Brigitte Fassbender lays out a grand farewell
The epic mezzo, now 77, has announced she is stepping down as head of the Richard Strauss festival at the composer’s Garmisch home next summer, her last official role. But she has put together a farewell programme that includes such Strauss luminaries as Gundula Janowitz, Marlis Petersen, Christiane Karg, Angelika Kirchschlager, Krassimira Stoyanova, Michelle Breedt and […]
Opera stages funeral for alleged war criminal
The opera house in Donetsk was commandeered today for the funeral of Arseny ‘Motorola’ Pavlov, a Russian-backed warlord in the illegally occupied territory. Motorola, 33, was killed on Sunday by a bomb in his apartment block. The Ukrainians have accused him of war crimes.
Violinist breaks up brilliant pop group
A message from Clean Bandit, one of the most interesting current groups, about its departing violinist, Neil Milan: It is with great sadness that we must announce that our performances of Tears over the Summer were Neil’s last shows with Clean Bandit. He told us recently that he has decided to leave. We […]
Exclusive: Curtis Institute sacks its board
The Curtis Institute of Music has abolished its Board of Overseers, a group of clued-up citizens who advise and sometimes gently restrain the school president. We understand that Roberto Diaz, head of the school, became frustrated with their role and a new chairman agreed to sack the lot. Here’s the deeply confused letter that has […]
Composer of shortest opera has died, aged 58
The Welsh composer Peter Reynolds is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for his 1993 opera The Sand of Time, which lasts all of four minutes. Peter collapsed and died at his home in Cardiff on October 11. Obit here.
Bolshoi webcast crashes
An attempt by the Bolshoi Theatre to live-stream Yuri Grigorovich’s ballet Golden Age to music by Shostakovich was hit first by interference, then by total blackout a few minutes into the transmission. It appears the Bolshoi was avoiding western servers such as Youtube for the streaming service and using an untested Russian technology. Better luck next […]
London music promoter is convicted of rape
A promoter of pop concerts who staged events in classical venues has been found guilty of two rapes, in 1985 and 1972. Mervyn Conn, 82, awaits sentence at Kingston Crown Court. Conn has a previous conviction for a sexual assault on his receptionist. Police are asking for any further victims to come forward. More here. […]
Canadian conductor lands Berlin job
The Komische Oper has promoted Jordan de Souza to Kapellmeister, starting September 2017. This could be a bigger job than it looks since the orchestra has just shot down the company’s choice of music director, leaving the podium up for grabs.
Biz news: At Sony Music, the kid brother also rises
Sony Music Entertainment has named Rob Stringer, 54, as its next chief executive. He’s the younger brother of Sir Howard Stringer, former Sony Corp chairman and CEO, and he will replace the industry veteran Doug Morris, 77. More.
Insurer launches WeLoveMusicians policy
They will cover your violin for £3.20 a day, they say (but see Comments). Cambridge-based NWBIB has set up specialist cover for musicians by beginning its WeLoveMusicians brand. The policy is aimed at all levels of musicians from novices to global artists and the broker has a special scheme providing cover for professionals and delegated […]