Israeli conductor wins US orchestra
The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra has chosen Yaniv Dinur as its next music director, starting this summer. Dinur, 36, is Ed De Waart’s assistant conductor at the Milwaukee Symphony.
Hilary Hahn gives concerts for babies
Message from Hilary: When I was a brand-new parent, I really wanted to take my baby with me to a grownup classical concert, something that I would normally attend myself. But I couldn’t find any that were geared towards the parents while welcoming babies. So I decided to fill the gap. I started giving […]
Music to make a child cry
The weekly diary of violinist Anthea Kreston: I am on my way to Denmark for four days. Jason is away for over two weeks now, in Japan and Korea with a Berlin orchestra. He plays two Mahler symphonies and – actually I don’t even know what else, or who the conductor is. All he […]
A defeatist statement from the NEA
Statement from National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu Today we learned that the President’s FY 2018 budget blueprint proposes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts. We are disappointed because we see our funding actively making a difference with individuals of all ages in thousands of communities, large, small, urban and […]
Deep cut: Seattle Opera lays off six staff
It has been overspending by $2-3 million a year for a decade. Full story here.
The festival of forgotten operas
Wexford has just announced its 2017 menu: Luigi Cherubini’s Medea (premiered Paris 1859, last seen when?) Jacopo Foroni’s Margherita (premiered Milan, 1848, never recorded) Franco Alfano’s Risurrezione (premiered Turin 1904, awaiting resurrection) Keen to see two out of these three.
New York prefers a great manager to a great conductor
When the Berlin Philharmonic selected a successor to Sir Simon Rattle two years ago, the players shortlisted the three most successful conductors in Germany, judged by their summer performances in Bayreuth. Kirill Petrenko defeated Christian Thielemann in a close ballot. The third man, Andris Nelsons, picked up the Gewandhaus orchestra and Boston Symphony as runner-up […]
The mezzo-soprano who makes porn films
Adrineh Simonian was a prominent singer at the Vienna Volksoper from 2001 to 2014. She sang Carmen, Cherubino, Donna Elvira and most of the frontline mezzo-soprano roles. Then she changed career. For the past year, Adrineh has been directing what she calls ‘experimental feminist porn films’. It might be a comedy act. See for yourselves. […]
Slight decline in Berlin audiences
Attendance at operas and concerts showed a slight dip in 2016, from 3.1 million to 3.05. But the overall picture, released today, is impressive. The Berlin Philharmonic sold almost quarter of a million tickets, at 91 percent of capacity. The Konzerthas sold 150,000 seats. Of the three opera houses, the Deutsche Oper played to 238,000 people […]
President Trump confirms death penalty for arts funding
As predicted, the US budget plan announced yesterday proposes to abolish four cultural funding agencies. They are the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Will Congress show any heart for the arts? There’s time still to call […]
Sense of relief as worst-run orchestra loses its president
The calamitous Orchestra de la Suisse Romande of Geneva may be about to turn a new leaf. Florence Notter, who has chaired the board through four years of comic comings and goings, has said she will step down in June. Maybe she’ll apply to run Fifa up the road.