Whatever became of Eugene Tobin?
The international American tenor died on November 8 in South Bend, Indiana. His death has not been reported in any US media, national or local. He was 97. Tobin sang opposite Tebaldi in Tosca and was billed twice to sing with Callas, but she kept getting herself fired. He sang small roles in […]
A great composer would have been 80 today
Where are the media commemorations for Alfred Schnittke, who was born on November 24, 1934 and died in Hamburg 16 years ago? Where are the new recordings? The most inventive, disturbing and seditious Russian composer after Shostakovich, Schnittke has fallen into temporary desuetude. His time will come, again. (c) Horst Tappe/Lebrecht Music&Arts (c) Marion Kalter/Lebrecht […]
‘The investment we make to become an opera singer is not worth the return’
The international tenor Reinaldo Macias continues to take issue with certain French opera houses that aim to hire young talent on the cheap. Reinaldo makes several powerful and irrefutable points in this short essay for Slipped Disc: One of the comments on the FB page of “L’Opéra National de Bordeaux” alluded to a […]
Violin teacher is shot in southern Italy
Domenico Lombardo, 47, is in a critical condition after being shot seven times in the head, neck, chest and abdomen. The suspect is the mother, aged 50, of a student, 26, with whom Lombardo was allegedly having a relationship. A morbid variation on an operatic theme.
Sunday listening: Palestine in Brooklyn
The last few minutes of an extraordinary organ recital given last March by Charlemagne Palestine at the Plymouth Church in Brooklyn Heights. Watch a hypnotic eyeful, catch an earful of this. h/t: Allan Evans
Look what they’ve done to my Broadwood…
This 1806 Broadwood piano in apparently good condition has been gutted of its music and turned into a writing desk. The owner (perhaps the converter) wants $1,500 for it on ebay. There must be a name for the ‘craftsman’ who lovingly did this.
Music teacher is arrested for strangling hostage conductor
Mexican police have claimed a breakthrough in the murder of Luis Fernando Luna Guarneros, who was found strangled to death in Yucatan, last week. A music teacher from Merida, a man aged 30, has been arrested as the main suspect. He has been identified by his initials ‘as Rafael MCP’. Three accomplices are being questioned on […]
Music professor, restaurant pianist, is killed by speeding vehicle
Richard D Syracuse, emeritus professor of music and artist in residence at Ohio University, was killed on Friday night by a Dodge Grand Caravan as he returned home from performing at Ohio University Inn. He taught at the college for 46 years and, after retirement, he entertained diners at the piano several nights a week.
Live Music Now ex-chief has died
We’ve been informed of the death in Manchester of Christopher Yates, aged 76. Chris was for many years Vice Principal of Royal Northern College of Music. He was also chair of the Musicians Benevolent Fund and Live Music Now. LMN has tweeted: ‘His impact on our organisation was enormous, and he will be greatly missed.’ Our […]
Gergiev’s sister will judge Tchaikovsky Competition
The names of next summer’s judges have been released to Russian media (but not posted on the competition’s website). The competition’s chairman is Valery Gergiev, its artistic director Peter Grote. The judges include: Piano: Denis Matsuev (Gergiev and Putin pal), Vladimir Ashkenazy, Michel Beroff, Verbier director, Martin Engstroem, Peter Donohoe. Violin: Yuri Bashmet (Gergiev and […]
Anna Netrebko names the place, Yusif names the date
They’re getting married in St Petersburg, she told Russian television. Her intended, Yusif Eyvazov added quickly ‘not in winter’. Next summer, he said, probably August. Slipped Disc is offering to attend as a neutral observer.