Covent Garden chorus singer is ‘too young to retire’ at 64
The Daily Telegraph today offers pension advice to Alison Place, who worked as a freelance opera singer since 1980. Hopefully, she won’t need to draw on the pension for many years hence. Read here. photo (in Manon): Neil Gillespie
Principal flute dies, in the same week as her orchestra
Friends are mourning the early death of Professor Gunhild Ott, principal flute since 1986 of the SWR Baden-Baden/Freiburg symphony orchestra, which gave its final concert this week. Gunhild, who was 61, had been suffering from a prolonged illness. She was a prolific and popular teacher. The orchestra was abolished by SWF broadcasting bosses in the […]
Death of a renowned French organist, on his 81st birthday
André Isoir died today, July 20, on the day he was born in 1935. He was organist in chief at the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris from 1973, renowned far beyond France for his many recordings. He received the Grand Prix du Disque no fewer than eight times.
Which BBC Proms conductor is a lorry driver’s son?
His family were not musical; his father is a lorry driver and his mother works for the Bank of India. “It’s very strange in a traditional Indian household for someone to come and say I really want to be a musician,” he says. To explain, he showed his parents YouTube clips of the Indian conductor, […]
Barenboim summons Chicago vet to save his West-East orch
Crisis in the Middle East. The principal bassoonist in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has broken her finger hours before a major international tour. The orchestra is heading for a weeklong Buenos Aires residency with Martha Argerich as soloist, followed by visits to limelight festivals at Salzburg, Berlin, Lucerne and London(BBC Proms). Without a bassoon. Brains […]
Wanted: A concertmaster for Houston
They need to replace Frank Huang (pic), who went to the NY Phil. Application by Sept 1. Click here.
Placido Domingo gets Mozart in the Jungle role
He just couldn’t say no, he gushes to the New York Times. Mr. Domingo, who moved to Mexico as a child and maintains strong ties there, said that he was drawn partly by the chance to appear with Mr. García Bernal, a Mexican actor whose career he has followed since the film “Y Tu Mamá […]
Research: Men can avoid dementia by marrying intelligent women
press release: Men who marry intelligent women are less likely to develop dementia later in life, according to mental health experts. Professor of mental health in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, Lawrence Whalley, discussed this groundbreaking discovery at the Oxford Literary Festival Thursday in a talk titled “Dementia: […]
Ex-IMG boss swans over to CAMI
We understand that Stefana Atlas, one of a batch of IMG bosses who left the company in a 2014 bloodletting, is getting ready to move her desk and her artists into arch-rival CAMI. Stefana, who worked as Kurt Masur’s assistant for many years, knows the business inside out. She represents a small group of mostly […]
Haydn’s passport portrait is found in a US store
The Joseph Haydn Privatstiftung Eisenstadt has acquired a portrait of the composer made in 1785, when he was a provincial kapellmeister on a visit to Vienna. Five years later, with the death of his Eisenstadt patron, Haydn became a world traveller, settling for two long periods in London and earning continental acclaim. The portrait, by Christian […]
Sicklist: Baden-Baden loses star from its gala
Elina Garanca has crashed out, ordered by her doctors to take a week’s break. She is replaced on July 22 and 24 by the Russian mezzo Ekaterina Gubanova – a fine artist but not quite the same fire-power as the other stars on show: Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel.