Breakthrough: First woman admitted to St Paul’s Cathedral Choir
A woman has finally been admitted as a full adult member to the St Paul’s Cathedral Choir in London. She is Carris Jones from south London and her title is Alto Vicar Choral. Carris sings regularly with Stile Antico, Gabrieli Consort and Tenebrae, as well as opera groups.
St Petersburg mourns its premier cellist
The death has been reported of Anatoly Nikitin, principal cellist of the St Petersburg Philharmonic for around 40 years and a noted soloist and teacher. He also conducted masterclasses in the US, Italy and Switzerland, leaving an international trail of students. He taught in the style of his own teacher, Mstislav Rostropovich. Anatoly Nikitin was […]
That’s no way to treat a page turner at the Wigmore Hall
It is reported that the pianist Markus Hinterhäuser lost his cool with a page-turner during a Wigmore Hall recital with the baritone Matthias Goerne. According to Jenna Douglas on Schmopera: Hinterhäuser stopped playing in the middle of the first song (Mahler’s “Der Tamboursg’sell”), visibly frustrated with his page-turner… Not only did Hinterhäuser make for an uneasy […]
Eat your heart out, Met: Vienna Opera sells out most nights
While the Met plays one-third empty across the season, the Vienna Opera has reported 98.6 percent sales in its latest statistical briefing: In the 2015/2016 season, a total of 394 performances was watched by 610,516 visitors. The 290 performances on the main stage of the Wiener Staatsoper achieved an average attendance of 98.59% of seating […]
Two US music directors get renewed
Louis Langrée has been extended at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to 2022, a two-year addition. And Kayoko Dan has been given five more years at the Chattanooga Symphony, also to 2022. The hope is there might yet be life after Trump.
US opera chief quits two jobs for love
Matt Buckman is stepping down as general director both of Fresno Grand Opera and of Modesto Townsend Opera. The two companies share productions and staff while maintaining separate governing boards. Buckman has been in charge at Modesto for nine years and at Fresno for two. He is leaving for personal reasons – his fiancée, Deleana Quan, […]
How a German music school sells itself abroad
Germany has too many music conservatories. They need to attract foreign students, mostly on full scholarship, in order to stay open. The Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, one of the more reputable schools, has published a video on the services in provides for foreign students. It is worth watching, chiefly for the incongruity of […]
Watch: Have you ever heard the sound of Rachmaninov’s voice?
Rediscovered home movies, published this week, contain a brief clip of the composer joking with friends. There is also a shot of him dancing in a ring. The narrator is 1930s Steinway executive Sasha Greiner.
Death of a prolific US composer
The thoughtful and influential James Sellars died last week at the age of 76, or 73 (his date of birth in Arkansas is variously given as October 1940 and 1943). A chamber music specialist, often dwelling on American themes, Sellars taught for most of his career at Hartt College, where thousands of students came to […]
Danish composer dies at 39
The death has been announced of the Danish jazz composer and bass player Nicolai Munch-Hansen. No cause has been specified. His wife, singer Kira Skrov, posted in English: My dearly beloved, darling husband, father to Nora and Morgan, sadly passed away Monday evening. I loved Nicolai with all of my heart and the grief is unbearable. […]
Loud music is banned at Sydney Opera House
The iconic venue has been fined A$15,000 for noise violations after complaints by its neighbours. Residents of the so-called Toaster building objected to four concerts in 2015 by Florence And The Machine, claiming it was far too loud. The New South Wales government has now slapped an order on the opera house, prohibiting all noise above […]