Aspen has its first Brit conductor
George Henry Jackson, 29, attended the Aspen Festival’s 2014 Conducting Academy class and won a prize. That brought him back in 2015, when he claimed the Aspen Conducting Prize. This summer he is the festival’s assistant conductor, the first UK artist in that coveted role.
Just in: Munich cancels open-air opera due to situation
The Bavarian State Opera has called off Sunday’s free open-air transmission of Meistersinger in Max-Joseph-Platz. ‘It’s not the right moment for such a summer’s day event when there has been mourning so close by,’ said intendant Nikolaus Bachler. Full statement: The Bayerische Staatsoper and the BMW Group are cancelling the Opera for all-event and the […]
Living the life of Pal Joey
Chicago pianist Lori Kaufman was among those who were present at Tanglewood’s farewell to Joseph Silverstein, much-loved concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and, later, music director of the Utah Symphony. Joey, who died last November, aged 83, Joey was always so much more than the sum of his titles. Lori writes: Over 700 […]
ANU’s head rolls (again)
The Australian National University’s much-troubled School of Music has named a new interim head. (Again.) Professor Malcolm Gillies will take charge for six months while a permanent head is sought. (Again.) His predecessor, acting head Royston Gustavson ‘left the position unexpectedly earlier this month’. The Canberra Times adds: ‘An ANU spokesman said it would not comment […]
Bayreuth’s rat man attacks Katharina Wagner’s lack of vision
The eminent director Hans Neuenfels, who dressed up his chorus as rats in Bayreuth’s celebrated 2010 production Lohengrin, has spoken out over ‘multiple failures’ at the Wagner festival. He accused Katharina Wagner, now in sole command, of failing to maintain standards. There were ‘no artistic visions and sensations any more.’ He went on to accuse […]
Marni Nixon: Artists will do things for nothing to keep the art alive
The celebrated Hollywood dubbing singer, who died this weekend aged 86, was a classically trained artist who attended classes with Lotte Lehmann and calimed to be among the first on the West Coast to sing Charles Ives. In an interview with Bruce Duffie, transcribed by Una Barry, Marni Nixon reflects on the future of opera: BD: […]
Watch: Five year-old plays Mozart piano concerto
Evan Duy Quoc Le, known as Evan Le, was born to Vietnamese parents on May 31st, 2011 in Torrance, California. He had his first piano lesson a year ago and can now get through the first movement of Mozart’s eighth piano concerto, K246. Not just at home, either. Here’s his first orchestral performance, posted […]
Critical bloodbath? First verdicts on Bayreuth’s IS-themed Parsifal
After all the fuss and hyper-security, the festival’s opening night was loudly cheered – with exceptional ovations for Bayreuth favourite Klaus Florian Vogt in the title role and for conductor Hartmut Haenchen, who stepped in at three week’s notice for a disaffected Andris Nelsons. Musically, most agreed, the performance was of the highest quality. But […]
Sicklist: Young maestro, 26, gets break at Verbier
Marc Minkowski has fallen sick. He’s replaced tomorrow night by a young Swiss, Lorenzo Viotti, in an odd concert of Rodrigo and Turina. Lorenzo, who won last year’s Salzburg Conducting contest, is son of the late conductor Marcello Viotti.
Marni Nixon, dubbing singer, performs Webern
She covered Deborah Kerr’s singing voice in The King and I and Audrey Hepburn’s in My Fair Lady. But here’s how good Marni really was: bareback Webern with Robert Craft at the piano. So beautiful. Marni Nixon died on Sunday, aged 86. Her first husband was Ernest Gold, composer of the Exodus theme.
Placido Domingo: I’d like to sing Amfortas
In a new interview with ForumOpera, the reborn baritone says he’s eyeing up Parsifal (he’s just missed his chance at Bayreuth). Je voudrais chanter Amfortas. Je vais examiner Mandryka dans Arabella de Strauss. Peut-être d’autres rôles d’autres compositeurs… More here.