Verdi editor gives his library to Juilliard
Philip Gossett – general editor of the complete Giuseppe Verdi for the University of Chicago Press and Ricordi, and of works of Gioachino Rossini for Bärenreiter – has donated his personal library to Juilliard. Gossett, 75, lives and teaches in Chicago. But he specifically wanted his research material to be kept within easy reach of the Metropolitan Opera so […]
65 jobs go at US record distributor
We’re hearing of people losing their jobs this month at Entertainment One Distribution, which looks after many small and medium-sized classical labels, among them Analekta, MDG and WigmoreHallLive. Where will they go now?
Death of a Spanish Mahlerian, 66
Two weeks after the master-biographer Henry-Louis de LaGrange, we have lost José Luis Pérez de Arteaga, author of a Spanish biography of Gustav Mahler. His main renown of 30 years was as a presenter on Radio Clásica, the voice behind ten thousand concerts.
How to buy a home near the opera
First, have at least $3 million in spare change. Then, read this article in the FT. Five lovely properties for sale. Roll out of bed and you are at the opera. (Prices do not include opera tickets, or drinks).
Maestro moves: Two young guys get agents
The London-trained Madrid conductor Pablo Mielgo has signed with Tanja Dorn’s boutique agency. Pablo is presently music director in the Balearic Islands. And Jonathan Bloxham, presently Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla’s conductor in Birmingham, has signed with boutique Groves Artists. A self-starter, Jonathan runs a festival in north-east England.
Warner’s streaming income is up 47%
The Warner Music Group earned $1 billion in 2016 from Spotify and iTunes, up 47% ON 2015. That’s $3.4 million a day. And the musicians?
Muti lashes out at Graham Vick’s Parma hams
Riccardo Muti has taken issue with the British director Graham Vick’s plan to put amateurs – audience members – among the chorus on stage in his forthcoming Parma production of Verdi’s Stiffelio. Parma is sacrosanct to Verdians. It is the capital of the composer’s home region. Muti, on being told of protests in Parma, said: […]
French presidential favourite is being coached by bass-baritone
It has emerged that the populist French candidate Emmanuel Macron is receiving voice lessons from an opera singer to overcome an embarrassing shriek that takes over when the voice is gone. His coach is the distinguished bass-baritone, Jean-Phillipe Lafont.
More cello chaos in the air
From Professor Ole Bohn of the Sydney Conservatorium: On Sunday February 5 eight of my Australian students were supposed to fly with LATAM at 10:48 from Curitiba, Brazil to Rio de Janeiro. They had all attended the famous FEMUSC festival. Once all the violinists had checked in with their instruments, the trouble started for cellist […]
The worst national anthem ever sung (and it’s the Russian one)
This is the best the Swedish sporting authorities could manage for an international final. The singer, who is a Russian living in Sweden, cannot sing in tune, forgets the words and only gets to the end with the help of Russians in the crowd. Almost an international incident.
Composer wins competition, gets billed for $19,000
The Russian composer Nikita Suhih, a musician at the Bolshoi Theatre, put in for a competition organised by the Australian label, Ablaze. The winner’s prize was to get his work recorded. Nikita came top of a field of 27 international composers, he was told. Then he was informed he would have to pay $19,000 ‘towards […]