Toronto Symphony gets out of jail
The orchestra sneaked out a good-news annual report just before the weekend. A projected deficit of C$4 to C$6 million has been turned into an operating surplus of C$831,540. Apparently, all they had to do was scrap former CEO Jeff Melanson’s extravagant schemes. Details here.
Breaking: Dmitri Hvorostovsky misses Bolshoi debut
A statement from his management, AskonasHolt: Having sung four very successful performances of La Traviata in Vienna, Dmitri is back in London. Following an MRI scan, Dmitri has been advised by his doctors to remain in London for further treatment and rest. As a result, Dmitri must unfortunately withdraw from two performances of Don Carlo […]
Beethoven boffins lash out over failed manuscript sale
It has been alleged that one of the academics who cast doubt on a Beethoven manuscript that failed to sell at Sothebys had previously tried to buy it himself on the cheap. In a separate development, the world’s leading authority on Beethoven graphology – Professor Otto Biba, Director of the Archive, Library & Collections of […]
Collection points for refugees set up at London concert halls
The cellist Desmond Neysmith is going to Calais on 7th December to deliver donations to refugees. He has set up collection points at London concert halls and rehearsal venues. The Royal Opera House, Barbican and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are also on board. Here is the list of needed items: Non-food item needs: – Tents, sleeping bags blankets – Men’s warm […]
Steven Isserlis joins Royal Academy
The cellist has accepted the title of Marquis de Corberon Visiting Professor of Cello at London’s Royal Academy of Music. He joins Daniel Hope, Tasmin Little, Colin Carr, Steven Doane, Sung-Won Yang, Matthew McDonald and Joel Quarrington as visiting profs. The Swedish pianist Bengt Forsberg has signed on as Visiting Professor of Ensemble Piano.
Just in: Fort Worth strike is over
Both sides at the Fort Worth Symphony say they have reached agreement. No details have yet leaked and the deal is sudden. It is reported by the local paper, whose owner sits on the symphony board. The deal needs to be ratified in a musicians’ vote on Wednesday. As of last Thursday, there had been […]
Death of a great German artist
Gisela May died on Friday December 2 at the age of 92. The epic Brecht actress and singer in East Berlin was perhaps the closest in spirit to Lotte Lenya, embracing not only the Weill songs but many of Eisler, Dessau, Hollander and … Jacques Brel.
It’s a Wonderful Life: First review
Texas Classical Review is none too sure about Houston’s world premiere of Jake Heggie’s opera adaptation of a deathless movie. Sample: It’s a Wonderful Life makes an effective stage piece, as far as it goes. Yet it stops short of transforming the story’s emotions and drama into arresting music theater. For all its liveliness and […]
Watch here: Stravinsky world premiere
Last night’s premiere of the funeral music Stravinsky wrote for Rimsky-Korsakov has been uploaded.
Does a composer have to get naked to get heard?
This is Georg Friedrich Haas, the contemporary Austrian composer, who has talked volubly of his sexual preferences within his marriage in recent months. It has been quite a media campaign: starting with the New York Times, on to the London Times and today in the Daily Mail (below). Perhaps it’s time to let the […]
Salzburg fixes end-date for its longterm chief
Helga Rabl-Stadler, 68, has been prolonged as Festival President for three more years, until end-September 2020. But the wording of the announcement suggests it may be her last term. Rabl-Stadler, a member of an influential media family, has been in charge since January 1995. press release: In its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of […]