Confirmed: Jonas Kaufmann returns tonight
The Opéra de Paris has confirmed that the German tenor will end his enforced five-month absence, singing Lohengrin tonight. There is, however, one cast change. Wolfgang Koch has pulled out as Teleramund. He is replaced by Tomasz Konieczny.
Covent Garden presents silent singer tonight
The baritone Christopher Purves has a throat infection and cannot sing in tonight’s Written on Skin. Good trouper that he is, he will act the part while James Cleverton sings from the wings.
Man arrested in Madrid after throwing his phone at orchestra
El Mundo reports that a man was arrested yesterday after throwing his mobile phone at musicians of the Community of Madrid Orchestra during a concert in the National Auditorium. The disrupter, 64, has been charged with public order offences. He was said to be drunk. The concert of the Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid […]
Gerd Grochowski died the day after singing Wotan
Wiebaden Opera has published details of the death of the international bass-baritone, Gerd Grochowski. On Sunday January 15, Gerd sang Wotan in the first performance of a new production of Wagner’s Die Walküre. He received great public acclaim and several ovations. On Monday he rang the emergency doctor, complaining of chest pains. He received prompt […]
Santa Cecilia mourns a principal flute
Professor Angelo Persichilli, principal flute of Rome’s Santa Cecilia for 40 years from 1958, has died at 77. Among his notable recordings was a Bruno Maderna album for Hyperion.
4,000 violins destroyed in factory fire
A fire in Europe’s biggest musical instruments factory – at Reghin, in Romania – has wiped out much of its stock, including a estimated 4,000 violins. Damage is assessed at quarter of a million Euros. About half the stock was saved. Report here.
Sicklist: Met loses its Carmen
Sophie Koch has pulled out of the entire run. Her replacement is Clémentine Margaine, unknown to New York.
Trump signs Piano Guys for inauguration
The devoutly Christian group, recovering from a recent bereavement, have turned a deaf ear to the mood music. Here’s the official announcement. We hear that their label, Sony, had been urging certain artists to participate. Here’s the Piano Guys’ statement: Our desire as The Piano Guys has always been to spread hope, love and joy […]
Sony has top 3 in US classical sales
Il Volo, Dudamel’s New Year’s concert and Pretty Yende are outselling all else this week, according to Nielsen Soundscan.
Bayreuth’s Klingsor dies suddenly, at 60
The German bass-baritone Gerd Grochowski died yesterday in Mainz of a heart attack at the age of 60. He sang Klingsor in last summer’s Parsifal at Bayreuth. After 15 years at Bonn Opera, Gerd Grochowski enjoyed an international Wagner career, singing Kurnewal at the Met and Kurwenal and Gunther at La Scala. He sang Teleramund at […]