Teenager steps in for tenor at major festival opening
Hours before the opening of the annual Three Choirs Festival on Saturday, the tenor James Oxley, soloist in Edward Elgar’s The Kingdom, lost his voice. In the heart of the English countryside, at Gloucester, artistic director Adrian Partington was faced with an urgent dilemma. No time to call anyone in from London. The soloist had […]
Operalia is won by … past winners
The male prize in Placido Domingo’s Operalia last night went to Keonwoo Kim, winner of the 2015 the Montreal International Musical Competition. The female prize went to Elsa Dreisig, runner-up in the 2015 Queen Sonja Competition and winner of other prizes. Both are considerable talents, one Korean, the other French. But there are simply too many competitions […]
Official: Bolshoi creates post for John Berry
The former English National Opera boss has been named creative adviser to the Bolshoi Theatre, working with its general director Vladimir Urin with whom he has a lengthy record of collaborations and exchanges. John Berry said tonight: ‘I know the general director and I trust him. There are exciting things happening at the Bolshoi Theatre and […]
Principal trumpet retires after 50 years
Reaching 75 yesterday, Tom Battenberg announced he is stepping down as principal trumpet of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. He just squeaks in to the Slippedisc list of longest-serving orchestral players. Tom will be succeeded by Curtis grad George Goad, who is 25.
David Garrett files lawsuit against his pornstar ex
The German concert violinist, who is being sued for $12 million by his former girlfriend Ashley Youdan, has filed a countersuit of $10 million. She claimed physical and mental abuse. Garrett claims that Youdan, professionally known as Kendall Karson, had been threatening him with extortion. Case details in the New York Post. The nub of his […]
Biz news: Leon Botstein gets an agent
The president of Bard College, 70 in December, has signed with Primavera Arts of Vienna for international management to further his conducting career. Botstein was recently named Artistic Director of the Grafenegg Campus and Academy.
Watch: Overnight piano star plays Rach 2
Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, grandson of the indelible Russian pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva, only came second in the Sydney International Piano Competition. But he’s the one spotted by the music biz for future stardom. Watch him play Rachmaninov’s second concerto (ff to 45′ on the video).
12 compete tonight in Placido Domingo’s Operalia
The finalists, in Mexico City, are: Sopranos Marina Costa-Jackson (USA/Italy), Elsa Dreisig (France), Aviva Fortunata (Canada, pictured)… plus Olga Kulchynska (Ukraine) and Elena Stikhina (Russia); mezzo J’nai Bridges (USA); Tenors Keonwoo Kim (South Korea), Rame Lahaj (Kosovo), Sehoon Moon (South Korea), Brenton Ryan (USA) and Volkov Bogdan (Russia); Bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee (USA, pictured), recent winner of the Belvedere […]
Horror: Ex-principal viola is found strangled at home
A founding member the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Nevada Chamber Symphony, where she was principal viola, Mary Margaret Trimble retired from playing two years ago at the age of 68. Her body was found by a cleaning lady, lying on a bed in her Las Vegas home on Wednesday. She had been asphyxiated. Mary was […]
Jeremy Corbyn promises cash bonanza for the arts
The Labour Party leader, fighting for re-election, has set his sights on the arts vote. According to the Telegraph: Mr Corbyn has won the backing of many in the arts community. Jack Newsinger, a lecturer in media and communication at University of Leicester, said that he was “the only Labour leadership candidate with a distinct […]
What Hélène Grimaud did when her orchestra went missing
The plane carrying the Australian Youth Orchestra was unable to take off for Hamburg in a storm warning yesterday, leaving the French pianist facing a festival audience at Redefin all on her own. She had been scheduled to play the Brahms D minor concerto, conducted by Manfred Honeck, in the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern festival. What to do? With time […]