After 43 years, Victor Jara’s killer is convicted
A Florida jury has found a former Chilean general culpable of the torture and murder of the popular folk singer Victor Jara, following the Pinochet coup in 1973. Jara was the most prominent martyre of the wave of mass murders. Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nuñez, who lives in the US, was ordered to pay $28m in damages […]
Fabio Luisi starts new job one year early
He was meant to take over as chief conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra in September 2017. But neither side could wait that long, so the Italian has just signed on from Sept 1, 2016.
Four operas found that no-one missed
Four lost scores of Gaspare Spontini (1774-1851) have turned up in a Belgian castle. They are: – Il quadro parlante (melodramma buffo, 1800, Palermo) – Il geloso e l’audace (drama giocoso, 1801, Rome) – Le metamorfosi di Pasquale ossia Farsa (farsa giocosa, 1802, Venice) – L’eccelsa gara (cantata, 1806, Paris). As you were.
Sad news: London loses passionate arts champion, aged 51
The Roundhouse mourns the death of cancer of Nicola Thorold, its executive producer. Chief executive Marcus Davey said: ‘Nicola passionately believed in providing possibilities for all people to experience and to participate in the arts. She loved the arts and championed the transformation of young people’s lives through creativity.’ Nicola was previously head of theatre at […]
US musicians union re-elects its president
Ray Hair has been re-elected International President of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM). He has been in charge since 2010 and represents 80,000 members.
Death of Denmark’s musical outsider
The death has been announced of the Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, aged 83, of cancer. His style, he aid, was ‘new simplicity’. An outsider to the Danish establishment and the prevalent composing styles, his works include a symphony, Antiphony, Tricolore IV, and Incontri; Plateaux pour piano et Orchestre, Triptykon for percussion and orchestra, and Concerto Grosso […]
Tory minister: Arts can heal Brexit damage. Oh, really?
Culture minister Ed Vaizey has said culture will bring us together in times of ‘uncertainty and division’. ‘London 2012 united the nation and the world looked on in awe to our creativity, courage and character…. That’s why the arts – and the rest of the creative industries – need to be listened to as we debate the […]
Paris Opéra is on strike… again
No Aida tonight. All tickets refunded. There is going to be a huge budget hole this season.
Opera replaces car-smash leader
Kentucky Opera has named Dallas Opera artistic administrator Ian Derrer to be its next general director. He succeeds David Roth (below) who died a year ago when he suffered a heart attack while driving.
Opera chief leads Brexit way to new passport
It is reported that Nicolas Mansfield, director of Netherlands Touring Opera, has applied for a Dutch passport in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. It wll mean giving up his UK citizenship as the Dutch don’t permit dual nationality. Many other Brits in the arts will follow suit. We hear of […]