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. […]
Watch: Orchestra employs robots on percussion
This is the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester playing ‘The Robots are Coming!’ by Steve Pickett at a young people’s concert. A sign of the times? The percussion of the future?
Soprano falls sick. Baritone’s wife happens to be a world star….
At Bergen National Opera on Saturday, Sylvia Schwartz sang the opening performance as Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia to reat acclaim. However, she has since fallen sick. What to do when the next performance is just two days off? Just so happens that the baritone singing the role of Selim, Guido Loconsolo, brought his wife to […]
Natalie Dessay: Opera is an art of the past
The French soprano does not believe that opera can relate to modern times – despite her husband earning rave reviews this month in a world premiere. Interview with Forum Opéra here. Je me suis souvent sentie en décalage, à part, car je ne me suis jamais considérée comme chanteuse mais comme une comédienne qui chantait. […]
Russia’s premier organist has died, aged 100
Nune Oksentyan, who died on March 23, was professor of organ and harpsichord in St Peterbsurg. She accompanied Dmitri Shostakovich to the historic 1950 Bach bicentennial in Leipzig.
Master luthier dies, aged 96
The Italiann luthier Luigi Lanaro died last week at a formidable age. Winner of the Cremona international exhibition in 1949, he worked in Buenos Aires and Mexico City before opening his own studio in Padua, together with his son, Roberto.