Manfred Honeck: Let people come in jeans. Just let them come…
The Pittsburgh music director has been talking to his hometown paper, Vienna’s Kurier, about making ends meet and filling the house in a city that is drifting away from European culture. He gets his musicians to introduce each concert on video and is encouraging young people to attend his concerts dressed in jeans. Read here.
Nigel Kennedy ends 18-year American exile
He’s in Detroit this week. He was meant to be playing the Elgar concerto with Leonard Slatkin but changed his mind a few weeks ago and will perform a work of his own, ‘Dedications’, its movements named after Jarek Smietana, Isaac Stern, Stephane Grappelli and Mark O’Connor. The former wild-child British violinist, now 59, last played in […]
Seattle composer wakes up to $275,000 gift
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has given $275,000 to classical and jazz composer Wayne Horvitz. Out of the blue. Free to do with as he pleases.
Simultaneous jump-ins at La Scala and Vienna
Barabara Haveman jumped in last night at La Scala in the opening of Robert Carsen’s new production of Fanciulla del West, conducted by Riccardo Chailly. She replaced her fellow-Dutch soprano Eva Maria Westbroek, who is unwell. The show received a 9-minute ovation and very few boos. This may have been Haveman’s Scala debut. In Vienna, […]
Lincoln Center president got fired for sex
Jed Bernstein’s abrupt departure from Lincoln Center was initially spun as a personality clash between him and the board chair, Katherine G. Farley. Now the Center’s crisis-management team have informed the New York Times that Jed, 61, was having an affair with a woman in her 30s who was on his staff. ‘Mr. Bernstein had violated […]
Now Netrebko’s Met replacement has her say
Sonya Yoncheva will open the 2016-17 Covent Garden season as Norma, instead of Anna Netrebko. Sondra Radvanovsky will replace Netrebko at the Met opening of 2017-18. Sondra says: Well, the cat is out of the bag….I will be singing the new production and opening night of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-2018 season in NORMA! YEAHHH! So […]
New music director in Beijing
China National Opera has named Yang Yang, 43, as its next music director. He succeeds Yu Feng, who is now Rector of the Central Conservatory of Music. Yang Yang… that shouldn’t be hard to remember.
Video: Parliamentary debate, Turkish style
Ankara, today. The frontline of European democracy.
The juiciest arts divorce ever sold
Macleans Magazine has just gone online with as much smut as it can muster on the rampaging divorce case between heiress and singer Eleanor McCain and former Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) president Jeff Melanson. We know you’re not interested in smut. Those who are may click this link for the full story. As far as the musical […]
The Met helps Covent Garden to replace Netrebko
The Metropolitan Opera has released Sonya Yoncheva from La Bohème to sing Norma in London in September, in place of Anna Netrebko who says her voice is unsuited to the role. ROH Director of Opera Kasper Holten: ‘A huge thank you to the Met for releasing the brilliant soprano Sonya Yoncheva from her scheduled performances there […]
Solti awards for 11 young US conductors
The $25k career boosters go to: Christopher Allen, Associate Conductor, Los Angeles Opera; Gene Chang, Assistant Conductor, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director, Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra; Ankush Kumar Bahl, Assistant Conductor, National Symphony Orchestra; Joshua Gersen, Assistant Conductor, New York Philharmonic, and Music Director, New York Youth Symphony; Daniel Black, Assistant Conductor, Fort Worth […]