Andris Nelsons on tour takes Germany by storm
He may have failed to win the Berlin Philharmonic last week, but the Latvian conductor is earning rave reviews on his timely tour with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. This just in from Stuttgart: Da ist er: Andris Nelsons, 36, weltweit zurzeit einer der gefragtesten Dirigenten, und schon beim ersten Stück seines Stuttgarter Abends […]
British baritone extends his ‘complete vocal rest’
Simon Keenlyside has pulled out of Don Carlo in the Munich Festival at the end of July, extending the period in which doctors ordered him to rest his voice completely. He has barely been heard since December and is cancelling engagements month by month, as required. All in the opera world wish Simon a very […]
Sicklist: Late pianist switch at New York Philharmonic
Jonathan Biss has pulled out of tonight’s Brahms piano concerto, and the rest of the weekend, ‘due to an arm injury suffered in a recent accident.’ He is replaced by Kirill Gerstein. The concerts mark conductor Susanna Mälkki’s debut with the NY Phil. So here’s what happened. Jonathan broke his arm last month. It has healed quite […]
Just in: Pirates beats Met to steal cinema record for live opera
Tuesday’s live broadcast from English National Opera of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance has just blown a big hole in the opera streaming business. Pirates, in Mike Leigh’s production, took £600,000 at the UK box office at a single screening, reaching an audience of over 40,000 people. The previous UK best was the Metropolitan […]
Scotland’s first cellist talks up Sistema
Sistema Scotland has received an ‘extremely positive’ report from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, which says it has ‘the potential to significantly enhance participants’ lives, prospects, health and wellbeing.’ Sistema’s Big Noise has been teaching children in Raploch since 2008 and Govanhill since 2013. The First Minister is a fan. Nicola Sturgeon and Fiona […]
Women on the podium in a Seattle celebration
We love today’s tribute to a growing trend on Seattle Opera social media. How many can you name? You can see a slightly larger version here.
In Germany, culture defines nation. In Britain, it defines nothing.
I have written a reflection on the failed Berlin Philharmonic election for The Spectator, a few thoughts on cultural attitudes as well as orchestral politics. The intense focus on the Berlin Philharmonic election was triggered by the emergence of a German candidate as music director, the first since Wilhelm Furtwängler in 1922 (Furtwängler’s 1955 successor, […]
Breaking: International string quartet breaks up
After 15 years, the Dutch-based Rubens Quartet is calling it quits: “We, the members of the Rubens Quartet, after having enjoyed a rewarding and intensive international career, have decided that we will end our collaboration as a quartet at the end of the 2015/16 season. The quartet has been at the center of […]
‘Be glad for Gergiev that he can earn 340 million’
Reactions in Russia to the latest glasnost on cultural earnings has been a curious mixture of envy and pride. According to Valery Gergiev’s tax declaration, he owns three plots of land, six apartments, one cottage and two cars, in addition to a tax-year income of 340m rubles, just under seven million US dollars. Some politicians grumbled […]
Just in: Domingo cancels Vienna
The baritone has pulled out of tomorrow’s Nabucco ‘for serious family reasons’. He is replaced by Zeljko Lucic. He’s due at Covent Garden next week.
Why do US orchs have to call in the Feds to talk to their musicians?
The Utah Symphony has signed a three-year contract with its musicians. That’s nice. But they could only do so with the help of a federal negotiator. ‘I’m proud of the successful outcome of these efforts and grateful for the musicians’ cooperation and support in ratifying this agreement early,’ said Melia Tourangeau, outgoing USUO President & […]