Just in: Covent Garden names a Brit as opera chief
press release: The Royal Opera House announced today that Oliver Mears will join the Royal Opera House at the beginning of March 2017 to succeed Kasper Holten as Director of Opera, who leaves on 11 March 2017. Mears has been artistic director of Northern Ireland Opera since its foundation in 2010. He has also directed […]
Top concertmaster calls it quits
For almost 30 years, Dene Olding has occupied the front seat of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australia’s premier ensemble. That makes him the country’s foremost violinist, and certainly its busiest. Dene is also leader of the widely-toured Goldner String Quartet, and of the Australia Ensemble, as well as an allround nice guy. Now, […]
New principal trumpet at Concertgebouw
There are three new players in the elite Amsterdam orchestra, all announced very discreetly. Miroslav Petkov, the new principal trumpet, is 27 and Bulgarian. Kyeong Ham, 2nd oboe, is South Korean and 23. José Luís Sogorb Jover, 37, was principal horn at the Orquestra Sinfónica de Galicia in La Coruña.
Detroit Symphony starts amateur orchestra
In an initiative apparently without precedent in America, a major city orchestra has created a structure for adult amateur string players to form an associated ensemble. The new orchestra is open to all adult string musicians with two years’ experience. The first rehearsal is due on Oct. 11 at the Max M. and Marjorie Fisher […]
No first prize for ARD horn contest
A German, a Czech and a Frenchman shared second prize. Full results now in: Harp: 1. Agnés Clément (26), France (+ Audience prize) 2. Anaïs Gaudemard (25), France 3. Rino Kageyama (26), Japan Doublebass: 1. Wies de Boevé (28), Belgium (+ Audience prize) 2. Michael Karg (24), Germany 3. Dominik Wagner (19) Ger/Austria […]
Just in: Brazil flagship cancels rest of season with massive deficit
The Brazil Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra plagued by controversy, has scrapped the rest of its season after admitting an eight-digit shortfall. Twelve concerts have been cancelled. Next season is in doubt. First report here.
The room where Abbado died is now a bed-and-breakfast
For the last ten years of life Claudio Abbado rented a house in Bologna with a rood terrace and view over the city. He died there on January 20, 2014. Last week, the owners opened a luxury Bed & Breakfast in his apartment, with four rooms (nine beds) of which the most coveted is the Abbado […]
South Africa sacks 12 opera singers after European triumphs
Cape Town Opera has dismissed 12 chorus singers from this summer’s Cosi fan tutte at the Aix-en-Provence festival, accusing them of theft and breach of contract. The singers are counter-suing for unfair dismissal, arguing that they were financially exploited by the company and sacked when they spoke up against abuses. The international SA baritone Njabulo […]
So this week we played an ex-Soviet nuclear installation
Anthea Kreston, an American violinist in Berlin, is finding that life in the Artemis Quartet takes her to places other ensembles cannot reach. One of the most enjoyable aspects of my position with the Artemis Quartet is traveling to beautiful or unusual locations. This week we met with our manager, and were given a […]
Sad death of an Irish composer, 65
Parkinson’s Disease has claimed the life of John Gibson, one of Ireland’s most prolific pianist-composers. A Dubliner by birth, devoutly religious and a lifelong bachelor, he settled in Cork and applied himself to composing for national ensembles, often sourcing music of great beauty from Irish folklore. His last years were clouded by malignant illness.