Maestro move: French baton dumps London agent
The French conductor Jérémie Rhorer has parted company with Intermusica and signed on with Ettore F. Volontieri at Artists Management Company in Zurich. Rhorer is founder and Artistic Director of Le Cercle de l’Harmonie.
Zakhar Bron is at it again
Elea Nick won first prize at the international Young Virtuoso competition in Sofia, Bulgaria, yesterday. She is a student of Zakhar Bron. Professor Bron was chair of the jury that chose her.
BBC prematurely announces death of a DJ
BBC Radio 2 gave news today of the death of veteran broadcaster Brian Matthew, presenter of Sounds of the 60s. A while later, it corrected the report. Mr Matthew is alive, but critically ill. ‘We will update with more information when we have it. Our thoughts remain with his family at this very difficult time.’ […]
Tenor Larry is cycling 300 miles for autism
Lawrence Brownlee has a son who’s on the spectrum. So he’s getting on his bike. If you’d like to help, here’s the link.
In other news, Barry Manilow is gay
The singer, who is 73, announced today that he has lived with another man for 39 years. Just before the world forgot he’s still around. We wish the couple every happiness.
Maestro move: ‘Saviour of music’ gets a German orchestra
The Russian-based Greek conductor Teodor Currentzis signed on today as chief conductor of the SWR radio symphony orchestra in Stuttgart, starting in 2018-19. Currentzis, 45, has made his career up to now entirely in Russia, as music director in Perm, and on record. But is seems he is ready to branch out. In […]
Breaking: New York will hear the last of Renée Fleming
The New York Times announces today that the American diva’s last Rosenkavalier at the Met on May 13 will also be her farewell to opera. Ms Fleming is 58, the same age as her mentor Leontyne Price was when she called it quits. She has been quietly winding down her opera commitments for several years. The […]
The first Norwegian to conduct in Vienna
The international podium is absolutely awash in Finns, but no Norwegian would (pace the Beatles) get to conduct the Vienna Opera. Until last night, that is, when Eivind Gullberg Jensen broke the ice in Tosca. Der Iceman Cometh
New horror: Cello is thrown off US flight as ‘security risk’
John Kaboff was thrown off an American Airlines flight from Washington to Chicago after his cello, sitting in the paid-for seat beside him, was declared to be a security risk. Kaboff says, ‘I was mortified to have to be removed from a flight, like I just committed a crime.’ He has flown AA […]
Simon Rattle makes his Tosca debut
He will conduct the opera for the first time at the Baden-Baden Festival. Like many who grew up on Grove’s Dictionary, he did not regard Puccini as a priority. press release: Fünfte Osterfestspiele Baden-Baden der Berliner Philharmoniker starten mit „Tosca“ Sir Simon Rattle gibt sein „Tosca“-Debüt, Gastdirigate von Kirill Petrenko und Zubin Mehta sowie Soloauftritte […]