Covent Garden’s oboe is caught cycling across America
David Presly plays oboe in the Royal Opera House orchestra. It’s a dark and arduous job, with few whiffs of fresh air. So when school is out, David gets on his bike and just rides. One summer he cycled from Britain to Iran. This month, he’s pedalling from San Francisco to New York, kipping down […]
’3 in 5 UK musicians suffer psychological problems’
A survey by Help Musicians UK finds a high level of mental illness and substance abuse in the professional community. Of the 552 musicians who responded, more than half worked in classical music. Half of those who sought help from the National Health Service were disappointed by the outcome. Among the respondents, 45 percent reported […]
Kennedy Center picks principal viola, 25
Meet Allyson Goodman, 25, principal viola of the Kennnedy Center opera orchestra. She’s a recent winner of the Young Texas Artists Music Competition. h/t: Viola, Viola
Social scoop: Seiji Ozawa is a grandfather
Our social affairs correspondent brings news of a first child for Seiji and Vera Ozawa’s daughter, Seira. Seira’s first thank-you note (below) is to the Saito Kinen Orchestra and Festival. Our congrtulations to the whole family.
Lang Lang’s new arm candy
He’s been dining in Vienna with Bianca Jagger. Do we know who she is? Does he?
Wall Street Journal on Peter Gelb: ‘The unions ate his lunch’
In a quick counterbalance to its myopic puff-profile of Peter Gelb, the Journal has let Terry Teachout loose on the Met’s union agreements. Alone among US commentators, Teachout calls the capitulation by its proper name and cuts the manager down to size. He adds: ‘Everything that Mr. Gelb said prior to sitting down to negotiate left […]
Boy Friend composer dies, aged 90
Sandy Wilson who wrote the 1953 musical that made Julie Andrews a stage star, has died in Taunton on the English south coast. He never equalled the triumph of The Boy Friend, while Andrews went on to much greater things.
Both countertenors get through to Operalia final
Two high guys made the final cut. Here’s the full list for tomorrow’s final, conducted by Placido Domingo: Mario Chang (tenor, Guatemala, 24)Anaïs Constans (soprano, France, 26)Carol Garcia (mezzo-soprano, Spain 30)Joshua Guerrero (tenor, USA/Mexico, 31)John Holiday (countertenor, USA, 29)Alisa Kolosova (mezzo-soprano, Russia, 27)Abdellah Lasri (tenor, Morocco, 32)Yi Li (tenor, China, 30)Andrey Nemzer (countertenor, Russia, 31)Christina Poulitsi (soprano, Greece, 31)Mariangela Sicilia (soprano, Italy, 28)Rachel Willis-Sørenson (soprano, […]
Julie Andrews has a new list of Favourite Things
Just dropped into our mailbox: To commemorate her birthday , actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan’s RadioCityMusic Hall for the benefit of the AARP. One of the musical numbers she performed was ‘My Favorite Things’ from the legendary movie ‘Sound Of Music’. Here are the new lyrics she used: Botox and nose drops and […]
Chicago Symphony: The exodus accelerates
A third senior executive has quit Chicago in what is starting to look like mass flight. First, Deborah Rutter resigned as president to take over the Kennedy Center. Then Martha S. Gilmer quit as artistic v-p to go off and run San Diego Symphony. Now, the CSO’s #3, artistic administrator Nick Winter has announced he’s heading […]
Israeli army performs Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah
The instrumentation is interesting and the atmosphere cool, but the song is stripped of its low-down-and-dirty intimacy and the translation into Hebrew is downright awkward. The great singer-songwriter, 80 next month, has never wavered in his devotion to Israel. See what you think. Click here.