Placido Domingo plans next Operalia in darkest Kazakhstan
It has been announced that the 25th Operalia competition will take place in July 2017 n one of the most corrupt oligarchies on earth, the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan. The country is still ruled by its last Soviet-era leader, Nursultan Äbishuly Nazarbayev. Operalia will be accompanied by the Astana Opera orchestra and paid for by […]
Saint John Tavener has been admitted to the pantheon
The new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, out today, contains an extensive entry on the mystic composer, Sir John Tavener, written by Dr Edward Venn of the University of Leeds. Tavener died in 2013 and the DNB, the ultimate celebrity portal, likes to let the dust settle before composing the last obit. When I asked […]
Harp world engages in battle for the crown
From a plucky insider plucker: Here’s a rare opporunity to peer into the arcane world of the harp. As the “empress” Susann McDonald (pictured) retires from the University of Indiana, the world will see how fairly the succession process is handled. Will it be her hand-picked proteges, or a spectrum of the best? […]
Mayor kills off an orchestra on his Facebook page
Brazil has abolished another orchestra, this time by social media. The new Mayor of Sao José, Felicio Ramuth announced on Facebook that the sao josé dos campos symphony orchestra has been permanently closed. He said in a Fb video message that the city cannot pay its water bills, let alone its health care. The rest […]
Sicklist: Yoncheva is out for the month
Monte Carlo Opera have been left scrabbling for a replacement Manon. Sonya Yoncheva has pulled out with severe back pain. Two subs step up: Anne-Catherine Gillet for the first performances, Vannina Santoni for the last. Yoncheva will also miss the main French music awards night, Les Victoires. More inf at forumopera. Sonya has messaged: Chers amis, je suis […]
A Verve founder has died
Composer Buddy Bregman, Verve’s first A&R man, has died at 86. A nephew of Broadway tunesmith Jule Styne, Bregman was music director for the Eddie Fisher Show and later worked for the BBC and ITV’s Rediffusion.
Help save ancient scores in shut-down Munich nunnery
From an AP report: Since 1496, the former Benedictine abbey in Altomuenster has housed a female religious order founded by Saint Bridget in Sweden in the 14th century. It is one of three monasteries of the original branch of the scholarly, monastic order operating today. But with its numbers in decline, Sister Apollonia now lives […]
A Pavarotti mezzo has died, at 89
We’re informed that Laura Didier-Gambardella, the Chilean mezzo-soprano died today at the Casa di Riposo Giuseppe Verdi in Milan at 89 years old. She was a regular Pavarotti partner.
A dazzling Dutch violinist leaves IMG
Is the outgoing trickle turning into a flood? Today, the violinst Simone Lamsma – a favourite of the incoming NY Phil chief Jaap van Zweden – quit the crumbling mega-store and signed with boutique Solea Management. Solea also look after Chopin winner Seong-Jin Cho, Beatice Rana Fabien Gabel, the Modigliani Quartet and Olivier Latry.
This week’s US best-seller sold under 200 copies
There’s a doubly gloomy set of Nielsen Scan statistics this week. Apart from Il Volo – who are not really classical and shifted 900 units – no classical recording broke 200. Daniil Trifonov was top, for what it’s worth, with 190. But what’s really, really depressing is that an appearance on The Late Show by […]