Breaking: Dutch opera chief quits
Pierre Audi will leave Dutch National Opera in 2018 to become general director of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Pierre has put in 30 years in Holland, transforming it from a well-regarded Dutch hub into an international powerhouse. For much of the time he was also head of the Holland Festival. His last big project in Amsterdam will […]
‘I’m not allowed to talk about my stolen violin’
This week’s episode from the diary of Anthea Kreston, American violinist in the Berlin-based Artemis Quartet: When my violin was stolen on the train last week, I had the second experience with what I will now call the “dragon dance”. This is when, in an extremely time-sensitive, intense and complex situation, each member of the Artemis […]
Label news: Sony signs Israeli bassist
Sony France has announced an exclusive long term agreement with the kibbutz-born Israeli bassist, singer and composer Avishai Cohen. First album due next spring.
One Brexit result: Musicians will have to go
As things stand, musicians from all 28 EU countries can live and work in the UK without prior condition. After Brexit, they will have to prove they are earning £35,000 a year. Many, including regular players in the London orchestras and most outside London, do not achieve that income. They will have to leave. And […]
Association of British Orchestras rings the Brexit bell
press statement: Following the Referendum decision to leave the EU, the ABO is deeply concerned at the potential impact on its members. The prospects for the nation’s public finances are worrying, and may affect the implementation of Orchestra Tax Relief, which has not as yet received Royal Assent, and lead to further reductions in […]
The hotel that walks your dog while you go to the opera
It’s an exclusive extra. Apparently, only the Park Hyatt in Vienna has seen fit to provide it. They will also arrange for the pet to be brought to you in the interval for a quick cuddle before the second half.
Official: The new Big Five
America’s orchestras were originally ranked by budget, hence the term Big Five. But the money has shifted from East Coast to West. On current budget rankings, here are the new Big Five: 1 Los Angeles Philharmonic budget $117,813,629 2 Boston Symphony […]
Funeral of Peter Feuchtwanger
June 30, 11am, Brompton Cemetery. All welcome. Many students from abroad will wish to attend.
Maestro move: Norway takes Poland
Rune Bergmann will become principal conductor and artistic director of the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin from September. Bergmann, 40, was formerly kapellmeister in Augsburg, Germany.
Vienna Opera mourns 100-role baritone
The opera has just informed us of the death of the baritone Alfred Šramek, at the age of 65. He had been a value ensemble member since 1975 and last sang on the main stage in Tosca on April 16, 2016. A student of Hilde Zadek and Peter Klein, he sang everything from Mozart’s Figaro to […]
Martha to be honoured in Washington
The Argentine pianist Martha Argerich will be decorated at the 39th annual Kennedy Center Honors in December, it was announced today. Others on the podium are the rock band the Eagles, actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues chanteuse Mavis Staples and legendary musician James Taylor. (Martha and the Eagles? I don’t think so.) Martha said: ‘I am deeply humbled […]