Vienna’s luxury sub
Hans-Peter König has pulled out as Gurnemanz in the new Parsifal production, opening tomorrow. Panic? No Panic. Rene Pape calmly steps in to the general rehearsal and first two nights.
Singers in uproar over new British director
Solists at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet are in uproar over leaked plans by the incoming general director, Annilese Miskimmon, to cut the number of singers maintained on staff. The anxious performers have posted a bellicose picture on their Facebook page. They are also concerned about their diminishing pension fund. Ms Miskimmon starts work […]
US opera company loses its boss amid mounting debt
After running a deficit of $200,000, Eugene Opera’s general director Mark Beudert says he won’t renew his contract, which ends in June. The company has cancelled the rest of its season. The future looks bleak.
Jazz festival refuses to admit Israeli musicians
The Copenhagen Jazz Fesival is in trouble for telling an Israeli musician that artists from his country were not welcome ‘for political reasons’. The musician, Alon Farber, posted the exchange on Facebook: I’m writing this post in English because I think it’s relevant to all of you. I just applied for the Copenhagen […]
An American Isolde has died, at 79
We have been informed of the death of Roberta Knie, an American soprano who made a fine career in Europe before she was finally called to the Met in 1976. Oklahoma born, Roberta Knie studied in London and was a member of the Vienna State Opera in the early 1970s. She made her debut in Bayreuth […]
Opera move: New shoes in Toulouse
Christophe Ghristi (l.), 48, is to be artistic director of the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. He was previously chief dramaturg of the Paris Opéra.
Canada high: new chief at Honens
The Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker has been named artistic director of the Honens International Piano Competition, starting in January 2018. Parker says: ‘The triennial Competition and annual Festival have become focal points of artistic and musical expression for the city of Calgary and, indeed, for all of Canada. Having performed in Calgary for more than 30 years, […]
How Miami blew its best orchestral residency
Daniel R. Lewis, founder of the Cleveland Orchestra residency in Miami, has written to Slipped Disc, detailing how his successors let it all fall apart. I have been an outsider since September 2014, so I don’t know what has happened to attendance or earned revenue. Contributed revenue has dropped dramatically, including all contributors […]
In LA, a singing couple comes unstuck
Unlike remote and rainswept Bergen, where a star replacement was conjugally found for an unwell soprano, things went awry for the couples at Los Angeles Opera this weekend. The French bass-baritone Nicolas Testé lost his voice in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman and no instant sub was available. He had to mime the role on stage […]
The cellist of the century would have been 90 today
Thinking of Slava. 27 March 1927 – 27 April 2007
CD release for composer who died last year, aged 34
William Petter, director of several London choirs and a rising composer, was diagnosed with clear cell sarcoma in 2013. He died in October last year, aged 34, leaving a wife and young daughter. Throughout his stays in hospital he continued to compose. An album of his works will be released this week, in time for Easter. […]