Labour ‘will charge Americans to enter Britain’
An increasingly desperate Labour Party has trotted out its latest election-year pledge. Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, is about to announce a plan for a £10 entry charge to citizens of the US and 55 other countries. The money will go to pay for extra border guards. Just what we need right now, a […]
Cleveland’s principal horn steps down
Richard King is only 46, but after 17 years he’s tired of the responsibility. ‘There’s never really an easy concert. It’s time to let someone else have a chance at it,’ he tells Zachary Lewis. Richard will play fourth horn in the Cleveland Orchestra from now on. Has that happened before in a frontline orchestra?
What offended Netrebko in this show?
Here’s the trailer for the Munich Manon Lescaut she walked out of. Looks pretty conventional from here.
Sudden death of top percussionist, aged 54
Swedish musicians are mourning Magnus Persson, who died at the weekend, aged 54. Classically trained, Magnus ran a 1980s fusion band and became the first-call accompanist to a gamut of stars, among them opera singers Anne-Sofie von Otter and Malena Ernman.
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 […]