New opera guy in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Opera have picked Walter Sutcliffe as artistic director, replacing Oliver Mears who has gone to Covent Garden. Sutcliffe has extensive experience as a stage director in Europe. You wonder why he was not considered at ENO. Official release: Following an extensive recruitment process attracting applications from across the world, Northern Ireland Opera is […]
Where’s Runnicles? Staying put
The Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles has renewed his contract as Generalmusikdirektor of the Deutsche Oper Berlin for six more years, taking him to 2022. He’ll be 68 by then. Runnicles retired this year as chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Watch: Yale Singers follow a conductor … a train conductor
Connecticut train conductor Bob McDonough found the Yale Glee Club on his train at the weekend. What could he do, folks? He conducted them, of course…
Met plucks two singers from Where?furt
Two ensemble members of the Erfurt Theatre have been cast in the Met’s next season. Vazgen Ghazaryan is a bass, Won Whi Choi a tenor. Both are fulltime ensemble members, little known outside Erfurt. A city of 400,000 in the dead centre of Germany, Erfurt has a year-round opera theatre and symphony orchestra. The two […]
Israel Phil mourns veteran bassoon
Walter Meroz, bassoonist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra from 1951 to 1995 and teacher of three player generations, died last week at the age of 83. A man of gentle ways, Walter served for many years and with immense tact as the orchestra’s disciplinary officer. His most famous solo was in a deathless pop song, […]
Horror: Orchestral trumpet is beaten to death by parents of children he raped
In the Argentine city of Moron, outraged parents attacked a trumpet player in the Cathedral, beating him so badly that he died of his injuries. The attack took place at the end of October. The musician died last week after a prolonged coma. Marcelo Fabian Pecollo, a trumpet player in the Moron city orchestra, had […]
Death of a noted concertmaster and festival founder
We are sad to share news of the death of Jerrold Rubenstein, a New Yorker who became concertmaster at La Monnaie orchestra in Brussels and later of the Belgian national orchestra. A formidable chamber musician, widely recorded, Jerrold taught for 30 years at the Antwerp Conservatoire, and at Izmir and Dublin. He founded the Festival Mozart […]
Brexit effect? Brits spend more on vinyl than on downloads
This country is going backwards. BBC report: More money was spent on vinyl than downloaded albums last week, for the first time. Vinyl sales made the record industry £2.4m, while downloads took in £2.1m, the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) said.
Breaking: IMG Artists loses its head
Staff have been told that Lorna Aizlewood is leaving, effective immediately. Lorna, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, has been an incredibly effective advocate for a company that is co-owned by a convicted fraudster and a wild-card Russian investor. She has produced consistently good returns and restored the artists’ agency side of the business to […]
Child pianist is nominated for a Grammy
Among the slew of self-advertisements, the one that stands out is for Joey Alexander, a 13 year-old from Bali, who is nominated for jazz improvisation. Joey is mentored by Wynton Marsalis.
Munich hires British chief conductor
Munich’s Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz has named Anthony Bramall as its next chief conductor, starting in summer 2017. Bramall, 59, is deputy music director at Leipzig Opera. His Munich predecessor, Marco Comin, is leaving abruptly in protest at a downmarket trend in repertoire. he said: ‘If a house wants to do a lot of operetta and […]