Video: Maria Radner and Oleg Bryjak in their final roles
The Liceu in Barecelona has released video of Maria Radner as Erda, and Oleg Bryjak as Alberich, the roles they last sang in Siegfried on Saturday, before their tragic deaths in the Germanwings crash.
Kirill Petrenko: Why I can’t carry on at Bayreuth
The highly-regarded music director of Bavarian State Opera has been telling German media that Bayreuth has demanded too much from him these past three years. ‘In a Bayreuth season I conduct 14 performances,’ he recounts – three complete Ring cycles, plus extras, four to six hours a night. ‘The next morning, every muscle hurts.’ He […]
Sudden death of New York pianist
We are distressed to share news of the death, in his sleep, of the well-liked, modest and warmly adventurous New York pianist, Joseph Smith. He was 66 and had not been previously unwell. His show “Joseph Smith’s Piano Bench” aired for two years on NPR’s Performance Today and his column, “Rare Finds,” appeared in Piano Today […]
Joshua Bell’s subway stunt is now a children’s book
Remember when Josh played his Strad at L’Enfant Plaza Station in Washington, D.C., earning $32.17 in 43 minutes from seven passersby? It happened on January 12, 2007. Now your kids can read about it in The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson, illustrated by Dusan Petricic (Annick Press, $19.95)
Your chance to climb into Placido Domingo’s pants
Los Angeles Opera is selling off star costumes this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 330 S. Alameda St. More than 1,000 costumes on 90 clothing racks, prices from $2 to $5,000. Full details here.
A third musician on board Germanwings 9525
Gabriela Luján Maumus, 28, from Buenos Aires, was bass player in Asalto al Parque Zoológico (Zoo Assault), a rock band. She was flying home from a Spanish vacation with her boyfriend, Sebastián Gabriel Greco. Their names were released for publication last night. The opera world is in mourning for Oleg Bryjak and Maria Radner. May they rest in […]
A musician with Bell’s Palsy: How I got my sound back
Antony Kearns, director of the music publishers Stainer & Bell, woke up one morning in January 2015, paralysed down one side of his face. He was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy, a condition that causes temporary weakness of the facial muscles. His first concern: could he still play the trumpet? Early attempts were total failures. […]
Hillary begins her White House run…. at the Met
Bill and Hillary Clinton were spotted at the Metropolitan Opera last night, seated not far behind the conductor’s left shoulder. They appeared to enjoy Manon. Blurry photo taken from the orchestra pit. h/t: Rob Knopper
Abbey Road offers a ‘degree’ in recording
Now the business has subsided and anyone can make a digital record in their garden shed, what’s to be done with the iconic studio? Turn it into an educational institute and invent some international spinoffs. Press release: The world famous Abbey Road Studios has announced its first foray into education with the launch of Abbey […]
Two German orchestras to merge tomorrow. Who will conduct?
The bitterly contested merger between the SWR orchestras at Stuttgart and Baden-Baden/Freiburg will be forced through, starting Thursday morning. The musicians are unhappy at the outcome and many conductors have kept well away from SWR, unwilling to be caught in the aftermath. With one exception: the Hungarian, Peter Eotvos. He is given a hard time […]
Hollywood’s first oboe has died
Liliane Covington, who joined the Warner Brothers studio orchestra in 1936, aged 19, has passed away at 98. She liked to reminisce about composers whose scores she premiered (you can hear her on soundtrack to this day): Max Steiner was my favorite. He was very sweet, and he really knew how to write […]