Bad tweets from the Canaries

Bad tweets from the Canaries


norman lebrecht

April 22, 2011

My little dickie-bird in Tenerife tells me that the government is trying to scale down the music conservatory in order to spend more money on Anna Netrebko and friends at the high-profile music festival.

Here’s a local press report in Spanish. And here’s another. It would be pretty awful if this sort of thing were allowed to go through. We’d all have to go looking for another island paradise.

Tenerife is supposed to be Europe’s Capital of Culture in 2016. Might have to rethink that, too.


  • Rosana Martins says:

    This type of attitude has helped to destroy many concert series, festivals and maybe even some orchestras. Why spend a fortune engaging one single artist to the detriment of the remainder of the season?
    The time of super stars with huge fees is passed. Better programming should take it’s place!!!

  • Alberto Martinez says:

    And the goverment wants to eliminate organ, harpischord, harp, accordion , composition, musicology , music pedagogy from the curriculum , will they mantain the maraccas?