Don Bradman’s girl is Sydney’s new Mimi
It has been announced that the soprano Greta Bradman will make her Opera Australia debut next season as Mimì in La Bohème, sharing the role with Nicole Car. Greta is the granddaughter of the greatest batsman that ever wore the baggy green cap. Earlier this year she cut a debut disc on Decca after touring India […]
Archbishop attacks ‘offensive’ Bayreuth Parsifal
Bamberg Archbishop Ludwig Schick has launched a podium assault on Parsifal at Bayreuth, both at the present production and at Wagner’s original concept. He said the opera was, from the outset, offensive to the Christian religion, which it sought to bury. Read here.
New music prize seeks public jury
Here’s a spot of glasnost: The European Composition Prize at Young Euro Classic in Berlin wants an audience vote on the winner. Interested? Call Berlin (030) 884713963
Maestro turns 40
Happy birthday to the other Petrenko, the one that supports Liverpool FC and writes in its programmes. Big in Oslo, too. Raise a craft beer to Vasily.
Funeral of Peter Feuchtwanger
June 30, 11am, Brompton Cemetery. All welcome. Many students from abroad will wish to attend.
Florence Foster Jenkins is mine, soprano says
The soprano Julia Kogan has filed Defence and Counterclaim at the High Court in London, asserting her rights to be credited as a co-author of the Florence Foster Jenkins film, starring Meryl Streep. Her claim is strongly contested by her former boyfriend, Nicholas Martin, who is credited as the sole scriptwriter. Mr Martin’s defence team […]
Glass-ceiling breakers (1): Anne of Detroit
The first in an occasional series on women who have transformed musical perspectives. Our first subject’s motto: ‘Cut through the noise that says you can’t.’ Read profile here. Anne Parsons, president and CEO of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and her husband, Donald Dietz
Are any musicians voting Brexit?
We’ve heard from the Alfred Brendel Remain camp today. Are any UK musicians suffiiently sceptical or fed up to vote Leave? Or brave enough to declare their intention? English Music Festival, anyone?
Breaking: European Union kills its youth orchestra
press statement: The European Union Youth Orchestra, now in its 40th anniversary year, is to cease operations from 1 September, 2016 due to the lack of funding from the European Union. For 38 years, between 1976 and 2013, the EUYO was supported by the EU as a Cultural Ambassador for the EU. Since 2014 a change […]
‘The beauty of these people is purifying for us, even after their passing’
From Joseph Joachim’s eulogy at the grave of Clara and Robert Schumann. Well worth reading here, in English and German. h/t: Joachim scholar Robert Eschbach