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 […]
What violinists are paid in…
… Sydney, Australia. We gave been sent the pay rates for second violins in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The going rate for a tutti seat is A$92,135 to A$115,169 (US $85,600-107,027). It comes with 9.50% superannuation, and 6 weeks annual leave. That is more than double the tutti rate in most UK orchestras. nd you won’t […]
What conductors earn in…
… Finland. The Helsingin Sanomat critic Vesa Siren has been looking at the fees for chief conductor in his town, after the announcement that Susanna Mälkki is to take over the Philharmonic from John Storgards. Vesa has worked out that the Helsinki Philharmonic pays its chief between 10,000 and 15,000 Euros per concert (US […]
Incredible video: Paul McCartney plays Bach
Guy Traviss, the editor of Classical Guitar magazine who’s coming round tomorrow to do some filming, has come up with a remarkable video of Macca getting his fingers around a piece of Bach. Sir Paul was working at the time with Carlos Bonell on a classical guitar concerto. He demonstrates, among other secrets, how Bach […]
Bare-chest Hvorostovsky issues challenge to Met chair Ann Ziff
The Russian baritone faced the ice-bucket with his ‘good friend’ the Met’s chair in mind. Watch here. What price Ann Ziff?
Scientist: ‘It’s like we replaced the brain’s normal conductor with Muti’
Not the normal scientific metaphor. In a paper on the use of electric current to boost brain memory, researchers at Northwestern University show that it it necessary to stimulate several different regions of the brain in order to achieve the desired effect. They go on to say: The electrical stimulation is like giving the brain […]
Ex-Chetham’s teacher jailed for eight months for child abuse
Nicholas Smith, a former head of chorus at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester who pleaded guilty on Friday to sexual abuse of a teenaged girl, has received an eight-month sentence. Smith, 66, a conductor with a modest career, took advantage of a homesick girl who (the court heard) was being maltreated by other teachers. […]
Maestro on the beach
He’s back in Chicago September 18. UPDATE: We understand that the shirt was a gift many years ago from the Federazione Molfettesi d’America and that the church on the shirt is 12-13th century.
The Fright of Spring (do not try this at home)
You have never seen anything like the terrifying Bäckström Brothers doing the Rite in the raw. And once you’ve watched, it will haunt your dreams.
Principal viola drowns while trying to save his partner
John Lynch, associate principal viola of Ireland’s RTE national symphony orchestra, has drowned off the coast of Crete. He was on holiday with his partner, Kevin Devine, who got into difficulties in the sea. John leaped in to save him. Tragically, both died. John, 45, was previously a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. […]
Dance me to the end of … war
We’ve come across a wonderful project by Jaffa-born ballroom dancing champion Pierre Dulaine and Israeli dancer Miri Shaaf-Levi to ease tensions in the Holy Land by teaching kids from both sides of the divide to dance together. They’ve made a film about it. Coming your way soon. Amid the region’s poisoned prejudices and filthy politics, […]