How did Yannick get to the Met? He drank a lot of milk…
The incoming music director of the Metropolitan Opera is marketing farm products back home. The caption reads: Proud ambassador of milk.
How to choose a music director without talking to agents
We have received a report on how the city of Guayaquil in Ecuador (pop. 3.8 million) went about selecting a chief conductor and artistic director for its symphony orchestra. It’s an object lesson in transparency. Why can’t others do the same? Israel Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle, many others: read and learn. The announcement reportedly brought a […]
Seattle recruits a Youtube cellist
Nathan Chan, who starts this week as Third Chair Cello in the Seattle Symphony, has a Youtube channel with 6.1 million views ad is generally as cool as can be. The things you have to do these days to win an audition.
Far from Trump, LA Phil flaunts friendship with Mexico
President Trump can say what he likes. So long as Gustavo Dudamel is music director in Los Angeles, there will be closer ties with neighbours to the south. The Dude has announced a 10-day ‘CDMX — Music From Mexico City’ series in next season’s plans. He says: ‘We keep creating these bridges… As I said […]
Sad night for ENO as new opera gets thumbs down
Rupert Christiansen in the Telegraph calls it a charmless disappointment. Andrew Clements in the Guardian says the music doesn’t do enough to justify making the play into an opera. Richard Morrison in the Times describes ‘unremitting old-fashioned atonality with an orchestral flourish’. Richard Fairman in the Financial Times warns that ‘the audience must be prepared […]
Facebook will start to pay for music
Facebook hired Tamara Hrivnak from Warner some weeks back as head of music licensing. It is now advertising for a legal director of music licensing. That seems to mean the social media giant is heading towards a Youtube-style arrangement with copyright owners. Hrivnak says: ‘ I look forward to deepening Facebook’s relationship with the music […]
Early orchestra recruits Decca chief
The Academy of Ancient Music, founded by Christopher Hogwood and struggling since his death in 2014, has named ex-Decca producer Alexander Van Ingen as its new chief exec. Its previous manager left in November.
Singer joins ENO board
The accomplished mezzo Sally Burgess was co-opted today onto the baffled board of English National Opera, where she has been singing since 1978. If only other board members had equivalent experience. photo: Bill Knight
Gustavo disturbs intruders in the Royal Box
Jonathan Sutherland recounts an unsettling incident last night in Stockholm: The American tenor Leonardo Capalbo had an unnerving experience last night at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm. He was singing Gustavo in a new production of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera directed by Tobias Theorell. The important Act III Sc. 2 monologue ‘Forse la soglia attinse’ […]
Survey: More Germans go to concerts than to football
Statistics from the Deutsche Orchester-Vereinigung DOV show a ten percent increase in classical concerts last year. There were 13,800 events of which 5,800 were symphonic. The DOV’s MD Gerald Mertens said classical concerts drew an attendance of 18.2 million, around 40 percent more than the football Bundesliga. There were more concertgoers aged 20 to 29 than those […]
Death of a golden-age Vienna soprano, 91
A singer in post-War Vienna had to struggle for food. Sonja Knittel, who was 22 in 1945, got herself an audition in Zurich. From there, she returned to Vienna’s Volksoper for three years before joining Nuremberg Opera in 1954, remaining there for the rest of her long career. She was renowned in operetta. Her death […]