Meet the La La Land conductor
He’s an Aussie. Who knew? Acclaimed musical La La Land is singing its way into everybody’s hearts, and winning every award going, but none of its songs would be so captivating without the work of Australian conductor Tim Davies. Read on here.
Opera pair greet new baby
The Canadian soprano Layla Claire and her husband, the US baritone John Chest, announce the birth of baby Matilda Claire. All doing well. Layla Claire is next on stage in Zurich as Elvira in March, then as Countess in Philadelphia’s Figaro a month later. John Chest sings Valentin in Berlin’s Faust next month, then on to the Count in Philadelphia’s […]
Jonas Kaufmann scores huge ovation on return
The German tenor, 47, was cheered to the rafters at the end of Lohengrin in Paris last night. No reviews yet, but he got through the production without incident. Before going on stage he talked to AfP about his five-month layoff: ‘It was very difficult to have to wait so long to be able to […]
Pianist is asked to play Trump inauguration unpaid
The British pianist David Shenton was asked to accompany a singer in The Star-Spangled Banner at the inauguration of President Trump. He asked if there was a fee and was told it’s an honour to be invited. He asked about his fare from New York to Washington DC and was told it would not be […]
Exclusive: A second vice-president quits the NY Philharmonic
In a good week to bury bad news, the New York Philharmonic has been shedding key staff. Ed Yim, v-p of artists planning, quit yesterday for a better job. Today, the orchestra’s head fundraiser, Lisa Mantone, found her way to the exit. Lisa was Vice President for Advancement and Communications. She had only been in the post […]
Confirmed: Jonas Kaufmann returns tonight
The Opéra de Paris has confirmed that the German tenor will end his enforced five-month absence, singing Lohengrin tonight. There is, however, one cast change. Wolfgang Koch has pulled out as Teleramund. He is replaced by Tomasz Konieczny.
Covent Garden presents silent singer tonight
The baritone Christopher Purves has a throat infection and cannot sing in tonight’s Written on Skin. Good trouper that he is, he will act the part while James Cleverton sings from the wings.
Man arrested in Madrid after throwing his phone at orchestra
El Mundo reports that a man was arrested yesterday after throwing his mobile phone at musicians of the Community of Madrid Orchestra during a concert in the National Auditorium. The disrupter, 64, has been charged with public order offences. He was said to be drunk. The concert of the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid […]
Gerd Grochowski died the day after singing Wotan
Wiebaden Opera has published details of the death of the international bass-baritone, Gerd Grochowski. On Sunday January 15, Gerd sang Wotan in the first performance of a new production of Wagner’s Die Walküre. He received great public acclaim and several ovations. On Monday he rang the emergency doctor, complaining of chest pains. He received prompt […]