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Classical News

In today’s news, the arts world is being love-blitzed by government ministers, and The Arts Desks discusses music in other cultures. Also, the Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award 2016 is launched, and interviews with Andrea Bocelli and Andrew Shore

The Times

Richard Morrison: Finally the arts world is being love-blitzed by government ministers

David Cameron isn’t the only Tory rushing to seize the centre ground with a show of cuddly, caring conservatism. After years in which his party huffed and puffed about the importance of youngsters getting qualifications in “hard” academic disciplines, the arts world is suddenly being love-blitzed by his education ministers


Andrea Bocelli: ‘It’s beautiful to sing for everybody’

If Andrea Bocelli had his way, he would never speak, only sing. So it seems almost unfair to subject him to an interview

The Guardian

Baritone Andrew Shore: from baring all for Beckmesser, to toupees and timing

He’s always wanted to play a panto dame, eyebrows are crucial, and the best singers are those that simply listen to the music. The great buffo-baritone talks us through some of his greatest comic roles for English National Opera

The Arts Desk

Extract: The Other Classical Musics

Michael Church prefaces a collection of essays on the Great Tradition in different cultures

Classical Music Magazine

Royal College of Music development gets green light

The Royal College of Music (RCM) has been granted planning permission for the development of its site on Prince Consort Road

Classic FM

Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award 2016 launched

The Arts Club has announced details of this year’s Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award 2016

Der Tagesspiegel 

Der Nachwuchs kommt aus Fernost

Alle Finalisten spielten beim Max-Rostal-Wettbewerk an der Universität der Künste das gleiche Werk. Gewonnen hat nur einer: Diyang Mei aus China


„Heute will sich das Publikum amüsieren“

Nikolai Lugansky gilt als Exponent der russischen Klavierschule, er selber will von solchen Klassifizierungen jedoch nichts wissen


Rare Mozart Letter Sold For $217,000 At Auction

A rare letter written by Mozart sold for $217,000 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The one-page signed note in German is undated, but was probably written in the summer of 1786 to the composer’s close friend, the great Austrian botanist Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin

Pacific Standard

Music Is a Potent Source of Meaning

But new research finds younger and older people largely listen for different reasons. The source of music’s power has long been debated, with many psychologists concluding its primary benefit is emotional regulation. For many of us, that has always seemed awfully reductive and recently published research suggests we may be right

Le Figaro

Les Gipsy Kings au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco?

La rumba catalane, musique emblématique de groupes gitans de Barcelone ou Perpignan comme celui de la famille Reyes, est candidate pour être inscrite sur la liste du patrimoine culturel immatériel des Nations unies


Arts Council England ‏@ace_national : #culturematters: share our EDM with your MP, recognising economic impact of arts&culture 

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic  : Mr @LudovicoEinaud‘s new album dropped today! We quizzed him about Euclid, Eminem & an extremely full iPhone… 

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM  :10 pieces of classical music that will change your life:  (and all of them are on @composed)


The Kyrgyz ensemble Tengir Too/The Arts Desk


(Written on October 16, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classic FM share Lang Lang’s performance secrets, and Ronald Perelman has resigned as Carnegie Hall chairman. Also, the ENO begins its new season without an artistic director, and a ‘Mikado’ production is cancelled over racial concerns

The Guardian

Brünjes and Pollock continue to steer the ENO ship

Two temporary appointments are made permanent, but English National Opera begins its new season without an artistic director

Classic FM

Lang Lang’s 3 secrets for a calm, composed on-stage performance

We hung out with the megastar virtuoso one afternoon at the Leeds Piano Competition. He told us his performance rituals, his tips for others, and introduced us to his revolutionary new teaching tool

Classical Music Magazine

Carnegie Hall chairman steps down

Ronald Perelman has resigned as chairman of the board of trustees at New York’s Carnegie Hall

International Arts Manager

Peace Tracks brings together all-star cast of musicians

A group of top international musicians have come together to create Peace Tracks, a new album that celebrates UN International Day of Peace on 21 September


John Wilson appointed as the BBC SSO’s Associate Guest Conductor

John Wilson has been appointed as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s Associate Guest Conductor

Carnegie Hall to Welcome Lang Lang

Grammy Award-nominated concert pianist Lang Lang makes his first of three appearances at Carnegie Hall this season with a solo recital on Friday, October 23 at 8:30 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

 The New-York Times

‘Mikado’ Production Canceled Over Racial Concerns

A production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” planned for New York this December was canceled after it drew criticism over how its largely non-Asian cast planned to portray the stereotyped Japanese characters and culture that are often seen as central to the work, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players announced on their website

Der Tagesspiegel

Im gelobten Klassikland

Fremdes Land, vertraute Klänge: In Bremen gründet der in Aleppo geborene Kontrabassist Raed Jazbeh syrisches Orchester, das “Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra”

Komponist Franz Surges stirbt nach Stromunfall

Der Komponist Franz Surges ist im Alter von 57 Jahren in einem Krankenhaus in Eschweiler an den Folgen eines Stromunfalls Ende August gestorben. Als ausgebildeter Kirchenmusiker und Organist war er vor allem pädagogisch tätig

Musik Heute

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin dementiert Jurowski-Verpflichtung

Das Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (RSB) hat die Verpflichtung von Vladimir Jurowski als Chefdirigent dementiert. Es würden lediglich Gespräche mit Jurowski geführt, sagte eine Sprecherin des Orchesters am Montag auf Anfrage

Codex Flores

Schuldt Chefdirigent des Münchner Kammerorchesters

Die Musiker des Münchner Kammerorchesters haben den 32-jährigen Clemens Schuldt als Chefdirigenten zum Nachfolger von Alexander Liebreich gewählt. Er wird mit Beginn der Spielzeit 2016/17 seine neue Position in München antreten

France musique

Concours des jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon: un Américain rafle le premier prix

A 23 ans, l’Américain Jonathon Heyward remporte le Grand Prix de la 54ème édition du concours international de jeunes chefs d’orchestre de Besançon

El Mundo

Los Reyes presiden hoy el estreno de la temporada del Teatro Real

La inauguración del Real se celebrará con Roberto Devereu de Donizetti, que a su vez inauguró el Teatro Real en 1850 con su obra La favorita


Classic FM: This 14-year-old boy absolutely nails the fiendish top notes of Mozart’s Queen of the Night:

Classical MusicAdrian Morris, bass trombonist with , died last night following a battle with cancer:

Sinfini MusicDoes rudeness in the concert hall (real or perceived) deserve rudeness in return?

News 22nd Sep

‘Exciting, transformational times’ … the Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London/The Guardian

(Written on September 22, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Telegraph confirms that The National Gallery is proposing an original exhibition combining painting and music, BR Klassik announces the death of “heroic” Tenor Jon Vickers and Director JJ Abrams explains the importance of orchestral music in movies.

The Times

Daniel Barenboim on why El Sistema is flawed and why London doesn’t need another concert hall

By his own Promethean standards, Daniel Barenboim’s appearance at this summer’s BBC Proms is a stroll in the park.

The Telegraph

What do paintings sound like?

The National Gallery is giving its best loved works a musical accompaniment. Helen Brown meets the composers

ENO’s John Berry: surly but talented

The artistic director of ENO, is leaving his job. Rupert Christiansen assesses his turbulent tenure

The Independent

Carly Paoli: Lorry driver’s daughter on road to opera stardom

A lorry driver’s daughter from Mansfield will next week realise a dream as she takes the stage where the Three Tenors – Jose Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo – debuted together a quarter of a century ago.

Arts Beat

Ludovic Morlot Extends Contract With Seattle Symphony

The dynamic French conductor Ludovic Morlot has extended his contract as music director of the Seattle Symphony for two more years through August 2019, the orchestra announced Friday.

BR Klassik

Heldentenor stirbt mit 88 Jahren

Jon Vickers nahm man das Etikett “Held” in der Bühnenhandlung ab – und den Begriff “Heldentenor” erfüllte er tönend. Nun ist der Sänger im Alter von 88 Jahren verstorben, wie seine Familie dem Royal Opera House mitgeteilt hat.

Musik heute

Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival eröffnet – Erinnerung an völkerverbindende Kraft der Musik

Das 30. Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival hat offiziell begonnen. “Die Menschen im Land fiebern dem Festival entgegen, jetzt geht es endlich los”, sagte Schleswig-Holsteins Ministerpräsident Torsten Albig zur Eröffnung.

Codex Florex

Rema Early Music Award für Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

Als Europäisches Netzwerk für Alte Musik vereinigt Rema (Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne) 60 Organisationen und Festivals aus 21 Ländern, die auf Alte Musik spezialisiert sind. Der erstmalig vergebene Rema Early Music Award geht an die Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, einen Sonderpreis erhält das Hilliard Ensemble.

The New York Times

Roy C. Bennett, Part of Midcentury Songwriting Duo, Dies at 96

Roy C. Bennett, who with his partner, Sid Tepper, wrote songs that were recorded by a wide roster of midcentury pop singers, including the titles “Red Roses for a Blue Lady,” “Kiss of Fire” and “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane,” died on July 2 in Queens. He was 96.


Listen To Star Wars: The Force Awakens Director JJ Abrams Talk About The Importance Of Orchestral Music

If you’re feeling down over the impending death of classical music (don’t worry, it’s not dying) then take a moment to watch this clip of the 7/10/2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens comic-con panel featuring director JJ Abrams talk about the importance of orchestral music.

Twitter: REMA Early Music Award Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

France Musique: : Lang Lang quitte la scène pour se rendre aux toilettes… et la salle se vide “Au moment de son départ il écoutait l’hymne à la joie de Beethoven” Hommage à Gunther Schuller (chef) décédé hier

Soundscapes National Gallery FOR EXHIBITION REVIEW ONLY Lake Keitele  Akseli Gallen-Kallela 1905

Canvas: Lake Keitele from Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s (1905)







(Written on July 13, 2015 )

In today’s news Richard Morrison discusses the “northern powerhouse” and HOME, the new £25 million arts centre that throws open its smart doors this weekend. Meanwhile, the ENO’s production of The Pirates of Penzance has broken UK cinema box office records, overtaking Metropolitan Opera’s broadcast of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow (January 2015), which grossed a total of £504k. Finally, congratulations to Judith Weir who was presented with the classical music prize at the 60th Ivor Novello awards.

The Times

HOME is a huge statement of faith in the power of culture

Even on a typically balmy May morning in Manchester — rain lashing down, pedestrians braced like Lowry’s matchstick men against a force 9 from Eccles — my spirits are elated. We hear a lot from George Osborne about a “new northern powerhouse”, but I’ve just emerged from a northern powerhouse that’s up and running.

Evening Standard

Glyndebourne’s Robin Ticciati interview: ‘Simon Rattle’s return to London is the greatest news’

At only 32, the music director is shaking up the world of classical music. He tells Claire Allfree about his mentor and why London needs a new concert hall

TIME magazine

Everything You Need to Know About the New Spotify

In a press event on Wednesday, streaming service Spotify made one thing clear: it’s no longer just for music.

Classical Music Magazine

Judith Weir wins Ivor Novello award

Composer Judith Weir was presented with the classical music prize at the 60th Ivor Novello awards.

ENO’s Pirates breaks UK cinema box office records

English National Opera’s production of The Pirates of Penzance has taken over £600k at the UK box office to date.

Mehr Geld für Sanierung des Bayreuther Opernhauses

Das bayerische Finanzministerium hat den Etat für die Sanierungsmaßnahmen am Markgräflichen Opernhaus Bayreuth noch einmal um fünf Millionen Euro auf insgesamt 27,5 Millionen Euro angehoben.

Musik Heute

Musikmesse Classical:NEXT eröffnet

Die Musikmesse Classical:NEXT ist am Mittwochabend in Rotterdam eröffnet worden. An dem Branchentreffen nehmen über 800 Fachbesucher aus über 40 Ländern teil.

Codex Flores

Musikalische Grundschule verbessert Bildungschancen

Das von der Bertelsmann Stiftung und sechs deutschen Kultusministerien geförderte Projekt Musikalische Grundschule hat seit 2005 rund 200’000 Schüler an 400 Schulen hat erreicht.

France Musique

La lutherie face à la forêt de demain

Actuellement, il y aurait près de 300 luthiers en France… Depuis quelques années on observe un regain d’intérêt pour cet artisanat, dont la matière première est le bois. Si les techniques restent fidèles aux traditions anciennes, face à l’évolution de l’exploitation de la forêt, le métier doit s’adapter.

Le Figaro

Fleur Pellerin passe à l’action sur la musique en streaming

La ministre de la Culture a confié une mission de médiation à Marc Schwartz, chargé de trouver un terrain d’entente entre les plates-formes en ligne et les créateurs.


M Magazine   full list of winners including +

Ace North  . continues its this weekend – get involved:

Grange Park Opera    cast headed to The Grange for the first time AND sitzprobe in Poole!

HOME Manchester

(Written on May 22, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards have been announced with nods to English National Opera and the Southbank Centre. Burak Arslan, Luca Beisel and Johannes Weidner have been announced as the first winners of the Noted Innovation Fellowship. Also, read about the new classical music community that is growing along the East Coast of America.


English National Opera gets RPS award boost

Company currently in special funding measures wins opera and music theatre category at prestigious awards for ‘consistently outstanding work’


Google Doodle celebrates piano inventor Bartolomeo Cristofori’s 360th birthday

Italian invented hammer and keys mechanism to create loud and quiet notes

Classical Music Magazine

First winners of Noted Innovation Fellowship announced

Burak Arslan, Luca Beisel and Johannes Weidner have been announced as the winners of the first Noted Innovation Fellowship.

RPS Music Awards winners announced

The winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards were announced last night in a ceremony held in The Brewery, City of London.


Groupmuse USA

In many ways, it was like any other gathering in a New York apartment on a Saturday night: hip décor, copious amounts of wine, attractive strangers making conversation… And then a string quartet busted out the first movement of Beethoven’s first string quartet.

Die Welt

Verschont uns mit Mozarts flachen Fäkal-Witzchen!

Das Berliner Konzerthaus will mehr junge Leute für klassische Musik gewinnen – und wirbt mit Slogans wie “Scheiß ins Bett dass’ kracht” für einen “Mozart-Marathon”. Warum das ein Griff ins Klo ist.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der griechische Renaissance-Punk

Am 11. Mai wählen die Berliner Philharmoniker ihren neuen Chef. Bis zum 10. Mai stellen wir Ihnen täglich einen der Kandidaten vor. Heute: Teodor Currentzis.


Orlando Philharmonic Announced New Music Director Eric Jacobsen

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra announced American conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen as its new Music Director.

Deutscher Kulturrat spricht sich gegen Gesetz zur Tarifeinheit aus

Der Deutsche Kulturrat hat sich in einer Stellungnahme gegen das geplante Gesetz zur Tarifeinheit ausgesprochen.


Travel Channel’s ‘Mysteries at the Museum’ Investigates Carnegie Hall Theft of Bronisław Huberman’s Stradivarius Violin

In one of our favorite episodes yet, The Travel Channel’s docu-drama Mysteries at the Museum recently featured the archive and research room at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City.


BBC News (World) ‏@BBCWorld: Is pop music starting to sound the same? Scientists have analysed how pop music has evolved in past 50 years 

Q Magazine ‏@QMagazine: Guest Column – Musicians don’t need to be political… but don’t discourage your fans from voting …

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: Musical Challenge time now on #EssentialClassics Can you work out the two pieces which are in ‘imperfect harmony’? 

ENO RPSAndrew Shore and Gwyn Hughes Jones in ENO’s The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. Photograph: Tristram Kenton

(Written on May 6, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, there is a lot about the English National Opera’s 2015/16 season, unveiled yesterday. It includes six new productions and five favourites in order to get through its troubled times. Tom Service believes that despite the financial problems, it could be a season to remember, for positive reasons, for the ENO. However, the Telegraph’s Rupert Christiansen says top British talent has been left out of the programme in a major way. Moving away from the ENO, the biennial Menuhin Competition has opened in the year where it would have been Yehudi Menuhin’s 99th birthday. The BBC also carries a story on  the transforming power of orchestras in schools.

The Guardian

ENO announce cloth-cutting season for 2015/16

Six new productions and five revivals attest to English National Opera’s current troubled circumstances, while artistic director John Berry hails ‘exciting and challenging’ times

Smaller is beautiful: ENO’s new season offers invention and ambition

Even if the 2015-16 season’s focus and concentration are the direct result of financial body-blows, this could be a year to remember for the right reasons at the Coliseum

The Telegraph

English National Opera has betrayed British talent

Our top-flight singers have been shunted aside in ENO’s new season. It is a disgrace, says Rupert Christiansen

Classic FM

Menuhin Competition 2016 opens for entries

The biennial Menuhin Competition comes to London in 2016, in partnership with Classic FM. And today, on what would have been the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin’s 99th birthday, the organisers have opened next year’s competition for entries.


The orchestra fine-tuning the performance of school students

The school’s results have improved, its drop-out rates have fallen to less than 1% and the atmosphere in the wider neighbourhood has been “transformed.”

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Seehofers “Zwillingslösung” auf dem Prüfstand

Am Freitag wird ein Gutachten veröffentlicht, das klären soll, ob die beiden großen Orchester Münchens gemeinsam die Philharmonie und den Herkulessaal bespielen könnten.


Internationaler ARD-Musikwettbewerb bis 2020 abgesichert

Die Intendanten der ARD stimmten einer Empfehlung ihrer Hörfunkkommission zu, den Internationalen Musikwettbewerb auch weiterhin zu organisieren. Der aktuelle Vertrag, der Ende 2016 ausläuft, wird bis zum 31. Dezember 2020 verlängert.


Orchester zeichnen Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission aus

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) verleiht den “Hermann-Voss-Kulturpreis” in diesem Jahr an die Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission.

The New York Times

New York Philharmonic’s Challenges Go Beyond the Music

The New York Philharmonic, the nation’s oldest symphony orchestra and the former home of Leonard Bernstein and Gustav Mahler, is preparing for its greatest upheaval in decades.

San Francisco Classical Voice

John Eliot Gardiner: Monteverdi is the Shakespeare of Music

For the better part of a half century, English conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner has been one of the leading forces in the early music revival.


BBC Proms Team @bbcproms : It’s the 2015 BBC Proms launch day!!! Only 4 hours until the full #bbcproms programme is revealed

Jessica Duchen @jessicaduchen : ENO’s new season. What’s really missing? …

ABRSM ‏@ABRSM : New for piano! We’ve just released Encore, a collection of favourite piano exam pieces from the past few decades! 


BBC Proms. Photo: FlowingProse

(Written on April 23, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news the English National Opera announce their 2015/16 season, which sees significant reductions in ticket prices. British conductor Stuart Stratford has been appointed by Scottish Opera as the Company’s Music Director after an extensive international search. Also, a look at austerity and the arts.


Austerity and the arts: the hidden cuts that are bad for our cultural health

The main parties show commitment in their manifestos to increasing access to and diversity in the arts, yet they are ignoring the devastating effects of local cuts


Karol Szymanowski’s ‘Król Roger’: A forgotten classic set to rule again

The Royal Opera House debut next month is long overdue, says Jessica Duchen

Classical Music Magazine

ENO unveil 2015/16 season

English National Opera has revealed its 2015/16 programme, announcing significant reductions in audience ticket prices.


Song for the NHS

A British composer is calling on politicians, cultural figures and the general public to lend their voices to a new piece about the NHS in advance of the UK general election on 7 May.

Classical Source

Scottish Opera appoints Stuart Stratford as Music Director

British conductor Stuart Stratford has been appointed by Scottish Opera as the Company’s Music Director after an extensive international search.

Der Tagesspiegel

Endlos das Firmament

Er geht weder ins Aufnahme- noch ins Fotostudio. Für viele ist er der Größte: Ausnahmepianist Grigory Sokolov in der Philharmonie.

Die Welt

Ein Aufstand weißer heterosexueller Männer

Renner gegen Castorf und für Dercon. Ostermeier gegen Renner. Peymann gegen alle. Und Lilienthal für sich selbst. Ein Versuch, den derzeit tobenden Berliner Theaterzickenkrieg zu verstehen.


Rundfunkchor Berlin startet mit neuem Chefdirigenten

Gijs Leenaars, neuer Chefdirigent des Rundfunkchors Berlin, wird am 19. September seine erste Vorstellung mit dem Ensemble leiten.

Münchner OB: Konzertsaalentscheidung bis Sommer

In der Münchner Konzertsaaldebatte soll noch vor der Sommerpause eine Entscheidung fallen.


EXCLUSIVE: 2015 MATA Festival Interview Spotlight – Ann Cleare on ‘Eöl,’ Talea Ensemble and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth

Founded by Philip Glass, Lisa Bielawa and Eleonor Sandresky in 1996, the MATA Young Composers Now! Festival strives to present emerging compositional talent sourced from across the globe.


EnglishNationalOpera @E_N_O: There’s one final #ENO1516 announcement! From next season we’re reducing the price of 50% of seats, making over 60,000 tickets £20 or under

Rayfield Allied ‏@RayfieldAllied: We are looking forward to @SteveReich #ThreeTales at @sciencemuseum performed by @ensemblebpm @nickedsut + Synergy Vocals tonight.

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Can you guess the music from just looking at the score? Try our new (and very tricky) quiz: 

12498English National Opera has revealed its 2015/16 programme, announcing significant reductions in audience ticket prices. Photo: English National Opera

(Written on April 22, 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.

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.

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.


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.


NS Culture ‏@NS_Culture : So, everyone agrees that culture is good, then? What we learned from the #CultureDebate:

Classical Music Agen ‏@AClassicalMusic : BBC Music Magazine Awards: playing of integrity and passion  #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. …

'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


Carmen with a twist: From toreador to city boy

Simon Stephens’ modern take on Bizet’s opera makes Carmen a man and Escamillo a hedge-funder


Nobuo Uematsu: the video game composer shaking up classical music

The Japanese musician behind the Final Fantasy themes has become a mainstay of Classic FM’s Hall of Fame, rubbing shoulders with the greats. So what does our critic make of his work?

Andrew Porter obituary

Distinguished music critic and scholar who had a decisive impact on British cultural life

Classic FM

Classical music could be ‘gone in a generation’, says top conductor

Conductor Kent Nagano has suggested that classical music could be dead within a generation, citing budget cuts and lack of music education.

Classical Music Magazine

Obituary: Dennis Marks, 2 July 1948 ‒ 2 April 2015

Dennis Marks, former head of music for BBC Television and general director of English National Opera, has died at the age of 66. – Süddeutsche Zeitung


Expertentum statt Schwarmintelligenz: Über die Rückkehr des Tastemakers bei Musik-Streaming-Diensten.

Der Tagesspiegel

Stolz im Bauch

Der Staats- und Domchor Berlin gilt als das älteste Ensemble der Stadt. Vor exakt 550 Jahren wurde die Knabentruppe gegründet. Das feiert sie mit einem Festprogramm – einer Ausstellung und großen Konzerten.

Die Welt

Was unsere Klassikszene von Frankreich lernen kann

Deutsche Opernhäuser haben Probleme. Die Semperoper etwa ist führungslos. In Berlin bleiben die Bühnen oft tagelang leer. Nun zeigt Intendant Serge Dorny in Lyon, wie spannend Oper sein könnte.


Can a man from Montreal save the Philadelphia Orchestra?

Paul Wells on Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Montreal star who has become one of classical music’s leading forces

11ème concours international de musique de chambre de Lyon – Quatuor à cordes

Le 11ème concours international de musique de chambre de Lyon – Quatuor à cordes aura lieu du 22 au 26 avril 2015. Le concours est ouvert aux artistes de toutes nationalités de moins de 30 ans. Une dizaine de quatuors sont attendus. Ils devront interpréter un vaste programme en partie imposé et dans lequel figure une création du compositeur Sergio Menozzi commanée pour l’occasion.

El Mundo

Onda Cero renueva su mañana con ‘Más de uno’

Comienza otra manera de contar las cosas en Onda Cero. A las 6.00 horas Carlos Alsina se enfrentaba a su primer monólogo matutino en Más de uno, el nuevo despertador de la cadena que viene a ocupar el espacio dejado por Carlos Herrera el pasado mes de marzo y que compartirá con el periodista Juan Ramón Lucas.


In Tune BBC Radio 3 ‏@BBCInTune: “I needed a bodyguard” @paavo_jarvi on bringing Shostakovich to Estonia in our latest podcast …

Welsh National Opera ‏@WNOtweet#GairArGnawd RT @S4C: @WNOtweet Opera screened on S4C as part of partnership with Welsh National Opera …

carmenViktoria Vizin says she has ‘lived every moment’ as Carmen. Photo: Independent

(Written on April 8, 2015 )

Classical News


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.


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.


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.


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.


ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: Leipzig String Quartet Violinist Charged with Strangling New York Hotel Guest @klassikcom: Sieger des Deutschen #Musikwettbewerb stehen fest #Klarinette #Kontrabass @klassikcom: Zahl der #Musiklehrer in #Brandenburg nimmt drastisch ab #Musik #Ausbildung

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

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

(Written on March 31, 2015 )