Music director cancels, pregnant
Message from the Berkeley Symphony: BERKELEY, CA (January 3, 2017) – Berkeley Symphony announced today that Music Director Joana Carneiro has withdrawn from the Berkeley Symphony concert on Thursday, January 26 at 8 pm at Zellerbach Hall. Carneiro is pregnant and is under doctor’s advice not to conduct or travel. The concert will be conducted […]
Philly fires ‘too tall’ Sugar Plum Fairy
Sara Michelle Murawski has been fired as a principal dancer at the Pennsylvania Ballet because she’s too tall. Sara has just finished a run of Nutcracker. Did they only just notice she’s 5’11”? Did they audition her sitting down? More here.
Dutch raise a petition to stop Stockhausen’s Licht
When Pierre Audi steps down in 2019 as director of Dutch National Opera, he will fulfil a career-long dream of staging segments from Karlheinz Stockhausen’s 7-day opera cycle, titled Licht. Sounds interesting. But not to some audience members who are raising a petition against it here. Their gripe? This megalomaniac, expensive project seems to be […]
New orchestra boss at Lyon
Aline Sam-Giao has been named director-general of l’Orchestre national de Lyon and of Auditorium Maurice Ravel. Educated at Sussex University, she was previously chief administrator of l’Orchestre des Pays de Savoie.
Watch: Carlos Kleiber mimes killing himself
Pit footage has emerged of a 1994 Vienna Rosenkavalier where the singing seems to drive the inspirational conductor to thoughts of self-destruction. Watch.
Eminent British pianist has died
We hear from the editor of Pianist magazine that Anthony Goldstone died on Monday. He was 72. Widely recorded, he formed a celebrated piano duo with his wife Caroline Clemmow and worked through the four-hand repertoire on their label, www.divine-art.co.uk. Liverpool born, Athony studied in Manchester and London, where he became a regular at the […]
Amazing Grace is 80 today
The first black singer to appear at Bayreuth, Grace Bumbry has blazed trails of glory across the opera world for more than half a century. She made her debut in Paris in 1960 as Amneris. Wieland Wagner cast her as Venus in Tannhäuser in summer 1961. Jackie Kennedy summoned her to sing at the […]
CAMI evicts another boss
This time there was no-one being hustled to the door gagged by lawyers, as there was with Andrew S. Grossman. Margaret Selby, president of Cami Spectrum and a company veteran for 20 years, was quietly terminated over the holiday break. All references have been removed from the website. She never existed. A curt press […]
Christian Thielemann to leave Dresden?
Bild reports that talks to renew the conductor’s contract have stalled over a small but stubborn issue. Thielemann is demanding more days off on tour. The Dresden Staatskapelle management say he already has more free days than his predecessors. Thielemann, 57, has bestowed star status on the ancient but long-marginalised orchestra since he joined in […]