Germany commits extra 60 million Euros to culture
Culture Minister Monika Grütters has secured a 60m boost to the culture budget in the coming year. Much of the money (38m Euros) will go to cover rising wage and pension costs, but two Berlin institutions – the Martin-Gropius-Bau and the Jewish Museum – have been earmarked for extra support.
Mongolian singer leaves Tchaikovsky Competition with $100,000
The Grand Prix at the Tchaikovsky Competition – a record $100,000 – was awarded to the winner of the male vocal section, the Mongolian baritone Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar. The decision confirms public disenchantment with the results of the instrumental juries
These musicians won’t take a cent from this sponsor
A very long list of musicians has written to the Guardian, telling the Royal Opera House not to accept sponsorship from the oil company, BP. We wonder, with respect, how they heat their houses, drive their cars… and why they clamour for public subsidy from bad Governments. Below the list of names. And here’s the […]
‘My name is Vittorio. I’m a (tenor and) sex addict’
Signore Grigolo has been talking to Italian Vanity Fair. Indiscreetly. I’m difficult to be with. I believe in fidelity, but that’s easier said than done. I like women. Yesterday I went out with a friend and he asked me how was it possible not to fall in love and become imprisoned by a woman; I […]
Countertenor ties the knot
Happens all the time. But not with a Supreme Court justice as the officiant. Congratulations to David Daniels and William Scott Walters. Full story here.
Yannick seeks new clarinet and flute principals
Just in: he Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra – with music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin – is one of Europe’s top orchestras. Every year the orchestra gives over 100 concerts, ranging from appearances in Rotterdam to major foreign tours, for audiences totalling more than 150,000. The orchestra’s ambition is to bring symphonic music to as broad a public […]
Berlin Phil launches Free Kirill site
In an attempt to introduce the world its shy incoming chief conductor, the orch has cobbled together a microsite with two video interviews and two concerts. It’s free til the end of next month. Click here.
Boulez biographer has died
A familiar voice on Radio France and France Musique, Dominique Jameux has passed away at the age of 76. Aside from a semi-official hagiolatry of Pierre Boulez, he wrote excellent works on Alban Berg and Richard Strauss. And a book about the Italian cyclist, Fausto Coppi.
Maestro move: South coast to Weimar
Kirill Karabits, 38, Ukrainian chief conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for the past six years, has been named general music director in the culturally iconic town of Weimar. He takes up the job in September 2016. photo: Sasha Gusov We’re advised that he will continue at Bournemouth as well for the forseeable future.
Just in: ROH tones down rape, covers up victim
PR man Mark Borkowski was at the second performance of William Tell at Covent Garden last night. He saw, ‘a production about as raunchy as an in flagrante tussle in Downton. Rather than being naked the actress covered herself. This altered the tone of the scene to make the rape less explicit and more stylised. […]
Gergiev mezzo-soprano is named opera chief
The new head of the Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theatre is to be Larissa Diadkova, a star of the Mariinsky and close associate of its director, Valery Gergiev. Diadkova, 61, is being rushed to the east to replace Vitaly Ishutin, another Mariinsky singer who was tragically killed two weeks ago in Vladivostok while waiting to cross the road. […]