Latin American electronics pioneer has died
José Vicente Jesús Asuar, the Chilean electroacoustic composer, died on January 11, aged 83.
Important ruling: Singer is cleared to sue the Met for injuries
It has taken five years, but a mezzo who suffered permanent injuries from a fall on the Metropolitan Opera stage has received court clearance to sue for damages. The Met contested her claim, arguing she was an employee in the pursuit of normal duties. Here’s a summary of a precedential ruling: A New York appellate […]
Itzhak Perlman shares his prize with Yiddish Book Center
The violinist Itzhak Perlman has donated $50,000 of his $1 million Genesis Prize to the Yiddish Book Center, in Amherst, Mass. He will share much of the rest of the award among disability causes in the arts.
LA Opera nails music director for another term
James Conlon has signed on again til 2021, which will be his 16th season with the company. Over the past 10 years he has conducted 50 different operas. Placido Domingo, LA Opera general director, said: ‘It is impossible to overstate what a profound impact James Conlon has made during his ten years in Los […]
Death of a budget-label maestro
The death has been announced of the distinguished Slovenian conductor Anton Nanut, widely known for his 160 recordings from Ljubljana on a range of western budget labels, many of them highly prized by connoisseurs. Nanut, who was 84, was chief conductor of the Slovenian Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1981 to 1998. He toured the orchestra […]
Sicklist: Dohnanyi can’t make Cleveland
The much-loved former music director is too fluish to fly: The Cleveland Orchestra has announced a conductor update for February 9, 10 and 11. Christoph von Dohnányi, upon the advice of his physician, cannot travel at this time due to the flu and has regretfully cancelled his engagement to lead the Orchestra in Schubert’s Symphony […]
Met cancels Calixto Bieito’s debut on cost grounds
Peter Gelb has told the controversial Spanish director that the Met cannot afford the Forza del Destino he was due to have staged next year. Gelb said cancelling Bieito would save one million dollars. ‘It’s obviously something that I’m not happy to be doing,’ he added. No comment from Bieito, who staged a thought-provoking Otello in […]
How a concert pianist handled child crisis back home
From new story by Israela Margalit: One time my daughter couldn’t bear my absence. She called to say that I had to come back at once regardless of my commitments. There was a crisis and only I could make it right. “What’s the matter, honey?” She said she was preparing for a history exam and […]
Fancy a sleepover at the Sydney Opera?
Fed up with airb&b? Bored with chain hotels? The Sydney Opera House has applied for permission to covert six areas into ‘experience accommodation.’ Tacky? Read on here.
Dmitry Hvorostovsky, still in hospital, resumes rehearsal
The great Russian baritone, hospitalised with pneumonia in St Petersburg on December 20, does not yet have a release date. But he is so determined to go ahead this month with a recital in Yekaterinburg that Russian sources say he is rehearsing in his hospital bed. Hvorostovsky, 54, is receiving treatment for a brain tumour.
The first five-star recording of 2017
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week: With devastating precision, Giltburg — Moscow-born and winner of the Reine Elisabeth prize (first claimed by Emil Gilels) — has interpolated between the (Shostakovich) concertos his own piano reductions of one movement of the second string quartet and the entirety of the eight quartet, contemporaneous with the two piano […]