Vienna mourns a soprano of 1,000 nights
The Vienna State Opera has announced the death of Lotte Rysanek-Dörler, at the age of 93. Lotte Rysanek was an ensemble member for three decades, appearing in almost 1,000 performances of close to 50 roles, including Marzelline, Musetta, the Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), Leonora (Il trovatore) and Cio-Cio-San. She was the much-loved sister of the […]
He even sent thank-you notes for birthday cards
Tributes are coming in for Karel Husa, a great composer and wonderfully courteous man who, we learn, never allowed any communication to go unanswered. A Czech exile in the United States from 1954, his music banned in his homeland for the next 35 years, Husa left a huge footprint on American music through the hundreds of […]
Not your regular orchestra player (2)
Say hello to Jon Dante, principal trumpet of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, presently guest principal in Shanghai. Jon, an old friend of slippedisc.com, found this message in his mailbox this morning: I want to say thank you for showing that even people of badass seemingly unsophisticated nature (tattoos, skateboarding, motorcycling &c) CAN STILL KICK ASS […]
Jonas Kaufmann will miss Hamburg’s big night
The star attraction has, ‘with a heavy heart’, pulled out of the opening of Hamburg’s dazzling new Elbphilharmonie on January 11-12. His replacement, announced overnight, is the Slovak lyric tenor Pavol Bresnik. Kaufmann has been out for three months with a vocal cord injury and his return has been repeatedly delayed on doctors’ orders. Following the […]
Would you take your dog on tour?
This week’s diary entry from violinist Anthea Kreston: I have spent a lot of time on the road this year. It is as you would expect – exciting, boring, fun to see a new city or revisit and old one, hectic, challenging concerts, exhausting, rewarding, repetitive, lonely. It is simultaneously mundane and fresh. Because life at […]
America’s foremost Czech composer has died, aged 95
The death has been confirmed of Karel Husa, a composer who fled his home country in 1954 and became an influential composer in the United States. He died at his home in Apex, North Carolina, on December 14. Husa won the Pulitzer Prize in 1969 and the Grawemeyer in 1993. He was one of few […]
It’s Ida’s birthday…
Since she has shown me three birth certificates with different years on them, I would not hazard a guess to her precise age, but happy birthday Ida Haendel and may you be granted many more. Does anyone come close in the Sibelius concerto?
Not your regular orchestra player
Meet Thomas Roisland, principal tuba of the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He’s from Harstad, Norway, and lives in Malmo, Sweden. Send us some more orchestra tattoos.
Watch: The Yiddish guide to Christmas songs
Yingle Belz? You read it here first. If there are words you don’t understand, they’ll belong to a little-known Quebec strain of Yiddish.
Breaking: Mirga’s CBSO suffers 25 percent cut
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has lost a quarter of its local government subsidy in a round of pre-Christmas cuts. The orchestra had just begun to smile again under new music director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. The CBSO is launching a public appeal for funds to help it cover the missing £228,000. This press statement has […]
Bayreuth: Some Wagners lose court case (others win)
The disinherited descendants of Richard Wagner have no right to run Bayreuth, a Bavarian district court has ruled. The children of Wieland Wagner, led by the redoubtable Nike, had challenged the sole tenancy agreement for the festival theatre granted to their cousin Katharina, daughter of Wieland’s brother, Wolfgang. The court decided that Katharina has sole […]