Siberian beats South African to the Belvedere
Irina Churilova, 31, from Novosibirsk, won the Hans Gabor Belvedere singing competition in Düsseldorf last night. Second was the South African baritone, Siyabulela Ntlale. Third was the South Korean bass, Il Do Song. The next Belvedere competition will be held in Capetown.
Competition winner picks start-up agency over major suitors
The Australian pianist Jayson Gillham, winner of the Montreal Piano Competition, has signed an agency deal with Emblem Artists, a one-woman firm that has just one other artist on its books – the violinist Nicola Benedetti. Emblem is owned by Elaine Armstrong, a refugee from the crumbling edifice of IMG Artists. Jayson (centre) is thrilled to […]
He’s 90, she’s 75. Unique private recital, with Domingo at the piano
It gives us huge pleasure to celebrate the 90th birthday next Sunday of Carlo Bergonzi, still singing strong. And the 75th today of Elena Obraztsova.
Dallas Opera to The Met: Our audience is younger than yours
Keith Cerny, head of The Dallas Opera, has picked up two stats from Peter Gelb’s recent moans and turned them on their head. Gelb said: 75% of the Met US cinema audience is over 65. Cerny says: 80% of TDO’s simulcast audience is under 65. Gelb said: our cinema audiences don’t come to the Met. […]
The worst film scores ever recorded?
My album of the week in sinfinimusic.com is a pair of Soviet-era film scores by the Armenian composer, Aram Khatchaturian (pictured right). photo: Lebrecht Music&Arts The performances are excellent and the Naxos sound quality cannot be faulted. But at the heart of these two scores lies a rot many have forgotten – the blight […]
Anyone awake at air-traffic control?
Horrifying pictures and video of a near-crash on Saturday at Barcelona. A Utair Boeing 767-300 from Moscow was on final approach as an Aerolineas Argentineas Airbus A340-300 prepared for take off. More coverage here. Those of nervous disposition should look away.
Social news: Simon Rattle becomes a father-in-law
His son, Sacha, married Zeynep at the weekend. Congratulations to all the family. photo: Sacha Rattle’s Google page Two weeks ago, Sir Simon Rattle became a father for the fifth time.
World’s biggest song festival?
That’s what the Estonians claim: 30,000 singers, 100,000 in the audience. Final sing-out today. Livestream here later this afternoon. h/t: Paavo Järvi
Pictures from Michael Nyman’s Hillsborough Symphony
The Liverpool Echo has a gallery of pictues from the world premiere of Michael Nyman’s symphony in memory of the Hillsborough disaster, where 96 Liverpool football fans died and the causes were covered up for decades. Survivors and relatives attended the cathedral performance. Click here for pictures. No national reviews have yet appeared. […]
Ghana star dies in jet-ski accident
Castro, one of Ghana’s leading musicians is missing, presumed dead, after a ski-boat accident in the Volta Delta. Castro, 32, is thought to have dived into the lake to rescue a friend who was not wearing a lifejacket. The pair were on a weekend getaway with footballer, Asamoah Gyan.
New TSA rules: Play your instrument before boarding
Report from a Facebook friend: If you happened to be in Terminal 1 at LAX just now and heard Sorcerer’s Apprentice wafting through the air, it was me serenading the TSA agents in hopes that my bassoon wouldn’t be confiscated. They insisted I prove it was a musical instrument. People were videotaping the whole kerfuffle. […]