Aussie baritone wins Austrian baroque contest
The Sydney baritone Morgan Pearse came top in the Innsbruck baroque competition at the weekend. Morgan, 28, is a graduate of the Houston Opera studio. Second was Austrian mezzo Sophie Rennert, 25. Third was US countertenor Eric Jurenas, 26.
Berlin Philharmonic reject their youngest player
A teenaged Austrian, Florian Pichler, was hired as second trumpet in the Berlin Philharmonic in August 2014. We understand his two-year contract has now ended without renewal. Florian played his last concert with the Berliners at the end of July. It’s tough out there.
Two conductors who have sought Russian citizenship
The Putin TV channel has been counting westerners who migrate to the Russian haven. Two conductors among them, an Italian… and a Greek.
Which aria do rising sopranos sing most at auditions?
A fascinating list from Wolf Trap opera…. and we won’t give the top tunes away. Click here for the league of arias.
Bayreuth renews sub conductor as Nelsons stays away
The Bayreuth Festival has announced that Harmut Haenchen will conduct Parsifal again in 2017. Haenchen was called in at the last minute after Andris Nelsons pulled out for reasons that are sill disputed. Katharina Wagner was hoping that Nelsons would return next year. No hope. He has announced a four-week commitment to Tanglewood next summer, […]
Tragic Sunday: German orchestra is stunned by conductor’s sudden death, at 51
The Staatskapelle Weimar suffered a tragic loss yesterday with the sudden and unexpected death of first Kapellmeister, Martin Hoff. Martin was about 51* and the cause of death is not yet known. A student in Dresden of Hartmut Haenchen and Siegfried Kurz, he joined the Weimar ensemble in 2004 as a proficient rehearsal conductor, preparing his […]
Watch: Symphony plays for men in singlets
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra have recorded a new work by Tamil Rogeon that sets the 2010 AFL (Australian Football League) Grand Final to music. Watch a clip, if you like bare-armed men (and good music).
Jeremy Corbyn loves Gustav Mahler
At a launch of his arts programme in Scotland this weekend, the Labour Party leader said ‘he had a deep affection for the work of Mahler and liked other “pretty heavy classical music”.’ He added: ‘I hate the elitism [that says] only the wealthy can go to ballet, only the wealthy can go to opera, […]
11 Brits in race for German medals
The ARD music competion, Germany’s richest and oldest, opens tomorrow in Munich. This year’s events are double-bass, horn, harp and string quartet. There were 285 applicants from 44 countries. applied accepted Germany 49 […]
New season: I’m at the airport, my passport’s at home
Like many of us, violinist Anthea Kreston of the Artemis Quartet is struggling to adjust to that back-to-work routine. Here’s her weekly diary for Slipped Disc: I am at the Berlin Tegel airport – 45 minutes before our plane leaves. I just realised after getting here that I forgot my wallet and passport on […]
Ian Bostridge confronts a German heckler
From a Slippedisc reader: Friday 27 August recital by (British tenor) Ian Bostridge and (pianist) Julius Drake at the Schubertiade at Schwarzenberg where they perform regularly. First half unknown lieder with scores, second half better known without scores. After applause, Die Forelle as encore, rather beautifully done. More applause. They return to do another encore […]