Tucson mourns ex-concertmaster
John Ferrell has died, at 90. Before settling in Tucson in 1974, he toured with the fabulous Stradivari Quartet.
Parsifal meets Kundry, a veiled Moslem
This is a rehearsal shot from Parsifal at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, where Nadja Michael is dressed as a veiled, implicitly oppressed Moslem woman on her first Act 1 entrance. True to Wagner? True to Islam? Or just a misplaced fashion statement? The director is Marcelo Lombardero.
Tim Page: On premature audience ejaculations
Several maestros have now made the point on Slipped Disc and elsewhere that audiences ought to be allowed to express their reactions in between movements of a musical work. Among them are Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Mark Elder and Daniel Barenboim. It may be time to abolish the mid-movement taboo- with certain qualifications. Our friend […]
An orchestra player’s viola is stolen… from a parked car
Ceridwen Davies, who plays in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, had her instrument taken from the locked boot of her parked car in St Kilda West. She has owned the Carlean Hutchins viola for the whole of her professional career. People… parked cars are not a safe place to leave precious things. Here’s another one.
Fly-by pluckers play classical guitar
An art installation in Montreal, Canada, sets small birds loose on amplified strings. Watch here.
Other Germanies: Opera singers face trial for confronting racist demo
The anti-foreigner Alternative für Deutschland movement held a demo outside the Mainz State Theatre on Saturday night. Singers responded by moving their Beethoven rehearsal to the lobby and belting out the Ode to Joy, as you can see below. They also unfurled a banner proclaiming Stop Racism. Now the singers are facing a criminal prosecution […]
A minute’s silence at Royal Opera for lost chorister
There was an unscheduled break in today’s Pagliacci rehearsal at Covent Garden. Cast and chorus were called to the side-stage and chorus director Renato Balsadonna broke the news very sensitively that Joan Carroll, friend and colleague, had died the night before of cancer. Joan was a fine singer, actress and larger than life personality who was loved […]
‘He redefined the meaning of concertmaster’
Frank Almond, the Milwaukee concertmaster, has written a beautiful memoir of Joseph Silverstein, the Boston legend who died yesterday, aged 83. In 1979 I was 15 years old and not sure I wanted to play the violin any more; I was in my hometown of San Diego coming off a hiatus of about a year […]
I left a 300 year-old cello in my car and it got stolen
Glendale police in California are searching for a maroon 2007 Acura ATL sedan, hich was stolen on November 1 from the Embassy Suites Hotel parking lot at 800 N. Central Ave. The car had a 300 year-old cello in the trunk. The cello has a label ‘Antonio Domenicelli Fecit en Ferrara 1714’. If you are offered […]
Vienna Opera laments a 30-year veteran
Uli Bender, a nice chap from the Staatsoper press office who went on to launch and run a hugely successful children’s opera programme, has died suddenly at the age of 69. Official notice here.
Esa-Pekka Salonen: ‘I don’t mind applause between movements’
That’s his answer today in a Guardian questionnaire. We think he’s the first front-rank conductor to endorse a more relaxed concerthall etiquette. Anyone else care to bend the rules? For a qualifying opinion, see here.