Deborah Borda: What has to happen in New York
The incoming chief of the NY Phil has been giving a hint or two of her priorities when she comes to turn around a sinking institution. It’s not the words she uses so much as the relationships she defines. Watch here.
Munich soloist: I turn down dates with Gergiev
The Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili, who lives in Munich and is a German citizen, makes no secret of her political differences with the city’s music director. In an interview with Merkur, Batiashvili says Gergiev has learned to expect opposition from artists who resent his support for Vladimir Putin. ‘I have turned down concert offers with […]
Just in: Welsh mourn a loyal tenor
From Welsh National Opera: It is with the profoundest sadness that we inform you that Paul Gyton, tenor of 40 years with the Chorus, passed away in the early hours of 18 April. Only last week we celebrated his years of service with the Company, an acknowledgement which meant a tremendous amount to Paul, particularly […]
Youth orchestra abolishes sheet music
From a press release: As students arrive for this year’s Yorkshire Young Sinfonia (YYS) course and concert with Ray Chen, one thing will be missing … all the sheet music. Thanks to the music app Newzik, students will be met by a room filled with iPads. The use of digital technology instead of traditional sheet […]
Chethams in ‘exceptional health’, says new head
Helen Pidd, the Guardian’s northern editor, has written an immaculate piece about the private music school’s bid to reinvent itself with a new head and a new concert hall after four years coping with historic allegations of student abuse. Alun Jones, the new head, says: ‘I have inherited a school in exceptional health, always looking […]
Hot shot: Hollywood star is a Parsifal fan
Our mole at the Vienna State Opera spotted Oscar winner Nicholas Cage enjoying an Easter performance of Parsifal (eat your heart out, Perez Hilton). Not many film actors have the Sitzfleisch for Wagner.
Easter rising: Rattle to revisit Parsifal
It is twenty years since Sir Simon Rattle took up Wagner’s last opera and made it his first in the UK. Baden-Baden has announced he will conduct a new Dieter Dorn production next Easter, his final residency at the festival with the Berlin Philharmonic.
Death of a popular Verdi soprano, 79
The Italian soprano Rita Orlandi, who was billed as Rita Orlandi Malaspina after her marriage to the bass Massimiliano Malaspino, died in Milan on April 8. Originally from Bologna, she made her 1963 debut in Giovanna d’Arco, reached La Scala three years later in Forza and specialised throughout her international career in Verdi roles, though […]
Concern as Dmitry Hvorostovsky cancels Dublin
The Russian baritone has pulled out of his upcoming Dublin date ‘due to a change in the schedule for his cancer treatments.’ The hall website says: ‘Please note that the upcoming concert by baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky with pianist Ivari Ilja scheduled for Saturday, 29th April 2017 at the National Concert Hall has been cancelled.’ Hvorostovsky […]
Maurizio Pollini has had a bad fall
We reported earlier this week that Martha Argerich is replacing the Italian pianist at Aix. Apparently, he has suffered a nasty fall and will be out of action for at least a month.
Rising US soprano collects third major award
Nadine Sierra, 28, tonight won the 2017 Richard Tucker Award, which carries a $50,000 cash prize and buckets of prestige. She has already won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Marilyn Horne Competition. She is presently singing Lucia di Lammemoor in Venice. photo: Merri Cyr