Roll over, Beethoven: Chuck Berry died today, aged 90
The early rock-and-roll star and his 1956 hit were a vital influence on the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Julie Andrews appeals to Congress to save arts funding
The singer – an LA Philharmonic board member – and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, have issued a gentle request on the CNN website. Extract: The arts are fundamental to our common humanity. Every time we attend the theater, a museum or a concert, we are literally feeding our souls, and investing in and preserving […]
Italian showdown: Bologna boycotts Rossini Festival
Graham Spicer reports from Milan that the Teatro Communale di Bologna has ended its involvement with the Rossini Festival at Pesaro after 30 years. Bologna felt it was not getting enough credit (read: subsidy) for its work. The Rossini Festival now has four months to find an orchestra and chorus. Read here.
Swiss mezzo wins Telemann contest
Geneviève Tschumi, 28, has beaten a strong field to win the Telemann competition in the composer’s birthplace, Magdeburg.
Cleveland Orchestra will stage two operas in its 100th year
Franz Welser-Möst has announced plans for a Tristan and Isolde with Nina Stemme and Gerhard Siegel, along with a revival of Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen, as part of the orchestra’s centennial season in 2017-18. There will also be a complete Beethoven symphonic cycle and two European tours.
Two UK brass veterans call it quits
Trombonist Max Isley steps down tonight after 43 and a half years with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Max met his wife Val in the orchestra, where she played harp; When she joined the BBC NOW, they relocated to Cardiff. Max, with section partners. We have also been informed that Brighouse & Rastrick, one of the leading brass […]
Concertmaster returns after a year under treatment
The Cincinnati Symphony has got its concertmaster back, reports Jane Gelfand. Timothy Lees had suffered the kind of injury normally suffered on the sports field. Read Janelle’s report and watch video here.
Vienna is the best city to live, London the 40th
The annual Mercer rankings are out and Vienna comes top for the eighth year running as the best city in terms of quality of life, measured on public services, political climate and recreation (including arts). London is 40th, New York 44th. Here’s the top 20: 1 Vienna, Austria 2 Zurich, Switzerland 3 Auckland, […]
Jonas Kaufmann’s new record is a stonking…
… disaster. Or, as I put it in the Lebrecht Album of the Week: This is one of those treasurable major-label releases, made with the best of intentions, in which everything turns out wrong. Read the full review here. And here. And here.
Mirga to conduct the Met
We hear the rising Birmingham star will conduct the Met orchestra at Carnegie Hall on May 18, 2018, with Anita Rachvelishvili as soloist. She has yet to work in the Metropolitan Opera itself. Also in the Met orch season at Carnegie Hall is a Pretty Yende concert on June 5, 2018, singing Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate and […]
Russian coup at London newspaper
The KGB owners, the Lebedev family, have secured George Osborne, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, as editor of the London Evening Standard, a freesheet. They broke the news through their former pet editor of the ‘Independent’ newspaper, Amol Rajan, who is now the BBC’s media editor. That’s how the Russians operate. They buy up […]