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The Guardian

Composers on their premieres: ‘This is the point where one has to let go’

The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has helped music lovers fund commissions through its Sound Investment scheme for almost 30 years. Ahead of their 75th commission, leading composers recall the nerves – and joy – of hearing their works come to life for the first time

The Independent

As ‘The Indian Queen’ opens, can Peter Sellars save the ENO?

As Purcell’s ‘The Indian Queen’ opens, Jessica Duchen meets the man on a mission to save an opera company in crisis

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015 finalists announced

20 singers from 15 different countries will compete in June

Philharmonia Orchestra signs £500k sponsorship with Chinese firewater manufacturer

The Philharmonia Orchestra has signed a five-year, £500,000 sponsorship deal with Chinese alcoholic beverage producer Wuliangye.

Classic FM

David Mellor on new London concert hall: ‘a power-play by Simon Rattle’

David Mellor has weighed in on the debate over whether London needs a new concert hall in a conversation with ex-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone on LBC.

KulturPort.De

Ruhrtriennale präsentiert Programm 2015

Im ersten Jahr unter der künstlerischen Leitung des Theatermachers Johan Simons bringt die Ruhrtriennale vom 14. August bis 26. September 2015 zahlreiche internationale KünstlerInnen in die Metropole Ruhr.

Klassik.com

Komponist Charles Kálmán ist tot

Sohn des Operettenkomponisten Emmerich Kálmán wurde 85 Jahre alt.

Musik Heute

Einreichungen für ECHO Klassik starten

Ab sofort können Tonträgerhersteller ihre besten Produktionen bei der Deutschen Phono-Akademie vorschlagen, teilte der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) am Montag in Berlin mit.

Codex Flores

Stiftung Händel-Haus erwirbt mutmassliches Händel-Porträt

Die Stiftung Händel-Haus hat ein Porträt ersteigert, das nach ersten Untersuchungen mit grosser Wahrscheinlichkeit Georg Friedrich Händel darstellt.

pizzicato

Huge Investment To Renovate Sydney Opera’s Concert Hall

$202 million (€140 million) will be invested towards the renewal of the Sydney Opera House and specifically its largest theatre, the Concert Hall.

New Award For Conductors Named After Julius Rudel

The Mannes Orchestra at the Mannes College the New School for Music, announced the creation of a Julius Rudel Award for Conducting Studies, named after the American conductor who died in June 2014 at the age 93.

El Mundo

Mortier, sos Gardel

Un libro recopila las ‘Reflexiones sobre la ópera, el arte y la política’ de la mejor y más radical mente que se haya dedicado a la ópera en su generación.

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ECHO Klassik Photo: Monique Wuestenhagen / BVMI

ECHO Klassik
Photo: Monique Wuestenhagen / BVMI

(Written on February 25, 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 )

On Saturday 11th August, David Mellor named William Berger’s new CD Insomnia: A Nocturnal Voyage in Song his ‘Album of the Week’ on Classic FM’s New Releases Show. Insomnia, which was released by Delphian Records on 30th July presents a sleepless night in the life of a man separated from his mistress through a programme of diverse songs.  Mellor not only praised Berger as  ‘(…) a very fine baritone’ but also for William’s choice of songs saying, ‘William Berger deserves to be congratulated on choosing such an interesting programme.’ 

You can listen to the programme: here

(Written on August 13, 2012 )