These are some of the earliest known notations. h/t Joel Cohen.
All together now: Chad gad-ya… Read more here.
And you thought Hamburg was all about Brahms…
Fascinating experiment in Columbus, Ohio. More should try it.
Axel Köhler has quit as intendant of Halle Opera after having 3 million Euros slashed from his purse and being ordered to cut 113 jobs. Here’s his letter.
Peter McGillivray is undergoing surgery today after a freak accident during a performance of Boheme at Manitoba Opera. Here’s his account:
For the benefit of those in more easterly time zones, a short note to let you know that I’m in hospital in Winnipeg this morning awaiting orthopaedic surgery to reattach my tendon to my kneecap. It was…an eventful performance of La Boheme last night.
Standing on top of a table after beating Giles near senseless with a baguette, I stepped down onto a rickety chair which promptly shattered and I fell with my full weight on my knee. Helped off the stage by our lovely ASM, Kathryn, my dazzling colleagues were still able to finish the show with poise & inspired improvisation.
Thanks to everyone at Manitoba Opera for taking care of me both before and after getting to hospital. Now I’m on standby for surgery, and am hoping to walk out of here later today if all goes well. Please send good thoughts, prayers & whisky (clear fluids, amiright?)
Arkadiusz Burski has died in Switzerland, where he taught for 20 years and founded the Polmusic agency. Before that, he performed widely in Poland and Italy. The death was announced on his facebook site.
There had been rumours around for a while that all was not well chez Kaufmann. Now he’s confirmed the split on his site:
Margarete Joswig and Jonas Kaufmann would like to communicate hereby that they have separated.
Very sad. Many thought them the perfect pair.
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The 2014 award, worth 6.9 million Swedish krona, has gone to a woman-averse orch the diva used to admire. Not the most sensitive of selections.
Sajid Javid, 44, is a former V-P at Chase Manhattan and MD at Deutsche Bank. He lists no cultural interests. Lot to learn.
He replaces Maria Miller, brought down by expenses confusion and bare-faced arrogance.