An orchestra loses nuclear energy
The FAZ reports the death of the Camerata Nucleare, orchestra of the German atomic energy industry. The sector is in decline and the orchestra of employees, which toured extensively and released four CDS, has been pensioned off. At the press of a button. photo: Marcus Lechner
Tears and fears as two stars are forced to give up their violins
Time ran out this weekend for Frank-Peter Zimmermann. The German virtuoso has surrendered his Lady Inchiquin Stradivarius to a financial body, Portigon, that is obliged to sell it for the highest price. The violinist has played the instrument on loan for 12 years and has been trying to buy it at a price suggested by two […]
International airport stages composer exhibition
No prizes for guessing where. Helsinki Airport is running a major photographic exhibition on Jean Sibelius and Finland in the 1930s to the 1960s. Get early to gate area 32–38. More info here. The exhibition consists of five different sections displaying the versatility of the production of three Finnish artists, Heikki Aho, Björn Soldan and […]
The Passenger is taking flight
When David Pountney staged Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s opera in London almost four years ago, almost all the daily newspaper critics scorned it. Since then, the opera has grown and grown, in performances in German, Houston and New York. On Tuesday, it reaches Chicago. David Pountney’s production has been blighted by two tragic deaths – of its designer, Johan […]
Asterix composer is no more
Gérard Calvi, who won the Prix de Rome in 1945 (where was Boulez?) and his greatest fame as composer of the French TV cartoon Asterix, has died at 93. He also wrote Le prisonnier de la tour for Édith Piaf and an opera on a Ionesco play but his greatest service was as resident or 20 years […]
Maestro move: Successor named to Dennis Russell Davies
The Bruckner Orchester Linz today ended a six month search for a new chiefc onductor. From September, Markus Poschner will take over. Poschner, 43, is general music director in Bremen and, as of last month, also chief of Orchestra della Svizzera italiana in Lugano. His agent’s phone must have turned white-hot.
Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I have never known stage fright’
‘I’m just one of those stage monsters, not afraid of anything,’ the great tenor tells BBCs’s Desert Island Discs. Listen here. He has much to say about saving Wagner from his excesses: ‘why would a composer destroy his own tunes by his texts?’ In other comments, Kaufmann mentions that he refuses to sign contracts five […]
Berlin’s best-known bass
Reiner Süß,a star of the Deutsche Staatsoper from 1959 and a fixture on East German television with Da liegt Musike drin, has died just short of his 85th birthday. He featured on numerous recordings.
A great Italian director has died
The immaculate director Luca Ronconi, responsible for opera productions at La Scala, Vienna, Salzburg and elsewhere, has died at the age of 81. Like his French colleague Patrice Chéreau, he divided his life between theatre and opera, not bothering much with film or American fame and seldom putting a foot wrong. He worked with Abbado, […]
Berlin names conductor election date
It’s May 11, according to Berliner Morgenpost. All 120+ members of the orchestra are obliged to turn up and vote for a new chief conductor. If you’re looking for straws in the wind, Mariss Jansons conducts the orchestra the previous two nights.
Poland mourns a music director
The death has been announced of Antoni Wicherek, aged 86. Wicherek, who joined the Communist Party in 1961, was artistic director of Warsaw Opera from 1973 to 1981 before leaving to work in Egypt, Switzerland and Germany. Returning in 1991, he led the Lodz Opera for four years, presiding over the premiere of Penderecki’s Roi […]