Breaking: Gustavo Dudamel urges Venezuela regime to back down
Amid mounting conflict between the Maduro government and the country’s citizens, Venezuela’s cultural ambassador has broken his silence to call on the regime to set egos and ideology aside and find a solution. This is the first time he has spoken out on the collapsing political situation. Dudamel says: ‘I share with you my concern […]
Maestro resigns from national orchestra after musicians revolt
We reported bad blood last year at the Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra where the chief conductor Uroš Lajovic was accused of being verbally abusive towards his musicians, allegedly calling them ‘lazy dogs’. Lajovic, 72, denied any bad conduct. Yesterday, after a five-month stand-off, he resigned. A retired professor of conducting at the University of Performing Arts in […]
New Brit baton tells Berlin what an orchestra can do
This is Robin Ticciati this morning, presenting his first season as chief conductor of DSO. An orchestra, he said, stands for community, not clicks and uncertainty.
Netrebko makes her Canada debut tonight
Amid concern for Dmitry Hvorostovsky, whom she is supporting in the performance, it has been overlooked hat tonight will mark the Canadian debut of the Russian soprano and her husband, Yusif Eyvazov. ‘Usually we perform in the United States and we never get any further, but now we are and we’re happy!’ says Anna. The […]
Label news: Luxembourg Phil gets a record contract
Dutch press release: Pentatone is pleased to announce a multiple-release collaboration with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and their conductor, Gustavo Gimeno. The first two titles of the series, Bruckner (Symphony No. 1 and 4 Orchestral Pieces) and Shostakovich (Symphony No. 1 and other short pieces) will be released in May, with a third release […]
US composer wins court battle of work that orchestra stopped playing
In April 2004, at then-Avery Fisher Hall, the conductor took a bow in the middle of a long, new work by Nathan Currier and led the soloists off stage after a union representative signalled that the orchestra, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, were going into overtime. The incident provoked litigation from the composer, in which he is […]
Gidon Kremer: Some conductors live music, others use it
The outspoken violinist talks about the two most important maestros in his life in a new DG video:
Sicklist: Kent Nagano misses out on Mahler 8
The Hamburg GMD has called in sick for the next fortnight. Eliahu Inbal will take over the prized opportunity of Mahler’s Symphony of 1,000.
Breaking: Music director walks out on British opera boss
The German conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens, appointed just eight months ago as music director of Norwegian Opera, has announced he will leave once the new chief executive takes over. Steffens said he had been unable to establish ‘fruitful dialogue’ with Annilese Miskimmon over artistic planning. Miskimmon wants to cut the number of staff singers, among other economies. […]
Opera receives $1 million gift, strictly for new work
Arizona Opera is reeling. A modest plan for one new opera a year has won a million-dollar donation from a pair of fans. Read here.