Sicklist: Trifonov’s in a fever
From Duke University: Dear Duke Performances Ticket Holder, I’m writing now to let you know that Daniil Trifonov has CANCELLED his recital at Duke Performances on Friday, March 31. Mr. Trifonov is laid up at home with a 102 degree fever — he has regretfully cancelled all engagements for this week. While we don’t have […]
Jonas Kaufmann to sing his first Tristan – in Boston
The German tenor will make his role debut as Tristan with the Boston Symphony Orchestra next season, it was announced tonight. Andris Nelsons will conduct the second act of the opera, with Camilla Nylund singing Isolde. Among other highlights, Boston’s Shostakovich cycle will reach the 14th symphony, with Bryn Terfel and Kristine Opolais as soloists.
An American pianist wins big German boost
Ben Kim – originally from Portland Oregon – has walked off with the Rheingau Festival prize. It’s worth 15,000 Euros and a big footprint on the German circuit. Ben lives in Berlin and goes rock-climbing twice a week.
Italy has an international football XI of conductors under 40
According to La Stampa here. How many have you heard? I can count 3.
Opera Philadelphia powers up with new hire
The company has been going great guns since its runaway hit, Missy Mazzoli’s Breaking the Waves. Today, it’s announcing that the tenor Lawrence Brownlee is joining the staff as Artistic Advisor.
I don’t mind having Simon Rattle as a neighbour
Our diarist, quartet violinist Anthea Kreston, takes stock of her first year as an American in Berlin and decides that what her family really needs is … a house. Somewhere near the music director’s. (Also where Mahler went to find a bell for his second symphony). Anthea has put in a bid: I am on […]
The cheapening of orchestra titles
The Philharmonia Orchestra today announced two appointments. Both of them are called Principal Guest Conductor. Principal, according to the Oxford English Dictionary is an adjective meaning ‘main or most important’. So which of these two chaps below is main, and which is most important? The LSO has the same PGC label for Gianandrea Noseda and Francois-Xavier […]
Youngest-looking conductor gets London orchestra
The Philharmonia Orchestra has named Jakub Hrůša and Santtu-Matias Rouvali as principal guest conductors. Hrusa, 36, is Czech. He is chief conductor in Bamberg. Rouvali is said to be 31 and looks 15 years younger. The Finn is chief conductor in Gothenburg.
Aussie maestro quits German job
Nicholas Milton is leaving the Saarland state theatre after just one term as music director. ‘Personal reasons’ are what it says in the press release. Milton, 48, took up the post in 2014. He leaves in summer 2018.
Power shift as Juilliard sets up in China
The elite New York music school has named a chief executive and an artistic director for its offshoot in Tianjin, opening in 2019. Alexander Brose, chief fund-raiser at the Aspen Festival, will be executive director and CEO of the Chinese campus. Wei He, violin professor at the San Francisco Conservatory, will be artistic director and […]
What makes a great opera house? It starts with the orchestra
In my final monthly essay for Standpoint magazine – I am off to sunnier pastures – I write about how important the orchestra is to maintaining standards in an opera house. It’s something the British are prone to forget: The first rule of UK opera governance is: trim the payroll. In recent years, the number […]