Just in: Nicola Benedetti switches manager
Rampaging AskonasHolt have captured the Scottish violinist from boutique manager Charlotte Lee. No reason has been given. Charlotte broke away from IMG last year with a clutch of violinists – Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Benedetti – and some other artists. The loss of Nicola will be a blow, although we hear Charlotte will continue […]
New York opens fast-track school for future classical musicians
From the NY Post: The Washington Heights and Inwood Music Community Charter School will offer two hours of orchestral music and voice instruction to all students in grades K to 5 during an extended school day. Musical concepts and content will also be integrated with other courses, such as math and science, according to founder […]
Watch out for another Petrenko
There’s Kirill, incoming music director of the Berlin Phil. There’s Vasily, music director of the Liverpool and Oslo Phil. And now there’s Mikhail Petrenko, singing Jacopo Fiesco in Simon Boccanegra at La Scala. Perhaps we need to number them.
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