Israel Philharmonic ‘is 50 years behind the times’
The critic and psychiatrist Amir Mandel has published a stinging attack in the Haaretz newspaper on the national orchestra, accusing it of failing to renew its repertoire since he first became a subscriber 45 years ago. I decided to compare what was played in 1966 to what the orchestra is offering next season. One statistic […]
Chamber orchestra hires rock guitar man
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has hired a rock guitar fan as its executive director. William Rhoads, 49, is presently publicity flak – vice president of marketing and communications – at New York’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Before that, he ran Bill Rhoads & Associates, publishing and representing Frank Zappa, John Zorn and Ornette Coleman, among others. He may […]
Law deal: Serge Dorny wins a likely million for unfair dismissal
The appeals court in Dresden has overturned a previous ruling and decided that Serge Dorny, director of the Lyon Opera, was unfairly dismissed by the Semper Opera in February 2014 before he could begin the job. The reason for his dismissal, Dorny said, was a conflict with the music director Christian Thielemann. Dorny is likely […]
How many operas do you have to sing to earn a living?
Jeff Gwaltney is an operatic tenor who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. A Domingo protégé at Washington National Opera, he gets roles all over the US and frequently in the UK. At 33 people ask him: is this a living? Read on here. h/t: SexiSoprano.
Scots principal heads for Louisville
Julia Noone, recently an Associate Principal with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, has been named Assistant Concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra. Julia will share front-desk duties with the new concertmaster, Gabriel Lefkowitz. Louisville is seriously upgrading.
Aspen has its first Brit conductor
George Henry Jackson, 29, attended the Aspen Festival’s 2014 Conducting Academy class and won a prize. That brought him back in 2015, when he claimed the Aspen Conducting Prize. This summer he is the festival’s assistant conductor, the first UK artist in that coveted role.
Just in: Munich cancels open-air opera due to situation
The Bavarian State Opera has called off Sunday’s free open-air transmission of Meistersinger in Max-Joseph-Platz. ‘It’s not the right moment for such a summer’s day event when there has been mourning so close by,’ said intendant Nikolaus Bachler. Full statement: The Bayerische Staatsoper and the BMW Group are cancelling the Opera for all-event and the […]
Living the life of Pal Joey
Chicago pianist Lori Kaufman was among those who were present at Tanglewood’s farewell to Joseph Silverstein, much-loved concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and, later, music director of the Utah Symphony. Joey, who died last November, aged 83, Joey was always so much more than the sum of his titles. Lori writes: Over 700 […]
ANU’s head rolls (again)
The Australian National University’s much-troubled School of Music has named a new interim head. (Again.) Professor Malcolm Gillies will take charge for six months while a permanent head is sought. (Again.) His predecessor, acting head Royston Gustavson ‘left the position unexpectedly earlier this month’. The Canberra Times adds: ‘An ANU spokesman said it would not comment […]
Bayreuth’s rat man attacks Katharina Wagner’s lack of vision
The eminent director Hans Neuenfels, who dressed up his chorus as rats in Bayreuth’s celebrated 2010 production Lohengrin, has spoken out over ‘multiple failures’ at the Wagner festival. He accused Katharina Wagner, now in sole command, of failing to maintain standards. There were ‘no artistic visions and sensations any more.’ He went on to accuse […]
Marni Nixon: Artists will do things for nothing to keep the art alive
The celebrated Hollywood dubbing singer, who died this weekend aged 86, was a classically trained artist who attended classes with Lotte Lehmann and calimed to be among the first on the West Coast to sing Charles Ives. In an interview with Bruce Duffie, transcribed by Una Barry, Marni Nixon reflects on the future of opera: BD: […]