Early orchestra recruits Decca chief
The Academy of Ancient Music, founded by Christopher Hogwood and struggling since his death in 2014, has named ex-Decca producer Alexander Van Ingen as its new chief exec. Its previous manager left in November.
Singer joins ENO board
The accomplished mezzo Sally Burgess was co-opted today onto the baffled board of English National Opera, where she has been singing since 1978. If only other board members had equivalent experience. photo: Bill Knight
Gustavo disturbs intruders in the Royal Box
Jonathan Sutherland recounts an unsettling incident last night in Stockholm: The American tenor Leonardo Capalbo had an unnerving experience last night at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. He was singing Gustavo in a new production of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera directed by Tobias Theorell. The important Act III Sc. 2 monologue ‘Forse la soglia attinse’ […]
Survey: More Germans go to concerts than to football
Statistics from the Deutsche Orchester-Vereinigung DOV show a ten percent increase in classical concerts last year. There were 13,800 events of which 5,800 were symphonic. The DOV’s MD Gerald Mertens said classical concerts drew an attendance of 18.2 million, around 40 percent more than the football Bundesliga. There were more concertgoers aged 20 to 29 than those […]
Death of a golden-age Vienna soprano, 91
A singer in post-War Vienna had to struggle for food. Sonja Knittel, who was 22 in 1945, got herself an audition in Zurich. From there, she returned to Vienna’s Volksoper for three years before joining Nuremberg Opera in 1954, remaining there for the rest of her long career. She was renowned in operetta. Her death […]
Did Alban Berg flirt with Nazism in his violin concerto?
The Berg researcher Douglas Jarman has come up with disturbing evidence that Alban Berg toyed with a slogan from a banned rightwing organisation as a structural theme for his valedictory masterpiece. The concerto is dedicated to the memory of Alma Mahler’s daughter, Manon, but there were other influences at work and Berg was keen in […]
Katherine Jenkins gets coaching
The Welsh ‘opera’ singer admits she is way out of her depth in singing a leading role in Carousel on the Coliseum stage. ‘I’ve been doing a lot of work for the last two months privately to prepare myself for this day, from acting coaches to music coaches….’ But too late now to turn back. […]
Arts Council’s Youtube channel is a flop
From Arts Professional: Low subscriber rates, minimal commercial opportunities and barriers to entry for arts organisations have forced Arts Council England (ACE)’s £1.8m Youtube network for the arts to readjust as it enters its final year of funding. Canvas will no longer require arts organisations signing up to the network to hand over their video […]
Young maestro quits Paris Carmen
Lionel Bringuier has pulled out of next month’s Carmen ‘for personal reasons’, whatever that might mean. The young Frenchman’s withdrawal has left the Opéra scrambling for last-minute replacements. According to ForumOpera, Bertrand de Billy will conduct on March 10, 19, 22 and 25 plus April 11 and 14. Giacomo Sagripanti will cover March 13, 16, 28, 31 and […]
The night Andre Previn got the wrong Oscar
Chris Russell in LA reminds us of the 1964 Oscars when Sammy Davis Jr was given the wrong envelope for winner of Best Score. He announced the wrong one. Conductor and orchestra, who had been primed for the right winner, looked up in consternation. The error was quickly corrected. Watch.