Paris Opéra announces deepening loss
Stéphane Lissner has written to staff at the Opéra de Paris, telling them that the company is €2 million in the red since January as a result of strikes and work stoppages. Seven nights have gone dark at the Opéra. Earlier in the season, low box-office returns were blamed on the aftermath of the Paris […]
Brit is new boss of Berlin orchestra
The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchesters Berlin (RSB) has named Adrian Jones as its new director. Jones, 49, is a former orchestral cellist who learned the business working for the CAMI agency in Berlin. For the past five years he has been director of the orchestra at Deutsche Oper Berlin. The RSB, founded 1923, is Berlin’s second-oldest symphony orchestra.
Now worst-run orchestra sacks composer in residence
Just when you thought things could not get worse at the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, they just did. We read today that the orchestra’s president Florence Notter has dismissed Richard Dubugnon as composer in residence, giving no reason. Various projects with him have been cancelled. Dubugnon, who once played in the orchestra’s double-bass section, went […]
Detroit loses Veep
Vice-president Paul Hogle is leaving the Detroit Symphony to become president of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Hogle, 51, was deputy to Anne Parsons in Detroit and a vital part of the team that dragged the orchestra from insolvency to relative prosperity. Another $2 million gift dropped throught the mailbox only this week. But with […]
Artistic director quits sparky US opera
press release: Milwaukee, Wis. (May 25, 2016) – Viswa Subbaraman today announced he will be leaving his position as artistic director of Skylight Music Theatre effective July 31, 2016, in order to focus on his conducting career and commitment to new opera works. Following his departure, he will serve as artistic advisor to Skylight through January […]
Late result: Berlin Philharmonic win on penalties (again)
The inter-Berlin orchestra championship ended today with a weak victory for the Philharmonic, who seem incapable of scoring a goal in open play. They beat the Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester (DSO) on penalties in the semi-final and the orchestra of Deutsch Oper by the same method in the final. The BPO team seem far too pleased […]
Paris proposes to ban one-on-one music lessons to protect minors
A report commissioned by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, following 30 cases of sexual abuse of pupils across the city has recommended that conservatoires should end one-on-one music lessons as a child protection measure. Music teachers are outraged. Report here (en francais).
Bad news: Telegraph drops head of arts
The Daily Telegraph was the first broadsheet newspaper to abolish its arts editor, her deputy and the dedicated arts desk a couple of years ago. After the clearout, arts stories in the paper were handled sensitively and by Andrew Pettie, who held the title Head of Arts and Entertainment. Today (we hear) Andrew is among […]
Mitsuko, Murray and piano world mourn a mighty influence
The pianist Luis Batlle, a key figure for five decades at Marlboro Music School and Festival and mentor to such noted pianists as Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Murray Perahia and Peter Serkin, died today, May 25, at his home in Marlboro of complications from Parkinson’s Disease. Luis was 85. Mitsuko Uchida, Marlboro’s Artistic Director, […]
New chairman at Covent Garden
Simon Robey is stepping down. His replacement is energy trader Ian Taylor, a long-serving board member and donor. Corporate press release here.