Video: Parliamentary debate, Turkish style
Ankara, today. The frontline of European democracy.
The juiciest arts divorce ever sold
Macleans Magazine has just gone online with as much smut as it can muster on the rampaging divorce case between heiress and singer Eleanor McCain and former Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) president Jeff Melanson. We know you’re not interested in smut. Those who are may click this link for the full story. As far as the musical […]
The Met helps Covent Garden to replace Netrebko
The Metropolitan Opera has released Sonya Yoncheva from La Bohème to sing Norma in London in September, in place of Anna Netrebko who says her voice is unsuited to the role. ROH Director of Opera Kasper Holten: ‘A huge thank you to the Met for releasing the brilliant soprano Sonya Yoncheva from her scheduled performances there […]
Solti awards for 11 young US conductors
The $25k career boosters go to: Christopher Allen, Associate Conductor, Los Angeles Opera; Gene Chang, Assistant Conductor, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director, Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra; Ankush Kumar Bahl, Assistant Conductor, National Symphony Orchestra; Joshua Gersen, Assistant Conductor, New York Philharmonic, and Music Director, New York Youth Symphony; Daniel Black, Assistant Conductor, Fort Worth […]
Opera to be screened on the beach
Garsington Opera will live-screen Eugene Onegin this summer on the following sites: SKEGNESS Saturday 2 July 12.30pm Tower Esplanade SO Festival RAMSGATE 25 – 30 July Ramsgate Beach, Ramsgate Arts Festival BRIDGEWATER & BURNHAM Saturday 20 August APEX Park, Burnham-on-Sea GRIMSBY Friday 30 September 7pm Grimsby Central Hall Cool!
Bucharest latest: Culture Minister refuses to leave
Professor Vlad Alexandrescu who resigned last week over the chaos at the national opera is now saying he won’t go unless he can nominate his successor. Staff at the opera, among them those who led the campaign against the engagement of foreign artists, have demanded his instant dismissal (you can read their statement below). Meanwhile, at […]
Joyce to sing Violetta at Glyndebourne
Some of the singer highlights of the 2017 festival: The Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury shares the role of Violetta with Russian soprano Kristina Mkhitaryan, both making festival debuts, in Tom Cairns’s 2014 revived staging of Verdi’s La traviata. Alice Coote sings her first Vitellia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito. Allan Clayton sings Hamlet, Sarah […]
Vienna boss calls Dudamel booers ‘Idioten’
Dominique Meyer, head of the Vienna State Opera, lost his cool in a post-curtain interview, calling those who booed the company’s new Turandot ‘a pair of idiots’. Actually, there were more than a couple of protesters against Marco Arturo Marelli’s production, with Gustavo Dudamel conducting and Lise Lindstrom in the title role. There was quite a […]
Pic of the week: Shush, Jonas rehearsing
He’s at Bavarian State Opea, working on his Walther von Stolzing in Meistersinger.
Sick-list: Franz cancels Munich
Franz Welser-Möst has pulled out of this week’s three concerts with Bavarian Radio. His replacement is Karl-Heinz Steffens. Er? Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz.
Glyndebourne to stage a Broadway musical
A revealing first interview with Glyndebourne’s new general director Sebastian Schwarz draws the interesting admission that he is planning ‘an eyebrow-raising foray into American musical theatre.’ Schwarz, having let the big cat out of the bag, tells Rupert Christiansen: ‘Nothing can be announced until we have cleared things with the composer’s estate and signed up the creative team.’ […]