Pic of the week: Shush, Jonas rehearsing
He’s at Bavarian State Opea, working on his Walther von Stolzing in Meistersinger.
Sick-list: Franz cancels Munich
Franz Welser-Möst has pulled out of this week’s three concerts with Bavarian Radio. His replacement is Karl-Heinz Steffens. Er? Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz.
Glyndebourne to stage a Broadway musical
A revealing first interview with Glyndebourne’s new general director Sebastian Schwarz draws the interesting admission that he is planning ‘an eyebrow-raising foray into American musical theatre.’ Schwarz, having let the big cat out of the bag, tells Rupert Christiansen: ‘Nothing can be announced until we have cleared things with the composer’s estate and signed up the creative team.’ […]
Chicago principal trumpet to play next season with NY Phil
John von Rhein has the story here: Eugene Izotov, now principal oboe of the San Francisco Symphony, is no longer listed on the personnel page of the CSO program book, and his resignation has yet to be announced. Management has further declined comment on internal reports that CSO principal trumpet Christopher Martin will take a […]
One good thing Boris did
From a Telegraph news feature on the Mayor’s Music Fund: ‘There was a kid I met four years ago at City Hall,’ he says. ‘He won a music scholarship and he went on to get an academic scholarship to study at Christ’s Hospital school in Sussex and, as a result, his life has been totally […]
Gergiev’s waving, not drowning
His pal Denis Matsuev has published this birthday picture of the two of them in the deep. Valery Gergiev is 63 today. Denis’s message: Сегодня день рождения у маэстро Гергиева, моего дорогого друга! Я его поздравляю, желаю оставаться в таком же гергиевском драйве, который заряжает всех, в том числе вашего покорного слугу! А ещё благодарю […]
Justin Bieber gets an earful of opera
Mike Vincent is scooping overtime today on Musical Toronto. He has pic and story of the teen scream turning out to hear three members of Opera Atelier sing for joy at Bieber’s father’s engagement. Toronto’s where it’s all at. Read Mike here. Justin Bieber (l) with host Andy Curnew
Bass rumble: NY Philharmonic appoints Rion
We hear that Rion Wentworth has won the vacant doublebass seat in the New York Phil. Nothing official yet. Their press dept. inhabits the 20th century. Bio: Rion has lived in New York City for the last fifteen years where he is a freelance musician. He has performed extensively with the New York Philharmonic including […]
Label deal: Nelsons to record all 15 Shostakovich symphonies
Their opening Shostakovich release won a Grammy. Now DG has signed Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony to complete the cycle. Bold move: the outer symphonies – 1-3, 11-15 – never sell well. press release: The Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons, and Deutsche Grammophon have expanded their award-winning recording partnership by extending their original agreement, […]
Last-minute: Washington replaces Brünnhilde
press release: Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced that American soprano Christine Goerke will sing the role of Brünnhilde in the Monday, May 2 performance of The Valkyrie, the second opera in Wagner’s epic Ring cycle, which WNO is presenting for the first time. She is stepping in for British soprano Catherine Foster, who injured […]
Tchaikovsky piano finalists in Toronto shootout
Lukas Geniusas (2nd place) and Lucas Debargue (fourth) played the same venue this weekend. Who won? Mike Vincent says Toronto did: The point is not the competition itself (musicians are not racehorses, after all), but to compare and contrast the different approaches that make each pianist’s artistry unique. Read on here.