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The Guardian

Rudy Giuliani expected to join protest against Met’s Klinghoffer opera

New York’s Metropolitan Opera is bracing for its most tumultuous opening in decades on Monday, as protesters get ready to picket The Death of Klinghoffer, the John Adams opera about the 1985 hijacking of a cruise ship by Palestinian guerrillas.

Telegraph

Lang Lang demonstrates piano techniques

Exclusive: Lang Lang, who has just published a series of piano books for young players, shows how to play in different styles

Classic FM

How I wrote Fury – Steven Price

After tackling the quiet helplessness of being adrift in space with Gravity, the Oscar-winning film composer turned to the Bible to tackle Brad Pitt’s World War Two film.

International Arts Manager

Orpheus receives grant to reach next generation

New York’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has received a $400,000 grant from The Andrew W Mellon Foundation.

Sinfini

Critics’ Circle Awards 2014

The winners of the 2014 Critics’ Circle Music Awards were announced on Friday.

Pizzicato

Finnish National Opera Celebrates Jean Sibelius 150th Anniversary

The Finnish National Opera and the Finnish National Ballet will be contributing to the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jean Sibelius with the world premiere of the expansive ‘Kullervo’ by Tero Saarinen, alternately conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Pietari Inkinen.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Kampf um Bayreuth

Gysi droht Richard-Wagner-Stiftung mit Klage

Klassik.com

Unerwarteter Geldsegen für Wiener Staatsoper

Sponsorenmittel in Höhe von 333.000 Euro wiederentdeckt

Klavier.de

Pianist Arto Satukangas gestorben

Finnischer Musiker und Hochschuldozent wurde 51 Jahre alt

crescendo

ECHO Klassik 2014 – Das Lebenswerk: Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Kurz vor seinem 85. Geburtstag bekommt Nikolaus Harnoncourt ein verfrühtes Geburtstagsgeschenk: den ECHO Klassik für sein Lebenswerk.

Plácido Domingo: Eine Prise Domingo

„Wenn man aufhört zu wachsen, dann ist es vorbei“, sagt Plácido Domingo (73) und veröffentlicht gleich sein nächstes Album – mit mediterranen Liedern als Hommage an seine Heimat.

classicalworld.com

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia Announces Appointment of Conductor Emmanuel Villaume as Music Director and Chief Conductor

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia is pleased to announce the appointment of internationally renowned conductor Emmanuel Villaume to the position of Music Director and Chief Conductor of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia for a three-year term, effective September 1, 2015.

Le Figaro

Le Royal Opera s’offre un entracte contemporain

Kasper Holten, l’administrateur du Royal Opera House, s’est lancé dans un ambitieux plan d’élargissement du répertoire de ce que l’on tient encore pour un bastion du conservatisme.

Tweets

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Royal Opera House, London. Photo credit: age fotostock/Grant Rooney

Royal Opera House, London. Photo credit: age fotostock/Grant Rooney

(Written on October 20, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Jazz is not just for us old swingers

Sebastian Coe, vice-president of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, writes about the emerging young jazz scene.

 

Gramophone

The great Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi has died

On the 26th July one of the great Italian tenors, Carlo Bergonzi, passed away at the age of 90.

 

The Telegraph

Tête à Tête Opera Festival: ‘invigorating’

The festival, this year housed at Central St Martin’s art school, runs until 3rd August.

 

The Telegraph

BBC Prom 13, CBeebies Prom, review: ‘uninspired’

The Proms opened their doors to the youngest ever audience at the first CBeebies Prom.

 

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Panne bei Festspielen in Bayreuth: Gäste aus dem Saal geschickt 

Der erste Akt dauert nicht einmal zwanzig Minuten: Wegen einer technischen Panne muss die Premiere der Bayreuther Festspiele unterbrochen und der Saal geräumt werden. Die Gäste genießen derweil ein frühes Glas Rotwein.

 

Die Welt

Wer kommt? Der Fünfjahresplan von Bayreuth

Weil es bei den Bayreuther Festspielen 2014 keine Neuinszenierung gab, fokussiert sich die Leitung auf die Folgejahre. Eine Übersicht, was Katharina Wagner plant und wer 2019 “Tannhäuser” inszeniert.

 

Die Welt

Zu Besuch beim Phantom der Oper

Kirill Petrenko ist einer der begehrtesten Dirigenten der Welt. Er macht sich rar: Keine CDs, keine Interviews. Jetzt tritt er bei den Bayreuther Festspielen auf. Eine Annäherung im Orchestergraben.

 

Concerti

„Ein Artist auf der Tuba!“

Der Tubist Andreas Martin Hofmeir hört und kommentiert CDs von Kollegen, ohne dass er erfährt, wer spielt

 

Le Monde

Le Festival d’Avignon a évité la catastrophe

Perturbée par les grèves et la météo, artistiquement inégale : première édition en dents de scie pour Olivier Py.

 

 

Twitter

ClassicFM: @ClassicFM Are concert halls and opera houses unwelcoming? http://classfm.co/Oi1jQP

The Classical Source: @ClassicalSource News: YouTube’s first-ever classical music star puts the power in the audience’s hands at #BRISTOLPROMS 2014 http://bit.ly/1o5F8Qj

Mark Pullinger: @larkingrumple Orchestra strike throws revival of Rome Opera House into turmoil http://thetim.es/1ozQf8Q

ClassicFM: @ClassicFM We’re at the @bristololdvic this week for the amazing #BristolProms – more about all that’s happening here: http://classfm.co/BProms

London Symphony Orchestra: @Londonsymphony We’re looking for a Technical and Stage Assistant for our venue @LSOstlukes. Think you fit the bill? http://bit.ly/1mVINkT 

 

 

 

DW, R.Fulker

DW, R.Fulker

 

(Written on July 28, 2014 )

Broadway World

Pacific Symphony Receives $2 Million Gift From James and Catherine Emmi

Pacific Symphony recently received a generous gift of $2 million from long-time board member James Emmi and his wife, Catherine, providing continued support for orchestral operations and endowment.

Guardian

Mozart Undone: ‘Everything has to be hosed down afterwards’

Condoms, mud, bluegrass – Imogen Tilden finds out how the Danish craze for the ‘theatre concert’ has shaken up Mozart

Classic FM

Leonard Slatkin encourages concert audience to use mobile phone cameras

Conductor Leonard Slatkin surprised attendees at a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert by encouraging them to take photos and videos of the performance with their phones, and to post them on the internet via social media.

Telegraph

Regime change in Bayreuth – and Dresden

The departure of Eva Wagner-Pasquier from the festival that bears her family name is of less importance than a sacking in Dresden, says Rupert Christiansen

WWLP

Violinist for a cause: Vasculitis awareness

Violin for Vasculitis: Allison Lint plans to play her violin in all 50 states, to raise awareness for vasculitis, a disease she’s been living with since she was a teenager.

Classic FM

Classic FM

(Written on February 28, 2014 )

The New York Times

Choosing emotion over virtuosity

In his recent solo recital, Soheil Nasseri went in search of virtuosic extremes in a selection of works that demonstrated the piano’s ability to reflect the whole gamut of human emotions

Metro

Expect thunderous applause for Joseph Calleja at the BBC Proms

Due to sing arias by Verdi at tonight’s Prom, Joseph Calleja is expected to perform with that undefinable something that only the greatest singers possess

Classic FM Online

Overdue Tchaikovsky returned to library after 59 years

Librarians in Westminster are pleased to be reunited with a score of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 – almost six decades after it was borrowed

Pavarotti’s label want you to sing Nessun Dorma

A competition inviting the public to submit recordings of themselves singing Puccini’s aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ has been launched to celebrate the release of the new Pavarotti best-of album

The Telegraph

The Chinese woman conductor set to storm the Proms

Against the odds of her gender and nationality, Chinese conductor Xian Zhang has become a rising musical star

Joyce DiDonato: ‘Stop selling opera by dumbing it down’

Ahead of her appearance at the Last Night of the Proms, Joyce DiDonato talks to Rupert Christiansen about her love of Mozart – and Over the Rainbow

Simon Callow: ‘I was a terrific show-off as a child’

Simon Callow on how he’s getting to grips with Wagner, and why life gets better once you’ve ‘peaked’

Euronews

Celebrating classical music at George Enescu festival

Named after one of Romania’s most famous composers, the George Enescu festival is a month-long celebration of classical music. The festival aims to offer a unique cultural mix: great orchestras and artists who interpret Enescu plus pieces by other famous composers like Wagner, Verdi and Britten.

Die Zeit

“Wir wollten ein neues Evangelium”

Er war das Superhirn der musikalischen Avantgarde, als Dirigent in Bayreuth hat er Wagner vom Waber befreit. Vor zehn Jahren gründete Pierre Boulez die Lucerne Festival Academy für junge Komponisten und Musiker. Eine Begegnung aus Anlass des Jubiläums

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

 

(Written on September 5, 2013 )

The Guardian

Castorf has become the villain of the Bayreuth Ring cycle

After the Bayreuth audience booed a deliberately incoherent Ring cycle, Martin Kettle wonders if the festival – and Wagner – deserves better

Sunday Times

In The Key Of Life

Proms themed in C, including works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Tippett, fascinate Paul Driver

Gramophone

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra launches urgent appeal for donations

The orchestra must raise £70,000 if it is to survive in difficult economic times

LA Times

Metropolitan Opera responds to petition blasting Vladimir Putin

The Metropolitan Opera has sent a statement in response to an online petition criticizing the New York company for its upcoming production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin.”

Classic FM

14-year-old’s heavy metal Vivaldi tribute is a viral hit

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons has been given a heavy metal makeover by a French teenage girl, and become a YouTube sensation in the process

Opera Chic

Stephen Sondheim, The Art of the Musical

The Paris Review excerpts a comprehensive 1997 interview with Stephen Sondheim where the American composer/lyricist talks shop, legacy and everything in between with James Lipton.

Berliner Zeitung

So jung ist er nun auch wieder nicht

Beim Young Euro Classic-Festival treten auch gestandene Virtuosen wie Joshua Bell auf. Auch wenn der Violinist mit seinem Bubengesicht immer noch als Teenie-Schwarm und Nachwuchshoffnung wahrgenommen wird.

Classical Music News: Stephen SondheimOpera Chic

(Written on August 12, 2013 )

The New York Times

Spotify Losses Grow, Despite Successful Expansion

After five years, the streaming music service Spotify has established itself as a financial force in the music industry, with more than $500 million in revenue last year.

Gramophone

Grimes on the Beach comes to UK cinemas

Aldeburgh Festival’s open-air production of Britten’s Peter Grimes is screened nationwide on September 5

Classic FM

Floating pianist surprises riverbank sunbathers

It’s not every day you’re treated to a free open-air concert on the riverbank – especially when the performer is floating…

Royal Philharmonic Society awards £81,500 to young musicians

Composers, music students and instrumentalists all awarded grants to aid further study and music-making in tough economic times.

Big audience rise for Classic FM

More than 130,000 new listeners have switched on Classic FM over the last year, according to the latest official figures.

Limelight Magazine

Blowjobs rock Bayreuth while Barenboim’s Ring resounds

Critics call time on Castorf’s Ring while Barenboim shows Londoners how it should be done.

ITV News

Teenager swaps fairground for prestigious classical music festival

A talented teenager from Towyn, near Rhyl has been given the opportunity to work at the prestigious international festival of classical music.

Neue Musikzeitung

Verschiedene Ströme fließen zusammen: Zum Auftritt des Young Philharmonic Orchestra Jerusalem Weimar bei Young Euro Classic in Berlin

Als im Jahr 2000 das Festival Young Euro Classic in Berlin gestartet wurde, konzentrierte man sich noch auf Jugendorchester aus der Europäischen Union. Eine Ausnahme allerdings gab es: Israel.

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Classic FM

(Written on August 1, 2013 )

The Times

First night for English woman at Bayreuth

A former midwife from Nottingham who retrained as an opera singer will tonight become the first English woman to take the leading role in Richard Wagner’s The Ring Cycle at Germany’s leading artistic festival.

The New York Times

Mostly Mozart, Mostly Improved

If classical music is going to be a living, breathing art form, then living, breathing composers, and young musicians who are excited about those composers, have to be a full part of any enterprise, even when Mozart is the brand name of a festival.

Los Angeles Times

At the Hollywood Bowl, an unhealthy glow

Critic’s Notebook: The Hollywood Bowl’s new LED screens distract from the venue’s improved sound system.

The Guardian

Margaret Atwood makes opera debut

Novelist writes libretto for production exploring the life of legendary Canadian poet and actor Pauline Johnson

Classical Music Magazine

ACE announces funding round to open in 2014 as Sir Baz gives vote of confidence to major organisations

Arts Council England has announced that the application process for National Portfolio Funding for 2015-2018 will open in January 2014.

ITV News

Classical music stars perform in Leeds

Classical singer and Daybreak presenter Aled Jones is taking to the stage in Leeds this evening to perform at an Opera in the Park event at Temple Newsam.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Vom Klang der Ringe

Bayreuth startet mit dem „Ring“. Fast fünfzig Aufnahmen von Richard Wagners Werk sind greifbar. Welche Einspielung ist die beste? Wir setzen unseren Experten darauf an.

Music Week

Brands spent a record £100m on music in 2012, PRS research reveals

Brands such as Coca Cola, O2, Blackberry and Volkswagen spent a record £100m on music in 2012, PRS For Music research has revealed.

Hollywood Bowl

 

LA Times

(Written on July 29, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Mariss Jansons, interview

Mariss Jansons is reluctant to talk about the horrors of the Soviet system – he’d rather talk about the music he is going to conduct at the Proms and Edinburgh Festival, he tells Ivan Hewett.

The Sydney Morning Herald (via Arts Journal)

Call of opera luring greater audience numbers

It’s music to opera lovers’ ears. In what was a bumper year for opera attendances in Australia, the art form had a greater increase in audience numbers in 2012 than either dance, theatre, orchestral or chamber music, according to an Australia Council survey of the country’s 28 major performing arts companies

Classic FM

Skateboarding set to music in new classical video

Composing has a lot in common with skateboarding, says classical musician Sven Helbig, whose hypnotic new video stars young people in a skatepark.

BBC Music Magazine

Bolshoi violinist dies after falling into orchestra pit

Long-standing member of the orchestra dies of injuries in hospital

Limelight Magazine

Boston Chief knocked out in Bayreuth

Andris Nelsons concussed after “household accident” at Wagner Festival.

Classical Source

Southbank Centre Chairman Completes 300 Mile, 24-Hour Bike Ride And Raises Final Amount For Royal Festival Hall Organ Campaign

Full £2.3 million has now been raised for the Pull Out All The Stops organ campaign to restore the Royal Festival Hall organ

Music Week

Swedish music market grows 12% in H1 2013

Total music sales value in Sweden increased by 12 percent in the first half of 2013, propelled by strong growth in usage of streaming services.

André Rieu breaks record for highest-grossing UK opening weekend takings for a music concert film

An André Rieu music concert screened in cinemas has achieved the highest-grossing opening weekend takings in UK box office history for its genre.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Der Anti-Maestro meldet sich zurück

Stürmen, schuften, siegen: Kirill Petrenko wird verehrt, wohin er auch kommt. Jetzt dirigiert er den neuen, von Frank Castorf inszenierten „Ring des Nibelungen“ im Bayreuther Festspielhaus.

Classic FM

(Written on July 23, 2013 )

The Guardian

The fantastic Dr Dee: angels, magic and the birth of modern science

As Damon Albarn’s opera opens in London, Carole Jahme wonders why Dee has been written out of the history of science.

The Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra with Gustavo Dudamel – live stream

Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra performed at London’s Royal Festival Hall with conductor Gustavo Dudamel on 23 and 26 June.

The Times

Delius takes Hassan on the Golden Road

On July 7 Frederick Delius’s Hassan is staged in Cheltenham.

MUSO

Edward Gardner among artists given Queen’s birthday honours

English National Opera director Edward Gardner has been named among the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, being awarded an OBE for services to music.

BBC Music Magazine

Arts Council awards Catalyst Endowment funds

The Arts Council has awarded ‘Catalyst’ awards to a host of music organisations including the Hallé and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE).

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Bayreuth’s American Siegfried has died

Jean Cox was not the first American to sing at the Wagner shrine but he was surely the first to fly a bombing mission before he took to the stage.

Gramophone

Performing musical saw in a potato barn

The SCO’s principal cellist prepares for the East Neuk Festival.

New Music 20×12 issues three more releases

Hear excerpts from works by David Bruce, Emily Howard and Michael Wolters.

Jamie Philips appointed assistant conductor of the Hallé

21-year-old succeeds Andrew Gourlay in September.

(Written on June 27, 2012 )

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

Schubert To The Max.

Maxim Rysanov’s Schubert project.

New York Times 

Julliard School Announces $20 Million Gift For Early Music.

The Juilliard School is announcing a $20 million gift to endow its graduate-level program in historical performance.

The Telegraph

Wigmore Hall And America’s Staggering Cultural Diversity.

Stephen Hough talks string quartets.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Another Barenboim Rises In Beijing. 

Rudolph Tang of Klassikom, reports the emergence of a third orchestra in Beijing.

What It Will Cost To Save Bayreuth From Demolition.

‘Unless something happens soon, the building will fall down,’ said Wolfgang Wagner.

http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2012/01/what-it-will-cost-to-save-bayreuth-from-demolition.html

 

(Written on January 17, 2012 )