Barenboim: ‘I fell in love with La Scala sound’
The departing principal conductor had no regrets in his farewell press conference in Milan after nine ‘wonderful’ years. ‘I have to say very simply: I fell in love with that which I heard,’ he said. He impressed on Pope Francis this month ‘the very urgent need to find a solution’ in the Middle East and […]
Mariinsky’s Falstaff dies, aged 67
The Mariinsky Opera has announced the death of Victor Chernomortsev, one of its leading baritones. Born in Krasnodar, he joined the Kuibyshev Opera in 1974 and was headhunted by the Vienna State Opera in 1992. Two years later he joined Gergiev’s ensemble, making his debut as Scarpia in Tosca. He was a formidable Alberich in Wagner’s […]
Ebène Quartet unwrap their new violist
He’s 23 (that’s legal for a string quartet). He’s French (only to be expected). And he can sing (they sometimes do that for an encore). Replacing Matthieu Herzog, who has gone off after 15 years to become a conductor, meet… Adrien Boisseau.
A message to Scotland from its foremost violinist
From Nicola Benedetti: The world is watching Scotland. Please let us keep our dignity during the next 48 hours. Advocating for one thing needn’t result in energy spent being against the other. I wish Scotland luck in one of the most important days of our history, and I have full confidence, no matter what the […]
The Flower Song is coming to a park near you
Remember the British Airways ad? You can watch it live at Opera Holland Park next summer as Delibes’s Lakmé gets a rare production. Details newly announced here.
Don’t blink video: Flautist plays on with butterfly on her face
This is Yukie Ota last night at the Carl Nielsen international flute competition in Odense. She doesn’t miss a beat. h/t: Dianne Winsor
Kiwi conquers Caballé
The New Zealand tenor Darren Pene Pati has won the 14th Montserrat Caballé voice contest in Zaragoza, with a cash prize and a kiss from the diva. Darren is part of the Decca crossover group Sol3Mio.
Can you trill? Joyce shows how in a flash
She is the most unassuming, infectious, confident, funny and natural teacher on earth. Two minutes with Joyce DiDonato and your doorpost will start trilling.
More composers in fast cars
These five come courtesy of Mogens Madsen and Bart Diels, to add to our original collection pack. First, that Danish racer Carl Nielsen… followed by Mr & Mrs Paul Hindemith in an open top (she won’t give up the wheel), Roberto Gerhard out for a ride with his brother, and Hans-Werner Henze in a getaway car […]
Hungarian cellist sweeps top German prize
The ARD competition, with a record of yielding world stars and getting total German media attention, has produced an outright winner in the cello section. He is Istvan Vardai, 28, a Verbier veteran who already has a hatful of prizes – including the David Popper prize three times over. Will the ARD be his tipping […]
Woman points gun at clarinet playing kid
This may not be the full story. A woman was arrested in Clifton, Colorado, last week after pointing a rifle at an 11 year-old boy who was practising clarinet in the yard. The woman was drunk; that much is uncontested. The rifle, it is reported, may have been unloaded. The boy was playing outside because […]