An opera about the man who linked Hitler to Bayreuth
The town of Karlsruhe is putting on a new opera at the end of next month. It’s called Wahnfried and it’s about a crackpot Englishman who became the living connection between Wagner and Hitler. Houston Stewart Chamberlain was an an obsessive anti-semite and Wagner fanatic who married the composer’s daughter Eva and made his home […]
Berlin will publish the pay of its chief conductors
The salaries of Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle as heads of the Staatsoper and the Berlin Philharmonic are not a matter of public record, as they would be in the US. The incoming culture senator Klaus Lederer, a member of the Left party, intends to share the information when he takes office in ten […]
Dead opera: The Met calls off Golijov commission
The Argentine-US composer Osvaldo Golijov, 55, who has missed several deadlines in recent years, will not submit a long-planned opera to the Met. Golijov’s publisher ascribes the cancellation to a difference of artistic opinion. The Met, feeding the story to the New York Times, appears to have pulled the plug. No-one’s saying much.
Atlanta Symphony picks Peabody man
Stephen Mulligan has been named assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. A prize-winner at Aspen (pic), Stephen studied at Peabody with Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar and Marin Alsop.
Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson sings a Hebrew song
Tom Watson stood up today at Labour Friends of Israel and, after denouncing antisemitism in the party, burst into song. The exhortation he chants – Am Yisrael Chai – means: The people of Israel are alive. Now for a duet with Jeremy Corbyn. We live in weird times.
Just in: Jonas Kaufmann cancels the Nobel
Like Bob Dylan, the German tenor will not be appearing at the Nobel Ceremony on December 8, according to Swedish Radio. He has informed the committee that the vocal injury which sidelined him for the past two months has not yet fully healed. Kaufmann will be replaced as soloist at the Nobel Prize concert by […]
Watch Vienna’s new HDR – better than the Met?
From tonight, the Vienna Opera will be streaming in ultra-high definition. press release: New dimension of WIENER STAATSOPER live at home: La traviata in new HDR image mode for first time on 29 November Today, Tuesday, 29 November 2016, the WIENER STAATSOPER’s live at home programme will be broadcasting Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata for the […]
New concertmaster for Madrid
We hear that Gjorgi Dimchevski has won the audition for concertmaster of the Spanish National Orchestra in Madrid (Orquesta Nacional de España). He is presently concertmaster of the orchestra of the troubled Palau de Les Arts Opera in Valencia.
Sotheby’s attack ‘irresponsible’ musicologist
The auction house has issued a statement after a Beethoven manuscript failed to sell this morning, following a row on the BBC today programme over its authenticity. Sotheby’s statement regarding Beethoven’s Allegretto in B minor: ‘We believe it was irresponsible for a third party to raise doubts about Beethoven’s “Allegretto” in B Minor manuscript when […]
Mahler racks up record score
The composer’s finished manuscript of the second symphony sold this morning at Sotheby’s for £3.9 million ($4.5), to which the buyer will have to add a premium of around 15%. The total paid was £4,546,250. This is by far the highest sum ever paid for a music manuscript. The previous record was held by a Schumann […]
BBC row stops Beethoven sale
An 1817 score by Beethoven failed to sell at Sotheby’s this morning after a Manchester musicologist cast doubt on the handwriting. Professor Barry Cooper had gone public with his ‘hunch’ that the score was the work of a copyist. On Radio 4’s Today programme Dr Simon Maguire of Sotheby’s fiercely defended the manuscript’s authenticity, accusing […]