Swedish mezzo-soprano attacks Birgit Nilsson banknote
Malena Ernman has good intentions, but her political opposition to Birgit Nilsson in a Wagner role on a new banknote is plain silly. And the media suggestion that Nilsson was antisemitic is based on a selective misreading of her autobiography. Read below. 500 kr banknote controversy Opera singer Malena Ernman has criticized the Riksbank […]
Cleveland mourns lifelong leader
The death has been announced of James D. Ireland III, president of the Cleveland Orchestra from 2002 to 2008 and a continuing force as fundraiser and adviser. ‘It is exceptionally rare to find someone who has loved The Cleveland Orchestra so deeply and who has served this Orchestra and this community so effectively as Jamie […]
Jonas Kaufmann: ‘If you stop, you realise how tired you are’
The tenor has given a very revealing interview in English to EuroNews about technique, singing out and never being able to relax. Watch. This is how it’s done.
Maestro move: Swiss orch names new chief
Our copains at resmusica report a new music director at the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana (OSI) in Lugano. The German conductor Markus Poschner, 43, will become music director. Vladimir Ashkenazy remains principal guest conductor. Poschner is presently Generalmusikdirektor in Bremen. Ashkenazy will conduct the opening of the town’s new hall in September. photo (c) Marco Borggreve
British composer wins 50,000 Euro prize
Berlin based and busy mostly in Germany, Rebecca Saunders has been awarded the Mauricio Kagel prize for being ‘a persistent seeker in the realms of sound’. She has been composer in residence at the concert halls of Dortmund and Dresden and has achieved one premiere at the BBC Proms (pictured, 2009, by Chris Christodoulou/Lebrecht Music&Arts). […]
Music director: I was tortured in Venezuela
America’s newest music director, Carlos Izcaray, went public last year on his experiences in his home country, where he maintains that the regime routinely tortures suspected dissidents.He was subjected to gas attacks and electric shocks before being released. He has since become a vociferous opponent in exile of the Chavez and post-Chavez government. This week, […]
Who’s this on Sweden’s new banknotes?
Yo-ho, to-ho, it’s Birgit Nilsson. Coming to your bank October 2015.
Slowest-ever January for new classical recordings?
An editor mentioned she was finding it hard to find new releases for review this month. Others chimed in that the record industry’s output is not much more than a trickle, much of it bottom-of-barrel stuff. On the other side of the till, this week’s US sales figures have gone back to abysmal. Bocelli tops […]
Holland loses its greatest opera champion
Fred Lingen has died. Holland owes him its opera house. He founded the Wagner Society in 1961 and was artistic adviser to the Friends of the Opera from its inception. Pierre Audi, director of De Nederlandse Opera, writes to Slipped Disc: ‘He was the most important opera lover DNO will ever know. A man […]
Growing US calls to cancel Gergiev award
Valery Gergiev is due to give two performances this weekend with the Mariinsky Orchestra at Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he will receive the 2015 UMS Distinguished Artist Award. Calls to cancel the award are being heard from gay groups and anti-Putin academics. Here’s a very lucid statement of the case against Gergiev: Why I […]
Two sopranos get captioned at Covent Garden
A splendid photograph by Fritz Curzon from the current Andrea Chenier shows Rosalind Plowright in pursuit of Eva Westbroek. Rosalind used to be an international soprano until she toned it down to mezzo. Her husband added the caption to Fritz’s pic and she gifted it to Eva on the first night. So cool. The word […]