Principal cellist jumps from window during police raid
There are two versions of what happened here. Adrian Naidin, solo cellist of the Bucharest radio orchestra, says masked police on a drugs raid burst into his apartment early Wedneday morning. Panicked, he jumped from a first floor window, broke a finger in his right hand and was taken to hospital. He maintains the police […]
Australian is opera director of the year
The influential Opernwelt magazine has published its annual awards for 2016. Director of the year: Barrie Kosky (Komische Oper, Berlin) Conductor: Teodor Currentzis Singer: Christian Gerhaher Orchestra: Bavarian Opera Chorus: Dutch National Opera World premiere: Georg Friedrich Haas, ‘Koma’ at Darmstadt Opera house of the year: Stuttgart More here.
Another ‘half-full’ Bartok concert in Munich
Here’s the next in the series of Bartok for Europe, played by the Munich Chamber Orchestra at the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche last night. This was the downstairs area. The galleries were completely vacant. Of the 400 seats available about 120 were occupied, according to a visitor. And perhaps half of those were paid for. Poor Bartok. UPDATE: The […]
Only one New York cinema shows Covent Garden live opera
… and that’s way out in Forest Hills, according to a sharp-eyed reader. Has Peter Gelb signed all other big screens in the city to exclusivity deals? Here’s the defeated screening announcement from the ROH.
At Paris Opéra, they have 11 bosses for 17 technical staff
Le Point has been doing the small print on this month’s brutal public accounts report. An army of highly-paid department heads is crippling the payroll, running at 103 million Euros a year for permanent staff alone…. Read the breakdown here (en francais). Be assured that nothing will change.
How to become Shimon Peres? First play the mandolin
Message from Avi Avital: Here’s something I doubt you knew: Shimon Peres was a mandolin player. Here he is, front row, with his mandolin orchestra in Vishnyeva (today Belarus). photo: Times of Israel (right-click to enlarge)
Why was San Francisco Symphony beheaded?
Nobody on any side is saying much. Brent Assink’s letter to staff, telling them he was leaving after 18 years as executive director, made it clear between the lines that he was doing so unwillingly. Assink, 61, has no other job lined up, or even a clear idea whether he wants to stay in the […]
Breaking: Major record company shuts down
We have been notified of the closure of Launch Music International Ltd (LMI), an important service provider and distributor of small classical labels. The company, based in Staffordshire, will cease trading by the end of October. Its labels include Somm, Priory, Guild, Clarinet Classics, Music&Media, Quartz and Stone. Its founder, Philip Hateley, has decided to […]
The LPO’s Munich concert was even emptier than we thought
Official reports claimed that the Gasteig hall was half-full for the London Philharmonic’s ‘Bartok for Europe’ concert on Monday. A reliable source in Munich paints a much worse scenario. It appears there were fewer than 150 people in a hall of 2,387 seats. Worse, many of these were ‘paper’ – people who had been invited […]
Now the Times calls out Gergiev for non-rehearsal
Last week, a Munich critic broke silence over the unrehearsed state of concerts conducted by Valery Gergiev, who is music director of the city’s philharmonic orchestra. The London Times has now chimed in. Critic Anna Picard writes today: It seems reasonable to assume that everyone on stage at the Cadogan Hall knew the notes in […]
Philadelphia mourns an influential bass
Peter Dobrin reports: Any Philadelphia Orchestra-goer for more than four decades could look to the double bass section and reliably set eyes on a tall man with a big double bass and a warm smile. “Lee” to many, Emilio Gravagno will be missed. Gravagno, 82, played in the orchestra from 1967 to 2009. He was a […]