Whatever happened to Opera Chic?
In the early blogosphere, a young American woman in Milan set the pulses racing with some hot gossip and goings-out in the capital of Italian opera. We got to meet her, after agreeing not to reveal her name, and liked her a lot. But the blog fell silent in 2014 and we’ve lost contact. Her […]
Bath abolishes arts funding
The ancient Roman town of Bath, which depends on heritage tourism, has said it will scrap all funding for the arts in order to save £433,000 by 2020. That will probably spell the end of the Bath Festival. It’s quite alarming.
Scariest record of the year?
Er, do I really want this on my coffee table? The composer is Vivaldi.
Opera house goes on strike
Staff at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe have called a ‘warning strike’ in pursuit of a six percent pay rise. The company’s latest production is a Clinton-Lewinsky themed version of Handel’s Semele.
Music teacher ‘buried husband on farm’
Louise Khan, 46, a Scottish piano teacher, has been arrested in Portugal, after remains of her partner Alyn Pennycook were found buried on their remote farm. He is believed to have died of cancer. The Portuguese authorities are planning to out her on trial for illegal burial. More here.
Poland mourns a legend
Danuta Szaflarska, possibly Poland’s most prolific film actor, has died at 102, a few months after completing her last role. After risking her life as a courier for the Polish resistance under the German occupation, she was seldom off the stage or the film set for b75 years. Her first husband was the pre-eminent Chopin […]
Jazz giant is found dead in NY hotel
The jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, known as the Godfather of Fusion, has died in his sleep in a New York hotel. He was 73. Coryell worked across several genres and enjoyed interacting with classical musicians, many of whom are paying tribute on social media.
Fact: Thousands of new releases do not achieve a single sale
A sobering thought from the Economist: Of 8.7 million different tacks that sold at least one copy (last year), 96 percent sold fewer than 100 copies and 40 percent – 3.5 million tracks – were purchased just once. (This) does not include the many songs on offer that have never sold a single copy, Spotify […]
Grim warning on post-Brexit arts from Germany’s culture council
The head of the German Cultural Council, Olaf Zimmermann, has said that artists’ freedom of movement will be impaired by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. He specified three key areas of damage. If EU artists will need a visa to live in London, that will inhibit cultural exchanges. Collaborations between museums, arts centres and theatres […]
Maestro move: Pablo adds an extra job
Granada’s International Festival of Music and Dance has appointed Pablo Heras-Casado its next director, starting this September. It’s his home town. Heras-Casado is Principal Conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York and Principal Guest Conductor of Teatro Real of Madrid.