Mirga premieres opera by Nazi-banned composer
The Landestheater Salzburg has given the world premiere of Max Brand’s Stormy Interlude, conducted by its music director, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Brand, whose Maschinist Hopkins was one of the great operatic hits of the Weimar era, was forced into exile and prolonged oblivion by the Nazi regime. Stormy Interlude, a piece of social realism about a bored […]
Kim Kardashian goes to the opera
This may be a first. (It may also be a last.) The most famous living Armenian has been flashing images of herself and husband Kanye West at Sofia Coppola’s debut as an opera director in Rome this weekend. More pics and video here.
Daniel Barenboim: My life with Martha Argerich
The conductor has written an affecting memoir of his life history with his fellow-Argentine pianist. I’ve known Martha Argerich since 1949. There was a house in Buenos Aires, owned by a former violinist and businessman, where chamber music was played every Friday. All the great musicians who came to Argentina – Adolph Busch, Igor Markevitch, […]
Departing maestro: The manager ‘wants me out of town as quickly as possible’
That’s music director Theodore Kuchar on leaving the Fresno Philharmonic after 15 hectic years. The orchestra president says: ‘It is fair to say that the relationship between music director and exec director in professional symphony orchestras is a complex one. Both the music director and executive director are charged with making the organization successful […]
Sinking Spain: Stars play at 50% discount
The Iberian age of high fees and seat prices is over. Tickets to this week’s Madrid concert of Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lynn Harrell and Yefim Bronfman have been cut to half-price and the hall is still unsold. More details here.
The things musicians do to disguise disability
Heather O’Donnell has written a thoughtful and disturbing piece for Van magazine on the strategies that musicians employ to mask a physical or mental disability – and how the subterfuge impacts on their fellow-musicians. Example: A violinist who plays with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where Levine was music director from 2004 until 2011, described the […]
La Scala’s opening-night Butterfly is a role virgin
Maria José Siri tells Graham Spicer she hadn’t even sung the role when Riccardo Chailly chose her to open his season. I am honoured and excited as I have been preparing to tackle this role for quite some time. I am especially happy because I have never sung before with Riccardo Chailly, and had never […]
Cotton Tail gets a French twist
This is a new version of Duke Ellington’s Cotton Tail from Sylvain Bertrand and the Big band du Conservatoire de Saint-Étienne, led by Ludovic Murat. Enjoy.
The singer who missed the National Anthem
Grievous embarrassment at yesterday’s FA Cup Final. ICYMI: Er, when you hear the drum-roll, it means, like, now.
Maestro groove: New music director in Philippines
The Japanese conductor Yoshikazu Fukumura has started work as music director of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra in Manila. Fukumura, 69, started out as a Tokyo wild child in long hair and jeans. He has made most of his career with Asian orchs.
‘Jane Little stood next to me last Sunday when she played her last note’
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will play tonight at a memorial service for Jane Little, who died last Sunday in mid-concert after a record 71 years in the orchestra. Her fellow-bassist Michael Kurth pays tribute here: Jane Little was standing next to me last Sunday when she played her last note. She was doing what she […]