It’s all out at IMG Artists
Fire drill at Croydon HQ this morning. Or maybe fire sale.
Concertmaster tip: What you wear to audition counts more than how you play
LA Philharmonic associate concertmaster Nathan Cole has some cogent tips for those presenting themselves for audition. Think about presentation, he advises. Make it easy on the committee. Look good, talk good, play good – in that order. If you’ve ever suspected that audition winners have a psychological edge or secret weapon, then I’m here […]
Death of a German intendant, 81
The death is reported of Peter Borchardt, head of the Ulm theatre in the 1970s and of Berne in the following decade. He founded the Berne Ensemble and worked often with the director Giancarlo del Monaco.
Maestro cancels because his name was not on ticket
We hear that Gennady Rozhdestvensky pulled out on Monday at the Philharmonie de Paris a few minutes before the concert as due to begin. Apparently, he had seen a ticket from which his name was omitted. The orchestra was fortunate that concertmaster Alexei Bruni was prepared to take over conducting the Scriabin concerto. Pletnev conducted […]
It’s 50 years since Riccardo Muti first raised a baton
His debut was at the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, on November 27, 1966. They feted him at Bergamo yesterday, ahead of a concert he gave with the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra. The Italian president Sergio Mattarella made a point of attending.
Much fuss over retrieved Stravinsky score
This Friday, medici.tv will broadcast from St Petersburg what is said to be the world premiere of Funeral Song by Igor Stravinsky, a recently rediscovered score. Valery Gergiev’s Mariinsky concert, which you can watch here, will also include Stravinsky’s Firebird and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Suite from The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh. Stravinsky wrote Funeral Song in 1908 to mourn the death of his teacher, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. No sooner […]
Just in: Bolshoi bans children from its ballets
The well-informed Graham Spicer reports from Milan that children under 12 have been banned from all shows at the Bolshoi Ballet, following complaints from senior ticket holders. To see Ivan the Terrible they will have to be 16. Read more here.
Paris patissier creates Opéra-Comique pastry
Maison Lenôtre has asked various opera people to help it design a cake to be called le Favart, after the founder of the Opéra-Comique Charles-Simon Favart, himself the son of a patissier. This is what it will look like. On sale in February.
Pittsburgh stages Handel near-premiere
Pittsburgh Opera has announced a week of January performances for Handel’s Riccardo Primo, retitled Richard the Lionheart for devotees of English history. The opera – Handel’s third in London, dated 1727 – was revived at Sadler’s Wells in 1964. Its US premiere was given last summer at St Louis. This will be only its second […]
Country opera commissions major composer
Garsington Opera has announced its first full-length commission. For the 2018 festival, composer David Sawer (pictured) and playwright Rory Mullarkey will write The Skating Rink, based on the novel by the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño.
Could this memory device halve your practise time?
Halo Sport is a neurotechnology device that stimulates the brain to enhance muscle memory. Designed for athletes, the actor Mario Marzo uses it for piano practice. In this sessions, he learns two Bach preludes with and without neurostimulation. Watch.