Seattle Opera stalwart dies at 90
The tenor and stage director Lincoln Clark, who looked after Seattle’s legendary first Ring for a decade after George London’s departure, has died. A student of Lotte Lehmann, Lincoln sang in European opera houses in the 1960s.
Final chords for an abandoned piano
A passing video picks out a piano at a Tyneside landfill site in the north east of England. Beside it, a clearance worker called Glenn Akenclose plays its last farewell. Life, huh?
Three Krenek operas to be staged in Frankfurt
The new season, announced this morning includes three house premieres of short stage works by Ernst Krenek, on of the most successful inter-War composers, later exiled to Los Angeles. Ernst Křenek Der Diktator (The Dictator / first performance in Frankfurt) Schwergewicht oder Die Ehre der Nation (Heavyweight or the Honour of the Nation /first performance […]
Academic study: Classical reviews have not changed in 90 years
A research study by Swiss and British scholars has confirmed what many have long suspected: that classical music critics are clinging to criteria that have long since lost their relevance. That conclusion must, however, be limited by the study’s terms of reference: the scholars examined 90 years of reviews of the 32 Beethoven sonatas in […]
Human remains are found beneath US orchestra stage
Arm and leg bones belonging to at least four individuals have been found by workmen clearing asbestos beneath the stage of Cincinnati Music Hall. Coffins were also found in the same area. It is suspected that part of the hall was built on an abandoned cemetery. There has been no foul play in the Cincinnati […]
Covent Garden remembers a horn player
Tonight’s performance of Tannhauser was dedicated to the memory of Chris Davies, sub principal horn, who died of bowel cancer in February. Chris, who was 53, also played in the Brighton Philharmonic. Members of the ROH orchestra wore yellow daffodils to commemorate a proud Welshman.
Ion Holender: Abolish Bucharest National Opera
The former head of the Vienna State Opera, himself a Romanian, has said that the only way out of the calamity in Bucharest, where local artists are calling for foreigners to be thrown out, is for the institution to be abolished and replaced by a new one. Read here.
LA Phil concertmaster: I failed more auditions than I won
Nathan Cole, associate concertmaster in Los Angeles, has some good advice for people contemplating an audition for an orchestral place. Play to win, he urges. But what if you don’t? Let’s make one thing clear right away: to win an audition, you have to play musically. This isn’t power lifting, and you can’t crush the […]
Who killed the page turner?
The iPad, apparently. ‘To me, the practice of using a page-turner is a charming relic of an amateur age, when chamber music was largely played by amateurs for amateurs in an amateur setting,’ says pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn, who will use an iPad in a PCMS May concert with the Aizuri Quartet. ‘Today, page-turning – and […]
New video: Prince plays variations on Gershwin’s Summertime
Uploaded by Steve Purcell, who directed several videos for Prince in the 1990s, the take illustrates the acute musical ear and pianistic facility of the late rock star. Steve Purcell writes: ‘ This is August 2, 1990 sound check Osaka Japan. I spent six years of my life working for, creating with and laying the […]
Netrebko tells the Met she won’t sing Norma there, either
After cancelling her role debut at Covent Garden this September, the diva has told the Met to forget about Norma in 2017-18. ‘I have come to the unfortunate conclusion my voice has evolved in a different direction,’ she repeated. Next month, she sings Elsa in Lohengrin in Dresden. That’s the way she’s heading.