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In today’s news, James Rhodes’s autobiography reveals his sexual abuse as a boy and his subsequent battles with mental illness, Xian Zhang has been appointed as the next music director of the New Jersey Symphony and Ludovico Einaudi answers 10 questions. Also, JazzUK relaunches with community festival and music director Emmanuel Villaume extends his contract in Dallas

The Guardian

Gilbert and Sullivan: are their women a joke too far?

The cruel misogyny of many of G&S’s plots make their operas increasingly unpalatable – and unfunny – in today’s age. Ahead of the return of The Mikado and its monstrous Katisha to the Coliseum, a fan wonders what is to be done

The Times

James Rhodes: ‘You can’t just erase my past’

It is almost exactly half a year since an author and musician was able to walk out of the Supreme Court and reveal his real name and the autobiography that chronicled, in unflinching detail, his sexual abuse as a boy and his subsequent battles with mental illness

Classical Source

New Jersey Symphony appoints Xian Zhang as music director

Xian Zhang has been appointed as the next music director of the New Jersey Symphony, starting with the 2016-17 Season and succeeding Jacques Lacombe

The Arts Desk

10 Questions for Composer Ludovico Einaudi

What are the elements that make up Einaudi’s music?

International Arts Manager

JazzUK relaunches with community festival

Heulwen Phillips, project director at JazzUK, on bringing the company out of the ashes and what its new #4Jazz Festival is doing for the community

Hamburger Museen starten am 27. November erste Instaswap-Aktion Deutschlands

Vom 27. November bis zum 1. Dezember besuchen sich die Instagrammer der Hamburger Museen gegenseitig und schauen hinter die Kulissen

Will Liverman gewinnt Stella Maris-Wettbewerb

Der US-amerikanische Bariton Will Liverman hat den internationalen Gesangswettbewerb “Stella Maris” gewonnen. Er erhielt sowohl den mit 15.000 Euro dotierten Publikumspreis als auch ein Aufnahmeprojekt bei einem renommierten Plattenlabel

Codex Flores

Cottet Solocellist des Symphonieorchesters des BR

Der 28-jährige Genfer Cellist Lionel Cottet, ein Absolvent des Mozarteums Salzburg und der New Yorker Juilliard School, wird laut dem Musikjournalisten Norman Lebrecht Erster Cellist des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks


Emmanuel Villaume Extends Contract in Dallas

The Dallas Opera has announced contract extensions for Music Director Emmanuel Villaume and General Director & CEO Keith Cerny as well. Both contracts have been extended to June 30, 2022

El Mundo

Una invitación al relax con tintes de África y Brasil

Para Juan Llamas, la guitarra “se convirtió en una obsesión” y presenta su música como una mezcla de flamenco y jazz


Top Classical News @topcmnews :  Facing the music: Esa-Pekka Salonen

Royal Collage Music @RCMLondon : Great to hear RCM musicians and on Friday’s : (from 58.45)

Classic FM @ClassicFM :  It’s not too much to ask, isn’t it?
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James Rhodes at the Classical Brit Awards in 2009 Stuart Mostyn/ Redferns/ Getty Images

(Written on November 23, 2015 )

Classic FM Online

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to retire from opera stage?

New Zealand opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa has suggested that she will retire from the opera stage, on the eve of her 70th birthday.

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.


Founder of Lyrita Richard Itter has died

Richard Itter was the founder of Lyrita Recorded Edition as a mail-order subscription label in 1959 (with the first LPs issued the following year) and over the next 32 years created a superb catalogue of largely orchestral British music.

Daily Mail

CHRIS DEERIN: I adore classical music. How can I pass the baton to a new generation?

Chris Deerin on Classical Music

Rafael Bonachela: From Madonna to JS Bach

Sydney Dance Co’s AD used to chose Madonna over flamenco, but nowadays it’s classical that sets his toes tapping.

The Telegraph

iTunes Festival may force imminent iOS 7.1 update

A well-connected Apple blogger claims that iOS 7.1 will be released within days as it is needed to support new features to allow the upcoming iTunes Festival in Texas to be live-streamed to devices around the world

Die Welt

Wanderhuren aus dem finsteren Zeitalter der Oper

Lange waren Barockopern etwas für Nerds. Heute gibt es eine ganze Industrie, die sie als gefühlige Events vermarktet. Wie die Alte Musik die Klassikbranche und die Seelen retten soll.
Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on March 5, 2014 )

The Telegraph

Gerald Barry talks about his new opera The Importance of Being Ernest

Gerald Barry, composer, sees a kindred spirit in the great playwright Oscar Wilde.

The Guardian

English National Opera’s new season includes controversial Disney story

Fictionalised account of animator’s life, one of nine new productions to be staged by the company, will present a ‘nightmarish’ version of Walt Disney.

Welcome to our new contemporary music guide

Tom Service introduces his new series on contemporary classical music, and explains how we need your help.

ENO’s new Flying Dutchman: ‘It will be a white-knuckle ride’

Director Jonathan Kent and conductor Edward Gardner walk about their first tussle with Wagner in ENO’s new production of The Flying Dutchman.

Jessica Duchen

Meet Janina Fialkowska

She has recently been awarded the 2012 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime achievement in classical music – her native Canada’s highest artistic honour – and there’s a new CD on the way.

The Independent

Music wars: In the mood

Although it was used as a propaganda tool, music helped those enduring the horrors of the second World War.

LA Times

Christoph Konig will replace Fruhbeck for L.A. Phil dates

The L.A. Philharmonic announced that conductor Christoph König will be stepping in for a run of local concerts scheduled through this weekend in place of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

Conductor Carlo Ponti, San Bernardino Symphony part ways

After 11 years as conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony, Carlo Ponti Jr. is stepping down.

Anoushka Shankar links songs of India and Spanish flamenco

Shankar delves deeper into those sounds on her album ‘Traveller.’

Classical Music Magazine

ENO announces 2012/2013 season

The UK premiere of Philip Glass’ The Perfect American, an opera about Walt Disney, was the headline item at today’s announcement of the English National Opera’s 2012/13 season.


The Goldsmith’s Company commissions new work for historic exhibition

The Goldsmiths’ Company, one of London’s Twelve Great Livery Companies, has commissioned a new composition by Guildhall School Fellow Francisco Coll.

Clarinettist Alan Hacker dies 

The English clarinettist and conductor Alan Hacker has died; he was 73.

NY Times

The Soul of a New Ensemble: Musicians as Entrepreneurs

Introducing a new performing group: The Declassified, the latest example of young classical musicians banding together to figure out a future on their own amid a fraying and fragmenting performance world.

Financial Times

Streaming ahead

Live opera shown in the cinemas and online is opening up a closed world to new audiences.

(Written on April 25, 2012 )