Teodor Currentzis collects 75k
The Greek-Russian conductor, music director in Perm, has been named winner of this year’s Kairos Prize, awarded by the controversial Toepfer Foundation and worth 75,000 Euros.
Thielemann becomes patron of a tuba contest
He succeeds the late Kurt Masur as head of a horn and tuba contest in Markneukirchen. Markneukirchen/Berlin (MH) – Der Dirigent Christian Thielemann (56) wird neuer Schirmherr des Internationalen Instrumentalwettbewerbs Markneukirchen. Das teilten die Veranstalter am Mittwoch mit. Thielemann ist Nachfolger des im Dezember 2015 verstorbenen Kurt Masur, der das Amt seit 2005 innehatte. Als […]
Major Tchaikovsky premiere in … Wales
Welsh National Opera has just unrolled its 2016/17 season and there’s a UK premiere of one of David Pountney’s Bregenz discoveries, André Tchaikowsky’s The Merchant of Venice. This is irresistible. The British Tchaikovsky is about to receive his due at last. I shall walk to Wales if necessary, in the rain and dress shoes, to witness […]
After 23 years, Mitsuko gets her festival back
It was 1998 when Mitsuko Uchida was joint music director of the Ojai festival and 2004 when she last played there. Now they’ve asked her back to preside in 2021. What took them so long? Also coming up at Ojai: Barbara Hannigan will be music director in 2019, Patricia Kopatchinskaja in 2020. Good calls.
Guardian’s ‘chorus of disapproval’ against ENO chiefs is misplaced
The newspaper has published an editorial that objects to the planned cuts in the chorus of English National Opera. It likens the chorus singers to hospital doctors who are on strike today against an unfounded Government assault on their working hours and practices. It adds: in both the NHS and the ENO, those in charge are […]
11 new shows in Paris Opéra blast
Stéphane Lissner has rolled out an original season for 2016/17, with 11 new opera productions including one world premiere, a co-pro with London’s Royal College of Music, Britten’s little-seen Owen Wyngrave, Pretty Yende as Lucia di Lammermoor, one conductor under 30, and much else. See the full list on forumopera. Almost all seats cheaper than Covent […]
Album of the week: The masterpiece I’d never heard
It has been an age since I looked to my shelves for a work by a major composer and found that, after 40 years of building a library, I don’t have it. Nor, so far as I recall, have I ever heard it, either in concert or on the radio (though a few recordings do […]
Leontyne is 89
The first Afro-American to sing a name role at La Scala – she was Aida in 1960 – has a birthday today. Many happy returns, many happy memories.
A tenor shoots back at fat review
In his Evening Standard review of Magic Flute at English National Opera, Barry Millingon observed that: ‘Tamino, sung by Allan Clayton, who is vocally in excellent trim but needs to spend more time at the gym if he is to be stripped regularly to his boxers’. The young British tenor (whose ironic twitter name is @fatboyclayton) replied succinctly: […]
German takes charge at Decca
Dr Alexander Buhr becomes managing director of Decca Classics from today. A rising star at Universal Music, he reinvented Mercury Classics as a successful crossover label with such artists as Miloš Karadaglić, Yundi, Tori Amos, Olafur Arnalds, Andreas Ottensamer and Mari and Hakon Samuelsen. He will now take control of both labels. He succeeds Paul […]
Cecilia Bartoli wins a Polar million
The Polar Prize winners for 2016 have just been announced, one from serious music the other from pop. The Italian mezzo will receive 1m Swedish crowns (about $150,000). A Swedish songwriter known as Max Martin is her opposite number. Past winners include Chuck Berry, Björk, Steve Reich and Peter Sellars. The winners get to make […]