Watch now: The Met’s trailer for The Death of Klinghoffer
Hours before premiere, the Met has released first sight of the controversial production.
Met director: ‘This work respects the Klinghoffers’
The Jewish Daily Forward has published an extensive, balanced and carefully nuanced article on the current furore surrounding John Adams’s opera, The Deat of Klinghoffer, which opens tonight at the Met. In it, the British director Tom Morris says: ‘One of the sadnesses … is that Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters have become estranged from it as […]
Lang Lang shuts down Steinway Hall
Message from the man, with video here. A very emotional afternoon at the farewell party forSteinway Hall on W. 57th in New York. I’ve spent so much time here over the years, as has almost every great pianist in the last century; unforgettable memories which I’ll always treasure in my heart.
Dear Sir, May I wear my burka to the opera?
The eviction from the Paris Opéra of a woman wearing niqab arouses new and disturbing questions that go far beyond operatic dress code. The woman was asked to leave, ostensibly, because covering your face in a public place is an offence under French law. We must assume that this misdemeanour was overlooked by the hotel […]
Yale mourns a music theory trailblazer
Allen Forte, founder of the Journal of Music Theory and professor of Schenkerian analysis at Yale has died, aged 86. Obit here.
A head of strings is outed as a North Korea fan
A British Sunday newspaper – one of the lower forms of life on earth – has reported that the head of strings at a minor public school is a member of a revolutionary communist party. The teacher in question has visited North Korea and claims to admire its regime. Er, so what? The school is […]
Vienna Opera finds ‘lost’ budget
The Staatsoper woke up 333,000 Euros richer this morning. Apparently, a defunct private club called Pro Opera, discontinued in 1988, was found to have left substantial assets. Since the club existed to support opera in Vienna, the money goes – ching! – straight into Staatsoper coffers.
An eminent American composer has died
We regret to report the death on Sunday of the prolific and popular composer, Stephen Paulus. Stephen suffered a massive stroke in July 2013 and spent the last months of his life in a care home. He was 65. A Minnesotan for almost all his life, he wrote 10 operas, 60 orchestral scores and more […]
What happened when a French violinist did a Joshua Bell?
1 The film is a helluva lot more elegant. 2 The playing is p.d. good. 3 The first person to give him a dime is a busy young woman. 4 The sound is better on the Paris Metro than in DC. 5 People actually stop and listen. The violinist is Renaud Capucon. He is playing […]
Meet Nigel Kennedy, Strad salesman
The colourful British violinist has lent his services to the instrument dealership, J&A Beare, who – after a century of deliberation – have finally decided to taken in Sotheby’s and Christie’s in the auction market. Bids open tomorrow (Monday) on the Beare’s site here. Nigel is pumping up the product right now. Who’d have guessed he […]
Hot new video: Joyce goes Ballroom
We informed you a couple of weeks back that the irrepressible mezzo Joyce DiDonato was about to appear late at night in a Brooklyn ballroom where no diva foot had ever trod before. Well, here’s the video evidence – just in. Nothing quite like it since Pierre Boulez threw his rug concerts.