Hussain abandons Passenger
Productions are coming thick and fast for Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera, The Passenger. It opened to standing ovations and rave reviews in Chicago on Tuesday and has its next production in Frankfurt-am-Main on Sunday. Problem, though. Frankfurt’s British conductor, Leo Hussain, has fallen sick after five weeks of arduous rehearsals. He will be substituted by a […]
Christian wins € 35,000 Siemens award
The British composer Christian Mason, 30, woke up a lot less poor this morning. Click here. Christian lives in London and works with the LSO.
Just in: The new concertmaster is… 24
Friederike Starkloff has taken over as first concertmaster of the NDR Philharmonic in Hannover. Originally from Chemnitz, she has won any number of competitions and plays a J.B. Guadagnini, on loan from the Baden-Württemberg State Collection. She has recorded Mozart sonatas on the Oehms label and is a fearless performer. She succeeds Volker Worlitzsch, who has retired.
New York Phil names assistant conductor
Joshua Gersen his name is, and he starts in September. A Curtis grad, he has been music director of the New York Youth Symphony for the past couple of years. WQXR have an interview here.
Be afraid: Roger is on the Lewis again
In rugby news….. the chief executive of Welsh Rugby Union will step down after the World Cup this autumn. Roger Lewis, who will be 61, is a former head of BBC Radio 1, Decca Records, EMI Classics and Classic FM. He has one more job left in him. Obvious vacancies: BBC Proms controller, Classic FM, […]
This Steinway artist is 92 and a stroke survivor
Don Puryear of Steinway Piano Gallery of Houston writes: Last week in the Steinway Showroom, I met Betty Ruth Tomfohrde. She asked me to play Chopin’s Ocean Etude on the Horowitz Steinway for her, and after I finished, I asked her to play Chopin for me. I’m not sure what I was expecting….but I wasn’t expecting […]
Tears at the Met: Opera’s lovebirds are getting divorced
Barely had they broken on Women’s Wear Daily as the new power couple of the opera stage than soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello are getting divorced (our social affairs correspondent reports). Rumours had been floating for a while. Pérez is currently singing Micaela in the Met’s Carmen. On February 9, she told Latin […]
Meet the new Maisky
Our social affairs editor reports the debut, on February 23 in Belgium, of Mila Elina, daughter of Mischa and Evelyn. We wish much happiness to the whole family.
Adams: To be a composer, I gave up political activism
John Luther Adams, this year’s Pulitzer and Grammy winner, reflects on his change of priorities: When I was younger, I was a full-time environmental activist. In the 1970s and ’80s I worked for the Wilderness Society, the Alaska Coalition, and the Northern Alaska Environmental Center…. But the time came when I realized that I had […]
Don’t want to play Maestro’s comeback? You can opt out.
Charles Dutoit’s return to Montreal next year has not been universally applauded, reports Arthur Kapitanis in the Gazette. It is being quietly intimated that any musicians who have bad memories can drop out of the concert. Here’s what Arthur writes: ‘I think this will be a great concert and I am very much looking forward […]