German President sponsors national Dvorak Experiment
The president of the federal republic, Joachim Gauck, has announced himself as patron of a scheme that will stream Dvorak’s New World Symphony into classrooms across the country on September 19. Schools will be sent teaching materials well in advance with a view to involving children of all ages in the preparation and interpretation of […]
Deadline! National Theatre restages Rebekah Brooks life in five days’ time
Just in. No resemblance to any living characters, &c.: Wednesday 25 June GREAT BRITAIN, a new play by Richard Bean, directed by Nicholas Hytner, opens at the Lyttelton Theatre on Monday 30 June, playing until23 August Tickets on sale now GREAT BRITAIN, a new play by Richard Bean, directed by […]
Australia calls in substitute for homophobic soprano
Two days of frantic phone-arounds have resulted in a promising, if untested, Desdemona at Opera Australia. Having dropped Tamar Iveri over homophobic sentiments posted on her facebook page, the company is calling in Lianna Haroutounian, an Armenian who made her Covent Garden debit last year as a last-minute sub as Elisabeth in Don Carlos. She’s […]
Placido Domingo remembers where he began
Message from the maestro: 51 years ago today ! My first Don Jose in Tel Aviv. ¡ Hoy, hace 51 años ! Mi primer Don Jose en Tel Aviv.
Gergiev sub wins US orch
Michael Francis, the LSO double-bass player who got his breaks deputising for a late or absent Valery Gergiev, has been named music director of the Florida Orch.
On your bike: the mobile orchestra chief moves on
It is less than three years since Michael Elliott became chief executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, but today it was announced he is moving on. Again. Elliott is more a mover than a shaker. He became chief exec of the troubled Royal Liverpool Phil in 2001. Five years into that job, he took […]
Why we played without pay in Chicago
Our exposure of Chicago’s non-paying Beethoven Festival has drawn all manner of confessions from musicians who took part. It’s not just the injury of being ripped off by the organiser, but the added mistrust of discovering that some of your colleagues were paid while you were not. Here’s a pungent, highly readable account from Ellen McSweeney, […]
‘I haven’t seen it, but here’s what I think’
There’s a whole new breed of opera commentators who spout before they see. Lots of them about The Death of Klinghoffer. Here’s one.
Beloved baritone’s widow raises school fund in his memory
Robert Poulton was tragically killed in a car crash after a performance run at Glyndebourne two years ago. He was a hugely popular performer on the British and European opera circuit. Now Philippa, his widow, is raising money, partly to help city kids to learn how to sing. Do help her, if you can, with a […]
Slave-owner’s concert hall considers change of name
We hear that Colston Hall in Bristol – named after a 17th century English MP and trafficker in human misery – is looking for a sponsor who might relieve it of past associations. By neat coincidence, the hall will host a performance next season by the Kinshasa Symphony Orchestra, Africa’s bravest.
‘The violinist case for abortion’
This early feminist text is new to us, though actually more than 40 years old. It begins: You wake up in the morning and find yourself back to back in bed with an unconscious violinist. A famous unconscious violinist. He has been found to have a fatal kidney ailment, and the Society of Music Lovers […]