Spain’s supreme court dismisses case against ‘noisy’ pianist
We’ve heard from Laia Martin, the young Spanish pianist who, for the past 11 years, has been pursued through the courts by a litigious neighbour who tried to have her jailed for noise pollution. This week, the supreme court threw out the neighbour’s appeal against the Gerona court’s original verdict in favour of Laia. It […]
What Mary Poppins looks like in German
The first German-language version of the Walt Disney musical will hit Vienna at the beginning of October. It’s a transfer of the Cameron Mackintosh 2004 London production, which has sold over 11 million tickets on tour. Annemieke von Damm stars in the Julie Andrews role. We hope the text is better – a lot better […]
Metropolitan Opera latest: 3-day ceasefire before ‘done deal’ is signed
We’re hearing that negotiators on both sides of the Metropolitan Opera dispute went to bed last night happy. A single source close to the Met management tells us ‘it’s a done deal’. Peter Gelb himself described the 72-hour hiatus as a ‘one-time only extension’, designed to give Federal negotiator Allison Beck a chance to reach […]
Deutsche Grammophon signs its first Iranian
Here’s a little sliver of life from the music biz: Some time in 2010, I was contacted by a young artist who was frustrated at his agent’s inability to get him a date at the BBC Proms. He had a brilliant idea – to perform the Goldberg Variations on the harpsichord, never done before at […]
Gergiev to the Dutch: ‘I feel your pain’
A statement by Valery Gergiev on the downing of MH17 over the Ukraine is being received with some scepticism in the Netherlands. The statement makes all the right human noises. But it fails to register the conductor’s uncritical support for Vladimir Putin and his adventures in the Ukraine. Here’s the statement in full: […]
Met latest: Meet the mediator
Both sides have now agreed to call in a mediator. It looks as if Allison Beck of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will get to work before the day is out. Whether she can avert a lockout tomorrow morning is anyone’s guess. Peter Gelb must be praying she’ll get him off the hook. Beck was for […]
Just in: Chicago Symphony loses another top exec
Martha Gilmer, head of artistic planing and a Chicago Symphony vet of 38 years, is moving to San Diego as CEO. Her departure follows that of CSO president Deborah Rutter, who has gone to Washington. Neither will be easy to replace. Andrew Patner has the story here.
A naked dance mob (decorously flashed out)
Something for the summer? It’s downtown Los Angeles and getting hotter.
Lance Ryan: No audience does hate better than Bayreuth
The Canadian tenor, Bayreuth’s current Siegfried, sounds off in a German interview here.
Sergei Prokofiev, the composer’s grandson, has died
A poet by first inclination, Sergei Olegovich Prokofiev discovered Rudolf Steiner’s school of anthroposophy as a young man in Moscow and devoted his life to studying Steinerian thought. A prolific author, after the fall of communism he founded the Anthroposophical Society in Russia. He died at 60, after three years of severe illness and was […]
Just in: Proms scraps tomorrow’s premiere due to sick soloist
Prom 20 (Friday 1 August) We are sorry to announce that Anthony Marwood has had to withdraw from this performance due to illness and therefore the London Premiere of Sally Beamish’s Violin Concerto will no longer be performed. We are very grateful to James Crabb who will perform as the accordion soloist in Sally Beamish’s The […]