Why we tolerate competitions, knowing they are fixed
Julian Lloyd Webber has earned himself a few headlines, declaring that ‘most’ music contests are corrupt. He brings no new evidence, citing only the Tchaikovsky competition in the Soviet and post-Soviet years which was widely known to be fixed. Slipped Disc has, from time to time, exposed corruption at competitions. We praised the last Tchaikovsky contest, […]
Reports of an international Mahler scam
We have been alerted to complaints about the ‘Mahler Philharmoniker’ of Vienna. The Mahler Philharmoniker orchestra runs a Salzburg Voice Festival, inviting singers and musicians to pay 2,500 Euros in exchange for competitions and masterclasses with a professional orchestra. The Mahler Philharmoniker appears to be the invention of a Swiss mezzo-soprano, Thérèse Mahler. On the basis […]
Placido Domingo on Carlo Bergonzi
Dear Carlo thank you so much for your wonderful voice, talent and career !!! You have always inspired me and many other artists. as well as moved so many audiences. A great Verdian tenor. One of the best has left us but his legacy remains in innumerable recordings … Addio Carlo ! Placido.
Coffee with Carlo Bergonzi
I met the great tenor once, by chance. It was late in the year 2000, and I was doing a recce of Verdi’s hangouts in the Parma region, ahead of the centennial year of the composer’s death. Late in the day, we drove into Busseto, the little village where he was born. Not much to […]
Gelb to musicians: you can’t count
The Metropolitan Opera has issued a 54-page rebuttal to the musician’s 84-page proposal for non-wage savings at the company. Dumbly, it has issued its refutations interwoven into the original document, which is now 138 pages long – so long that no-one with a life will ever read it. Click here to see the monstrosity produced […]
Bayreuth opens with 20-minute stage glitch
Sebastian Baumgarten’s widely-loathed production of “Tannhäuser” came to a halt twenty minutes into the first act, due to a stage malfunction. The audience were asked to leave the auditorium while the fault was repaired. the opera resumed within half an hour. In the 138-year history of the Bayreuth Festival, this is the first time this […]
Met musicians show Gelb $31m savings
Musicians of the Metropolitan Opera have submitted an 84-page document, outlining what they say are the multiple shortcomings of Peter Gelb’s management. They maintain that the Met can restore its fortunes and maintain present wage levels by a number of judicious measures. The largest involve a reduction in the number of new productions and efficiencies […]
An immortal tenor has died
The inimitable Carlo Bergonzi has died in a hoospital in Milan. He spent the last years of his life in Verdi’s home village, Bussetto. He was 90. Vale, Carlo!
Simple pleasures: the backhand Csardas
This is Baron Buika on the Ed Sullivan Show, 1959. Click the word ‘Post’ if video does not pop out. Post by پیانو برای همه.
‘The thing about critics,’ said Philip Glass. ‘Eventually, they die…’
Any composer or writer who has even received a bad review, or a string of them from the same critic, will find wisdom and encouragement in this lovely reminiscence by Derek Bermel. Read here. Now listen here: I love this piece.
Bleak news: Rome Opera faces liquidation
Corriere reports: ‘At this point, there is no other way that the closure of the theater, ‘ says the superintendent of the Rome Opera, Carlo Fuortes. ‘Next Tuesday, the agenda of the Board of Directors is the forced liquidation of the theatre.’ The music director is Riccardo Muti. He has a weekend to save his company. […]