Just in: Dolly Parton to open Tanglewood
Press release, just in: Tanglewood’s 2016 season, June 17-September 3—which features an all-star Popular Artists lineup, alongside Boston Symphony Orchestra performances throughout the summer—kicks off with a performance by country music icon Dolly Parton on Friday, June 17, at 7 p.m., as part of a season-opening weekend also featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame […]
Waltraud Meier signs peace treaty with Bayreuth
A legendary Kundry in the 1980s and 1990s, the outstanding German soprano fell out with the elderly and irascible Wolfgang Wagner and swore never to return. Today, Waltraud Meier agreed to come back as Ortrud in 2018, when she will be 62.
20-something is new music director in Knoxville
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra has appointed Aram Demirjian to be its next music director, after a year-long trawl of nine candidates. Demirjian, 29, is currently associate conductor of the Kansas City Symphony.
Death of influential Polish musicologist
The writer and critic Janusz Ekiert died today in Warsaw, aged 85, the Chopin Insitute has announced. A foreign correspondent for state media for many years, he was an influential backstage figure at several Chopin competitions. Janusz Ekiert wrote several books about Chopin, hosted a television series and married the soprano and film actress Violetta Villas.
Breaking: EU announces ‘solutions’ for EUYO
This EU press release has just landed. It’s an instant fudge that admits no error and patches over the recent chaos. An appalling piece of misgovernance from start to finish. European Youth Orchestra will be able to continue its activities Brussels, 1 June 2016 Today, the European Commission has found short and long term solutions […]
The next Jackie Evancho?
Laura Bretan, 13, sang Nessun Dorma. Laura is from Bucharest. She was recruited from Romania’s Got Talent.
Chicago janitor lands lead opera role
Keanon Kyles, 27, is a maintenance man at ABC News in Chicago. Among other things. This summer he’s landed a role at Scottish Opera. Report below.
Seniors silence the music in their favourite store
Marks & Spencer are to stop playing music in response to protests from older customers. Read here. A spokesman from Pipedown said: “Millions of customers will be delighted by this news. So will thousands, probably tens of thousands, of people working in M&S who have had to tolerate non-stop music not of their choice all […]
Academics rally to support Munich groper
The Süddeutsche Zeitung dedicated its letters page this weekend to supporters of Siegfried Mauser, the former rector of the Academy of Music who was found guilty of groping a resisting female colleague. His supporters include such eminent intellectuals as Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Michael Krüger. Mauser has issued notice of appeal. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has attacked the […]
Melbourne music teacher will plead guilty to 16 counts against young girls
Allan Yang, 51, has said he will plead guilty to 16 offences involving indecent assaults on four underage girls between 2006 and 2013. Yang, a saxophonist, ran the so-called Melbourne Music Academy in Kew from 2014-15. More here.
Bolshoi acid attacker is freed from jail
The former Bolshoi Theatre soloist Paul Dmitrichenko, who organised an acid attack on artistic director Sergei Filin, walked free today on parole after serving half his sentence. The motive was believed to be connected to resentment over casting decisions for the dancer’s former girlfriend, the ballerina Angelina Vorontsova.