Britten-Pears Foundation stages homosexuality law exhibition
Painfully discreet as Benjamin Britten was forced to be, it is now 50 years since same-sex relationships were decriminalised in Britain and the heirs to the Britten estate will mark that breakthrough with a major exhibition. Press release below. QUEER TALK: HOMOSEXUALITY IN BRITTEN’S BRITAIN 1 February to 28 October 2017 A new exhibition will next year […]
Two US strikes are ended by private donations
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians voted to go back to work last night after a $700,000 anonymous gift saved them from a deep wage cut. We understand that a similar bequest ended the Pittsburgh Symphony strike a few days ago. It’s the American way.
Leipzig names a school for Kurt Masur
It’s only a primary school but, as Tomoko Masur says, they will teach his ‘guiding principles of tolerance and cultural sensitivity’. Kurt Masur was Gewandhauskapellmeister from 1970 to 1996. Dresden has got in first with a Kurt Masur Academy.
Tragedy: Eminent composer and her husband are killed in road crash
News has come in of the death of Julia Gomelskaya, Ukraine’s most successful composer, together with her husband Sergei, an instrumental player. They had been together since student days, a devoted couple. The pair were killed in a two-car smash on the Odessa-Nikolayev road three days ago while on their way to a concert marking […]
New opera guy in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Opera have picked Walter Sutcliffe as artistic director, replacing Oliver Mears who has gone to Covent Garden. Sutcliffe has extensive experience as a stage director in Europe. You wonder why he was not considered at ENO. Official release: Following an extensive recruitment process attracting applications from across the world, Northern Ireland Opera is […]
Where’s Runnicles? Staying put
The Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles has renewed his contract as Generalmusikdirektor of the Deutsche Oper Berlin for six more years, taking him to 2022. He’ll be 68 by then. Runnicles retired this year as chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Watch: Yale Singers follow a conductor … a train conductor
Connecticut train conductor Bob McDonough found the Yale Glee Club on his train at the weekend. What could he do, folks? He conducted them, of course…
Met plucks two singers from Where?furt
Two ensemble members of the Erfurt Theatre have been cast in the Met’s next season. Vazgen Ghazaryan is a bass, Won Whi Choi a tenor. Both are fulltime ensemble members, little known outside Erfurt. A city of 400,000 in the dead centre of Germany, Erfurt has a year-round opera theatre and symphony orchestra. The two […]
Israel Phil mourns veteran bassoon
Walter Meroz, bassoonist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra from 1951 to 1995 and teacher of three player generations, died last week at the age of 83. A man of gentle ways, Walter served for many years and with immense tact as the orchestra’s disciplinary officer. His most famous solo was in a deathless pop song, […]
Horror: Orchestral trumpet is beaten to death by parents of children he raped
In the Argentine city of Moron, outraged parents attacked a trumpet player in the Cathedral, beating him so badly that he died of his injuries. The attack took place at the end of October. The musician died last week after a prolonged coma. Marcelo Fabian Pecollo, a trumpet player in the Moron city orchestra, had […]
Death of a noted concertmaster and festival founder
We are sad to share news of the death of Jerrold Rubenstein, a New Yorker who became concertmaster at La Monnaie orchestra in Brussels and later of the Belgian national orchestra. A formidable chamber musician, widely recorded, Jerrold taught for 30 years at the Antwerp Conservatoire, and at Izmir and Dublin. He founded the Festival Mozart […]