Swedes at odds in Nordic orchestra exit
The management of Camerata Nordica has finally informed its musicians that the orchestra has been suspended, after being shamed by reports in Slipped Disc. Here’s what they wrote: Dear Musicians, The Board of Directors have decided to cancel the Camerata Nordica projects that were going to take place in February and March 2017. This has resulted […]
Paris Opéra leaks entire season in major online error
Viewers browsing the Paris Opéra website yesterday were able to read full plans – officially unannounced – for the 2017/18 season. They include a Verdi Don Carlo, with Jonas Kaufmann, Sonya Yoncheva and Elīna Garanča; a Donizetti Don Pasquale with Pretty Yende et Lawrence Brownlee; and a Saariaho premiere staged by Peter Sellars. As soon as the error […]
Corporate lawyer makes recital debut at Carnegie Hall
The American Lawyer website introduces us to Marie-Joe Abi-Nassif, a mezzo-soprano who will give a voice-and-piano recital tomorrow night at Carnegie’s smaller Weill Hall. Marie-Jo works in capital markets at Latham & Watkins while continuing her voice training at Juilliard. Full story here.
Ulster Orchestra ‘nearly did not survive’
A retired civil servant, Stephen Peover, has taken over as chairman of the Ulster Orchestra. He has let it be known that the orchestra has been assured of funding for another year, but there is no long-term financial commitment as yet. His predecessor Sir George Bain told a public meeting that the orchestra ‘nearly did not’ survive […]
Hvorostovsky to sing on Sunday in St Petersburg
The bass-baritone, undergoing treatment for brain cancer, has confirmed his intention to appear this Sunday in a ‘Hvorostovsky and friends’ concert in St Petersburg. It is the latest in a cycle of such concerts that he has put on since 2006 and his did not want to miss the tenth anniversary. Hvorostovsky has further concerts […]
Jonas Kaufmann still tops the German charts
He may have been out for three months with a vocal cord injury, but the tenor’s Dolce Vita remains the top-selling classical release in Germany, and he has two other records in the top 20. Dolce Vita is a compilation of syrupy, Italian desserts from the Andrea Bocelli songbook.
German honour for Israeli violin restorer
The Israeli luthier Amnon Weinstein, restorer of violins that survived the Holocaust death camps, has been awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz by foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. His project Violins of Hope has toured widely around the world.
Breaking: Andrea Bocelli confirms he will sing for Trump
The blind Italian crooner has agreed to sing one sing at the Presidential inauguration, according to TMZ. It is further reported he may sing a duet with Jackie Evancho, with whom he has toured.
Messiaen makes it onto Jungle TV
Cast members of the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle have shot an episode at New York’s Rikers Island jail complex, playing Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Times for about 100 inmates. The work was conceived by Messiaen in 1940 when he was held in a prisoner of war camp. It will give his music […]
Breaking: Jackie Evancho to sing at Trump inauguration
The former child ‘classical’ singer, now 16, announced on television that she will sing the National Anthem for the incoming president. Don’t all applaud at once. She is the most commented artist on Slipped Disc.
Suspended musicians appeal to silent board
The players in Camerata Nordica have yet to be told officially that their orchestra has been suspended, and why. The website names two responsible officials: Peter Högberg. President. Kjell Lindstrom. County Music Manager. This morning, the musicians issued the following puzzled and regretful letter: Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 To the Board and Administration of Camerata Nordica, As […]