The Lebrecht who laid Schiller to rest
The wonderful photographer Suzei Maeder found this in a Weimar cemetery. As mayor of Weimar, our namesake collected the remains of the poet, who died of TB in 18o5 and brought them to a decent burial in March 1826. Recent research suggests they many have been the wrong remains.
Just in: Chicago Symphony taps new boss
The governing association has named Jeff Alexander of the Vancouver Symphony to succeed Deborah Rutter as president. The Chicago board meets tomorrow to approve the appointment. There has been no official confirmation yet from the CSO. Alexander has been president & CEO of the Vancouver Symphony Society since September 2000. Before that he was 16 […]
Revealed: Gurrelieder is an opera
A hundred years after its first performance, Gurrelieder is being performed tonight as an opera. The text and story of Schoenberg’s oratorio are unquestionably dramatic and Pierre Audi of Dutch National Opera has been working all summer to bring the massive work to the stage next week. Here, shown for the first time, is the […]
Next time Renee sings the Superbowl, she’ll have to pay for it
In a textbook case of capitalism max, the National Football League is telling half-time performers they won’t get paid. On the contrary, they’ll have to pay for the privilege. “One way to think about it is to remember that companies pay $4 million for 30 seconds of exposure during the Super Bowl,” says Daniel Lin, […]
A Swedish star stages opera without subsidy or sponsors
She is one of the county’s most outspoken stage personalities, never afraid to speak out in defence of embattled minorities. Now, she’s taking on the opera establishment with her own production of Handel’s Xerxes – without state funds or private sponsorship, relying just as the composer did on the money she takes at the door. […]
Concertgebouw: ‘By 2016, Holland may no longer have an international orchestra’
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra has sounded a solemn note in its annual report, warning the Dutch government that it will lose a world-class asset if it does not increase state subsidy. ‘Our position is still strong but it is weakening fast,’ said David Bazen, the orch’s commercial director. Despite artistic success at home and on […]
Mendelssohn Prize goes to … German Foreign Minister. Er, why?
Sometimes being German is all it takes. The award of the International Mendelssohn Prize in Leipzig to Hans-Dietrich Gesncher, long-serving foreign minister and middle-road politician, is one of those sometimes. What has Genscher done to exemplify the values and creative exhilaration of Felix Mendelssohn? Here’s the citation (auf Deutsch): „Seinem Motto: ‘… verantwortliche Politik […]
Another teacher vanishes from troubled music school
We hear that Daniel King Smith, the school accompanist, will not be returning to the Purcell School in the new term. No reason for his departure has been given to staff, parents or pupils. We have requested confirmation from King Smith. It is understood that King Smith has been made to sign a confidentiality agreement and […]
The next Stephane Grapelli?
Meet Fewaz Yekini. We like how he plays and we can’t find anything more about him. Click here for video, uploaded last night. h/t: Barbara Luisi
1,300 surge to sing in Berlin’s Verdi Requiem
Places in Berlin radio choir’s annual singalong concert, conducted by Simon Halsey, sold out yesterday in 20 minutes. The waiting list is also booked out. There has never been such a need in Berlin to sing out loud.
An opera diva shuns Selfies, Facebook…
The Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca (pictured left), who took Salzburg by storm in La Favorita after prolonged maternity leave, has issued a coded attack on those of her colleagues (I think we know who she means, pictured right) who market themselves on social media. Elina tells the Munich Merkur (not online): Heute ist es […]