Unknown Korean is Vienna’s new Tosca
Sae Kyung Rim steps up for Adrianne Pieczonca as Tosca on January 31 and February 3, making her Vienna debut. She faces Aleksandrs Antonenko as Cavaradossi and Thomas Hampson as Scarpia, Placido Domingo conducting. Some debut.
My quartet stays in a castle and is served by a gourmet chef
It’s not all second-class travel and Premier Inns for our weekly diarist, Anthea Kreston. I am in the middle of a 10 day tour, which includes two short stops in Berlin to catch up with family. I have increasingly begun to feel as if the actual performances are, in many ways, the most predictable and […]
Conductor loses his top
This is the US residence of Jahja Ling, music director of the San Diego Symphony, after a storm toppled a pine tree onto his roof. He was at home with his wife and two daughters in mid-afternoon and was heading upstairs when the tree came through the top of the house. External damage is extensive. […]
Agent of the year?
The Association of British Orchestras has named Kathryn Enticott its Artist Manager of the Year. Actually, she deserves better. Kathryn is a traliblazer. She led the flight out of big agencies into boutique management, leaving IMG and gathering up a handful of top artists – Bychkov, Welser-Möst, Znaider, Milos – whose careers she curates with […]
Richard Strauss festival names Fassbaender’s successor
The German conductor Alexander Liebreich will take over as intendant of the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from 2018, it was announced today. He succeeds Brigitte Fassbaender who first put the festival on the map.
Tafelmusik’s new music director is a La Scala violinist
The Canadian baroque orchestra has elected Elisa Citterio to succeed the retiring Jeanne Lamon. Citterio, an Italian violinist, is a member of the orchestra at La Scala, Milan.
Young baton leaves Britain over Brexit
Winner of the 2015 Aspen Conducting Prize, the British conductor George Jackson today declared himself non-resident in the UK. He has relocated to Wiebaden, Germany, stating Article 50 as his reason for the move. He won’t be the last to go.
Exclusive: 28 musicians resign from troubled orchestra
About half of the musicians in Sweden’s Camerata Nordica have issued a public letter resigning from the orchestra, which was suspended by its former manager last month. The manager has walked away with a fat pension. The players are outraged. Here’s their letter: With these words, the former freelance musicians of Camerata Nordica stand together […]
‘After Einstein on the Beach, I went back to driving a New York cab’
From Fiona Maddocks’ interview with the new octogenarian, Philip Glass: After Einstein on the Beach I went back to driving a New York cab. I didn’t mind that. It was interesting work. I didn’t have an agent. I ran all the business side of it and the box office myself. I enjoyed it. I grew […]
12 UK composers get recording grants
The PRS Foundation has distributed £150,000 ‘to support composers and enable them to realise projects and ambitions that may not be possible through traditional commissioning models.’ Mostly, that will involve recording their music, off and on-line. This year’s 12 lucky composers are: Ed Bennett Gary Carpenter Jessica Curry Shiva Feshareki Stuart MacRae John McLeod Hilda […]