US opera company goes bankrupt
Fresno Grand Opera, which is in all sorts of trouble, has cancelled the rest of the season and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. More here.
Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I have been singing with the handbrakes on’
The German tenor has spoken with refreshing candour to Britta Schultejans of the German press agency about his comeback struggle and his hopes for the future. He sings Andrea Chenier in Munich this weekend. Excerpt: Q: Do you find you have become more cautious since your illness-related break? Are you back? A: In the first performances, […]
Just in: ENO hires a consultant from La La Land
The artistic director needs support, apparently. Press release: Multi award-winning music producer and composer Marius de Vries will be working with English National Opera (ENO) as Creative Consultant, with immediate effect. Liaising closely with ENO Artistic Director Daniel Kramer, de Vries will advise on future projects for staging at the London Coliseum. Drawing on […]
Meet Jonas Kaufmann’s charming agents
From Michael Cooper’s NY Times investigation of why the German tenor cancelled the Met: One of Mr. Kaufmann’s managers, Alan Green of Zemsky/Green Artists Management, declined to speak on the phone or to explain why Mr. Kaufmann had not withdrawn before the Met’s season announcement. The agent who never answers the phone…
US Opera chief sues company for defamation
Ronald Eichman, former head of Fresno Grand Opera Company, is suing the company and his successor, an unusual twist in the general comings and goings: Fresno lawyer Warren Paboojian filed the civil lawsuit Friday on behalf of Ronald D. Eichman and Thi Nguyen. Eichman served as general director from August 1998 to Dec. 5, 2014, […]
Teachers warn of music ‘extinction’ at secondary school
A five-year survey of music teachers at some 700 schools across England suggests that, contrary to Government assurances, music is being wiped out at senior level. The BBC reports: Researchers, from Sussex University’s School of Education and Social Work, surveyed secondary music teachers at 657 state and 48 private schools across England over five years. […]
Arts Council funds pianist with depression
In 1994, Ruth McGinley won the piano section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. Se went on to play dates with London orchestras and seemed destined for a fine career. But depression set in when she returned to live in Northern Ireland and she has only recently begun to return to the stage. […]
Sicklist: Unhappy Dohnanyi cancels Paris
Christoph von Dohnanyi, having cancelled US dates last month, is too unwell to conduct a Brahms Requiem with the Orchestre de Paris on March 29 and 30. Thomas Hengelbrock steps in.
UK Govt will help pay for Birmingham’s Symphony Hall extension
The small print of the 2017 Budget discloses a grant towards a £10 million extension for Birmingham’s exemplary Symphony Hall. It’s part of the Government’s Midlands Engine Strategy. No half-billion for a new hall in London.
Angela Gheorghiu blasts out Buenos Aires
The Romanian soprano was due to open the season at the Teatro Colon in Cilea’s opera, Adriana Lecouvreur. But, ‘deeply upset and disappointed at the lack of professionalism and discourtesy’ she encountered in Argentina, she has blown out of the production and is heading home. Here’s her account of things: I am deeply […]
World university rankings place Juilliard top for performing arts
The listings, published today, read: 1 Juilliard, NY 2 Royal College of Music, London 3= Royal Academy of Music, London 3= Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow 5 University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna 6 Royal College of Music, Stockholm 7 Indiana University, Bloomington 8 Curtis Institute, Philadelphia 9 Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de […]