Russia’s most elusive artist turns 60
He has never been one for giving interviews. Such public comments as he utters are often disparaging. He is an intensely private artist who has preserved some kind of individualist integrity in Putinist Russia. He was caught once as a hostage in a war of oligarchs; he is more careful now. Mikhail Pletnev turned 60 […]
Sicklist: Baden-Baden loses its Scarpia
The Italian baritone Marco Vratogna has taken over the villain’s role in Tosca. photo: Laila Pozzo The Festival says: ‘Due to a last-minute illness, Evgeny Niktin will unfortunately not be able to sing.’
Dylan’s ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ has died
The death has been reported of Bruce Langhorne, Greenwich Village folk guitarist and friend of Bob Dylan, inspiration of his song, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’. Langhorne played several tracks on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan album. Aged 78, he spent the last two years in a care home, following a double-stroke.
This orchestra is conducted by a dinosaur
This is the Colorado Symphony performing John Williams’ theme from Jurassic Park this week. The conductor was Christopher Dragon, apparently. No fire was breathed.
Music store donates 21 pianos to schools
This is local news with universal implications. Millers Music, of Sussex Street, Cambridge, have donated 21 upright pianos to schools to mark the company’s 160th anniversary. This is both kind and shrewd. The kids who get to play those pianos will be future Millers customers. Other firms should emulate. More here.
Is the glass ceiling getting higher?
An extensive report from Peter Alexander in Boulder, Colorado, finds that it is much easier for women to get into orchestras than to be accepted as composers. First the good news: professional orchestras are filled with women today, a vast contrast to 40 or 50 years ago when orchestras were almost entirely male. This is […]
Just in: Burchuladze to head St Petersburg theatre
We hear that the great Georgian bass Paata Burchuladze has been appointed artistic director of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg. He will also sing in some productions. Burchuladze was recently a presidential candidate in Georgia.
Tragedy: Opera chorus master, 36, is found shot dead
Reuben Allred was completing a doctorate at the University of North Texas while working as assistant chorus master at the Dallas Opera. A talented pianist with a gift for friendship, he was found dead on Monday with a self-inflicted gunshot wound near a pond in South Denton, Texas. His death has been classified a suicide. The […]
A Wagner library is kept out of Bayreuth
Gottfried Wagner, black-sheep son of the Wolfgang dynasty, has donated his books and papers to the Zurich public library, it was disclosed today. Gottfried, who is 70 this week, has written extensively about the antisemitism of the Wagner family and its complicity in Hitler’s crimes.
Q: Ms Netrebko, what have you learned from failure?
A: I haven’t made that many mistakes. Interview here.
US opera founder bows out with cancer
An Important Message from MOT It is with heavy hearts we share the news that our beloved founder and artistic director David DiChiera has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. David is and has been a driving force in the opera community and the city of Detroit, pushing the art form forward and using it […]