A third musician on board Germanwings 9525
Gabriela Luján Maumus, 28, from Buenos Aires, was bass player in Asalto al Parque Zoológico (Zoo Assault), a rock band. She was flying home from a Spanish vacation with her boyfriend, Sebastián Gabriel Greco. Their names were released for publication last night. The opera world is in mourning for Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner. May they rest in […]
A musician with Bell’s Palsy: How I got my sound back
Antony Kearns, director of the music publishers Stainer & Bell, woke up one morning in January 2015, paralysed down one side of his face. He was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy, a condition that causes temporary weakness of the facial muscles. His first concern: could he still play the trumpet? Early attempts were total failures. […]
Hillary begins her White House run…. at the Met
Bill and Hillary Clinton were spotted at the Metropolitan Opera last night, seated not far behind the conductor’s left shoulder. They appeared to enjoy Manon. Blurry photo taken from the orchestra pit. h/t: Rob Knopper
Abbey Road offers a ‘degree’ in recording
Now the business has subsided and anyone can make a digital record in their garden shed, what’s to be done with the iconic studio? Turn it into an educational institute and invent some international spinoffs. Press release: The world famous Abbey Road Studios has announced its first foray into education with the launch of Abbey […]
Two German orchestras to merge tomorrow. Who will conduct?
The bitterly contested merger between the SWR orchestras at Stuttgart and Baden-Baden/Freiburg will be forced through, starting Thursday morning. The musicians are unhappy at the outcome and many conductors have kept well away from SWR, unwilling to be caught in the aftermath. With one exception: the Hungarian, Peter Eotvos. He is given a hard time […]
Hollywood’s first oboe has died
Liliane Covington, who joined the Warner Brothers studio orchestra in 1936, aged 19, has passed away at 98. She liked to reminisce about composers whose scores she premiered (you can hear her on soundtrack to this day): Max Steiner was my favorite. He was very sweet, and he really knew how to write […]
Exclusive leak: Peter Gelb rages at ‘inaccurate’ New Yorker profile
The general manager of the Metropolitan Opera has circulated the following bruised-ego letter, with attachments, to his board, complaining about an essentially pro-Met article: Dear Fellow Members of the Board, As you know, The New Yorker recently ran a lengthy article about the Met that unfortunately contained many inaccuracies. In response, we’ve sent the following […]
Is this what ENO needs – a blue-chip Valium man?
Troubled English National Opera has appointed a crisis-management head of communications from the corporate sector. His salary will amount to the cost of at least one production. He has been self-employed for the past year. His cv reads: Influential and experienced corporate communications director with an impressive track record spanning corporate communications, investor relations and […]
Deutsche Oper am Rhein asks for privacy on day of grief
A bleak BBC interview with Stephen Harrison, artistic administrator at the Düsseldorf/Duisburg company, which is struggling with the loss of Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner. Listen here. The Liceu this morning observed two minutes of silence.
Orchestra CEO steps up as recital pianist
Last weekend was tough for David Marecek, chief executive of the Czech Philharmonic. Sunday afternoon he was handling the aftermath of a bus crash that put several of his players in hospital. That evening he was playing Dvorak with the Jerusalem Quartet in the Philharmonic Hall. All in a day’s work. Review here.
Music industry boss joins German government
Dieter Gorny, head of the Deutsche Musikrat, has been named head of digital at the Federal Ministry of Economy. This would be a wakeup call for a country that blocks more music than it shares. Gorny, 61, is a former orchestral player who led Essen’s successful bid to become a culture capital.