Students gather to play up Miss Delay
New York’s Le Poisson Rouge is putting on an evening for the centenary of the birth of the city’s most powerful violin teachers, the formidable Dorothy Delay. Among those signed up to take part so far as Philippe Quint, Chee-Yun, Kurt Nikkanen, Paul Huang and Randall Goosby. Details here.
Berlin Philharmonic meets its next music director
For the first time since his election two years ago, Kirill Petrenko will conduct the Berliners this week. The programme: Mozart’s Haffner symphony, Tchaikovky’s Pathétique and John Adams The Wound-Dresser.
Opera is evacuated due to bad smell
The entire audience and performing cast were ordered to leave the building of Sofia Opera and Ballet last night due to a powerful smell that many described as ‘suffocating’. In all, 650 people left the building a short way into the performance of Borodin’s Prince Igor. No cause has been confirmed. The general suspicion is […]
All-new classical power couples of 2017
We present, by popular request, a revised Slipped Disc power list: 1 Anna Netrebko and Yusuf Eyvazov 2 Minnesota music director Osmo Vänskä and concertmaster Erin Keefe 3 Powerhouse Daniel Barenboim, pianist and festival director Elena Bashkirova 4 LSO chief Sir Simon Rattle, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena 5 Boston chief Andris Nelsons, hyper soprano Kristine Opolais […]
Men only conduct Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw
Take a look at the roster for the current two seasons here. Not one woman (apart from one candidate in the conducting masterclass). Are we in the 21st century? Is the music director tone deaf to the spirit of the times?
Have you heard the Steve Reich ringtone?
Answer that phone now, before it drives you mad.
Berlin names new Kapellmeister
Six months ago, the Komische Oper named the Canadian Jordan de Souza as Kapellmeister for next season. Now it has added the German conductor Ivo Hentschel since it will be without a General Music Director for the foreseeable future. Hentschel is presently Kapellmeister at Cottbus. Should make for an interesting competition.
How musical is Roger Federer? Watch this…
The timing is, as you’d expect, exquisite. And there’s a cameo from Novak Djokovic.
Houston picks 4 studio singers, 2 repetiteurs
press release: After an international search, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has chosen four new singers and two new pianist/coaches for the 2017–18 HGO Studio. The artists are Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, countertenor (pictured), the first-place prize winner at Concert of Arias 2017; Thomas Glass, baritone, third-place prize winner at Concert of Arias 2017; Jonathan Gmeinder, pianist/coach; […]
We warmly invite you…
An effusive invitation from the Finnish ambassador: Finland100 at the Bach Festival Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Music Lovers, It is an especially great pleasure for me to be the patron of the Leipzig Bach Festival in this particular year, 2017. Because in addition to marking the anniversary of the Reformation, it also marks another […]