Jeremy Corbyn takes violin lesson
The Labour leader dropped in on the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s In Harmony programme during his party conference in the city. Official release: He enjoyed a short performance by Year 6 pupils before having a go at playing in the orchestra, coached by Jess (violin) and Billy (cello).
Tomorrow, Simon Keenlyside is back where he left off
The British baritone will sing Don Giovanni at the Met tomorrow. He has been out for almost two years after suffering vocal problems in the middle of a Vienna Rigoletto, forcing him to leave the stage. He has confronted the issue throughout with a candour rare in the music profession and now feels ready to […]
Baritone turns mezzo in Seattle’s transgender opera
Seattle Opera’s upcoming As One, follows a person in gender transition. From the press release: Award winning filmmaker and librettist Kimberly Reed (Prodigal Sons), and award winning librettist Mark Campbell(Silent Night) created the powerful story for As One. Laura Kaminsky, a former chair of the music department at Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts, composed the piece, […]
GoFundMe gives its own cash to help Fort Worth musicians
The team at the fundraising site have kicked in $1,000 of their own money to support striking musicians of the Fort Worth Symphony. They said: We’re excited to be able to Give Back to campaigns that have touched us here at GoFundMe. We wish you the best, – The GoFundMe Team The message that touched them […]
UK gets its third gay orchestra
There’s one in London, another in Birmingham. Now Exeter is coming out with a new ensemble. Some 30 LGBT players have signed up. First rehearsal October 7. See here. The conductor is Tim Pithers, a former British Airways crew member.
Munich jinx: Kaufmann substitute drops out
The tenor Burkhard Fritz, who kindly stepped in for a late-cancelling Jonas Kaufmann as Walther von Stolzing in Munich’s upcoming Meistersinger, has fallen sick. He will be replaced by the Austrian tenor Robert Künzli, making his Bavarian State Opera debut. Künzli recently sang his first Tristan with Netherlands Touring Opera.
Death of an eminent Italian violinist, 63
The death is reported tonight of Andrea Tacchi, concertmaster of the Orchestra della Toscana from its formation in 1980 and a close collaborative partner of the composer Luciano Berio. Andrea fell victim to a rapid, malignant disease.
Hvorostovsky faces more chemo
Message from the great Russian baritone: My dear friends: I am disappointed to have to withdraw from Simon Boccanegra at the Wiener Staatsoper following my doctors’ orders that I undergo another round of chemotherapy. I am optimistic about these treatments and look forward to my upcoming concerts in Germany and beyond. In the meantime, I […]
Turkish tenor wins Hugo Wolf lieder prize
Ilker Arcayürek, a BBC New Generation Artist who is Turkish-Austrian, took first prize today in Stuttgart in the 10th International Art Song Competition of the Hugo Wolf Akademie. It is one of the biggest Lieder prizes – €15,000 to be shared with his accompanist Fiona Pollak. The judges were Graham Johnson, Ann Murray, Wolfram Rieger, Birgid Steinberger, […]
Musicians’ friend is Minnesota’s new chair
Throughout the horrendous lockout from 2012 to 2014, Marilyn Carlson Nelson tried to broker a new deal for the musicians but her hardline board colleagues were having none of it. Marilyn had been on the board since 1973. She and her late husband, Glen, funded the orchestra’s icebreak visit to Cuba last year. It was announced […]
A second NY biz chief quits for festival pastures
After just ten months as Vice-President and Artist Director of the music publisher G. Schirmer, Kathy Schuman has packed it in and gone to run artistic content at the Caramoor festival. Friends say it was an offer she couldn’t refuse. But there may be a trend developing with Elizabeth Sobol now heading Saratoga after quitting Universal. […]