This week’s album is the only legal form of relief
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: For a troubled London teenager in the 1960s, there were three available sources of relief. One was illegal, one was immoral, and the third was available every other week at the Royal Festival Hall. I took myself to hear the Tchaikovsky Pathétique more often than I remember, sitting […]
Click to win a signed Trifonov disc
The banner for Daniil Trifonov’s new release at the top of a page is a secret door to a competition. Click on the ad and you could win a signed copy. What’s to lose?
Justice Ginsburg to play a Donizetti role
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a dedicated follower of opera, has agreed to play a role in Washington’s production of Daughter of the Regiment. Her Honor, 83, will step out on stage as the Duchess of Krakenthorp, a speaking role. Just the once, on opening night, November 12. Then it’s back to the bench. Full story […]
Cleveland’s other orchestra rejoices in a great victory
The Cleveland Indians reached the World Series on Wednesday night with a 3-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. It fell to the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, conductor Theodore Kuchar, to mark the historic moment.
A Kindertransport violinist is laid to rest
Fred was not exactly a prodigy. Like many Jewish kids in Vienna, he played the violin. Put on a train to England in February 1939, just eight years old, he carried a small suitcase and a violin. Taken in by a family in Hull, he gave a public recital in the town hall in gratitude […]
Maestro move: Canada picks Dudamel’s Dane
The Victoria Symphony has named Christian Kluxen, 34, to succeed Tania Miller next year as music director. An assistant conductor at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Kluxen was a Dudamel Fellow at LA Phil in 2014-15 and has since freelanced, mostly in the UK.
Just in: ENO appoints a makeshift music director
To no great surprise, it’s Martyn Brabbins. An Ilya Musin pupil in St Petersburg, Brabbins is a greatly experienced guest conductor. But at 57 he has only once ever been principal conductor, at an orchestra in Japan. He succeeds Mark Wigglesworth, who resigned over artistic shrinkage. Under the rosiest of glasses it still looks like […]
Ballet star dies, at 99
Yvette Chauviré dominated the Paris Ballet stage for 20 years after the war. Ten years old when she entered the Paris Opéra ballet school, she emerged as the archetype Giselle, a role she chose as her farewell in 1972. Her death was announced by the company on Wednesday night.
Worst-run orchestra loses its two best friends
The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is a regular source of public entertainment on this site, getting rid of four managers in as many years and failing comically to sign the man it announced as chief conductor. Through these travails, its president, Florence Notter, has refused to acknowledge the slightest error or misjudgement. She has lately appointed […]
Drums on seats? Not on our plane
From Brian Flescher, principal timpanist with the New World Symphony: I was not allowed to board with my snare drum UA90 from Newark to TelAviv. The gate manager insisted I cannot board because my snare drum case went over the faa regulation sized by 1-2 inches. I boarded with them anyways and she came on fuming, […]
Boss stays: Freud’s dream job continues
Overnight press release: CHICAGO (10/20/16) –Lyric Opera of Chicago today announced that, at its meeting earlier today, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to renew acclaimed general director Anthony Freud’s five year contract. Mr. Freud will continue to lead the organization as general director through the 2020/21 season. The unanimous decision by the Board of […]