Watch, listen: Laura Bretan is going places
Of all the child ‘opera’ singers thrown up by America’s Got Talent, the Romanian-born teen showed in last night’s semi-final that she has all the high notes and possibly what it takes to make a lasting success. She will, however, need lots more training and technique to keep the voice in shape.
Just in: Berlin Philharmonic mourn influential cellist
Eberhard Finke, one of the founding members of 12 cellos of the Berlin Philharmonic, has died aged 96. He joined the orchestra under Wilhelm Furtwängler in 1950 and played until 1985, when he retired. From 1969, Eberhard Finke taught as a professor at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik.
Want to sing in a Royal Opera House pop-up?
Professional and non-professional singers are taking over London’s Covent Garden Piazza on Sunday 4 September as part of Out Loud, a day of live, interactive performances. Apparently all you have to do is turn up and sing. Here’s the day’s schedule: Out Loud: Sunday 4 September 2016: 12.10–12.40pm ROH Thurrock Community Chorus performance 12.50–13.15pm […]
Second-gen singer wins Glyndebourne award
From two press releases: The winner of the John Christie Award for 2016 is baritone Huw Montague Rendall. The announcement was made from the stage at the Glyndebourne Opera House during Glyndebourne Chairman Gus Christie’s traditional last night speech. Huw is a Jerwood Young Artist and was a member of the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival Chorus, […]
Germans raise petition to save Thomas Mann’s LA villa
A petition has been opened in Germany, appealing to Chancellor Angela Merkel to find ways and means to stop the planned demolition of the house where Mann lived in exile during and after the Second World War. It’s not quite clear how Mrs Merkel is supposed to intervene in the commercial affairs of a foreign […]
Eschy, in his last season, adds 3 new faces to Washington orch
press release: (WASHINGTON)—National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Music Director Christoph Eschenbach and Executive Director Rita Shapiro announce the appointment of three new musicians to the NSO roster, effective September 6, 2016: Peter Cain, bass clarinet/clarinet; Eugena Chang, section cello; and Robert Rearden, second horn. Peter Cain joins the NSO from the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, where he […]
London lacks women conductors. Why?
The Guardian points out in an editorial that only eight of 75 BC Proms are conducted by women, and none of the permanent London orchestras or opera houses has a woman music director. ‘It wouldn’t be acceptable in other professions,’ warns the paper. ‘It isn’t acceptable here either.’ Quite right.
When a tenor says ‘bis bald’, he means it
Piotr Beczala with Ildar Abdrazakov in Salzburg
Airline breaks violin promise
Early this year Slipped Disc published the following assurance from Air Berlin, welcoming violins and other small instruments on board as hand luggage: ‘Passenger’s satisfaction matters for AirBerlin … after listening to feedback from passengers, the AirBerlin group is updating its hand baggage regulations for violins and similarly-sized musical instruments… One piece of hand luggage […]
David Stern: My father would have been proud of this competition
In the wake of sceptical reports of the judging process in Slipped Disc, the competition co-chairman has issued this response, which we are happy to publish verbatim: Official response from David Stern, co-chairman of the jury committee of the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition: When we were approached with the idea to start a […]
Berlin Phil concertmaster is given a new car
The lives of professional sports and classical players are converging ever faster. This is Daishin Kashimoto, first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, receiving his new RX 450h hybrid from Lexus, his sponsor. Local motor media are running picture and story.