Diva’s tales: I binged on food. Then booze. Then men.
Deborah Voigt has been spilling more of the beans. In an interview with People magazine, one of whose writers ghosted her forthcoming memoir, the soprano describes what happened when she stopped overeating. “My drinking just escalated,” she tells PEOPLE. “It would be nothing for me to go through two bottles of wine, then my […]
Only four women admitted to conducting finals
The Malko Competition has published its list of competitors. Just four women have been selected out of 24 who will vie for a 20,000-Euro prize and engagements with 34 orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic. One woman judge will sit on a panel of 16. There is a helluva long way to go before classical music […]
Gergiev faces small New York demo
The Mariinsky US tour was greeted in Brooklyn last night by about two dozen demonstrators. A group calling itself Art Against Aggression has threatened to picket the tour. Brian Wise reports here.
Lesson for London: Hamburg’s new hall will have in-built hotel
The city of Hamburg has announced that the long-awaited Elbphilharmonie will open on January 11, 2017. The project will include a 250-room hotel, with 45 waterfront residential units. These inbuilt assets will help pay for the concert hall. That’s what needs to be done with London’s South Bank: knock it down and build a good concerthall, […]
Cecilia Bartoli shuns New York on her US comeback
The diva has announced a three-stop California tour in March, her first US dates in more than five years. ‘In California, I have the feeling they listen, share and enjoy, and share this enjoyment with no problem,’ she says. ‘It’s a spontaneous way of reacting. The spontaneity is important.’ Hmmm… what does that say about […]
Conductor awaits kiss from French President
This is Paavo Järvi last night with Francois Hollande at the opening of the Philharmonie. Paavo looks a lot the happier of the two, perhaps because he’s handed in his notice. Anyway, he’s not staying over for croissants.
New York Phil will perform new operas the Met won’t touch
We’re delighted to see that the New York Philharmonic is putting on the US premieres of two British operas – George Benjamin’s Written on Skin (pictured) and Gerald Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Both are challenging works that did well in London. Presumably, the Met passed. Wonder why. Press release below. January 14, 2015 — Lincoln Center […]
Berlin spent as much to mend its hall as Paris did to build a new one
The cost of repairing the Staatsoper Unter den Linden has risen from a Senate-approved 240 million Euros to a final 390 million. That’s almost exactly the amount Paris spent on its new Philharmonie – and almost exactly the sum that Paris overspent. Three questions: 1 why do we always let these projects shoot 50 percent over target? […]
And the winner of the Oscar for best original score will be….
The shortlist: Music – Original Score Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar” Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game” Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything” Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Gary Yershon, “Mr Turner” Desplat, for sure.
New music in mourning for leading publisher
An announcement from Schotts: It is with great sadness that Schott Music must announce that our dear colleague Judith Webb passed away on Friday 9 January following a short period of illness. Judith was Managing Director of our London office and a loyal and devoted member of staff for 35 years. Judith […]
London grabs lion’s share of LA’s lost recording sessions
The AFM reports that musician revenues from recording in Los Angeles fell from $50m in 1998 to just $15.5m in 2013. That’s a 68% wipeout. Where has the studio work gone? London and, to a lesser degree, Eastern Europe. The report fails to mention Munich, also a competitive hub.