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In today’s classical news: The Womadelaide festival makes efforts to become more environmentally conscious as the issue headlines as the festival’s theme this year. For their 2017-18 program the Arts Council of Korea and the Arts Council of England collaborate on a new series of artist partnerships. Seventeen year old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is quickly building an international reputation as an emerging young soloist, and Victoria Bond becomes the first woman conductor to be awarded a doctorate from Juilliard’s orchestral conducting program. A brief history of opera business, and German Musikwettbewerb announces winners in Leipzig.

The Guardian

Music to our ears: sustainability headlines Womadelaide festival

From encouraging bike riding and compostable plates to better recycling, organisers have diverted 98% of waste from landfill – and they want to do more.

Golden Plains: cult music festival brings dreamy wonder to a family farm

Neil Finn, Nicolas Jaar and Cash Savage are highlights as fans pay tribute to ‘a farmer of happiness’.

International Arts Manager

New partnerships for Korean and UK artists

Arts Councils from Korea (ARKO) and England (ACE) are funding a new series of artist partnerships, as part of the UK-Korea 2017-18 cultural season. In total 21 performing and visual arts projects will receive just over €1.6m in grants.

Classical Music Magazine

Nikita Mndoyants to make New York debut

Nikita Mndoyants, winner of the 2016 Cleveland International Piano Competition (CIPC), will make his New York debut at Carnegie Hall on 7 June.

Pizzicato 

Fedoseyev Named Principal Guest Conductor Of Moscow’s Helikon Theatre

Moscow’s Helikon Theatre announced the appointment of Vladimir Fedoseyev, 84, as Principal Guest conductor.

The Violin Channel

VC YOUNG ARTIST | Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason – 2016 BBC ‘Young Musician of the Year’

17 year old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is quickly building an international reputation as an emerging young soloist of outstanding potential.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

In der Dunkelloge wird soupiert

Sprechen wir nicht von berühmten Stimmen, sondern erst einmal über die gezahlten Gagen: Michael Walter legt eine gut geerdete und überaus detailreiche Geschichte des Opernbetriebs vor.

klassik-heute.de

Zum Tod von Karl Korinek

Die Wiener Staatsoper trauert um das ehemalige langjährige Aufsichtsratsmitglied und den ehemaligen Präsident der Freunde der Wiener Staatsoper Univ.-Prof. Dr. Karl Korinek, der am vergangenen Donnerstag, 9. März 2017, 76-jährig einem Herzleiden erlegen ist

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Wichtigster Preis für musikalische Nachwuchsprofis vergeben 

In Leipzig sind die Gewinner des deutschen Musikwettbewerbs gekürt worden: das sind der Berliner Hornist Tillmann Höfs, der Hannoveraner Oboist Juri Schmahl und der Regensburger Komponist Steven Heelein.

WXQR

Write Me a Concerto: Yo-Yo Ma and Esa-Pekka Salonen on Their New Work

CHICAGO — A few years ago, after they had shared more than a couple post-concert martinis, Yo-Yo Ma had a request for the composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen: Write me a concerto.

The New York Times

A Thousand More Will Rise: Victoria Bond Finds Inspiration in Women Past and Present 

As the very first woman conductor to be awarded a doctorate from Juilliard’s orchestral conducting program, Victoria Bond  knows what it means to take that first courageous step into uncharted territory.

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Classical Music News  English National Opera launches ENO Studio Live

Music History   in 1847 FP of ‘s opera Macbeth at the Teatro della Pergolain Florence.

Image: The Guardian

(Written on March 14, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, St John’s Smith Square opens registration for Music Marathon, BBC launches iWonder guide on tinnitus and British composer and conductor Harry Rabinowitz has died aged 100. Also, the latest figures about the salaries of music directors in the United States have been published and the safety precautions at the Bayreuther Festspiele are severely criticised by stage director of “Parsifal”, Uwe Eric Laufenberg.

Classical Music Magazine

BBC launches iWonder guide on tinnitus

The BBC has joined forces with the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) to release an iWonder guide to tinnitus. Titled ‘How can I stop gigs and festivals ruining my hearing?’, the launch of the guide has been organised to coincide with the Glastonbury Festival.

St John’s Smith Square opens registration for Music Marathon

St John’s Smith Square has opened registration for its 24-hour Music Marathon, which will begin at 10am on 17 September.

Classic FM

Harry Rabinowitz, TV and film composer and conductor, dies aged 100

Prolific musician was in demand for radio, films and TV, from Eurovision to Reilly, Ace of Spies. Rabinowitz’s family reported that he passed away at his house in France, just three months after his 100th birthday.

The Telegraph

Cows, rocket cars and 5,000 toilets: meet the people behind the scenes at Glastonbury

Glastonbury, the mother of all festivals is upon us again. On TV and out front it may be all about Adele, Coldplay and the rest, but behind the scenes there are hosts of characters who work hard, some of them for most of the year, to ensure these few days of controlled mayhem go as smoothly and as pleasurably as possible.

The Strad

Cellist arrested in Moscow for ‘preventing pedestrian movement’

Cellist Semyon Lashkin was arrested in Moscow for performing in the street, he has reported on hisFacebook page. The Moscow Conservatory-trained musician was questioned by police and had his cello confiscated for ‘deliberately creating a crowd and preventing pedestrian movement’ in Nikolskaya Street, adjacent to Red Square.

The Times

Opera: Idomeneo at Garsington, Buckinghamshire

The orchestral thunderstorms raged in this powerful production of the young Mozart’s mythological opera seria.

pizzicato

Jaap van Zweden, Best Paid Music Director In The States

Drew McManus’ website Adaptistration has published the latest figures about the salaries of music directors in the United States

Adaptistration

2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports: Concertmasters

Since the economic downturn, concertmaster compensation has failed to keep pace with executive and music director stakeholders and for the 2013/14 season, they were the only group to experience a decline in average compensation (-0.19 percent).

BR KLASSIK

Parsifal-Regisseur Laufenberg kritisiert Sicherheitskonzept

Die angespannte Weltpolitik wirft ihren Schatten auf den Grünen Hügel: Die Sicherheitsvorkehrungen für die Bayreuther Festspiele werden verschärft. Die meisten Mitwirkenden nehmen es gelassen, doch von prominenter Seite kommt Kritik.

klassik.com

Staatstheater Wiesbaden freut sich über höhere Zuschüsse

Das Staatstheater Wiesbaden erhält Berichten der Frankfurter Rundschau zufolge bis zum Jahr 2019 höhere Zuschüsse als bislang. Darauf einigten sich die Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden, das Land Hessen sowie der Kulturfonds Rhein-Main.

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1. Internationaler Dirigentenwettbewerb in Augsburg

Zum 15-jährigen Jubiläum des Studiengangs ‘Blasorchesterleitung’ des Leopold-Mozart-Zentrums (LMZ) der Universität Augsburg findet vom 2.-7.Juli  der 1. Internationalen Dirigierwettbewerb Augsburg statt.

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BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Musikhochschule : Rolle während NS-Zeit auf 500 Buchseiten http://bit.ly/28OY7mU

Limelight Magazine @LimelightEd Arts Funding: is just as important as rugby or submarines, says http://bit.ly/28Xvxg8

Cows, rocket cars and 5,000 toilets: the sun sets over Glastonbury festival. Photo credit: The Telegraph

Cows, rocket cars and 5,000 toilets: the sun sets over Glastonbury festival. Photo credit: The Telegraph

(Written on June 23, 2016 )

In today’s news, Africa launches first music download service MusikBi, which promises to promote and pay African musicians, Wales’ major arts organisations face cuts of up to 3.5% and London Symphony Orchestra announces conductor changes. Also, cellist Joel Krosnick receives Juilliard School’s President’s Medal and BBC Music launches new app.

BBC Music Magazine

London Symphony Orchestra announces conductor changes

Gianandrea Noseda, Michael Tilson Thomas and André Previn to take up new roles

BBC News

Arts Council of Wales unveils £27.5m spending

Arts companies face cuts of up to 3.5% to the public money they will receive from April, the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) has announced.

The Guardian

Africa’s first music download service launches in Senegal

Youssou N’dour and Baaba Maal are among almost 200 artists who have signed up to MusikBi, which promises to promote and pay African musicians

The Strad

Cellist Joel Krosnick receives Juilliard School’s President’s Medal

The musician will retire from the Juilliard String Quartet after 42 years at the end of its current season

The Independent

New BBC Music app knows what song you want to hear next

Live performances, single tracks, interviews and playlists will be sent to mobiles and tablets

taz.de

Türkische Pianistin covert Nirvana

Ayşedeniz Gökçin spielt Nirvana-Songs auf dem Klavier. Und wie bei den meisten Covers gilt auch hier: je weiter entfernt vom Original, desto besser.

Musik-heute

Christoph Eschenbach erhält Hanauer Hindemith-Preis

Der Dirigent und Pianist Christoph Eschenbach (76) erhält den diesjährigen Hindemith-Preis der Stadt Hanau

NMZ

Schweriner Staatstheater erneut Thema in Landtagsausschuss

Das Mecklenburgische Staatstheater Schwerin beschäftigt erneut den Kultur- und Bildungsausschuss des Landtags

Pizzicato

Discovery Of A Pleyel Played By Chopin 

A grand piano that actually sat in Frederic Chopin’s living room in Paris was discovered by Alain Kohler, a Swiss physicist

Washington Post

Wachner to leave Washington Chorus after 9 seasons

The Washington Chorus is facing a complete change of leadership. Its longtime executive director, Dianne Peterson, is preparing to step down in May

Twitter

Streetwise Opera ‏@StreetwiseOpera There are just 9 tickets left for #PassionOpera – book asap for this exciting world premiere in March! @TheSixteen @HOME_mcr @BoothCentre

AdEspresso ‏@AdEspresso Do you still believe these 5 myths about #SocialMedia? You’d better read here: http://hubs.ly/H01qQBZ0  #marketing

Chandos Records ‏@ChandosRecords CONGRATS ! @NosedaG just appointed principal guest conductor of @londonsymphony 🙂 http://ow.ly/YJIY1 

Gianandrea Noseda/ BBC Music Magazine

Gianandrea Noseda/ BBC Music Magazine

(Written on February 25, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news Clemens Trautmann has been appointed as the new president of Deutsche Grammophon. BBC Music have launched the Ten Pieces Secondary film, with presenters including James May and Pixie Lott. Also, Yo-Yo Ma has won a prestigious award given by the Academy of Music for his promotion of the works of Dvořák.

Classic FM

Yo-Yo Ma wins top Czech music prize

Cellist honoured for his promotion of the works of Dvořák

Classical Music Magazine

Clemens Trautmann appointed president of Deutsche Grammophon

Senior media executive and award-winning Juilliard scholar Clemens Trautmann is to take over operational management of the classical label.

Classical Source

BBC Music Launch Ten Pieces Secondary Film

BBC Music has today announced the presenters for its brand new Ten Pieces Secondary film, which will launch for schools in cinemas across the UK in October.

Arts Professional

Jeremy Corbyn plans to reverse arts funding cuts

The Labour leadership candidate has outlined his national strategy for the arts, which includes reversing arts cuts, introducing minimum fees for performances and exhibitions and setting up a cabinet committee on the arts.

The Spectator

Orchestral conductors would be much better if they tried performing Renaissance music

Peter Phillips on his not entirely successful attempts to persuade orchestral conductors to take on the great choral masterpieces of the Renaissance

Der Tagesspiegel

Musikfest Berlin: Wolfgang Rihm im Interview “Schönberg knirscht vor Kraft und Gegenwart”

Ein Gespräch mit dem Komponisten Wolfgang Rihm über Arnold Schönberg, zeitlose Klassiker und das Sinnliche in der Musik.

Die Welt

Auschwitz-Prozess mit Streichquartett

Der Komponist Frederic Rzewski ist ein noch zu entdeckender Unbequemer der Moderne. Sein Kammermusiktheater “Der Triumph des Todes” erlebte beim Kunstfest Weimar seine deutsche Erstaufführung.

Musik heute

Barenboim erfreut über Publikumszuspruch – Plädoyer für moderne Musik – Musikfest Berlin beginnt

Der argentinisch-israelische Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim (72) freut sich über das “wunderbare Geschenk”, dass seine Konzerte noch immer besucht werden. “Man könnte denken, dass nach 65 Jahren das Publikum sagt: ‘Es reicht, warum sollen wir noch einmal kommen, das habe ich schon gehört, lass uns etwas Neues hören.’

France Musique

Zubin Mehta s’émeut du sort des réfugiés en Europe

Le chef d’orchestre indien Zubin Mehta fustige les leaders occidentaux pour leur absence de réaction concrète. Le maestro  se dit très touché par le sort de ces millions de réfugiés fuyant la  Syrie et l’Irak.

The New York Times

The National Music Museum, an Unlikely Eden in South Dakota

As you walk toward the cello believed to be the oldest in the world, the nearly 500-year-old instrument has its back turned to you. But the discourtesy grows forgivable on approach: The Amati “King” cello’s rear side is its most seductive feature, with richly colored paintings — crowns, winged putti, columns, fleurs-de-lis, Justice hoisting a sword — that take on glowing depth beneath the varnish.

Twitter

The Royal Opera : Es Devlin, the designer who works with , and… us ^E

BBC Press Office: . launches Secondary film with presenters incl &

Classical Music: . director on the city’s need for a new medium-sized concert hall (via ):

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An opera about Auschwitz… Kunstfest Weimar welcomes Frederic Rzewski’s disturbing work. Photo: Nationaltheater Weimar/© Candy Welz

(Written on September 3, 2015 )

Classical News

Much of today’s news is reporting the deadlock of the members of the Berlin Philharmonic: they failed to come to a decision over their next chief conductor yesterday. In the Guardian, pianist James Rhodes asks Education Minister Nicky Morgan if she can properly fund classical music education in schools. Elsewhere, the Times report that listening to new music can help to improve the memory of people suffering with dementia. Also, John Whittingdale has been appointed the next Secretary of State of Culture, Media and Sport, following the General Election last week.

The Guardian

Berlin Philharmonic deadlocked over Simon Rattle’s successor

Orchestra members to vote on new chief conductor within a year after 11 hours of talks end without agreement

Nicky Morgan, please give us the money to teach British kids classical music | James Rhodes

Classical music education needs to be properly funded so children come to it by choice, rather than being force-fed. Surely the education secretary can help?

The Times

Listening to new music improves memory of dementia patients

Music can have a profound effect on people with dementia, helping them to respond, communicate and even improve their memory, according to one of the first experiments into its impact.

The Telegraph

Teach your children music with a touch of pianissimo

Of course we want our children to love and appreciate classical music, but heavy-handedness risks turning them off

Classical Music Magazine

Friday Afternoons to launch new resources for 2015

The Friday Afternoons initiative will launch new resources for 2015 on 8 May, including a new song cycle commissioned from Nico Muhly.

Sinfini

New culture secretary in cabinet reshuffle

Ex-chair of the culture select committee – and classic rock fan – John Whittingdale has been appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in UK PM David Cameron’s new Cabinet.

Die Zeit

Kein Nachfolger für Simon Rattle

Die Wahl des neuen Chefdirigenten der Berliner Philharmoniker ist ohne Ergebnis geblieben. Die Musiker wollen sich noch ein Jahr Zeit lassen mit ihrer Entscheidung.

Die Welt

Unser Musikleben wird jetzt noch vielfältiger

Heute wählen die Berliner Philharmoniker einen neuen Chef. Und “Die Welt” startet einen eigenen Klassik-Blog. Hier erklärt der Autor von “Brugs Klassiker” warum und wofür.

klassik.com

Johann-Joseph-Fux Opernkompositionspreis vergeben

Der Deutsche Martin Hiendl und der Australier Matthew Shlomowitz haben den Johann-Joseph-Fux Opernkompositionspreis gewonnen.

Le Parisien

Le mystère autour du chef du Philharmonique de Berlin reste entier, nouveau vote “dans l’année”

Malgré 11 heures de débats entourés de mystère, les musiciens de l’Orchestre philharmonique de Berlin se sont séparés lundi sans avoir élu leur chef, repoussant ce scrutin aux airs d’élection pontificale à un nouveau vote “dans l’année”.

El Mundo

Sir Simon Rattle, el insustituible

Los músicos aplazan la elección del nuevo director durante un año tras deliberar durante 12 horas sin encontrar sustituto

Twitter

Corinne Morris ‏@corinnemorris : £600 already raised towards the Gala Concert for Nepal I’m organising together with many wonderful musicians…. http://fb.me/4unCJxRar 

Help Musicians UK ‏@HelpMusiciansUK : As featured in @MusicWeek, our trustee @jmorrishppl talks about the vital role we play for musicians http://bit.ly/1cMq38R 

Spitalfields Music ‏@SpitsMusic : The #MusicalRumpus cast are warming up ready for our performance at Arc in the Park @Comm_Links

John-Whittingdale-008 John Whittingdale. Photo: Graeme Robertson/Guardian 

 

 

(Written on May 12, 2015 )

On Wednesday evening, the WildKat London team were pleased to attend The Culture Debate in the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House. The debate, organised by the Creative Industries Federation and live streamed by BBC Arts, allowed members from arts industries to question representatives from the UK’s major political parties on their policies. Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman were joined by the Martin Dobson, Baroness Bonham-Carter and Peter Whittle, and the debate was chaired by Martha Kearney.

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After hearing from the speakers, social media feeds were overwhelmed with comments about the amount of consensus occurring. All spokespeople professed their support for the arts, but without any real attention towards how key issues can be addressed. In an audience full with teachers, CEOs of PR and advertising agencies and young people new to the sector, many participants gladly shared their own experiences with the panel: mainly highlighting the lack of support they felt they had received from the government.

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Although we heard about the £7.7 billion that the arts contribute to the economy each year, and the fact that funding in Germany and Sweden has increased every year for the last 7 years in comparison, questions at the beginning of the debate “why say – we love you; here’s less?” were continually avoided. Many of the stories from individuals, including teachers, who had struggled and left their jobs because they felt there was no room for creativity, were dismissed as “anecdotal” by Ed Vaizey. Helpfully, Harriet Harman was able to provide some more evidence of the decline in arts subjects within schools, and followers took to social media to provide some more interesting statistics. The ISM, for instance, cited that in 2007 61,000 pupils studied music for GCSE, whilst in 2014 this had dropped to 47,000 pupils. Baroness Bonham-Carter’s reference to an “inspirational drama teacher” at Eton also irritated the audience, seeming, as Caroline Crampton from the New Statesmen wrote: “to skate over the other benefits private education brings.”

SATS and ArtsEducation remained a great focus of the debate. Ed Vaizey claimed that he does see art as being at the forefront of much primary education, whilst Harriet Harman continued to address the issue that equal opportunities are not provided to children in schools. This was mentioned as an issue within and outside of London, and one that was not addressed with any clear strategy. UKIP’s answer to this was to increase the amount of grammar schools, however as Caroline Crampton tweeted “It is not clear what this does for the arts”. When the conversation moved on to unpaid internships and the cost of living in London, everyone was yet again stuck for any form of solution, most notably Baroness Bonham-Carter, who could only agree with the statement.

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Internships

 

The question of how far we should rely on schools to promote culture was also raised. As Londoners benefit from £69 of arts funding per head, compared with £4.50 in the rest of the country, how can we expect every school to perform equally in the arts? Points about creativity were also raised by the audience more generally. Creativity needs to be applied to our working lives, not merely encouraged vaguely in infant years, and then forgotten about.

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This Culture Debate left many questions unanswered. Whilst it is difficult to quantify the monetary value of culture on a city or town and its inhabitants, the most pressing question for us was highlighted by Louise Jury, the Evening Standard’s Chief Arts Correspondent, after the debate: “if the arts generate so much revenue, why is it so impossible to invest in them?”

Let’s hope we will not be having an identical conversation in 4 years’ time.

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(Written on April 10, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

How can you make an opera about 9/11?

Opera has always thrived on grandiose spectacle, but are the events at the World Trade Center a tragedy too far? The team behind ENO’s new work Between Worlds talk about dramatising a day on which more than 2,700 people lost their lives

English National Opera hopes foyer cafe will help finances match artistic success

Plans to open London Coliseum’s lobby as a cafe-bar are latest effort by ENO to make up for cut in Arts Council funding

Chopin movement music to ears of Polish tourism officials

A concerted effort is under way to cash in on the composer, as the country seeks to build on the 3 million visitors who come to Warsaw each year

The Telegraph

Why are artists so difficult to work with?

A new film about Argentinian-born pianist Martha Argerich reminds us that men do not have a monopoly on egoism, says Ivan Hewett

Classical Music Magazine

Croydon Council draws up proposals for Fairfield Hall refurbishment

The long-standing issue of when and how to redevelop Croydon’s Fairfield Halls site has come centre-stage with the news that leading international consultancy Mott MacDonald and architects Rick Mather have been appointed by the local council to draw up proposals.

Klassik.com

Sinfonieorchester Biel-Solothurn protestiert gegen Sparmaßnahmen

Die Musiker des Sinfonieorchesters Biel-Solothurn protestieren gegen die Sparmaßnahmen der Stadt, die den Umbau des Klangkörpers von einem Berufs- zu einem Projektorchester vorsehen.

nmz – neue Musikzeitung

Johann Strauss Festival in Dresden mit «Cagliostro»-Premiere

Die fünfte Ausgabe des Musikfests beginne am 2. Mai mit der Premiere der Operette «Cagliostro in Wien», teilte die Bühne am Dienstag mit.

Musik heuteaa

Untersuchungsausschuss Staatsoper Berlin ab 8. Mai

Der Untersuchungsausschuss zur Kostenexplosion bei der Sanierung der Berliner Staatsoper nimmt voraussichtlich am 8. Mai seine Arbeit auf.

BroadwayWorld.com

New Yorker Classical Music Critic Andrew Porter Dies at 86

Music critic Andrew Porter died either Thursday night or early Friday in London. He was 86. He died from complications of pneumonia, and it was confirmed by Sheila Porter, his sister and only immediate survivor.

Le Parisien

Piratage de TV5Monde : le gouvernement dénonce un «acte terroriste»

Sur place, la ministre de la Culture et de la communication a annoncé qu’elle allait réunir «l’ensemble des médias audiovisuels, et peut-être la presse écrite», d’ici vendredi, pour éviter ce type d’attaques.

Le Monde.fr

Violente controverse autour de l’avenir des théâtres berlinois

Si la nouvelle est confirmée, c’est une révolution. Chris Dercon, le directeur de la Tate Modern de Londres, pourrait succéder à Frank Castorf à la Volksbühne de Berlin.

Twitter

NS Culture ‏@NS_Culture : So, everyone agrees that culture is good, then? What we learned from the #CultureDebate: http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/04/four-things-we-learned-culture-

Classical Music Agen ‏@AClassicalMusic : BBC Music Magazine Awards: playing of integrity and passion http://ift.tt/1FpuZHj  #classicalmusic

The Night Shift ‏@OAENightShift : A ‘simple’ guide to when to clap at classical concerts… OR come to The Night Shift and clap when you feel like it. http://www.insidethearts.com/neoclassical/2015/04/when-to-clap-at-the-symphony-a-guideline/ …

'Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Steet' performance at the English National Opera, London, Britain - 28 Mar 2015Bryn Terfel as Sweeney Todd and Emma Thompson as Mrs Lovett in the ENO’s production of the Stephen Sondheim musical, which is the latest in a run of artistic successes for the company. Photograph: Donald Cooper/Rex 

(Written on April 9, 2015 )

Classical News

Telegraph

Why the arts funding system doesn’t work

The experience of Mid Wales Opera demonstrates the drawbacks of arts funding in Britain, says Rupert Christiansen

9/11 opera Between Worlds envisages what happened inside the towers

Opera has always dealt with vast human experiences

Classic FM

Helena Bonham Carter: playing classical music to my unborn children during pregnancy made them ‘unbelievably clever’

Actress says listening to Mozart and violin concertos had a profound effect on her unborn children.

Sinfini

Birmingham Opera Company

Birmingham Opera Company’s latest community extravaganza, staged by Graham Vick in an inner-city warehouse, is Tippett’s rarely heard The Ice Break. And for one day only, acclaimed playwright David Edgar will chair Breaking The Ice, a national symposium on art and society.

Opera inspired by 9/11

Tansy Davies’s opera inspired by the events of 9/11 receives its world premiere this month at English National Opera.

Zeit Online

Ein Charakter mit G’schicht

Helmut Dietl wollte das Publikum unterhalten, nur bitte nie dreckig und nie irgendwie. An ihm sollten sich die Fernsehredaktionen von heute ein Beispiel nehmen.

Die Welt

Opernchef wegen Regietheater gefeuert

Nach Protesten der orthodoxen Kirche wurde Nowosibirsks Opernchef entlassen. Er hatte eine Jesus-Sex-Szene im “Tannhäuser” verteidigt. Nun erwägt Moskau, wichtige Theaterbühnen zu überwachen.

crescendo

Das Horn ist Musikinstrument des Jahres 2015

Die Tradition, ein Musikinstrument des Jahres zu ernennen, ist noch recht jung, erfreut sich jedoch großer Beliebtheit und hilft dabei, weniger bekannte Instrumente oder solche, die scheinbar aus der Mode gekommen sind, wieder ins Blickfeld der Öffentlichkeit zu rücken.

pizzicato

Russland führt beim Internationalen Deutschen Pianistenpreis

Das International Piano Forum hat das Ergebnis der Vorauswahljury für den 5. Internationalen Deutschen Pianistenpreis bekannt gegeben.

Le Figaro

Les bluesmen vivraient plus longtemps que les rappeurs

INFOGRAPHIES – Une étude menée par un professeur de psychologie et de musique à l’université de Sydney revient sur l’âge moyen des artistes à leur mort. Elle tisse également des liens entre genre musical et espérance de vie.

Le Parisien

Les orchestres et le choeur de Radio France sur la sellette

Y a-t-il un orchestre de trop à Radio France? La question revient avec insistance depuis le début de la grève de la maison ronde, alors que son président, Mathieu Gallet, cherche des économies face à un déficit annoncé de 21 millions d’euros pour 2015.

Twitter

ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: Leipzig String Quartet Violinist Charged with Strangling New York Hotel Guest http://goo.gl/rwhtDI

Klassik.com @klassikcom: Sieger des Deutschen #Musikwettbewerb stehen fest #Klarinette #Kontrabass http://klassik.com/?91s4H 

Klassik.com @klassikcom: Zahl der #Musiklehrer in #Brandenburg nimmt drastisch ab #Musik #Ausbildunghttp://klassik.com/?NVLM7

Helmut Dietl in February 1995. Photo: Catherina Hess / dpa

Helmut Dietl in February 1995.
Photo: Catherina Hess / dpa

(Written on March 31, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Barbara Hannigan: no jacket required…

Who says women can’t be conductors? Well, quite a lot of men. So what has the famous soprano Barbara Hannigan learned since she picked up the baton – and started waving it in a (shock!) sleeveless dress?

The Strad

The Strad Sundays at London’s Barbican

The Strad marks its 125th anniversary by partnering with the LSO International Violin Festival

New York Youth Symphony rejects commissioned work over Nazi reference

The orchestra pulled the plug on a performance at Carnegie Hall when it was discovered the work contained the Nazi anthem

International Arts Manager

International funding news – March 2015

Seattle Symphony’s endowment has received a major boost through a donation of USD2.5M (€2.3M) from board chair Leslie Jackson Chihuly.

Classical Music Magazine

Deutsche Grammophon president Mark Wilkinson to leave for Universal in London

Mark Wilkinson, president of Deutsche Grammophon, is to move within Universal Music Group to become vice president of international strategy and artist development

Die Welt

Ist das Volk glücklich? Twitter weiß die Antwort

Wissenschaftler haben den Glücksgehalt von zehn Weltsprachen ermittelt. Bei Spanisch ist er am höchsten, bei Chinesisch am geringsten. Bald sollen nationale Stimmungsschwankungen live messbar sein.

Musik Heute

Rheingau Musik Preis 2015 an Andreas Scholl

Der Countertenor Andreas Scholl erhält den diesjährigen Rheingau Musik Preis. Mit der Ehrung würdige man Scholls Verdienste vor allem auf dem Gebiet der Barockmusik, teilte das Rheingau Musik Festival am Mittwoch mit.

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Olga Neuwirth komponiert ‘Orlando’ im Auftrag der Wiener Staatsoper

Im Zuge des Schwerpunktes zu zeitgenössischer Musik, der in den nächsten Spielzeiten den Spielplan der Wiener Staatsoper prägen wird, hat Staatsoperndirektor Dominique Meyer für die nächsten fünf Spielzeiten fünf Kompositionsaufträge fixiert.

BroadwayWorld.com

March is Chopin month at Carnegie Concert Series

Artistic Director Yashar Yaslowitz performs a series of concerts dedicated to the Life & Times of Frederic Chopin, featuring the complete Mazurkas, Nocturnes, Ballades, and other works.

Le Parisien

La soprano Sarah Brightman veut chanter dans l’espace 

La soprano britannique Sarah Brightman a annoncé mardi qu’elle comptait chanter cet automne dans l’espace, où elle doit devenir la huitième touriste à se rendre à bord de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).

Twitter

Music Education Expo @MusicEdExpo: Q&A with schools minister Nick Gibb MP starts at 10.40 in the Rhinegold Theatre. Tweet us your questions using #quiztheministers

ABRSM ‏@ABRSM : One of our examiners will be at our stand @MusicEdExpo today to answer your questions! Come say hi at stand C17! #MusicEdExpo

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM : It’s Piazzolla and Chick Corea to get us in the mood this morning at the @RCMLatest #PresidentsVisit.

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Barbara Hannigan. Photograph: Musacchio & Ianniello

 

(Written on March 12, 2015 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Mary Poppins in Last Night of the Proms

Last Night of the Proms is to feaure a Mary Poppins singalong to mark the 50th anniversary of the film’s release.

New York Times

In Final Hours, Metropolitan Opera Extends Contract Deadlines for Unions

Hours after a mediator began work Thursday evening, the Metropolitan Opera granted a temporary deadline extension.

Classic FM

Will rain force cover up of historic opera arena?

The mayor of Verona, Italy, is calling for a cover to be put over the city’s 2,000-year-old amphitheatre because unusually wet weather is ruining this summer’s programme of open-air operas.

The Guardian

Musical rarities – the hidden sides of the great composers

From scatalogical Mozart to possibly the worst music Wagner ever wrote, Tom Service unearths five pieces that rarely appear on concert programmes – perhaps for good reasons.

The Guardian

Scandal and outrage at Germany’s Bayreuth opera festival

Festival is becoming more notorious for its scandals than its music after second year of boos, jeers and insults.

La Croix

Festival d’opéra à Munich, l’excellence lyrique

Le temps d’un festival d’été, le Staatsoper de Munich confirme sa place de tout premier plan sur la scène internationale.

Vicenza Today

Viceenza, dolore e commozione per la scomparsa di Tommaso Zuccon Ghiotto

Amici, colleghi, semplici ammiratori del suo talento: sono migliaia le attestazioni di affetto nei confronti della famiglia del violinista deceduto.

Salzburger Nachrichten

Diebe stahlen aus Festspielhaus zwei Trommeln

Opfer von Dieben sind in der Nacht auf vergangenen Samstag Musiker bei den Salzburger Festspielen geworden. Unbekannte stahlen aus einem Aufbewahrungsraum des Festspielhauses zwei Trommeln, die nach Polizeiangaben mehrere tausend Euro wert sind. Der Raum war nicht versperrt, so die Polizei.

Twitter

Classic FM: @ClassicFM Baroque at the #BristolProms. More @hopeviolin photos here: http://classfm.co/eqEdFu 

BBC Proms Team: @bbcproms Tonight see Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major & Ravel on BBC Four from 7.30pm http://ow.ly/zNn8K  @BBCSO #bbcproms #Prom15 @IngridFliter

Classical Music: @ClassicalMusic_ Fiona Hyslop has written an op-ed for us about the arts in an independent Scotland. http://www.classicalmusicmagazine.org/2014/07/musicians-vote-yes-the-arts-will-thrive-in-an-independent-scotland/ … Do you disagree? Tell us why.

METOrchMusicians: ‏@METOrchestra This @SFOpera Board Member works tirelessly to introduce low-income children to opera http://bit.ly/1jUC7H8  #operaisalive #classicalmusic

GoClassical: ‏@GoClassicalUK  The Practice Vs. Talent. Are Virtuosos Born or Bred? http://wqxr.org/2Co5j  #classicalmusic

 

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Photo: Rex

 

(Written on August 1, 2014 )