Maestro move: Kent Nagano jumps ship
The Hamburg and Montreal music director Kent Nagano walked out on his agent just before Christmas to join HarrisonParrott. Nagano is a huge earner and a coup for any agency. He is the third conductor to leave Stephen Wright’s ICA this month.
Steinways faces renewed bankruptcy threat
From Bankrupt Company News: On December 22, 2016, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Steinway Musical Instruments,Inc.’s corporate family rating to Caa1 from B2, probability of default rating to Caa1-PD from B2-PD and $300 million first lien senior secured term loan due 2019 to Caa1 from B2 due to the Company’s weak operating performance and the risk […]
Star violinist is robbed on a flight to Moscow
The Russian state news agency Tass reports that Sarah Chang, the US soloist, was robbed of valuables and luggage on a flight from Philadelphia to Moscow via London. It is not clear at which stage the theft took place. Ms Chang has filed a police report in Moscow saying that valuables worth $12,000 had been […]
Italian mezzo dies, at 98
Miriam Pirazzini, one of Italy’s foremost mezzo-sopranos of the post-War decades, died on Christmas Day. Born in 1918 she sang opposite Maria Callas in the 1958 Rome Norma that the diva abandoned at the end of Act 1.
City Opera *is* NY. The Met just happens to be there
A gauntlet has been thrown at the Met by Michael Capasso, general director of the revived New York City Opera. He’s speaking to ZealNYC: City Opera is the ‘people’s opera.’ By comparison, the Met I think of as the United Nations, it belongs to the world but it just happens to be in New York. The Met is a […]
Carrie Fisher has died, at 60
The death has been announced of Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, daughter of the singer Eddie Fisher and actor Debbie Reynolds. She died at 60, several days after an in-flight heart attack while returning from a publicity trip to London. She was the ex-wife of singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Carrie was Hollywood royalty with singing pedigree. […]
Nothing on TV? Spend 40 minutes with a French favourite
Nice to be reminded of an old fave that has dropped off the radar. Fine performance this month in Cologne.
Valery Gergiev to conduct Verdi’s Requiem for victims of the Black Sea crash
It has been announced in Moscow that the Mariinsky conductor will lead an extraordinary concert on December 29 in memory of those who died in the Tupolev crash on Christmas Day. Among the 62 Red Army ensemble members who lost their lives were, a spokesman, said ‘colleagues and friends who were associated with creative projects […]
When the Red Army Choir became a Metro flashmob
Many of those who took part in this 2013 video died in the hideous Black Sea air crash on Christmas Day. May their souls find eternal rest.
Iran bans female cellist from Xmas concert
The authorities stepped in to stop the Iranian-Armenian cellist Melanie Awanessian from playing in a Tehran Christmas concert, despite previously granting her all necessary ermits. The concert, starring the Iranian pop singer Benjamin, was to have taken place in Tehran’s Milad Tower. ‘We just wanted to give pleasure to our Christian fellow-citizens,’ said Benjamin’s spokesman.
Yefim Bronfman: I keep playing for other pianists
The Russian-Israeli US-based virtuoso, in a candid video interview with Zsolt Bognar, confesses to constant attacks of nerves, accompanied by the need for approbation by other pianists. ‘I get very nervous… before a concert it’s a struggle to go on stage…. you have many fears,’ he confesses. ‘But then (you find that) everybody is in […]