Just in: X-Factor boss is new South Bank chief
The next chief executive of London’s South Bank Centre will be Elaine Bedell, head of entertainment at ITV for the past seven years, responsible for the X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. She will form a three-person femocracy at the South Bank with artistic director Jude Kelly and chair Susan Gilchrist. It’s a tough job she […]
Fire breaks out at the opera
Theatres are dangerous places. This is the UNC-Greensboro Opera Theatre during Tuesday’s dress rehearsal for Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul. The stage curtain suffered serious damage and the theatre has been put out of action for at least a week. photo: Savannah Woodruff
Vienna Opera hits 99.26% seasonal capacity
The numbers don’t lie. For opera only, across the entire season, Vienna has hardly any unsold seats. That must be why the government is bringing in a new Staatsoper chief.
Renee Fleming: I won’t stop singing full-time, after all
Having wound up the New York Times through her PR to declare that she is finished with opera, the diva and the same PR have rowed back on retirement in an interview with Vanity Fair. ‘The rumor has taken on a life of its own,’ sighs Renée. She will, in fact, ‘continue to sing full-time.’ That’s […]
Guardian finally publishes letter from 600 musicians
After a week of procrastination, the Guardian has finally allowed 600 musicians to object to an article that rejected the teaching of musical literacy as elitist. You can read the full letter, with signatories, here. Among the last signatories are the composers Brian Ferneyhough, Stephen Hough and Helen Grime.
Maestro move: French baton dumps London agent
The French conductor Jérémie Rhorer has parted company with Intermusica and signed on with Ettore F. Volontieri at Artists Management Company in Zurich. Rhorer is founder and Artistic Director of Le Cercle de l’Harmonie.
Zakhar Bron is at it again
Elea Nick won first prize at the international Young Virtuoso competition in Sofia, Bulgaria, yesterday. She is a student of Zakhar Bron. Professor Bron was chair of the jury that chose her.
BBC prematurely announces death of a DJ
BBC Radio 2 gave news today of the death of veteran broadcaster Brian Matthew, presenter of Sounds of the 60s. A while later, it corrected the report. Mr Matthew is alive, but critically ill. ‘We will update with more information when we have it. Our thoughts remain with his family at this very difficult time.’ […]
Tenor Larry is cycling 300 miles for autism
Lawrence Brownlee has a son who’s on the spectrum. So he’s getting on his bike. If you’d like to help, here’s the link.
In other news, Barry Manilow is gay
The singer, who is 73, announced today that he has lived with another man for 39 years. Just before the world forgot he’s still around. We wish the couple every happiness.
Maestro move: ‘Saviour of music’ gets a German orchestra
The Russian-based Greek conductor Teodor Currentzis signed on today as chief conductor of the SWR radio symphony orchestra in Stuttgart, starting in 2018-19. Currentzis, 45, has made his career up to now entirely in Russia, as music director in Perm, and on record. But is seems he is ready to branch out. In […]