Maestro move: Canadian lands German opera house
New Jersey’s outgoing conductor Jacques Lacombe, 52, has been named music director of Bonn Opera. He starts a year from now. The contract is for two years.
Riccardo Muti: The conductor should be responsible for the action on stage
The maestro has been sharing some thoughts in Salzburg, where he’s conducting a concert performance of Verdi’s Ernani. No director? From the festival press release: He likes the idea of a conductor who is not only responsible for the orchestra and the music, but also has a say in the staging. This is especially important […]
Leonard Bernstein’s 10 big podium gifs
Watch them here on WFMT. Lenny would have been 97 today.
Opera house gets green star for saving power
Sydney Opera House has cut its energy use by 10 per cent over five years by fitting new lights and using sea water from the harbour to cool its air. The house has won a government award for green conduct.
The newspaper that hid a string quartet
The late quartets of Ludwig Van Beethoven are said to have received their London premieres at the home of a print manager of the Times newspaper. Now we read that the Financial Times has secretly harboured a string quartet below decks. Its existence is revealed in the new issue of Gramophone magazine by former journalist […]
Levine plans return to Ravinia
Seldom seen outside New York these days due to uncertain health, James Levine has been announced as conductor of Mahler’s second symphony next year at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, of which he was once music director. The festival has suspended that title with James Conlon’s departure ths summer. All conductors next year will be guests – […]
BBC’s creative director to be interrogated by MPs
The House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee intends to call in Alan Yentob to examine his role in the collapse of the charity Kids Company, of which he was chairman. Yentob, 68, was previously chair of the arts charity ICA, which ran close to insolvency in 2010. He was also a member of […]
Schoenberg Centre reopens after fire
In an amazingly swift clean-up and turnaround, the Arnold Schoenberg Centre in Vienna will reopen on Thursday, two weeks after a fire that forced the all-night evacuation of its major artefacts. The library, however, remains closed for the time being.
Breaking: Vienna Philharmonic won’t go to Iran
Contrary to statements issued earlier in Teheran, the orchestra has tersely announced it will not be accompanying the Austrian president on a state visit. No reason given.
Watch: Beethoven’s 9th marks Ukraine’s independence day
Slipped Disc was invited to observe Ukraine’s 24th independence anniversary concert last night in Kiev but was unable to attend. Amid much verbosity and political bombast, music duties were conducted by Kirill Karabits with the Warsaw-based I, Culture orchestra, cilmaxing in the finale of Beethoven’s ninth symphony. You can watch the full concert here. Beethoven starts at […]
London awaits Aids symphony premiere
Raymond Yiu’s symphony, premiered tonight at the BBC Proms, is founded on personal memories of the 1980s Aids crisis and wound around Thom Gunn’s poem, In the Time of Plague. Raymond tells his local newspaper: ‘When I first came to London (from Hong Kong) AIDS seemed to encircle my life. People just vanished, everyone was […]