Musical chairs in Sydney as orchestra boss moves to the opera
Rory Jeffes is leaving the Sydney Symphony Orchestra after 12 years as executive director to become CEO of Opera Australia. He takes over from artistic director Lyndon Terracini who has doubled as CEO since Craig Hassall quits earlier this year. Terracini has been renewed as artistic director until 2021. Nothing much will change.
Maestro move: Speranza wins her first big job
Speranza Scappucci has been named principal conductor of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège. She starts later this year, and it’s a real coup for the Belgians. She’s big in Vienna and Amsterdam. And she has got nice shoes.
Tragedy: One of The Choirboys is killed by a train
Patrick Aspbury, of Chelmsford, was one of three cathedral singers who formed The Choirboys in 2005 and enjoyed a blaze of fame on Decca Records until their voices broke. Patrick, 23, grew up into a promising young composer. He was struck last week by a train at Chelmsford station. There will be an inquest. l-r: Ben […]
A rare sighting of a new opera recording
Erato tell us they have spent the last three days recording Berlioz’s Les Troyens in Strasbourg. It involved the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, three choirs and sixteen soloists over two five-hour concerts with conductor John Nelson, a total of 239 musicians. The headline artists are the US mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and tenor Michael Spyres and the French-Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole […]
Death of a prominent mezzo, 93
We are informed of the death of Nada Puttar-Gold who was a member of Berlin’s City opera in the late 1950s and of the Frankfurt company until 1966. She then returned to her native Croatia, singing at Zagreb Opera until 1979. She commanded more than 60 roles, from Purcell’s Dido to late Richard Strauss.
Renée Fleming PR latest: She wants to be Katherine Jenkins
The publicity juggernaut that has accompanied the diva’s present run at the Met has just sprouted a new shoot. Apparently, she is going to sing Carousel on Broadway in 2018. Just like Katherine Jenkins at ENO. Sort of.
Pittsburgh Symphony’s stabiliser has died
James Wilkinson, a negotiator who settled a musicians’ strike at the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1976 and stayed involved for the next 40 years, has died, aged 72. During one of many crises, between 2011 and 2015, Jim stood in as president and chief executive. A quiet man whose shy smile concealed a sharp brain, he […]
Deborah Borda: What has to happen in New York
The incoming chief of the NY Phil has been giving a hint or two of her priorities when she comes to turn around a sinking institution. It’s not the words she uses so much as the relationships she defines. Watch here.
Munich soloist: I turn down dates with Gergiev
The Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili, who lives in Munich and is a German citizen, makes no secret of her political differences with the city’s music director. In an interview with Merkur, Batiashvili says Gergiev has learned to expect opposition from artists who resent his support for Vladimir Putin. ‘I have turned down concert offers with […]
Just in: Welsh mourn a loyal tenor
From Welsh National Opera: It is with the profoundest sadness that we inform you that Paul Gyton, tenor of 40 years with the Chorus, passed away in the early hours of 18 April. Only last week we celebrated his years of service with the Company, an acknowledgement which meant a tremendous amount to Paul, particularly […]
Youth orchestra abolishes sheet music
From a press release: As students arrive for this year’s Yorkshire Young Sinfonia (YYS) course and concert with Ray Chen, one thing will be missing … all the sheet music. Thanks to the music app Newzik, students will be met by a room filled with iPads. The use of digital technology instead of traditional sheet […]