Peter Gelb: ‘We’re planning for single ticket buyers’
In an interview with soprano Angela Mitchell on Cleveland’s WCLV, the Met’s general manager outlines the ways he’s confronting a different demographic of opera goers. ‘We have to replace an ageing subscribing audience,’ he says, ‘with new younger ticket buyers who don’t plan their time and entertainment many months in advance. It’s somewhat more nerve-racking […]
Eminent soprano retires ‘due to performance anxiety’
Dame Malvina Major, who once beat Kiri te Kanawa into second place in a New Zealand singing competition, has given her last performance. Dame Malvina, 72, told Radio New Zealand: ‘I haven’t got that youthful energy any more to counteract that stress.’ A winner of the Kathleen Ferrier award, she sang 30 opera roles and […]
Maestro move: Memphis signs the one it turned down last time
The Memphis Symphony, which has told music director Mei-Ann Chen it can’t afford to keep her, has hired Robert Moody as principal conductor. Moody, 42, lost out to Chen in 2010 when both auditioned for the job. The future sounds bleak: Symphony board chairwoman Gayle Rose said the board decided to hire Moody, a frequent guest conductor […]
The opera house that can’t tell its Strauss from its Henze
This is the cover of last night’s programme at the Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen. By Richard Strauss??
12 premieres this weekend in Berlin
Actually, it’s the opening of 12 new productions, but that’s pretty impressive. Among the new shows: – Meyerbeer’s Vasco da Gama at the Deutsche Oper, never seen before in the composer’s home town; – Meistersinger at the Staatsoper; – Tales of Hoffman at the Komische; – First Berlin staging of Kiss Me Kate in a […]
Britten’s lost anthem
Fascinating story on the BBC website of a national anthem that Benjamin Britten wrote for the newly independent state of Malaysia in 1957, only to have it rejected. You can listen to Britten’s proposed anthem here. This lovely hymn displaced it.
Another opera company shuts in New York
They said City Opera would never die. It did. They said it could never happen again. Late yesterday, Gotham Chamber Opera ceased to exist after uncovering a black hole of deficit. The collapse of two opera companies in New York supports Peter Gelb’s contentious thesis that there are not enough opera lovers in and around […]
It’s October 1st and men are feeling the chill
Christian Gerhaher has pulled out of tomorrow’s Wozzeck at London’s South Bank Centre, ‘due to illness’. Michael Schade is out of Berlin’s Freischütz, opening tomorrow, with a scary diagnosis of lower-lobe pneumonia. After a summer relatively free of casualties, the new season kicked in today.
Bernie Sanders: I will be President for the arts
Watch his lips: ‘You have my promise… I will be an arts president. I will continue to advocate strongly for robust funding for the arts in our cities, schools and public spaces. Arts is speech. Art is what life is about.’ What’s not to like?
Maestro stays: Why leave a booming orchestra?
Michael Stern, who has put in ten years as music director of the Kansas City Symphony, has signed on for five more. The orchestra sold out many of its concerts last season, turned in a two percent surplus and plays a high-profile role in a city with a new arts centre and an attractive and […]
NY opera tragedy: Designer killed, opera director injured
Jeremiah and Keturah Grünblatt, a popular couple in the opera community, got married on Sunday and went on honeymoon to Long Island. Yesterday, while out driving, their SUV swerved into oncoming traffic and hit a bus. Jeremiah, 42, was killed. Keturah, 39, was rushed to hospital. Her injuries are said to be not life-threatening. The […]