Just in: Domingo cancels Vienna
The baritone has pulled out of tomorrow’s Nabucco ‘for serious family reasons’. He is replaced by Zeljko Lucic. He’s due at Covent Garden next week.
Why do US orchs have to call in the Feds to talk to their musicians?
The Utah Symphony has signed a three-year contract with its musicians. That’s nice. But they could only do so with the help of a federal negotiator. ‘I’m proud of the successful outcome of these efforts and grateful for the musicians’ cooperation and support in ratifying this agreement early,’ said Melia Tourangeau, outgoing USUO President & […]
Jazz suffers two heavy losses
Bruce Lundvall died yesterday. A record-biz lifer he rekindled the jazz market in the 1980s by reviving the Blue Note label with such talents as Dianne Reeves, Norah Jones and Bobby McFerrin. A member of the CBS Masterworks team for two decades until then, he was a music-loving, self-effacing, talent-seeking kind of guy, the best […]
Breaking: German orchestras win pay rise
The result of yesterday’s wave of brief strikes was a swift agreement today to award all musicians in state orchestras and stage staff at opera houses a pay increase of 2.1 or 2.4 percent. ‘We always wanted them to get a well-deserved pay rise,’ said an employers’ spokesman. ‘The strikes were unnecessary.’ Read here (auf […]
Meet Dr Lang Lang
As of today, the Chinese pianist is an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts of New York University. The point being? To devalue the credibility of an NYU PhD. What in socks has he done to earn a doctorate?
What you think you heard them sing
Tim Page has started a compulsive thread on his Facebook page, calling in song lines that you totally misheard. Tim heard, ‘You’re like a maggot. I’m like a piece of meat.’ The real lyric is ‘You’re like a magnet. I’m like a piece of steel….’ (Not sure which is preferable.) I well remember a pop […]
Breaking: Met grabs harp from Paris Opéra
The wonderful Emmanuel Ceysson, principal harp at the Bastille for the past decade, has won the audition at the Metropolitan Opera for the seat left vacant by the death of Deborah Hoffman in February 2014. He starts in Tannhäuser this September. Here‘s how he describes the audition process: I loved the fairness of […]
Bass player, 36, is new Philharmonic manager
Word just in: the Antwerp Philharmonic has turned to Joost Maegerman to be its new intendant. Joost has been a member of the Rotterdam Philharmonic double-basses for the past few years, and chairman of the orchestra’s musicians board. He comes from Antwerp and still lives there. Rotterdam colleagues consider him a brilliant all-rounder. Yannick will be […]
Maestro stays (but moves)
The Minnesota Orchestra has renewed music director Osmo Vänskä to the end of the decade, by which time he will have been in charge for 16 years. It has also signed a new deal with the musicians, raising minimum salaries to $2,127 a week by 2020 and increasing the number of players from 78 to 88. […]
Sicklist: Berlin Phil hit by Four Last Songs withdrawal
Angela Denoke has pulled out of Gianandrea Noseda’s Berlin Philharmonic debut this weekend with a sick note. Due to sing the Strauss Four Last Songs, she is replaced at very short notice for the three concerts by the Finnish soprano, Camilla Nylund, a Philharmonie regular who happened to be in Berlin, rehearsing Ariadne at the […]