Vienna’s Volksoper mourns the man who gave it style
Professor Robert Herzl, who has died aged 74, was Oberspielleiter at the Volksoper from 1973 to 2000, responsible for 47 productions and for the revitalisation and coherence of the house’s production style. He will be much missed. A master of Viennese operetta, he also loved working on new operas by Henze and Matthus.
How to win the Boss account, by leading violinist
Warner artist Charlie Siem explains: His narrative of how he nabbed the spring campaign, which was shot by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin in Chelsea, is pretty straightforward. “I’ve got a close mutual friend with [Hugo Boss creative director] Jason Wu, who suggested me,” Siem said. “That’s about it.” With that terse response, he […]
Poots scoots in JB’s socks
Alex Poots, founding artistic director of Manchester International Festival (MIF), will leave next summer to run New York’s Culture Shed. The last music chief to go straight from Manchester to New York must have been John Barbirolli in 1936. Or have we missed someone?
Tabloid news: Jonas Kaufmann ‘is dating’ Madonna
An Italian tabloid reports that the pair, both unattached, met at a London exhibition and are seeing each other. Madonna wants them to make a record together. The exciting news has been picked up by both Russian and US-based media. Our social affairs correspondent reports that her eyebrows could not go any higher if she attached them […]
Nureyev’s favourite partner has died
Alla Sizova was Rudi’s preferred dance partner in St Petersburg before he fled west. She died there today, aged 76. Her most celebrated role was Ophelia in Hamlet.
Schnabel’s last student gets ready for his 100th birthday concert
Frank Glazer, who made his New York debut in 1936, is still playing. He’s going to be 100 in February and he’s planning a full recital. Interview here.
Opera star: Young Artist Programs are ripping off young artists
The international bass-baritone Alan Held would like to share his concerns about the mercenary exploitation of aspiring singers by respected opera companies and universities. We agree: these rip-offs must stop. This about the money being charged to young singers in order to audition for Young Artist Programs and universities in order to further their educations. […]
When a competition eliminates the finest artist
A ripple of shock ran round the flute world at news that Sébastian Jacot, recent winner of the Nielsen Competition by a nautical mile, did not make the semi-finals of the Concours de Genève, the flute world’s equivalent of Warsaw’s Chopin competition for pianists. Sébastian, principal flute at Ensemble Contrechamps, is not only a star. […]
If music won’t sell records, let’s try animals
Three of the year’s weirder classical album covers. Feel free to add your own. 1 I am a zebra. I like Handel. 2 Not sure what bird I am, but I’m French and I don’t sing Messiaen 3 I am a sheep. A dead sheep. Just like you lot.
Sellout? Schott gets rid of its historic archive
The music publishers Schott, struggling in tough market, has got rid of 240 years of history in a fire-sale. Scott, based in Mainz since 1770, served Beethoven, Wagner and other giants, kept their contracts, manuscripts portraits and correspondence. The archive has been bought for an undisclosed sum by a consortium led by the Bavarian State […]
Violinist adds another festival to his cap
The Swiss festival Sommets Musicaux of Gstaad has named Renaud Capucon as its new artistic director. He succeeds the charismatic founder Thierry Scherz, who died in July. Renaud ran his own festival near Chambéry in France until four years ago. H also has an Easter fest at Aix.