Look, Peter Gelb: Young opera lovers…
This has just been posted by Angela Gjeorghiu, 45 minutes before an ROH Boheme screening in Trafalgar Square.
US Airways knows its instruments
The airline has issued SPECIAL BAGGAGE REGULATIONS: ANTLERS – large antlers my be checked in on most flights, (one RACK per passenger), for a fee of $150. On Dash * aircraft only medium sizes antlers will be accepted. On CRJ aircraft only small antlers will be accepted. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS – Musical instruments are considered […]
‘We fled the opera in our nighties’ – a memoir of beloved Eilene
The mezzo-soprano Fiona Kimm contributes this impression of the late Eilene Hannan. I was very sad to hear of the death of Eilene Hannan last week, at the early age of sixty eight. Not only was she a singer with a voice of remarkable beauty, but a supportive and generous colleague, who made working with […]
No apology from no-pay Beethoven festival
Chicago’s non-paying Beethoven Festival has posted the following website statement: A new announcement will shortly be made about the status of Beethoven Festival: WALKABOUT 2014, in light of recent events. We appreciate your patience at this time. For ‘recent events’, read exposure on Slipped Disc. This is no way to get back into business, George […]
Just in: Covent Garden closes a 95% season
Royal Opera director Kaspar Holten has tweeted the remarkable result. The house played opera to near-capacity in 2013/14. Peter Gelb’s pessimistic pronouncements stand in splendid isolation. If everyone else is filling the house and he is not, what conclusion can we draw?
Violinist claims half a billion Youtube hits
This is Lindsey Stirling. Nobody has done bigger. She plays. She dances. She talks about her eating disorder. ABC News | ABC Sports News
Cool video: Two violin gangs tough it out on New York streets
Members of the National Youth Orchestra of the USA settle their differences in the cellars of Purchase College, SUNY.
Announcing new partners for Slipped Disc
Eagle-eyed readers will have seen a liquid stream of news running at the bottom of the Slipped Disc main page. It comes from our former hosts, www.artsjournal.com, who are happy to continue that relationship with a reciprocal stream of www.slippedisc.com stories. (Thanks, Doug.) Also uploaded today is our new community page, occupied by Hello Stage. […]
Tabea gets to play Beethoven’s viola
It’s usually kept in a locked cabinet in the Beethoven Haus, but Tabea Zimmerman sweet-talked the Bonn curators to let her give it a go at the international chamber music masterclass. Beethoven apparently played it in local groups before he left for Vienna.
‘Mikado’ is denounced in US as racist. Next step, a ban?
The Gilbert and Sullivan send-up of Europe’s late 19th century mania for Japanese culture has run into heavy waters in Seattle. Sharon Pian Chan, an op-ed editor of the Seattle Times, calls it ‘yellowface, in your face’. Needless to say, she hasn’t seen the show. But her column is widely read and Sharon has taken […]