First false move by Met union
A statement from the musicians union president Tino Gagliardi has been sent our way. Published in an old-school workers’ journal, it amounts to an attack on Peter Gelb’s policy of promoting new operas – which Mr Gagliardi considers avant-garde – and which he claims have been box-office failures. Quote: He also notes the avant-garde operas Gelb champions to draw younger customers […]
A musical survivor from the genocide no-one dares to mention
I came across a lovely piece in a rural newspaper about a conductor, Vartan Melkonian, who works with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Vartan grew up in Beirut, Lebanon, as a street kid, the orphaned child of refugees who escaped genocide – the planned destruction of their race by a ruthless empire. He spent the first […]
BBC I-player is down. Bad news for the Proms.
The BBC i-player has been largely shut down by what is described as a ‘technical problem’. The BBC press office said it was ‘some people cannot access certain parts of BBC online ..We are working hard to fix this as soon as possible.’ An ever-increasing proportion of the Proms audience accesses the concerts via the […]
New Orleans veteran trumpet dies, aged 103
Lionel Ferbos died today, two days after his 103rd birthday party. He had been playing in New Orleans bands since before Louis Armstrong was famous and toured the world several times.
Rare video: Rubinstein tells Slava a Heifetz story
(en francais, but you can get the gist from the last line). Post by Meloclassic.
What it feels like to lose the music in your life
A wonderful, lyrical, moving essay by Ménières sufferer, John Cotter.
Two old Menuhin boys go ape on Slipped Disc
The Grosse Kammermusik recitalists Igudesman and Joo have a chequered shirt – recte, career – as concert artists who actually keep an audience awake. That’s not very good for business. There were complaints in Baden-Baden. Slipped Disc caught up with the dangerous pair while they were ironing the shirt – sorry, the music – for their […]
Breaking: Anti-gay Tamar to sing at fund-raiser for victims of oppression
Tamar Iveri, the Georgian soprano hustled out of Australia after homophobic sentiments were found on her Facebook page, is starting to rebuild her career. She called a press conference in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital, to announce she will give a charity concert on National Coming Out Day, October 11. ‘This is to apologize and to express […]
Just in: San Diego Opera signs deal with its defeated bosses
Tight-lipped company statement: San Diego Opera, Ian Campbell, and Ann Spira Campbell announced today that they have mutually resolved their differences arising out of their former employment relationships. Out of respect for each other’s privacy, no further comments about these resolutions will be made by any of the parties. We hope not much money changed […]
Great tenor is rushed to hospital
We hear that Carlo Bergonzi, who turned 90 last week, has been taken to hospital in a serious condition. We pray for his full recovery.