Italy launches a private opera company
Graham Spicer at Gramilano has exclusive and exciting news of the birth of an Italian opera company dedicated to the baroque. All of its members are under 30. ‘Coin du Roi is the first private opera company in Italy for at least the last 200 years. History shows us that our structure is an efficient […]
Bad egg: Piano teacher admits filming sex abuse
A private tutor in Auckland, New Zealand, has admitted admitted sexually abusing two underage boys students and filming himself doing so. Lam Chun Roentgen Ng, 23, will be sentenced in June. The court was told that Ng smacked one boy regularly on the bare bottom, ‘when he felt the victim had not been doing sufficient practice.’ Sordid […]
First Australian chief conductor of national orchestra in 30 years
Adelaide has got bold. It has named a man of 29 as the next principal conductor of its symphony orchestra. And it has shouted out that no Australian orchestra has dared to appoint a local chief in three decades. Nicholas Carter has been assistant to music director Simone Young at the Hamburg State Opera and now […]
Only five new productions in Vienna’s season
The tough times that Staatsoper director Dominque Meyer has predicted are kicking in. The 2015/6 season, announced this morning contains just five new opera productions, plus a commissioned children’s opera. The season’s repertoire, however, remains huge. It comprises 54 operas across four centuries, certainly the largest of any leading opera house. Details below. 2015/2016 […]
Music (and all else) is blacked out across Turkey
The entire country is under an electricity blackout. No transport, no air traffic control, no broadcast music. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said all possible causes of the blackout were under investigation, including terrorism. If you’re not hearing from frineds in Turkey, that’s why.
I’m a concert pianist with great reviews. I work behind a bar.
We received today a round-robin from a young British pianist whose talent is unquestioned. A Gramophone reviewer called his current series of recordings ‘a triumphant achievement’. Others, in Europe, have written of his ‘creative mastery’. We have heard his performances; they are of a very high order. But this pianist is not getting a foot […]
The ultimate negative ad
This was Radio Shack’s Superbowl ad a year ago, watched by tens of millions. The time-warp electronics chain went bust today.
In Seoul, music director’s enemies accuse him of ‘crimes’
Allies of the ousted chief executive of the Seoul Philharmonic are stirring up the Seoul media against the music director Myung Whun Chung. Chung is being accused of using official plane seats for his family over the past ten years and has been ordered to pay back $12,000. This sounds more like a mishap than […]
Classical musicians looking uncomfortable (6)
Yehudi Menuhin on the floor, and upside down.
Classical musicians looking uncomfortable (3)
Er, too comfortable. Far too comfortable. Netrebko and Villazon, 2007.
Elena Obraztsova and the KGB
In Soviet times, it was widely whispered that the great mezzo-soprano was an agent of the secret police. There are two documented sources for this suspicion. One is an account by the American soprano Astrid Varnay that she had been warned by western opera managements to stay on the right side of the Russian mezzo […]