Fake it until you can’t make it
Good title for a conference on musical injury, next month in Toronto. Concertmaster Steve Sitarski tells us: ‘Several years ago a group of health care providers decided to pool their knowledge, experience, and resources to form the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA). The aim of this group is primarily educating both artists and the general […]
Shock: Mariinsky opera soloist is found dead, at 38
The St Petersburg company is in shock at the sudden death of bass-baritone Edward Tsanga, aged 38. Edward, a member of the company since 2008, was taken ill at rehearsal on Friday and sent to hospital. He was discharged on Friday night, went home and was found dead on Saturday. No cause of death has […]
Philip Glass rewrites symphony ending for Carnegie Hall
Two weeks before the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz departs on its third US tour with conductor Dennis Russell Davies, the composer Philip Glass has been writing against the clock to change the ending of his new 11th symphony. It is scheduled for premiere at Carnegie Hall on January 31, the composer’s 80th birthday. ‘In rehearsal,’ […]
Sad news: Leading Australian conductor has died, at 70
We have been informed of the death of Richard Divall, music director for 30 years of the former Victoria State Opera in Melbourne and latterly a regular guest with the Malta Philharmonic. An outstanding authority on early Australian composers, he was professor at Melbourne, Malta and (visiting) Kings College, London.
New Sydney Festival director is booed by vast crowd
From our person on the spot: Just now, tonight in Sydney Australia, almost 100,000 people booed and screamed continuously at the new Artistic Director of Sydney Festival, Wesley Enoch, as he walked on stage and announced he had cut the traditional and hugely popular Symphony and Opera Under The Stars from Sydney Festival […]
Latin American electronics pioneer has died
José Vicente Jesús Asuar, the Chilean electroacoustic composer, died on January 11, aged 83.
Important ruling: Singer is cleared to sue the Met for injuries
It has taken five years, but a mezzo who suffered permanent injuries from a fall on the Metropolitan Opera stage has received court clearance to sue for damages. The Met contested her claim, arguing she was an employee in the pursuit of normal duties. Here’s a summary of a precedential ruling: A New York appellate […]
Itzhak Perlman shares his prize with Yiddish Book Center
The violinist Itzhak Perlman has donated $50,000 of his $1 million Genesis Prize to the Yiddish Book Center, in Amherst, Mass. He will share much of the rest of the award among disability causes in the arts.
LA Opera nails music director for another term
James Conlon has signed on again til 2021, which will be his 16th season with the company. Over the past 10 years he has conducted 50 different operas. Placido Domingo, LA Opera general director, said: ‘It is impossible to overstate what a profound impact James Conlon has made during his ten years in Los […]
Death of a budget-label maestro
The death has been announced of the distinguished Slovenian conductor Anton Nanut, widely known for his 160 recordings from Ljubljana on a range of western budget labels, many of them highly prized by connoisseurs. Nanut, who was 84, was chief conductor of the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1981 to 1998. He toured the orchestra […]
Sicklist: Dohnanyi can’t make Cleveland
The much-loved former music director is too fluish to fly: The Cleveland Orchestra has announced a conductor update for February 9, 10 and 11. Christoph von Dohnányi, upon the advice of his physician, cannot travel at this time due to the flu and has regretfully cancelled his engagement to lead the Orchestra in Schubert’s Symphony […]