Breaking: Sony chief to become next head of Vienna Opera
It has just been announced in Vienna that the next director of the Staatsoper will be… (fanfare) … Bogdan Roscic. He will succeed Dominique Meyer in 2020. The head of Sony Classical, Roscic has promoted the para-classical acts of Il Volo, Jackie Evancho and Leona Lewis. It may be safely assumed that none of these […]
Now Trump denies he ever asked Bocelli to sing
Tom Barrack, the head of Trump’s inauguration committee, has been doing a media round today denying that Donald J Trump ever asked the Italian crooner to perform on his big day. Barrack told CNBC: ‘Bocelli and his wife … have been friends of Trump since the very beginning.’ He said Bocelli approached Trump with an […]
Dmitry Hvorostovsky is in hospital with pneumonia
The Russian state agency Tass reports that the bass-baritone was taken to hospital in St Petersburg after a concert with Marcelo Alvarez on Sunday night. He is said to be feeling better and is out of danger. Hvorostovsky has cancelled Thursday’s recital in Krasnoyarsk.
How André Rieu handled a very human crisis
Now it can be told. On Saturday morning at 5am, the trombonist Ruud Merx – a star of André Rieu’s Johann Strauss Orchestra – suffered cardiac arrest in his sleep. Ruud was rushed to hospital in Leeds in a critical condition and Saturday’s concert in Nottingham was cancelled. On Sunday morning, with no change in […]
André Rieu announces new UK tour after musician tragedy
This week’s tour was abruptly cancelled due to the serious illness of an orchestra player. Tickets will be honoured at the rescheduled tour. Here’s the announcement, just in: André Rieu has rescheduled his concerts in London, Nottingham, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow postponed earlier this week due to a long-term member of the Johann Strauss Orchestra […]
Just in: Hamburg opening loses another star
Following the cancellation of Jonas Kaufmann, though not in any way related, the soprano Anja Harteros has also dropped out of the opening concerts of the Elbphilharmonie. She will be replaced in Beethoven 9 by Camilla Tilling.
New research: The Stradivarius secret – could it be woodworm?
A team of researchers at National Taiwan University believe that the unique sound of Stradivarius instruments may have arisen from a secret anti-woodworm treatment applied by the master-luthier. Our analysis of Stradivari’s maples from three independent sources showed reproducible differences in chemical compositions compared with modern maples. Stradivari’s use of mineral-treated maples belonged to a […]
St Petersburg erects plaque to Galina Vishnevskaya
A day after Moscow announced it was naming a square for Mstislav Rostropovich, St Petersburg unveiled a plaque to his wife, the soprano Galina Vishnevskaya, on the apartment building where they once lived. Both of their daughters attended the ceremony. Nice to see them getting recognition after decades when they were whitewashed out of […]
An Arab-American, 33, is Germany’s newest music director
Fawzi Haimor has been named music director of the Württembergische Philharmonie after a unanimous vote by the musicians. He was selected from 18 auditioning candidates. Local media have introduced him as ‘an American of Arab roots’ (Amerikaner mit arabischen Wurzeln). Fawzi was, until recently, resident conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, learning the ropes. Chicago born, […]
Breaking: Andrea Bocelli pulls out of Trump inauguration
Page Six of the New York Post – probably the most trusted showbiz source – says this morning that the Italian crooner has pulled out of the Trump inauguration under backlash pressure from fans. Bocelli met Trump twice in recent weeks to discuss the invitation. It was Page Six that first told us that Bocelli […]