Breaking: Danish musicians take 10 percent pay cut
Musicians of the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen have volunteered to cut their wages by ten percent in order to save the threatened jobs of several colleagues. The opera house’s artistic director Sven Müller resigned last week over budget cuts.
The Alan Turing opera, now with added sex
An opera, The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing, composed by Justine F. Chen with a libretto by David Simpatico, opens tomorrow in New York. Shawn E Milnes reports: David Simpatico, librettist for The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing explained, “One of the things I had trouble with, the film (The Imitation Game) and […]
Lang Lang reaches out to China’s ‘left-behind’ children
There are 9.02 million children in rural China whose parents leave home to work in the cities, depositing the children mostly in the care of grandparents. The so-called ‘left-behind’ children are seen as a growing social issue. Lang Lang has given a fund-raising concert to help improve their situation and has pledged to do more. Read […]
First conducting post for Nathalie Stutzmann
The French contralto-turned-conductor has been named principal guest conductor in Dublin with the RTE Symphony Orchestra, starting next season. Stutzmann, 51, made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra last month. She is agented by AskonasHolt.
ENO plucks casting director from Scotland
Scottish Opera’s head of casting replaces the departing John McMurray. press release: English National Opera has appointed Michelle Williams as Head of Casting from 6 March 2017. Bob Holland, formerly Programming Director, will take on a new role as Creative Associate and Producer with immediate effect. Reporting to ENO’s Artistic Director, Daniel Kramer, and working […]
Death of Buddy Greco, 90
The jazz singer, whose biggest hit was The Lady is a Tramp, has died in Vegas. He used to say he owed his success to his father, who owned a record store in Philadelphia and wrote opera reviews for the papers.
How long should a music director stay?
It’s a day of maestro departures. Lan Shui has told Singapore he’s stepping down after 20 years. Robert Moody told one of his two US orchestras that ten years was an ideal term. He’s leaving after 13. The Italian Andrea Sanguineti is quitting Saxony after just five years. There’s no apparent friction in any of […]
Dmitri Hvorostovsky mourns his only teacher
The great Russian baritone has been informed of the death, aged 93, of Yekaterina Yoffel, his teacher for five years at the Krasnoyarsk School of Arts in Siberia, where he was born. It was she who defined his voice as a baritone. Raised at home by a maternal grandmother, he acknowledged Yoffel (also spelled Iofel) as his greatest […]
Maestro quits job ‘to spend more family time’
The Singapore Symphony have announced the resignation of Lan Sui, effective January 2019. Lan Shui has been music director in Singapore for 20 years, raising the orchestra to international prominence. He is also chief conductor of the Copenhagen Phil, some distance away. In a personal announcement to members of the orchestra, he said that with […]
New York and Vienna Philharmonic go Dutch on anniversary
Both orchestras will be 175 years old in 2017. They’ve decided to put on a joint show in NY and Vienna. press release: The New York Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic, both celebrating their 175th anniversaries this season, will present an unprecedented joint exhibit of archival material from throughout the venerable orchestras’ histories, to be […]
Donald Trump is still begging for a singer
Charlotte Church turned him down this afternoon with a blunt tweet: ‘@realDonaldTrump Your staff have asked me to sing at your inauguration, a simple Internet search would show I think you’re a tyrant. Bye.’ Overrated? Any other Welsh songbirds been approached? Sir Bryn? Sir Tom Jones?