It’s 50 years since Riccardo Muti first raised a baton
His debut was at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, on November 27, 1966. They feted him at Bergamo yesterday, ahead of a concert he gave with the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra. The Italian president Sergio Mattarella made a point of attending.
Much fuss over retrieved Stravinsky score
This Friday, medici.tv will broadcast from St Petersburg what is said to be the world premiere of Funeral Song by Igor Stravinsky, a recently rediscovered score. Valery Gergiev’s Mariinsky concert, which you can watch here, will also include Stravinsky’s Firebird and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Suite from The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh. Stravinsky wrote Funeral Song in 1908 to mourn the death of his teacher, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. No sooner […]
Just in: Bolshoi bans children from its ballets
The well-informed Graham Spicer reports from Milan that children under 12 have been banned from all shows at the Bolshoi Ballet, following complaints from senior ticket holders. To see Ivan the Terrible they will have to be 16. Read more here.
Paris patissier creates Opéra-Comique pastry
Maison Lenôtre has asked various opera people to help it design a cake to be called le Favart, after the founder of the Opéra-Comique Charles-Simon Favart, himself the son of a patissier. This is what it will look like. On sale in February.
Pittsburgh stages Handel near-premiere
Pittsburgh Opera has announced a week of January performances for Handel’s Riccardo Primo, retitled Richard the Lionheart for devotees of English history. The opera – Handel’s third in London, dated 1727 – was revived at Sadler’s Wells in 1964. Its US premiere was given last summer at St Louis. This will be only its second […]
Country opera commissions major composer
Garsington Opera has announced its first full-length commission. For the 2018 festival, composer David Sawer (pictured) and playwright Rory Mullarkey will write The Skating Rink, based on the novel by the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño.
Could this memory device halve your practise time?
Halo Sport is a neurotechnology device that stimulates the brain to enhance muscle memory. Designed for athletes, the actor Mario Marzo uses it for piano practice. In this sessions, he learns two Bach preludes with and without neurostimulation. Watch.
Design your home like an opera set
A night out can influence a day’s work. Such was the case for the architecture and real-estate development firm DDG’s designer Michael Zaragoza. When he went to see a production by Apotheosis Opera, a fledgling New York company that aims to expand the medium’s reach, he thoroughly enjoyed the singing but found the sets inferior. So […]
Death of an Australian pianist
Allan Zavod, who has died in Melbourne home of brain cancer, at 71, taught at Berklee College of Music in Boston and accompanied Nigel Kennedy, Frank Zappa, Sting and others on Australia tours. Based in the US for 20 years, he worked with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Allan Zavod was 71.
Finn wins state prize for his 16th symphony
The prolific composer Kalevi Aho (l.), 67, was last night awarded Finland’s State Prize in music, worth 13,500 Euros. What took them so long?
A French composer is arrested in Russia
Didier Marouani, founder of the French pop band Space, accused a Russian singer Philipp Kirkorov of ripping off his songs. He flew to Moscow to press charges. The singer invited him for a settlement meeting. Arriving at the meeting with his lawyer, Marouani was arrested by Moscow police and accused of trying to extort one million […]