Tenor: I want to be the next James Bond
Piotr Beczala, 49, is applying for the vacancy, he tells the Hamburger Abendblatt. Netrebko as Miss Moneypenny? Any other casting suggestions? Thielemann as Dr No? Karita Mattila as Honey Rider?
Gergiev wins humanitarian award
Valery Gergiev was yesterday awarded the Russia State Prize for outstanding humanitarian achievements by President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin. To be a great humanitarian in Russia is to endorse all of Putin’s activities. Gergiev conducts in ‘liberated’ Palmyra
Groper is fired by Salzburg Mozarteum
The university has parted company with its rector, the pianist Siegfried Mauser, who was convicted in Munich of sexual assault on a female colleague, and condemned by the judge as a groper. Salzburg has also dismissed him as head of its Biennale. Mauser, 61, is appealing the judgement and is rallying influential supporters in Munich, […]
Who says classical musicians have to be so serious?
Anthea Kreston (pictured right), American violinist in the Berlin-based Artemis Quartet, has come up against an age-old misconception – that if the music is momentous the musicians must have equivalent gravitas. How on earth do we claim the freedom to be normal, frivolous people? Does being a classical musician mean you have to maintain […]
What hope for music critics in click-chase newspapers?
In a thoughtful overview of declining fortunes, ex-NY Times critic Allan Kozinn surveys the gloomy aftermath of a contemporary critical debacle: There is an extent to which the poor performance of reviews as click-bait is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Every day, I receive email summaries from half a handful of newspapers around the country, each […]
Muhammad Ali plays the piano
Lebrecht Music & Arts has just acquired Don Hunstein’s unique photographs of Muhammad Ali, known as Cassius Clay at the time, recording his ‘I Am the Greatest!’ album at the Columbia Records 30th Street New York Studios in August 1963, six months before winning the world heavyweight championship. Can anyone help us identify the dates […]
Merkel says she’ll skip Bayreuth red carpet
The Chancellor can’t make opening night this year. But she’ll come later in the festival, she says, and pay for her own tickets, self and husband. Some say she’s keen to avoid the security risk of an Islam-themed Parsifal.
London is spoilt for choice
Tonight’s menu: 1 New Tristan and Isolde opens at ENO 2 Nabucco with Domingo at Covent Garden 3 Trifonov at the Wigmore Hall 4 Lisa Batiashvili with the LSO at the Barbican 5 Gil Shaham with the Philharmonia at the RFH. Just another Thursday night. Anyone staying home?
London brands another orchestra
press release: On Tuesday 28th June the London Musical Theatre Orchestra (LMTO) will be hosting its inaugural gala evening which will also serve as the launch for its first professional season of orchestral performances set to take place between September 2016 and February 2017. Within the splendour of the Great Hall at Bishopsgate Institute, this gala […]
Mostly-white orchestras gather to ponder diversity
A telling article by Tim Smith in the Baltimore Sun focusses on the imminent annual get-together in his town of the ever-unchanging League of American Orchestras. The headline reads: ‘In Baltimore, the largely white orchestra world talks diversity’. About 1,000 participants — orchestra administrators, musicians, board members — will fill meeting spaces in an Inner […]