Muti and Joyce DiDonato go play for young offenders
Earlier this week Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, played piano at a recital for more than 60 young men, average age 16, at the Illinois Youth Center, Chicago. Joyce DiDonato and Eric Owens sang a programme of arias accompanied by Maestro Muti at the piano. CSO musicians Cynthia Yeh (Principal Percussion), Gene Pokorny (Principal Tuba) […]
Soweto Quartet mourns its cellist
Reuben Malusi Khemese, cellist of the Soweto String Quartet and pioneer of South African chamber music, collapsed on Wednesday and died at 62. The group, built around brothers violinists Sandile and Thami and cellist Reuben Khamese, played at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994. Sandile Khemese said: ‘Reuben lost his wife in a tragic car accident […]
Jonas Kaufmann, out of action, is still in play
The tenor may have cancelled Meistersinger in Munich and other early-season engagements. But his Puccini night at La Scala is being traded like hot chestnuts on the media market. Variety reports: Starline Entertainment has closed a raft of international television and VOD deals for “Jonas Kaufmann: An Evening with Puccini,” a concert event film produced […]
I may have found the ideal audience
In the new issue of Standpoint magazine, I write about the quest for the elusive audience – the one that never coughs, sits on the edge of its seats and seems to need the music more than the musicians need to play it. Pierre Boulez called it l’idéale audience, a listenership so avid it practically […]
LA orders in Danish principal flute
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has named Joachim Becerra Thomsen of Danish Radio as its next principal flute. Joachim, who is 21, has been principal previously at Finnish Radio and the Royal Danish Orchestra.
Piano dealer accuses Donald J Trump of not paying his bills
A New Jersey music store owner says the Republican candidate shortchanged him of $30,000 in a piano sale. My relationship with Trump began in 1989, when he asked me to supply several grand and upright pianos to his then-new Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. I’d been running a music store for more than 30 […]
Principal cellist jumps from window during police raid
There are two versions of what happened here. Adrian Naidin, solo cellist of the Bucharest radio orchestra, says masked police on a drugs raid burst into his apartment early Wedneday morning. Panicked, he jumped from a first floor window, broke a finger in his right hand and was taken to hospital. He maintains the police […]
Australian is opera director of the year
The influential Opernwelt magazine has published its annual awards for 2016. Director of the year: Barrie Kosky (Komische Oper, Berlin) Conductor: Teodor Currentzis Singer: Christian Gerhaher Orchestra: Bavarian Opera Chorus: Dutch National Opera World premiere: Georg Friedrich Haas, ‘Koma’ at Darmstadt Opera house of the year: Stuttgart More here.
Another ‘half-full’ Bartok concert in Munich
Here’s the next in the series of Bartok for Europe, played by the Munich Chamber Orchestra at the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche last night. This was the downstairs area. The galleries were completely vacant. Of the 400 seats available about 120 were occupied, according to a visitor. And perhaps half of those were paid for. Poor Bartok. UPDATE: The […]
Only one New York cinema shows Covent Garden live opera
… and that’s way out in Forest Hills, according to a sharp-eyed reader. Has Peter Gelb signed all other big screens in the city to exclusivity deals? Here’s the defeated screening announcement from the ROH.
At Paris Opéra, they have 11 bosses for 17 technical staff
Le Point has been doing the small print on this month’s brutal public accounts report. An army of highly-paid department heads is crippling the payroll, running at 103 million Euros a year for permanent staff alone…. Read the breakdown here (en francais). Be assured that nothing will change.