How Peter Gelb is duping singers out of seven percent
We have finally had full sight of Peter Gelb’s letter to singers, asking them to pay back seven percent of their fees in order to help the Met out of financial difficulty. There are two key sentences: – The members of the chorus and orchestra have accepted an overall 7% cut in their wages, reaching […]
British tenor: ‘I stopped drinking to save my voice’
It’s Alfie Boe on the breakfast promo trail. Watch here. Not sure about the remedy. It never worked for Björling. Still, at least Alfie has stopped abusing opera and its singers.
Just in: Barenboim meets Pope
The conductor, 72, was received today at the Vatican for a private audience with Pope Francis. The Middle East was discussed. ‘It was very cordial,’ said Barenboim. It was the first meeting between the two South Americans. Barenboim had several encounters with the music-loving Pope Benedict.
Maestro no-moves: Frankfurt chief renews til 2023
Bernd Loebe, intendant of Frankfurt Oper, has let it be known that music director Sebastian Weigle is renewing his contract until 2023. The weekend saw the final performance of the stalwart Norwegian baritone Terje Stensvold, who is 71. After a solid career in Oslo, Stensvol (l.) sang Wotan in Germany at the age of 61 and […]
An early music man’s memories of Duke Ellington
A reminiscence by Joel Cohen of the Boston Camerata, exclusive to Slipped Disc: I had the enormous good fortune of meeting Duke Ellington backstage at the Newport Jazz Festival, about an hour before his history-making set and the famous Paul Gonsalves solo. Ellington played his Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue, Gonsalves took a long, […]
An American chorus composer has died, aged 88
James Erb was founding conductor of the Richmond Symphony Chorus, which he directed from 1971 to 2007. He made terrific settings of the 110 Magnificats of Orlando di Lasso and is most widely known for choral versions of core Americana. Holly Mulcahy, concertmaster of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, writes: My fondest memories as a […]
Lad follows grandad as Brum’s #1 clarinet
Oliver Janes, 23 has been named lead clarinet of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. His grandfather John Fuest was Principal Clarinet with the CBSO from 1955 to 1970. Nice. apple […]
Is this Netrebko’s first recording in German?
The pre-release copy has just landed on the mat. The staff are ripping it open, dying to check those Russian umlauts.
Does a period piano impede my favourite composer?
Don’t get me started on Alkan. He’s been an obsession of mine for half a lifetime, and for more than musical reasons. We share a common ancestry among Alsatian Jews and a plethora of cultural affinities. Charles-Valentin Alkan was a 20th century composer who had the misfortune to live in the 19th, one who anticipated […]
False triste as mean Vienna Philharmonic blanks out Sibelius
To kick off the 150th birthday year of Jean Sibelius, the Vienna Philharmonic planned to play n New Year’s Day the Finnish composer’s famous Valse triste. What they apparently forgot is that Sibelius lived to the age of 91 and is still in copyright. When his publishers quite reasonably asked for a royalty that reflected […]
Exclusive: Headmaster quits troubled Purcell School
Parents have been notified today that David Thomas is leaving because ‘he has found the role less enjoyable and satisfying’. Outsiders might suspect that the prolonged culture of cover-up and civil war might have something to do with it. Thomas will have spent three years at the Purcell. He leaves at the end of next […]