ELP’s Greg Lake dies of cancer, at 69
Emerson Lake and Palmer – the British prog rock group which used such classical titles as Pictures at an Exhibition, and Fanfare for the Common Man – has suffered a second fatality in nine months with the death today of the singer and guitarist, Greg Lake. Keith Emerson pre-deceased him in March, of a self-inflicted […]
A classical staffer is among California fire dead
Matías Tarnopolsky, director of Cal Performances at Berkeley, has posted: Dear Friends, It is with incredible sadness that I write to inform you that a beloved member of our staff, Griffin Madden, perished in the fire in Oakland on Friday night. Griffin had been missing since last being seen there, and his death was confirmed […]
La Scala counts a 14-minute ovation for restored Butterfly
The annual opening has been pronounced a triumph. Riccardo Chailly’s insistence on performing Puccini’s original Madam Butterfly, the one that bombed in 1904, was acclaimed both inside then opera house and outside by watchers on a giant television screen. The Uruguayan Maria José Siri stole the show as Cio-Cio-san. Annalisa Stroppa was Suzuki, Bryan Hymel sang […]
Star contender settles for a life as concertmaster
Only a few months ago, New Zealander Amalia Hall was battling it out in the finals of major international competitions. Now the dust has settled, she has signed on back home as concertmaster of Orchestra Wellington. From the media release: Orchestra Wellington Music Director Marc Taddei says Hall is a major young star in New […]
Deathly silence at IMG Artists
Two days after the snap dismissal of COO and General Counsel Lorna Aizlewood, there has been no statement from IMG Artists, either about the circumstances of its beheading or about its future. No statement has been issued to confirm or rebut our exclusive report. The only official word is that Ms Aizlewood is ‘on gardening […]
Vienna loses second-night Falstaff
The Vienna Opera was forced to scramble a substitute Falstaff for the second night of its current run. Ambrogio Maestri dropped out of the fat suit. Paolo Rumetz stepped in. Very effectively, we hear.
Britten-Pears Foundation stages homosexuality law exhibition
Painfully discreet as Benjamin Britten was forced to be, it is now 50 years since same-sex relationships were decriminalised in Britain and the heirs to the Britten estate will mark that breakthrough with a major exhibition. Press release below. QUEER TALK: HOMOSEXUALITY IN BRITTEN’S BRITAIN 1 February to 28 October 2017 A new exhibition will next year […]
Two US strikes are ended by private donations
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra musicians voted to go back to work last night after a $700,000 anonymous gift saved them from a deep wage cut. We understand that a similar bequest ended the Pittsburgh Symphony strike a few days ago. It’s the American way.
Leipzig names a school for Kurt Masur
It’s only a primary school but, as Tomoko Masur says, they will teach his ‘guiding principles of tolerance and cultural sensitivity’. Kurt Masur was Gewandhauskapellmeister from 1970 to 1996. Dresden has got in first with a Kurt Masur Academy.
Tragedy: Eminent composer and her husband are killed in road crash
News has come in of the death of Julia Gomelskaya, Ukraine’s most successful composer, together with her husband Sergei, an instrumental player. They had been together since student days, a devoted couple. The pair were killed in a two-car smash on the Odessa-Nikolayev road three days ago while on their way to a concert marking […]
New opera guy in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Opera have picked Walter Sutcliffe as artistic director, replacing Oliver Mears who has gone to Covent Garden. Sutcliffe has extensive experience as a stage director in Europe. You wonder why he was not considered at ENO. Official release: Following an extensive recruitment process attracting applications from across the world, Northern Ireland Opera is […]