Brian Elias’s ballet The Judas Tree is being revived at Covent Garden and there’s a new CD on my desk.
Retired residents of Aldeburgh don’t want more visitors, apparently.
The designated music director of the Metropolitan Opera will conduct his first Wagner opera in the house on April 25.
It is a fairly low-key Flying Dutchman revival with Michael Volle as the Dutchman, Amber Wagner as Senta and Jay Hunter Morris as Erik. The opera has not been seen at the Met for seven years.
He has never been one for giving interviews. Such public comments as he utters are often disparaging. He is an intensely private artist who has preserved some kind of individualist integrity in Putinist Russia. He was caught once as a hostage in a war of oligarchs; he is more careful now.
Mikhail Pletnev turned 60 this weekend (April 14 or 15, the date is disputed).
Winner of the 1978 Tchaikovsky competition, he is among the most interesting, least showy pianists of our time – as well as a compelling conductor of limited repertoire.