Yo Yo Ma sets up in China
The well-travelled cellist will run his own education venture in Guangzhou, starting next month. Can’t work out why he’s sitting on a dead shark. From the press release: Guangzhou, China – January 7, 2017 will mark the much-anticipated opening of Youth Music Culture Guangdong (YMCG), a new 2-week-long, annual cultural event bringing together young […]
Christian Thielemann joins London’s Royal Academy
The German conductor has been appointed Carl Maria von Weber Visiting Professor of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music, starting next month. RAM Principal Jonathan Freeman-Attwood said: ‘Christian Thielemann has become a great friend of the Academy, where students and staff regularly speak of his remarkable artistry and the values underpinning it. Thielemann believes […]
Met names replacements for absent Hvorostovsky
Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from all opera engagements ‘for the foreseeable future’. Mariusz Kwiecien and Peter Mattei will sing Onegin at the Met in spring 2017. Kwiecien will sing on March 30, April 3 and 7 and Mattei on April 12, 15, 18, and 22 matinee.
A conductor gives his fee to LGBT campaign
From Joshua Weilerstein: Dear friends, Like millions of Americans, I was appalled last March when the North Carolina Legislature passed the anti-LGBT bill HB2. In October, I visited North Carolina to conduct the North Carolina Symphony, and with the passage of this law, I felt that a statement must be made in support of the […]
Barenboim: I prefer Angela Merkel to British politicians
At the opening of the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin yesterday: ‘I lived for 15 years in London where none of the politicians had much interest in the musical life. In Germany, Mrs Merkel … and her finance minister [Wolfgang Schäuble], and other top politicians, regularly come to classical concerts. And we are grateful that they […]
Who would you cast for Carousel – K. Jenkins or … Cheryl Studer?
The American soprano will sing in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in Basle next week. Full casting here. With extra moves from Basle Ballet. London will hear Katherine Jenkins in the role next spring. Who wins?
Jonas Kaufmann cancels his last date of the year
Monte Carlo Opera has issued the following statement: ‘For health reasons that have lasted 3 months, Mr. Kaufmann is forced to cancel the December 12 date. The artist expresses his great regret at having to do so. ‘The Opéra de Monte-Carlo and Mr. Kaufmann’s management are looking for an alternative date for the artist to […]
A musician MP recounts her rape
The house of Commons was reduced to tears today when the Scottish MP Michelle Thomson, a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dance and an avowed professional musician, described being raped at the age of 14. This may be the most thought-provoking speech by a politician that you will ever watch or […]
Death of a respected American composer, 80
The death has been announced in the past hour of Elliott Schwarz, a widely recorded composer and sought-after university professor. Dear friends and loved ones, Today we remember the life of Elliott Schwartz. After a wonderful day of visits, phone calls, music and messages read aloud, he closed his eyes. Elliott died peacefully at 8:22 […]
Agency blues: CAMI boss is ‘hustled off the premises’
We hear that Andrew S. Grossman has been fired from Columbia Artists Management Inc. He was, with Tim Fox and R. Douglas Sheldon, one of CAMI’s three directors after Ronald Wilford’s death. Among other areas, he looked after orchestral tours and foreign variety acts that he produced in the USA. Apparently, he was hustled off the premises […]
Sad news: Dmitri Hvorostovsky cancels opera ‘for the foreseeable future’
The much-loved Russian bass-baritone, who is undergoing treatment for brain cancer, has put out the following message: To all my friends, fans and colleagues: It is with great sadness that I must withdraw from opera performances for the foreseeable future. I have been experiencing balance issues associated with my illness, making it extremely difficult for […]