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In today’s news: More worrying news about bass-baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s health, the trials of travelling musicians, and Classic FM’s birthday celebrations! The Berlin Philharmonic to start last season with Rattle, Serebrennikow under house arrest, and Rheingau Music Prize for Enoch zu Guttenberg.

Classical Music Magazine

Psappha reveals 2017/18 season

Highlights include a tour of the Whitworth Art Gallery through music and art, a collaboration with guitarist Mike Walker, a performance of Boulez’s Le Marteau sans maître under Jamie Phillips, and a concert with the BBC Philharmonic.

The Strad

Trials of travelling musicians: violin not accepted as hand luggage on ferry

Scilly Steamship Company insists violin goes in the hold – yet maintains policy allowing two dogs per adult.


More worrying news about Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s health

The bass-baritone has been fighting a brain tumour since 2015. He has cancelled a number of upcoming opera performances, yet two recitals are announced for September, in Bucharest and Moscow.

Classic FM

Classic FM’s 25th Birthday Celebrations from Dumfries House

As part of our 25th birthday celebrations, Classic FM will be celebrating with the Royal Family on Wednesday 6th September – the day before our birthday.


Award-winning Finnish novel Ice is adapted into an opera

In January 2019 the Finnish National Opera will host the world premiere of a new opera from Finland based on Ulla-Lena Lundberg’s bestselling novel Ice.


Hotel chain plans John Cage birthday marathon

Ace Hotels will be presenting a full day of the composer’s music in lobbies and public areas on September 5.


Berliner Philharmoniker starten in letzte Rattle-Saison

Mit Haydns „Schöpfung“ starten die Berliner Philharmoniker in die letzte Spielzeit unter ihrem langjährigen Chefdirigenten Sir Simon Rattle.


Serebrennikov unter Hausarrest, Stuttgart produziert ‘Hänsel und Gretel’ mit seinem Team

Trotz heftiger Proteste in Russland und im Ausland hat die russische Justiz hat den am Dienstag wegen Betrugsvorwürfen festgenommenen Regisseur Kirill Serebrennikov gestern unter Hausarrest gestellt.

Klassik Heute

Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 für Enoch zu Guttenberg und seinen Chor

Morgen werden Enoch zu Guttenberg und die Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern zu Beginn ihres Konzertes in der Basilika von Kloster Eberbach mit dem Rheingau Musik Preis 2017 ausgezeichnet.


Sam Jackson @classicjacko

Very exciting news, announced today, about ‘s 25th birthday celebrations:

John Cage (1912-1992) ©Limelight







(Written on August 24, 2017 )

Classical News


Ice and fire: the classical music scene in Iceland

Iceland’s composers and musicians are busy breaking down the barriers between classical and popular genres. And now they have a spanking new concert hall to experiment in

Facing the Music: Willard White

The bass-baritone answers our questions about his musical tastes on and off the concert platform


Why Beethoven has got cardiologists’ hearts racing

Did Beethoven’s arrhythmia influence his greatest works? Ivan Hewett investigates

BBC Music Magazine

Study suggests that some emotional responses to music are universal

Do rainforest tribes react in the same way as city dwellers to the music of Star Wars?

New York Post

An opera singer on life after she was fired for being ‘too fat’

Renowned opera singer Deborah Voigt made headlines in 2004 after a London opera company fired her for being “too fat.”

Die Welt

Das Drama der Sitzplätze in deutschen Theatern

Gedankenfreiheit? Bewegungsfreiheit! Wer im Theater seine Beine nicht mehr spürt, der kann sich auch der Kunst nicht hingeben.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Von Klängen getrieben und getragen

Im Jahr 2012 gewann der Komponist Georg Katzer den Deutschen Musikautorenpreis in der Kategorie “Komposition experimentelle Musik”.

Codex Flores

«Je suis Charlie» – die Freiheit der Kunst ist unantastbar

Die Theater und Orchester in Deutschland verurteilen aufs Schärfste den brutalen Anschlag auf Charlie Hebdo und trauern an der Seite der Angehörigen um die getöteten Mitarbeiter dieser Zeitschrift und die getöteten Polizisten.

Le Monde

La culture à la portée de tous ?

Le 14 janvier, la Philharmonie de Paris ouvrira ses portes dans le parc de La Villette.


Conductor Chaslin Went On Strike At Israeli Opera

French conductor Frédéric Chaslin refused to conduct at the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening, after the management denied his demand for a short commemoration of the victims of the terror attacks in France last week.


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Philharmonic hall of Paris, photo: Patrick Tourneboeuf

Philharmonic hall of Paris,
photo: Patrick Tourneboeuf

(Written on January 12, 2015 )

The Arts Desk

The Last Night of the Proms, Kennedy, DiDonato, BBCSO, Alsop

The slickest Last Night in recent memory finds a woman finally in charge

Wagner at the Proms remembered

Five singers, three conductors and a director look back on a collective triumph of the bicentenary year

Classic FM Online

Joseph Calleja: “An operatic voice is not boring!”

The tenor speaks to his long standing friend and Classic FM presenter David Mellor about the appeal of his new album, Amore

The Times

Sir Simon Rattle tipped to take top job with the LSO

Britain’s most celebrated contemporary conductor is understood to have accepted the post of principal conductor of the LSO

The Washington Post

Soprano Voigt drops out of Washington Opera’s ‘Tristan and Isolde’ with ‘relief’

Deborah Voigt, the star soprano scheduled to sing Isolde in Wagner’s monumental “Tristan und Isolde” in the company’s season-opening production, starting next Sunday, is withdrawing from the role

The Guardian

Pavarotti tops the charts with remastered first recording

Posthumous release features an aria the opera singer recorded 50 years ago but which lay unheard in his archives

The Independent

‘Stop mocking the Mormons,’ says opera star Bryn Terfel who has been ’embraced’ by the faith

The bass-baritone, recently in Salt Lake City to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, was visited at home in Wales by missionaries who tried to convert him

Die Welt

“Wir sind Zirkusartisten ohne Netz”

Es gibt so viel mehr als den hohen Ton: Plácido Domingo und Jonas Kaufmann, die berühmtesten Tenöre der Welt, über Sängerwitze, Akzente und die Liebe zu Verdi. Ein allererstes Doppelinterview

The Arts Desk

The Arts Desk

(Written on September 9, 2013 )


From Under The Arches To Royal Opera House: Homeless Get Their Break

A mother and daughter folk duo, a hip-hop collective and a poetry group from Aldershot are to perform at the Royal Opera House in a show with a difference: every performer has lived rough on the streets.

New Yorker

The Future Of Concert Halls

Watch an audio slide show, narrated by Victoria Newhouse, that explains how radical, ambitious designs are altering and deepening the experience of attending live performances


Mostly Mozart Plans Take Wing

The Mostly Mozart Festival, in its persistent search for variety, usually finds other composers to highlight. This summer will be no different: a dozen concerts will include works by Schubert, festival officials said on Tuesday.

Lesley Garrett On Britain’s Finest Industrial Architecture

The soprano and broadcaster talks us through her favourite pieces of industrial architecture


Don’t Miss: FutureEverything

With-it Manchester dwellers will have long been aware of the city’s annual festival of all things forward-thinking, FutureEverything, but this year’s music programme deserves special mention.

The Spectator

Spirit Of Schubert

Michael Henderson, who, every December, for the past decade, has laid a red rose on Schubert’s grave in Vienna’s southern cemetery, celebrates the great composer.

LA Times

Thomas Quasthoff Talks Retirement And His ‘Cripple Bonus’

German bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff recently walked away from a odds-defying career of his own when the thalidomide-damaged singer announced his retirement at 52.

Influences: Violinist Leila Josefowicz

Leila Josefowicz has played a large number of works over her 34 years, but the violinist has a special relationship to John Adams’ Violin Concerto, to which she returns this weekend.

(Written on April 11, 2012 )

NY Times

Enduring Legacy of Encouragement

Establishing a career in opera has never been easy, and young singers need whatever help they can get. The great bass-baritone George London knew all about that.

The Telegraph

Schubert is needed now more than ever

The composer’s musical legacy contains more consolation for our loneliness than any other human creation.

LA Times

Getting ‘Moby-Dick’ opera up and sailing

Tenor Ben Heppner and composer Jake Heggie discuss the challenges of bringing Herman Melville’s American classic to San Diego’s Civic Theatre.


A change of cellist for the Emerson Quartet

After 34 years, a new cellist joins the ensemble

BBC Music Magazine 

Peter Hill

The world-renowned Messiaen interpreter on why he’s branched out to Bach with his latest recording

Joyce DiDonato wins Grammy

Mezzo-soprano receives standing ovation at ceremony

(Written on February 14, 2012 )