Sad news: Roberta Peters has died
The soprano who sang 35 seasons at the Met died today, aged 86. Jan Peerce heard her sing in the Catskills when she was 12, and the rest is opera history. Obit here.
The world’s orchestra musicians to rally in Montreal
The programme has been released for the 4th International Orchestra Conference, which will take place in Montreal, May 11-14, 2017, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin as official ambassador. Click here for details.
Watch now: Opera stars join in the Hillary counter-inauguration
Opera singers will come together tomorrow to honour Hillary Clinton, while Donald Trump is being sworn in. Glen Roven has set two Clinton speeches to music to be sung by Patricia Racette, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee, Matthew Polenzani and others. ‘Setting Hillary’s words was a very emotional experience,’ said Glen Roven. ‘Phrases that […]
Brexit aside, young Brit stick gets German agent
KDSchmid have signed the young British conductor Kerem Hasan. He’s 25, presently studying in Zurich. Way to go.
Cami loses another conductor
The German Karl-Heinz Steffens has quit the mega-agency and joined the British boutique, HazardChase. Steffens, 55, principal clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic until ten years ago, is music director of Norwegian Opera and Ballet. He quit last month as chief conductor of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in order to make way for a growing list of engagements. Cami […]
Trump to scrap National Endowment for Arts, privatise PBS
The Hill, a reliable Washington monitor, has been leaked President Trump’s plans for administrative economies. Among other cuts, he proposes to abolish the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, and to privatise the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Read and watch video here.
Just when you thought the Toronto divorce couldn’t get worse…
Jeff Melanson, ex-president of the Toronto Symphony is demanding that his other ex, singer-heiress Eleanor McCain, pay the entire costs of their separation. Read all about it here (half of Canada is relishing it).
China tightens its ban on South Korea soloists
We hear that the Paris based pianist Kun-Woo Paik has been forced to cancel a trip to China after being refused a visa. He will be replaced at the Guiyang Symphony’s March 18 concert by the Chinese pianist Sa Chen. The cancellation is significant. In September 2000, Kun Woo Paik was the first South Korean artist […]
How a London orchestra helps stroke patients to recover
A public service film from the Healthcare Professionals Network.
New music director in Kassel
The Ministry of Culture in Hessen, Germany, has named Francesco Angelico as music director at Staatstheater Kassel. Angelico, 39, is a Sicilian who won the Malko competition in 2009. He is presently chief conductor of the Tirol symphony orchestra and theatre at Innsbruck.