Happy news: Thomas Quasthoff goes back on the road
The great bass-baritone, who retired from the stage four years ago with health concerns, has announced his return tour with a small ensemble of jazz friends. Dates: 28 November 2016 – Tonhalle Zürich 12 December 2016 – Vienna Konzerthaus 20 December 2016 – Philharmonie Essen Go, Tommy!
A classical guitarist meets the new America
A classical guitarist whose name we’ll protect for reasons that will soon be apparent was practising his instrument quietly in a US airport while waiting for his plane. Another passenger objected. The guitarist, who is a professor at a prominent US university, put a mute on his instrument and carried on practising. The departure lounge […]
Pianist goes on trial for rape at music college
The trial begins today in Manchester of a pianist who is charged with sexually assaulting a student in a practice room at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2014. The defendant denies the charges. Details here.
Bamberg Symphony gets to play Carnegie Hall
The Bavarian State Philharmonic is upping its game with a nine-city US tour, rolling out from Carnegie Hall on February 8. That’s a huge investment by the Bavarian state and a high expectation of New York audience interest. Christoph Eschenbach conducts the tour, which runs on to Miami, LA, Daytona and more.
Breaking: A Swiss radio orchestra is killed off
The Swiss Radio and Television Corporation has withdrawn financial support from the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, leading to its almost certain closure next year. The broadcaster contributes around two million Swiss francs to the orchestra’s eight million budget. The musicians have received notice that their jobs are to be abolished. There has been no prior […]
Exclusive: Pittburgh strike ends today with victory for the musicians
An agreement will be announced in Pittsburgh at 3pm local today, announcing a return to work by musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Both sides will claim to have got what they wanted but the leaks that have come our way indicate that one side won. The musicians have agree to a small pay cut […]
Europe’s newest concert hall is built by Brits
The Queen Elisabeth Hall, which opens in Antwerp on Friday, was designed by Simpson Haugh and Partners from Manchester. That’s another contract we would have stood to lose post-Brexit. Report here. The hall will be the home of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra.
Anyone recognise this 3 year-old Beethoven pianist?
And is she really three years old, as stated? Could Lang Lang play like that at 3?
French opera house has part of roof blown off in storm
The roof of the Opéra de Saint-Etienne was so badly damaged in the current Atlantic storms that tonight’s performance of Norma has been called off. It’s by no means clear when normal service will be resumed. Norma featured Clara Polito, Judith Gautier and Jean-Noël Briend, conducted by José Luis Domínguez Mondrágon in Stéphane Braunschweig’s production.
London opera company gives up on singing
Euphonia Studio is about to use its opera cast in three stage plays. Interesting idea. Cheaper, too. Press release: Opera Company Goes Straight! Challenging the commonly-held assumption that opera singers can’t act, Euphonia Studio attempts to prove to the contrary in a highly entertaining triple-bill of short plays by Anton Chekhov. Updated to a modern-day, north-of-England […]
Met releases its inaugural season on 22 CDs
The Metropolitan Opera is bringing out a box set of its first season as Lincoln Center – 1966/67, if you were around. It’s an uncalculated risk. Some opera lovers may not think much has improved in 50 years. The set contains 10 complete performances, including the world premiere of Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra; Birgit Nilsson and […]