1950s gay-themed opera sells out in Montreal
The first night of Les Feluettes sold out last night at the Opéra de Montréal despite some subscribers returning their tickets. The opera, co-commissioned with Pacific Opera Victoria is based on a play by Michel Marc Bouchard with music by the Australian composer Kevin March. First report here. photo Yves Renaud
Toronto Symphony: It’s a lot worse than it looks
Since the turn of the year, the orchestra has learned that its music director Peter Oundjian is stepping down in 2018. Then its president, Jeff Melanson, got tangled in a sensational divorce case with implication for his hiring practices and was gone before sunrise. Now the orchestra is facing a $12 million deficit, or […]
Germany demands rescue plan for EU youth orchestra
Germany’s culture minister, the estimable Monika Grütters, has said her government will work in Brussels to find a solution that will prevent the abolition of the European Union Youth Orchestra. Ms Grütters is politically and personally close to Chancellor Merkel. The Brussels culture commissioner Tibor Navracsics has suddenly said he does not rule out the […]
When a soprano in her 80s steps up to sing Verdi
Here’s what we know of the concert. It took place on May 8 in Torino. The octogenarian soprano Fauta Truffa sang “La Vergine degli angeli” from “Forza del destino” by Verdi. The chorus consisted of members from the Coro di Torino and Coro ArcalRai. The conductor was Riccardo Berruto. The pianist, Andrea Turchetto. Astonishing.
The composer the Dutch don’t want to know
Hans Kox turned 86 this week. Once celebrated at the Concertgebouw, he lives now in near oblivion. John Borstlap, a friend and soulmate takes up his cause: Kox’s career with its extreme ups and downs reflects the cultural climate of Holland from the 1950s on. Born in 1930, he made a brilliant career in […]
The ultimate London Symphony
This week’s Lebrecht Album of the Week: There has only ever been one live cycle of the Vaughan Williams symphonies – by the late Richard Hickox – and the recorded versions – Boult, Previn, Handley, Hickox, Slatkin, Paul Daniel – are not always distinguished by the best of British orchestral playing. So the heart soars […]
Semyon Bychkov lashes out at EU
The international conductor has added his voice to the condemnation of the EU’s decision to defund its youth orchestra. He writes: The decision taken by the European Community to stop subsidizing its Youth Orchestra is a grave political error on the part of those whose role it is to protect culture and its institutions, the […]
Rahbari launches new Persian orchestra
Forced out of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, the conductor has rolled his own. Information just received: A new orchestra is to be launched in Tehran under the artistic leadership of Maestro Alexander Rahbari. The Persian Philharmonic Orchestra will be the first self governing orchestra in Iran, modelled on self governing orchestras in other parts of […]
Are you an old-school opera singer, or new?
The ultimate A:B test across the board. How do you score? Watch out for Kaufmann vis Fillipeschi at 14:00.
Avanti Coppola: Hollywood director makes opera debut tomorrow
It’s La Traviata in Rome, directed by Sofia Coppola, entire run of 15 performances sold out. Jader Bignamini conducts. Francesca Dotto and Maria Grazia Schiavo are double-cast as Violetta. Antonio Poli, Arturo Chacon-Cruz and Matteo Desole alternate as Alfredo. The sets are by Nathan Crowley, a British production designer who worked on Batman films. Valentino’s […]