive The Ford Musician Awards for Excellence in Community Service. A new program made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund, the awards celebrate orchestra musicians and the essential work they do in their communities. […]
More bad: Prince is dead
The singer-songwriter Prince is reported to have been found dead at his Minnesota estate. He was 57. Prince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958, the son of a Minnesota jazz pianist. He was signed by Warner Brothers Records while still a teen, releasing his debut album “For You” in 1978.
Glenn Close is out of Sunset tonight
English National Opera have announced that the star is sick. She’ll be replaced tonight by Ria Jones.
The land where classical concerts are all sold out
The national broadcaster YLE has come up with some record statistics for classical concertgoing in Finland. In 2015 The Finnish Radio SO under Hannu Lintu – often programming avant-garde and contemporary music – sold 97% of all seats at the new (1704-seat) Helsinki Music Centre. In the same hall, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra sold over 90 percent. […]
Just in: Verbier manager gets her own French orchestra
The charming Floriane Cottet, administrator of the Verbier Festival orchestras, has been named director of the orchestra of Dijon-Bourgogne. It’s not an unmixed blessing. The ODB went bust two years ago. Floriane will have to rebuild from scratch. Here’s how she puts it: Lors du concert du 12 septembre 2014, entouré de musiciens de la France […]
And the lifetime Wagner award goes to…
…. actually, the Leipzig Wagner prize … goes to the mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier who, at 60, is gradually retiring her roles. Last month in Berlin, she sang her last Kundry. The 10,000-Euro award was given last year to Christian Thielemann.
Which violin did Menuhin love best?
The late Lord Menuhin, who would have been 100 years old on April 22, vacillated all his life between a Stradivarius and a Guarnerius del Gesu, acquiring or borrowing several exemplars of each maker. The history of his violins is nicely traced in a centennial article here by Tully Potter. Had he been alive, those […]