Katherine Jenkins now sings one mile high
She’s the in-flight live entertainment on British Airways, along with a couple of Bolshoi dancers, on a new Moscow service inaugurated this week. This official video is close-miked. Passenger videos (below) indicate there is no way she could make herself heard for long above the engine noise.
Just in: Dallas ashes man apologises to the Metropolitan Opera
The Met has released to the New York Times the text of a letter it has received from Roger Kaiser, the Dallas fan who scattered his friend’s ashes in the orchestra pit on Saturday, causing the abandonment of one opera performance and the cancellation of another. Here’s the overture to Kaiser’s explanation: Dear Mr. Gelb […]
Jonas Kaufmann announces resumption date
According to his updated website, the German tenor will return to the stage after a prolonged break with a recital on November 22 at Madrid’s Teatro Real. He will then fly to Japan for three concerts, returning to sing at the Nobel ceremony in Stockholm on December 8, followed by the opening of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie. […]
Wall Street Journal slashes arts and culture
From its own pages: Editor in chief Gerard Baker announced … the paper will feature fewer pages with less space dedicated to coverage of arts, culture and local news. The restructuring of the print paper will result in the elimination of some positions. The paper has already offered buyouts to all staffers and warned of […]
A London orchestra loses its leader
Thomas Gould is leaving Aurora, the enterprising start-up, to join Britten Sinfonia as joint leader. Sudden flurry of ripples in a competitive pool. Press release below. Thomas Gould to become Leader of Britten Sinfonia, alongside Jacqueline Shave Thomas Gould has been appointed Leader of Britten Sinfonia, sharing the position with Jacqueline Shave. In order to fulfill his increased […]
Is the Met trying to rig the election with Donald J. livecast?
This blogger thinks so. The irresistible groper is coming tonight to a movie house near you.
Russian conductor contemplates gay-themed Onegin
Teodor Currentzis, the Perm music director who holds a Russian passport, tells forumopera.com it would be truly dangerous if he ever got around to conducting Tchaikovsky’s male-jealousy opera. Apparently, he has been doing research on the gay and cross-dressing scene in late Tsarist Russia: Vous avez dirigé des opéras de Chostakovitch et de Prokofiev, mais […]
Alert at Lincoln Center as church threatens to picket Juilliard
Staff at the NY arts hub have been warned to expect a picket by a Baptist group, denouncing the Juilliard School as a hub of pride and vanity. (They are not wrong, but still…) According to Wikipedia, ‘Westboro Baptist Church is a Baptist church which is known for its hate speech, especially against LGBT people, […]
Death of an Oscar-winning composer, 72
You may not have heard of Ron Grant. The Oscar he won in 1986 was for inventing a piece of software, the Auricle Time Processor – ‘a computer system that enables a music composer to score a program with speed and accuracy previously unattainable’. The music he wrote was mostly for TV series and animation. […]
Over 25 years, he published 157 operas by 64 composers
Fascinating snippet by Michael Haas from the memoirs of Hans Heinsheimer, one of the livewires of the golden era of the modernist music business. Heinsheimer offers the following statistic: over the next 25 years, UE took on 157 operas from 64 composers, along with 32 ballets from 19 composers from across the world. Each of […]