Association of British Orchestras rings the Brexit bell
press statement: Following the Referendum decision to leave the EU, the ABO is deeply concerned at the potential impact on its members. The prospects for the nation’s public finances are worrying, and may affect the implementation of Orchestra Tax Relief, which has not as yet received Royal Assent, and lead to further reductions in […]
The hotel that walks your dog while you go to the opera
It’s an exclusive extra. Apparently, only the Park Hyatt in Vienna has seen fit to provide it. They will also arrange for the pet to be brought to you in the interval for a quick cuddle before the second half.
Official: The new Big Five
America’s orchestras were originally ranked by budget, hence the term Big Five. But the money has shifted from East Coast to West. On current budget rankings, here are the new Big Five: 1 Los Angeles Philharmonic budget $117,813,629 2 Boston Symphony […]
Funeral of Peter Feuchtwanger
June 30, 11am, Brompton Cemetery. All welcome. Many students from abroad will wish to attend.
Maestro move: Norway takes Poland
Rune Bergmann will become principal conductor and artistic director of the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin from September. Bergmann, 40, was formerly kapellmeister in Augsburg, Germany.
Vienna Opera mourns 100-role baritone
The opera has just informed us of the death of the baritone Alfred Šramek, at the age of 65. He had been a value ensemble member since 1975 and last sang on the main stage in Tosca on April 16, 2016. A student of Hilde Zadek and Peter Klein, he sang everything from Mozart’s Figaro to […]
Martha to be honoured in Washington
The Argentine pianist Martha Argerich will be decorated at the 39th annual Kennedy Center Honors in December, it was announced today. Others on the podium are the rock band the Eagles, actor Al Pacino, gospel and blues chanteuse Mavis Staples and legendary musician James Taylor. (Martha and the Eagles? I don’t think so.) Martha said: ‘I am deeply humbled […]
Did Mozart cheat on his wife with Nancy?
Speculation of an affair with the English soprano Nancy Storace, for whom he wrote the role of Susanna in Marriage of Figaro, was sparked in 1945 in a book by the musicologist Alfred Einstein and gets revived every time someone does a radio or television feature about her. As someone in Munich did this week. Clearly […]
Simon Rattle’s oboe has died
Birmingham musicians are mourning the passing of Karen O’Connor, second oboe of the CBSO during the Rattle and Oramo years and a much-loved member of the ensemble. Karen started out as a founder-member of the orchestra of Opera North. The young Simon Rattle charmed her into coming to Birmingham. After retiring from the CBSO, she went […]
Neville Cardus, RIP
Such a shame that the Guardian has all but given up covering county cricket and classical concerts, the two pastimes that Neville Cardus turned into essential breakfast reading. Many non-lefties bought the Guardian for those two subjects. No longer.