America assembles a super-orchestra
This is the cello section of the Gerard Schwarz All-Star orchestra recording for PBS television at Suny College New York. It features principals of the Met, Cincinnati, Richmond, associate of San Francisco, two members from the Philadelphia Orchestra, one from the New York Philharmonic, one from the National Symphony and Gerard Schwarz. Over four sessions […]
Worst-run orchestra gets 4th manager in 4 years
News just in from Geneva: the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande has a new manager. She is Magali Rousseau, formerly of the philharmonic orchestra of Radio France. Does she know what she’s walking into? press release: Chère Madame, cher Monsieur, La Fondation de l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande est très heureuse de vous informer de la […]
New opera house opens tonight
Placido Domingo will sing at the opening of Dubai Opera. Also taking part: Ana Maria Martínez with an orchestra from Trieste, conducted by Eugene Kohn.
World’s first opera for dementia sufferers?
Scottish Opera have announced an abridged performance of Marriage of Figaro, designed for people with dementia. We’re teaming up with Festival and King’s Theatres, Edinburgh to present the UK’s first Dementia Friendly opera performance at the Festival Theatre on Saturday 12 November. Noble idea. Will it work?
New York loses a modernist pianist, aged 70
The death has been announced of Edmund Niemann, a pianist who premiered works by John Cage, Meredith Monk and Steve Reich. He formed a piano duo called Double Edge with Nurit Tilles and played in Reich’s ensemble. He did his teaching at Princeton, the New School and Scarsdale.
Diva Joyce to make spoken theatre debut
Joyce DiDonato will play White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour at New York’s Westside Theatre on October 3. The play has no director or set. It is performed each night by a different artist. Details here.
Label owner will crash-diet for sponsor cash
Our friend Martin Anderson runs Toccata Classics for anything but profit. He publishes the works of unknown composers and artists, often bringing them into the mainstream. Toccata is a truly essential label. Martin has never been a lean and hungry record man, as you can see. Now, he’s going on a sponsored slim to […]
Biz news: IMG sign two singers
Baritone Benjamin Appl and mezzo Jenny Carlstedt will be run by Stefania Almansi from the London office. Appl is being pumped as the next big thing in Lieder. Carlstedt, who is Finnish-Swedish, recently sang Melisande with Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Germans wake up to a grey market in musicians
The cover story in Das Orchester this month is about new musical realities in the world’s largest market for classical music. Or as the sub-head puts it: More musicians, fewer jobs, what to do? Germany has seen an influx of musicians from other EU countries, notably Romania and Poland. German musicians and audiences are concerned […]
Thomas Ades’s Salzburg opera scored a 91% ticket sale
The Exterminating Angel was extolled by most UK critics and equivocated over by Austro-German media. But box-office business was red-hot, according to official figures released last night. ‘This is an enormous uptake for a contemporary opera’, said a festival spokesperson. Overall, the Salzburg Festival sold 96 percent of its tickets this summer.
The ultimate airlines list for musicians: good, bad and dreadful
The International Federation of Musicians has published a new ranking of airlines according to how they treat musicians and their instruments. Of the dozens of airlines surveyed, only eight are classed green for ‘good’. They include Air Canada and El Al. The green mark signifies that they comply with the current US FAA regulation, accepting musical […]