Bucharest crisis: Soare speaks out
We have received the following account of recent events from the Romanian conductor Tiberiu Soare, formerly interim general manager of the Bucharest National Opera. If you have any questions for him, post them in Comments. Hello everybody! This is the dark and sinister “maestro” Soare writing here. … Let me introduce myself: I was […]
Just in: Helsinki U. shuts down Musicology Dept.
Finland’s musical dominance is under threat from cost-cutters. Teachers at the Department of Musicology at Helsinki University have been told that their permanent positions are to be discontinued. Professor Eero Tarasti, author of 103 papapers, says the Department of Musicology has been effectively shut: ‘This means that a bond that has existed since 1640 has been […]
Played my Berlin debut through a terrible flu. Oh, and I got married.
Anthea Kreston, the American violinist in the Artemis Quartet, has reached her 20th concert with the ensemble – a home town debut, with a raging flu. And a wedding to organise in two days. All in this week’s instalment of Anthea’s must-read diary. Last night was our Berlin debut. The Artemis has its own series […]
The Met’s French mezzo wins Dallas contest
A French contestant Virginie Verrez bucked serious odds to win first prize and $10,000 at the 28th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. Virginie Verrez, a member of the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, made her Met debut this season as the Madrigalist in a new production of Manon Lescaut and will return to the Met as Stéphano […]
Ravel’s Bolero goes free from today
Copyright expired at midnight, apparently. There will be no refuge anywhere from the infamous dead beat. AFP report: Ravel died unmarried and childless in 1937. His only heir was his brother Edouard, who died in 1960, unleashing a bitter and complex legal battle over the rights which at times has involved Edouard’s nurse and her […]
Kathleen Ferrier does the splits
First prize at the Wigmore Hall’s hotly contested Kathleen Ferrier award was divided between tenor Alessandro Fisher, 27, and baritone James Newby, 23. Both are at the start of their careers, making appearances at this summer’s festival operas. Fisher photo (c) Robert Piwko
Composer gave his 7th symphony to a workman
For the last three decades of his life, the English composer Sir Malcolm Arnold was blocked by various court orders from accessing his own money. Malcolm had been hospitalised with mental illness and his family were at odds with his personal carer. It appears that he gave his possessions away, either in lieu of payment […]
Victoria Wood: I adored playing piano
The late comedian, in conversation with Edward Seckerson, talks (in the last three minutes) about her musical influences as a child at the piano and her immersion, though her own child, in vocal music. The first 20 minutes is about her drama on the faked recordings of Joyce Hatto. Listen here.
In search of Italian opera’s missing Hamlet
The conductor Anthony Barrese has spent ten years searching for an opera on Hamlet by Franco Faccio, with a libretto by Verdi’s Boito, staged at La Scala in 1871. He reconstructed version will be seen next month at Opera Delaware, and then at this summer’s elite Bregenz Festival. We asked Tony Barrese to explain his obsession. […]
Music in the workplace, pros and cons
From Mumsnet’s Justine Roberts column in the FT: A recent meeting at a music tech giant was augmented by a lively soundtrack which (possibly as a result of my age) I would undoubtedly have found distracting had I worked there every day — both because I would find it difficult to concentrate with all that […]
The Sydney Opera House is still standing – now in Google 3D
Contrary to earlier reports, the architectural landmark was not laid waste by the X-Men. Instead, it’s the subject of Google’s latest bid for global mind-numb control. Blurb: A 360° experience capturing one of the world’s busiest performing arts centres between the acts – waking up, in rehearsal and at rest – featuring the outstanding young […]