Long ago I had an interview lined up with Claudio at the LSO’s office. I got there on time, all prepped, only to be told by an apologetic GM he had gone out to play soccer with orchestra members.
Photo 4 shows Shostakovich smiling, which is a rarity.
I remember reading in Domingo’s autobiography how he came out for a bow at the end of a performance and held up a big placard with the score of the big football match that was happening the same afternoon. (I don’t remember if it was a World Cup match or what) Apparently the local favorites had won, and the crowd went bonkers.
Is that really Karajan kicking a violists head after rehearsal?
Nice photo of George Pretre too.
The very first “Three Tenors” concert (in Rome, 1990) was held to coincide with the World Cup being played there.
Is Bocelli classical?
Let’s see what an unquestionably great classical singer, Thomas Quasthoff, had to say about Bocelli in an interview with Norman Lebrecht.
“[Quasthoff’s] contempt for those who blur qualitative distinctions and abuse the vocal art is positively withering.
“Andrea Bocelli is not an opera singer,” he proclaims, “and I cannot understand why Pavarotti should have called him ‘my successor’. What is that? Where are we living? Where is the quality? Why are big conductors making records with this guy? I am a teacher, and I know how hard it is to learn classical singing. He is not a classical artist.” ”
. . a cross between a cow and coyote?
Netrebko – blonde??
Soon, she will be singing “Starke Scheite schichtet mir dort”.
“Click on the pictures above that have a soccer ball”
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