Soprano falls sick. Baritone’s wife happens to be a world star….
At Bergen National Opera on Saturday, Sylvia Schwartz sang the opening performance as Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia to reat acclaim. However, she has since fallen sick. What to do when the next performance is just two days off? Just so happens that the baritone singing the role of Selim, Guido Loconsolo, brought his wife to […]
Natalie Dessay: Opera is an art of the past
The French soprano does not believe that opera can relate to modern times – despite her husband earning rave reviews this month in a world premiere. Interview with Forum Opéra here. Je me suis souvent sentie en décalage, à part, car je ne me suis jamais considérée comme chanteuse mais comme une comédienne qui chantait. […]
Russia’s premier organist has died, aged 100
Nune Oksentyan, who died on March 23, was professor of organ and harpsichord in St Peterbsurg. She accompanied Dmitri Shostakovich to the historic 1950 Bach bicentennial in Leipzig.
Master luthier dies, aged 96
The Italiann luthier Luigi Lanaro died last week at a formidable age. Winner of the Cremona international exhibition in 1949, he worked in Buenos Aires and Mexico City before opening his own studio in Padua, together with his son, Roberto.
Riccardo Muti: ‘What’s the difference between one conductor and the next?’
He has some challenging answers in this conversation with Harvey Sachs on the Toscanini anniversary.
The counter-tenor who beat cancer
Anthony Roth Costanzo talks to Living the Classical Life about his cancer diagnosis at the age of 26, about spending time naked on stage and being gay in the opera profession. An exuberantly self-revealing interview. Watch. Photo: Richard Hubert Smith/English National Opera
French election: Macron promises music education from 3 months old
The slogan is Avec la musique, dès l’âge de trois mois, tous égaux ! Read more here.
Cleveland Orchestra halves its Miami residency
It appears the Miami donors are not coughing up. Report here. This is the official Cleveland release: Cleveland, OH – The Cleveland Orchestra has announced details of the Orchestra’s 12th year in Miami. Concerts will take place in January and February led by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst featuring symphonies by Beethoven and Mahler at […]
Violin stolen in Paris is recovered in Serbia
In June 2015, a burglar broke into a house in the 19th arrondissement, making off with clothes, jewellery and a valuable violin, built for the owner by the Italian luthier, Filippo Fasser. Some weeks later, Filippo Fasser received an email from Serbia asking for a valuation of the violin, with pictures attached. The luthier contacted a French […]
Trifonov cancels for an unusual reason
A ‘last-minute travel logistics issue … beyond his control,’ regrets the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. The Tchaikovsky-winning pianist couldn’t find his passport, reports Mike Vincent at Musical Toronto. Report here.
Sad news: A grand French maestro has died
We have been informed of the death of Louis Frémaux, an estimable conductor who was principal conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1978, and chief conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, 1979-1982. Louis died at home on Monday. His death was reported the following day by a presenter on France […]