It’s official: Anna Netrebko is getting married
Facebook announcement: Anna Netrebko and Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov (age 37) are pleased to announce their engagement. The couple met and began dating in March of this year when they appeared together in a production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Rome Opera House. A date for the wedding has not been set, and Anna […]
Who knew? US Secretary of State Kerry plays classical guitar. Watch and learn.
John Kerry, in Beijing, got out his gitter and played a few Spanish riffs for Chinese vice-premier Liu. How do we rate him? A bit slow…
Keith Jarrett is disgraced in Paris
The jazz pianist is averse to coughing. He has taken to walking out when anyone in the audience expectorates. Last weekend, he walked out at the Salle Pleyel. The German cabaret artist and children’s author Felix Janosa was so dismayed he voiced his disgust on his Facebook page: Gestern Abend war was […]
Breaking: Angela Merkel gives Bayreuth a miss
The Chancellor will not be attending the opening night of this year’s festival. A red-carpet fixture in years past, her office has given ‘scheduling clashes’ as the reason for her absence and promised, somewhat vaguely, that she may turn up later in the summer. Could be that Angie’s had her fill of tomato bloodbaths, naked […]
Opera in Dresden and Leipzig is on the up and up
The Semper Oper in Dresden (prop. C. Thielemann) has just turned in a 91.9 percent season, up 1.2% on last year. It can hardly get much better, even in a Strauss anniversary year. Leipzig Opera (boss man: Ulf Schirmer), which has gone through a hard time, announced a 6 percent increase to reach 70 percent […]
Netrebko to remarry?
Russian media are carrying reportsthis week that Anna Netrebko is planning to marry the Azeri tenor, Yusif Eivazov. Her partner has been posting pictures of himself with Anna and her son, Tiago. Vladislav Monastyrsky, who represents Netrebko in Russia, said: ‘The romance of the two stars is not a secret anymore, even though the couple […]
How much is your concertmaster worth? That’s tricky…
It has been a long-established fact of American musical life that the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic is the highest paid orchestral player in the land. That may no longer be the case. Figures obtained by Drew McManus from orchestra tax returns for 2011/12 show that Glenn Dicterow’s salary shot […]
Can’t give it away? Berlin Phil sells Karajan Edition for £1 a disc
Some will consider it the music bargain of the century, others a sale of desperation. The Berlin Phil cannot sell records any more, nor can it attract many visitors to its Digital Concert Hall DCH). So it is selling a 38-CD box of prime Herbert von Karajan recordings for £39.50 (or $67), and throwing in […]
Decca star flies in to bail out the Bowl
The Hollywood Bowl has been hit by a double cancellation next Tuesday. Esa Pekka Salonen can’t make it for personal reasons and Yefim Bronfman has to undergo a medical procedure. Flying in for Bronfman is Decca’s young Uzbek wonder, Behzod Abduraimov. Salonen is replaced by James Gaffigan.