Cold feet: Edinburgh Festival issues sex/violence warning on Cosi fan tutte
The show is a co-production with Aix-en-Provence, where the New York Times headline said it had been reimagined in a ‘violent, racist world’ (though its critic wished the director had gone further). Edinburgh first circulated the glowing review to prospective ticket buyers, then got cold feet. It has now alerted patrons that the opera contains ‘adult […]
The conductorless orchestra is a metaphor for Donald Trump
From a thoughtful essay in the New Statesman: Notions of pluralism are under intense scrutiny in the current US presidential election. Now more than ever, diversity and difference are under attack from the narrow-minded politics of Donald Trump. Harvey Seifter and Peter Economy, the co-authors of Leadership Ensemble: Lessons in Collaborative Management from the World’s […]
Laura Bretan: ‘Some people think of opera as old ladies in wigs’
The Romanian candidate stormed America’s Got Talent again last night. This time with some difficulties in her lower register. It didn’t matter. She got a standing ovation from Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, and Mel B, along with the obligatory audience hysteria. ‘This is why we made this show,’ said Cowell. ‘So that we can find people […]
Thielemann bores for England
The Bayreuth music director has given a guarded interview to the London Times. The feature appears to have been prompted by the BBC Proms, where Thielemann will appear with his Dresden orchestra in September, and by SkyArts, which is livecasting the Bayreuth Ring. Thielemann, apparently at his most relaxed, says precisely nothing. Why did Andris […]
Maestro move: German orch picks a Finn
The Southwest German Philharmonie has named Ari Rasilainen, 57, as its new chief conductor. He is presently with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in Ludwigshafen. Like most Finnish batons, Ari is a former student of Jorma Panula, with top-ups from the late Arvid Jansons.
Missed my concerto? I’ll play it again outside
Marseille-based oboist Patrice Barsey, concerned that some people were unable to attend his concert in the church, repeated the Mozart concerto afterwards in the car park.
Israel Philharmonic ‘is 50 years behind the times’
The critic and psychiatrist Amir Mandel has published a stinging attack in the Haaretz newspaper on the national orchestra, accusing it of failing to renew its repertoire since he first became a subscriber 45 years ago. I decided to compare what was played in 1966 to what the orchestra is offering next season. One statistic […]
Chamber orchestra hires rock guitar man
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has hired a rock guitar fan as its executive director. William Rhoads, 49, is presently publicity flak – vice president of marketing and communications – at New York’s Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Before that, he ran Bill Rhoads & Associates, publishing and representing Frank Zappa, John Zorn and Ornette Coleman, among others. He may […]
Law deal: Serge Dorny wins a likely million for unfair dismissal
The appeals court in Dresden has overturned a previous ruling and decided that Serge Dorny, director of the Lyon Opera, was unfairly dismissed by the Semper Opera in February 2014 before he could begin the job. The reason for his dismissal, Dorny said, was a conflict with the music director Christian Thielemann. Dorny is likely […]
How many operas do you have to sing to earn a living?
Jeff Gwaltney is an operatic tenor who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. A Domingo protégé at Washington National Opera, he gets roles all over the US and frequently in the UK. At 33 people ask him: is this a living? Read on here. h/t: SexiSoprano.
Scots principal heads for Louisville
Julia Noone, recently an Associate Principal with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, has been named Assistant Concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra. Julia will share front-desk duties with the new concertmaster, Gabriel Lefkowitz. Louisville is seriously upgrading.