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In today’s classical news, members of Royal Albert Hall have been criticised by reselling unwanted tickets using sites such as Viagogo and StubHub for a profit, instead of returning the tickets to the hall’s official ticket system. Bogdan Roscic has been appointed as the Vienna State Opera’s next director from 2020 and New York’s Metropolitan Opera has cancelled a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino by the Catalan director Calixto Bieito. Germany saw music sales increase over 2% last year, with vinyls and paid streaming being the largest contributors.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Albert Hall members criticised for reselling tickets

Royal Albert Hall members have been criticised by a former president for reselling tickets outside of the hall’s official ticket return system.

Opera Now Magazine

Vienna State Opera appoints new boss

Bogdan Roscic has been appointed as the Vienna State Opera’s next director from 2020. Roscic, a senior executive in the recording industry, was considered an outsider for one of opera’s most coveted positions since he has no experience of running an opera house.

Met cancels Bieito production

In what has been described as a ‘cost-cutting measure’, New York’s Metropolitan Opera has announced that it has cancelled a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino by the Catalan director Calixto Bieito.

Opera by 11-year-old receives ovation in Vienna

An 11-year-old British composer Alma Deutscher has received a standing ovation in Vienna for the premiere of her opera, Cinderella.

The New York Times

100 Years of New York Philharmonic Milestones, by the Earful

It was 100 years ago this Friday — on Jan. 20, 1917 — that the New York Philharmonic cut its first record.

The Washington Post

American music for an inaugural week

The National Symphony Orchestra is getting better at connecting to the world outside its doors. On Thursday night, the day before the inauguration, Gianandrea Noseda, its music director designate, led an all-American, presidentially focused program, including Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” and suites from John Williams’s scores to “Lincoln” and “JFK.”

Klassik.com

US-amerikanische Sopranistin Roberta Peters gestorben

Die US-amerikanische Sopranistin Roberta Peters ist tot. Nach Angaben ihrer Familie starb die Sängerin im Alter von 86 Jahren an den Folgen einer Parkinson-Erkrankung.

Musik Heute

Ádám Fischer wird Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper

Der ungarische Dirigent Ádám Fischer (67) wird Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper. Das teilte das Haus am Donnerstag mit. Die Ernennung soll am 26. Januar nach einer Aufführung von Mozarts “Don Giovanni” erfolgen.

Musikexpress

Vinyl-Umsatz steigt auch in Deutschland auf höchsten Wert seit 25 Jahren

Der deutsche Musikmarkt ist im vergangenen Jahr um über zwei Prozent gewachsen. Vor allem bezahltes Musikstreaming (+73%) und Vinylverkäufe (+41%) konnten zulegen, während für CDs (-9,6%) und Downloads (-19,4%) im Jahr 2016 weniger Geld ausgeben wurde als im Vorjahr.

Neue Musikzeitung

Generationswechsel bei Breitkopf & Härtel

Lieselotte Sievers, geschäftsführende Gesellschafterin, hat die Geschäftsführung des Musikverlages Breitkopf & Härtel an Sebastian Mohr und Nick Pfefferkorn übergeben

Le Figaro

Investiture de Donald Trump: comment les stars américaines lui ont tourné le dos

Douche froide pour le nouveau président américain. Il imaginait son arrivée sur les marches du Capitole comme une intronisation à paillettes, avec stars à gogo et tubes à sa (dé)mesure… Le magnat de l’immobilier a vite déchanté. Retour sur la très laborieuse organisation de cette cérémonie.

France musique

La programmation du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2017 dévoilée

Sur son site internet, le Festival d’Aix-en-Provence a publié le programme de sa prochaine édition. Et cette année encore, création mondiale, Mozart, et de grands noms du monde lyrique s’y croiseront.

El Mundo

Más de cien Grammys para el ADDA

Claro y conciso, el presidente de la Diputación de Alicante, César Sánchez, resaltó esta cifra durante la presentación de la programación estival del Adda y de la temporada sinfónica 2017-2018 en la feria Fitur de Madrid.

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Music History @today_classical  in 2014 Death of Italian Claudio in Milan.

Music History @today_classical  in 1855 Birth of French Amedee-Ernest

BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Die Stimme von ist zurück! Gestern in “Lohengrin” an der . Freude und Applaus!

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(Written on January 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, read about musicians Nico Muhly and Nadia Sirota making classical cool, a festival featuring a whole weekend of music written by composers aged under 18, and the appalling salaries and internships that are killing diversity in the classical music industry. Also, Wiener Musikverein announces death of French maestro conductor, Georges Prêtre.

VICE News

Making classical cool

Read about musicians that are reinventing classical music for a new generation.

The Irish Times

‘Piano and violin lend themselves to youth and precocity’

From Schubert and Mendelssohn to 11-year-old Alma Deutscher, Finghin Collins is about to present a whole weekend of music written by composers aged under 18.

The Violin Channel

Czech Phil Extends Music Director Jiri Belohlavek for 6 More Years

The Czech Philharmonic has announced the contract extension of Music Director Jirí Belohlavek for an additional 6 seasons.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical Opera announces The Mozartists

Classical Opera has announced plans to extend its concert work under a new name.

Appalling salaries and internships are killing diversity in our industry

If you work in the arts, the chances are you have shared a horror story about your first salary, probably post-scripted with a chuckling ‘good job we’re not in this industry for the money’ disclaimer.

Le Monde

Georges Prêtre, une passion viennoise

Le chef d’orchestre français, ami de Maria Callas et de Francis Poulenc, est mort le 4 janvier à l’âge de 92 ans.

The New York Times

Karel Husa, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer, Dies at 95

Karel Husa, a Czech-born American composer who won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1969 and the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition in 1993, died on Dec. 14 at his home in Apex, N.C.

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Eine Extra-Genehmigung zum Fest – Wieland Wagners 100. Geburtstag

Für Wieland Wagner macht Bayreuth eine Ausnahme. Eigentlich darf im berühmten Opernhaus auf dem Grünen Hügel ausnahmslos das Werk von Richard Wagner aufgeführt werden. Doch für den Enkel des berühmten Komponisten drückt die Richard-Wagner-Stiftung ein Auge zu.

Der Tagesspiegel

Georges Prêtre mit 92 Jahren gestorben

Er gehörte zu den Größten seiner Zunft, leitete die Wiener Philharmoniker und war Generaldirektor der Pariser Oper. Der französische Dirigent Georges Prêtre ist mit 92 Jahren gestorben.

Musik Heute

Semperoper plant zwei “Ring”-Serien mit Thielemann

Die Sächsische Staatsoper führt im kommenden Jahr Richard Wagners Zyklus “Der Ring des Nibelungen” in zwei Serien auf. Die musikalische Leitung übernehme erstmals Christian Thielemann.

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Music History @today_classical in 2016 Death of French and conductor Pierre

MUSIK HEUTE @Musik_Heute Geiger setzt seine Sendung bei fort

The Violin Channel @violinchannel WACKY WEDNESDAY | Meet Shostakovich’s Gigantic Tap-Dancing Noses [WTF]

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(Written on January 5, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Vienna Philharmonic perform in new suits designed by Vivienne Westwood, Vienna celebrates 11-year old composer Alma Deutscher, and conductor Jeffrey Tate is given a knighthood. Also, a sneak preview of 2017’s cultural highlights, and the countdown to the opening of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg begins.

The New York Times

A New Year, and New Duds, for the Vienna Philharmonic

For the Vienna Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Knonthaler — her designer partner, creative director and husband — have designed a new stage outfit, the Philharmonic Suit, for the musicians.

DW.com

2016: The year in classical music

Numbers, facts, people: it was a year of milestones in the classical world – and as always, Germany calls the tune.

Classic.fm

Opera singer Bryn Terfel given a knighthood, Dame Evelyn Glennie made a Companion of Honour and Iestyn Davies given an MBE in the New Year’s Honours 2017

Stars of the classical world are among those recognised in this year’s Honours List, joining sports stars including Mo Farah and Andy Murray, and BFG-actor Mark Rylance

The New Yorker

Bach’s Holy Dread

The composer has long been seen as a symbol of divine order. But his music has an unruly obsession with God.

Telegraph

Mariah Carey ends 2016 on low note with ‘disastrous’ New Year’s Eve performance

Pop diva Mariah Carey suffered a series of mishaps during her New Year’s Eve performance, with viewers branding the show a disaster.

Spiegel Online

Wien feiert elfjährige Komponistin

Die elf Jahre alte Alma Deutscher hat mit ihrer Aschenputtel-Oper das Wiener Publikum begeistert. Bei der Uraufführung gab es Standing Ovations. Und das Wunderkind plant schon die nächsten Projekte.

Musik Heute

Dirigent Jeffrey Tate wird zum Ritter geschlagen

Der Chefdirigent der Hamburger Symphoniker, Jeffrey Tate, wird von der britischen Queen zum Ritter geschlagen. Das teilte das Orchester am Sonntag unter Berufung auf das Londoner Königshaus mit.

Wiener Neujahrskonzert 2018 mit Riccardo Muti am Pult

Riccardo Muti soll 2018 das Neujahrskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker dirigieren. Das Orchester würdige damit die jahrzehntelange Zusammenarbeit mit dem 75-jährigen Italiener.

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Kulturelle Highlights 2017: eine Medien- und Kultur-Vorschau

Oscars, Eurovision Song Contest, Buchmesse – was uns 2017 in Kultur und Medien erwartet. Ein Überblick von Januar bis Dezember.

Klassik Heute

ARTE feiert die Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie

Von der langen Geschichte dieses ambitionierten Projektes bis zur Eröffnung des großen Saals am 11. Januar 2017 erzählen eine ARTE-Dokumentation und das glanzvolle Eröffnungskonzert.

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MUSIK HEUTE @Musik_Heute Umjubelter Berlin-Einstand von Dirigent Justin Doyle beim

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Share your 2016 highlights using – we’d love to hear from you bit.ly/2hJ9od9

BBC NOW @BBCNOW  Congratulations to the following composers, whose music has been chosen for this year’s

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Alma Deutscher © Christian Wind/dpa

(Written on January 2, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, Martyn Brabbins is ENO’s new music director, City Music Foundation announces 2016 artists, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians and management plan to get back to negotiating table. Also, youngest opera composer premieres Cinderella under Zubin Mehta in Vienna in December, and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra protests against plans to make cuts to the orchestra.

The Guardian

English National Opera names Martyn Brabbins as music director

The British conductor Martyn Brabbins is to take over as the new music director of the English National Opera, in the latest attempt to revive the beleaguered company. The respected conductor takes over from Mark Wigglesworth as company seeks stability after two years of cuts and crises.

BBC News

Amadeus play: NT homecoming in fine tune

It’s 37 years since Peter Shaffer’s play Amadeus was first seen on stage and it’s now widely accepted as a modern classic. Now Lucian Msamati and Adam Gillen are bringing the play back to its original home in London. And this time there’s an orchestra too.

Classical Music Magazine

City Music Foundation announces 2016 artists

Tabea Debus (recorder), Miguel Gorodi (jazz trumpet), Joseph Houston (piano), Hannah Morgan (oboe), Ligeti Quartet, Nérija (contemporary jazz ensemble) and Mihai Ritivoiu (piano) have been selected asfor the 2016 City Music Foundation Artists programme.

Syracuse.com

Syracuse Opera opens season with Rossini’s ‘La Cenerentola,’ a tale of kindness and redemption

Banish all visions of singing mice and magic wands. A story closer to reality is told in Gioachino Rossini’s “La Cenerentola.” It stars a Cinderella who relies on wisdom and goodness rather than sorcery to honor the love she feels for the prince.

CBC News

New concert series celebrates B.C. composers

There’s a new place in Vancouver’s West End dedicated to teaching more of us about contemporary Canadian classical composers. The Canadian Music Centre in B.C. opened in 1959. Its mission is to promote the ever-changing world of new classical music in the country. The organisation recently moved to its new home in the heart of Davie Village.

WTAE.com

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians, management plan to get back to bargaining table

The big issue between management and the musicians has been an argument over dollars. Musicians say there are three key items that led to the strike; management requesting they take a 15-percent pay cut, changes to pensions and a freeze on three openings.

Klassik.com

Luzerner Sinfonieorchester protestiert gegen Kürzungspläne

Das Luzerner Sinfonieorchester hat mit einem spontanen Platzkonzert vor dem Rathaus gegen die Kürzungspläne des Kantons protestiert. Nach Angaben des Intendanten sei eine weitere Kürzung der Subventionen für das mit 70 Musikern besetzte Orchester existenzbedrohend.

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Jüngste Opernkomponistin aller Zeiten mit “Cinderella”

Alma Deutscher, ein elf Jahre altes Mädchen aus Großbritannien, hat ihre eigene Version von “Aschenputtel” komponiert. Am 29. Dezember soll ihr Werk unter Schirmherrschaft von Zubin Mehta in Wien uraufgeführt werden.

Neue Musikzeitung

Bochumer Symphoniker bekommen erstmals eigenes Konzerthaus

Fast 100 Jahre nach ihrer Gründung bekommen die Bochumer Symphoniker erstmals eine eigene Spielstätte in ihrer Stadt. Mit drei Konzertabenden weihen sie am kommenden Wochenende (28. bis 30. Oktober) das Anneliese-Brost-Musikforum Ruhr ein.

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klassik.com @klassikcom  Erster Preis beim Wieniawski Violinwettbewerb für Veriko Tchumburidze

Top Classical News @topcmnews  Montreal Symphony becomes first orchestra to own an octobass

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Martyn Brabbins. Photo Credits: Martin Cervenansky.

Martyn Brabbins. Photo Credits: Martin Cervenansky.

(Written on October 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Pierre Audi has been named the next director of the Aix-en-Provence Festival in southern France, Kip Winger, known for his late 1980s rock anthems, announces a new classical album, and tenor Nicky Spence talks about his musical love on and off the stage. Also, new free Apps for band success are presented by Digital Music News, and the classical music industry reacts to Brexit.

Classicalite

Crested Butte Music Festival Dazzles in Colorado for 20th Season This Summer

This summer marks the 20th season of Colorado’s Crested Butte Musical Festival, a genre-spanning arts celebration featuring a diverse crop of performers in music, dance and opera.

The Guardian

Facing the music: tenor Nicky Spence

From Adès, Janáček, Berg and Big Tom to bottomless teddies and human fridges – the Scottish tenor talks about his musical loves on and off the stage.

Classical Music Magazine

Opera stars take to their bikes forSongCycle

Tenor Nicky Spence has enlisted some of the UK’s brightest singing stars for SongCycle, a 500-mile cycle marathon from Glasgow to London that aims to raise £25,000 in aid of Help Musicians UK (HMUK).

Classic FM

‘I see no specific grounds for optimism’: the classical music industry reacts to Brexit

After yesterday’s referendum, it’s been confirmed that Britain will leave the European Union. But what will be the consequences for the arts? Here are the reactions of musicians and music bosses.

The Times

Brexit, Bowie, music and mud

Companionship and reflection were more important at Glastonbury this year as revellers and musicians paid tribute to Bowie, Prince and Jo Cox.

Farewell to David, a goliath of American opera

Our critic reviews a star-studded gala celebrating the life’s work of David Gockley, who is retiring as general director of the San Francisco Opera

BBC News

Search for founder of Nottingham Symphony Orchestra’s wedding march

The granddaughter of a composer, who founded the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra, is searching for a wedding march he wrote in 1955.

The New York Times

Another Title for Pierre Audi: Director of Aix-en-Provence Festival

Some interesting opera may be ahead for New York. Pierre Audi, who recently became the artistic director of the Park Avenue Armory, has been named the next director of the Aix-en-Provence Festival in southern France, the festival announced on Friday.

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Kip Winger Explores His Classical Side

The band Winger is perhaps best remembered for its late 1980s rock anthems, like “Seventeen.” Kip Winger, the group’s lead singer and bassist, held onto his rock roots, but lately he’s revealed another side: The genre of his new album is classical.

The Telegraph

An opera at seven, a concerto at nine: meet Britain’s reluctant heir to Mozart

Alma Deutscher wrote her first opera at seven, and a violin concerto at nine. Elizabeth Grice meets a musical prodigy

Daily Mail

Your next adventure: Spend a delightful night at the opera in Milan, Verona and Stockholm

You don’t have to be an opera buff to enjoy a night of music that makes your spirits soar. These breaks include tickets to dazzling performances at extraordinary places.

klassik.com

Protestmarsch gegen Mittelkürzungen am Theater Hagen

Dem Aufruf von Kulturschaffenden und Gewerkschaften, in Hagen zu einem sogenannten Theater-Marsch als Protestaktion gegen die geplanten Kürzungen im Kulturetat der Stadt Hagen zusammenzukommen, sind lokalen Medienberichten zufolge 700 Demonstranten gefolgt.

Klassik heute

Internationales Telemannstädte-Netzwerk gegründet

Die Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Monika Grütters, übernimmt über das zur Vorbereitung des Telemannjahres 2017 gegründete Telemannststädte-Netzwerk die Schirmherrschaft.

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Trauer um früheren Direktor des Münchner Rundfunkorchesters

Wie BR-KLASSIK aus Kreisen der Familie erfuhr, ist der tschechisch-deutsche Dirigent und langjährige Direktor des Münchner Rundfunkorchesters Jaroslav Opela am Samstag im Alter von 81 Jahren nach kurzer schwerer Krankheit verstorben.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Comic take on classical music – Igudesman & Joo

WDR 3 @wdr3 Britischer Kulturverband warnt vor Folgen des Brexit

A little Mozart: Alma Deutscher wrote her first opera at seven, and a violin concerto at nine. Photo credit: Anna Huix

A little Mozart: Alma Deutscher wrote her first opera at seven, and a violin concerto at nine. Photo credit: Anna Huix

(Written on June 27, 2016 )

Limelight

Elizabeth Connell bequeaths $20,000 prize for dramatic sopranos

The late, great soprano, Elizabeth Connell, has bequeathed enough money in her Will to fund a $20,000 prize in her name especially for dramatic sopranos. The inaugural competition will take place in Sydney next year.

Huffington Post

90-Year-Old Holocaust survivor makes symphony debut with Yo-Yo Ma

George Horner, a 90-year-old pianist and holocaust survivor, has made his orchestral debut with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma night at Boston’s Symphony Hall. They played music composed 70 years ago at the Nazi prison camp where Horner was incarcerated

The Economist

King of Instruments, back on stage

Although the Anglican church is in decline, the standard of organ playing is “higher than it has ever been in history,” in the US. Is there a future for the organ in the broader realm of classical music?

Slipped Disc

Child composer tops US classical charts

The top-selling classical album  in the US this week was a debut by Alma Deutscher, the eight year-old English girl who chat shows are calling the next Mozart.

Pink News

London protest planned for Russian conductor who says anti-gay laws protect ‘children from paedophiles’

The LGBT community speak out further against conductor Valery Gergiev.

New York Times

Gergiev Defends Himself Against Criticism Over Russia’s Anti-Gay Law

“I am aware of the gay rights protest that took place at the Barbican last week prior to my concert with the LSO.  I have said before that I do not discriminate against anyone, gay or otherwise, and never have done… It is wrong to suggest that I have ever supported anti-gay legislation and in all my work I have upheld equal rights for all people.”

Berliner Zeitung

Konzerthaus feiert Leonard Bernstein

Der US-Entertainer Leonard Bernstein („West Side Story“) war einer der bedeutendsten Komponisten des 20. Jahrhunderts, weil unter seiner Leitung jede Musik überaus klar erzählt wurde. Ab Freitag ehrt das Konzerthaus Berlin ihn mit einer Hommage.

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(Written on November 7, 2013 )

The Independent

Composing an opera? It’s just child’s play, says Britain’s newest classical music prodigy

Having written her first sonata at the age of five, Alma Deutscher is, unavoidably, being likened to Mozart. Simon Usborne joins the audience

Classic FM

Mice capable of singing, scientific study says

Mice are capable of manipulating their vocal pitch depending on their setting and any surrounding mouse friends, a new study confirms.

Piano scores turned into dazzling visualisations

Piano works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Mozart, Liszt and more have been turned into incredible visualisations

Gramophone

Viola player Roger Tapping to join Juilliard String Quartet

Tapping replaces current Juilliard viola player Samuel Rhodes in September 2013

Rhinegold

Choir of the Year grand finalists announced

The six choirs that will take part in the Grand Final of Choir of the Year 2012 on 28 October in the Royal Festival Hall, London, have been announced, following the four category finals held at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, on 6 October.

Breathing space for The Space as funding extended to March 2013

The Space, the digital arts service jointly developed by Arts Council England and the BBC, that brought many London 2012 Festival and the wider Cultural Olympiad events to a new audience of millions of the summer, is to be extended by an initial six months to March 2013.

Lord Lipsey defends conservatoire funding

The Labour peer Lord Lipsey has called on the government to recognise the importance of conservatoires to the British economy as funding is being reviewed in Whitehall.

Slipped Disc

Exclusive: LA police arrest man who ran amok at the Opera

Local media have failed to report the violent attacks at LA Opera by a young man who was out of control. Slipped Disc published an account by an eye-witness and there has been followup by the authorities.

New York Times

Saying ‘It’s Miraculous for Me,’ Levine Will Conduct Again at Met

James Levine is making a comeback.

The Independent

(Written on October 12, 2012 )