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In today’s news: Composers tell Neil Fisher how to write a contemporary opera, a new community production by Howard Moody will premiere at Glyndebourne, and the Cumnock Tryst Festival returns this October. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra looks to the future. A historic piano collection is expected to sell for£1 million. Fabio Luisi will take over the Dallas Symphony, a portrait of an all men’s choir looking for a new director, the opening of the Munich Biennale. The ballet of the Dresden Semperoper wins the Taurus award. A portrait of Mai Khoi and her political resistance and a piece on instrument luthiers.

The Times

Ask for help, don’t annoy the audience, and it’s no use trying to be funny

With a spate of new operas premiering this summer, composers tell Neil Fisher how to get it right (they hope).

Glyndebourne

Agreed – a new community opera for 2019

A new large-scale community opera by Howard Moody will premiere on the main stage at Glyndebourne in March 2019.

Rhinegold

James MacMillan’s Cumnock Tryst festival programme announced

The Cumnock Tryst festival, created and run by Sir James MacMillan, returns for its 5th year this October.

Bachtrack

Looking to history and innovating for the future: Singapore Symphony’s 40th anniversary season

In 2018/19, Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) celebrates its 40th Anniversary Season. Lan Shui will step down after a very successful 22-year relationship with the orchestra, in which he raised the profile of the ensemble significantly through touring and recordings (a search for his successor is underway).

Express.co.uk

Historic piano collection could fetch £1 million at auction

More than 110 pianos owned by classical music enthusiast Charles Colt are tipped to sell for a seven-figure sum. A collection that started with a £6 piano could soon sell for £1 million at an auction.

New York Times

Fabio Luisi Will Follow Jaap van Zweden as Conductor in Dallas

The maestro pipeline between Dallas and New York is now flowing in both directions. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced on Monday that it has chosen a successor to Jaap van Zweden, who built its reputation over the past decade and takes the helm of the New York Philharmonic next season.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Dümpeln ohne Frauen und Dirigent

Das Willkommen auf der Homepage gibt die Ausrichtung gleich bündig wieder. Ausdrücklich begrüßt werden dort die “Sehr geehrten Herren”.

BR Klassik

Berührend komisch und Laut-Aggressiv

Wer an diesem Wochenende alle Premieren der Münchener Biennale besuchen wollte, musste eine logistische Meisterleistung vollbringen – Uraufführung folgte auf Uraufführung.

Klassik.com

Semperoper Dresden: Europäischer Kulturpreis Taurus für Ballett

Das Ballett der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden ist am vergangenen Wochenende mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis “Taurus” geehrt worden.

Le Monde

Mai Khoi, la voix de la dissidence du Vietnam

Sur scène, son visage pâle se découpe dans l’ombre. Armée de sa guitare, accompagnée d’envoûtantes percussions et d’un saxophone, elle chante, dans un crescendo presque dissonant : « A l’intérieur ; tu as le temps de penser, tu as le temps de te repentir, de regretter (…) d’avoir été un traître à la nation, de maintenir le peuple dans le noir et de l’oppresser. »

France musique

Un alto dérobé au salon Musicora

Le salon Musicora, qui se tenait ce week-end à Paris, se termine sur une fausse note.

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(Written on June 5, 2018 )

In today’s news: war-child Kajtazi wins Glyndebourne prize, Alfie Boe joins classical music festival By The River, Glyndebourne Opera Cup finalists announced, Radio 3 announces change to weekend schedule, McDonalds uses classical music to deter anti-social behaviour, Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are ‘too similar’, the conductor, pianist and activist José Abreu who created “El Systema” died, the promotion prize of Rheingau Musik Festival goes to Austrian violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian and the New German Jazz Prize was awarded to Vincent Eberle Quintett, Alexandra Lehmler and Maximilian Hirning.

The Sunday Times

War child who sang to quell fear wins at Glyndebourne

Mail Online

Alfie Boe joins line-up for new classical music festival

Singer Alfie Boe is to join composer and musician Sir Karl Jenkins and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the line up for the brand new classical music festival By The River

Glyndebourne Opera Cup finalists announced

The ten finalists for the inaugural Glyndebourne Opera Cup have been announced, following the competition’s semi-final on 22 March. The singers will compete in the final on 24 March for the chance to win £15,000 and the guarantee of a role within five years at one of the opera houses represented on the competition’s jury.

BBC News

Welwyn McDonald’s uses classical music to deter anti-social behaviour

A fast-food restaurant said it has seen a decrease in anti-social behaviour from customers, since it started playing classical music, which police say ‘seems to be working’

Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are ‘too similar’

Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine says streaming services are too similar – and need to diversify to survive. “The streaming services are all charging $9.99 and everyone has the same music,” he told the BBC.

The New York Times

Olly Wilson, 80, Dies; Composer Meshed African and Western Music

Olly Wilson, an adventurous composer who integrated African, African-American and electronic rhythms, riffs and sounds into Western classical music conventions, died on March 12 in Oakland, Calif. He was 80.

Limelight

Adelaide Cabaret Festival announces its 2018 program

For her last hurrah as AD, Ali McGregor has programmed the most diverse line-up yet at the world’s biggest cabaret festival.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

José Abreu gestorben

Der Dirigent, Pianist und Aktivist José Antonio Abreu schuf “El Systema”, das berühmte Musikerziehungs-Programm seines Heimatlandes Venezuela. Er war ein zierlicher Mann von großer, oft unbeugsamer Willenskraft.

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Rheingau Musik Festival: Förderpreis geht an Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

Der österreichische Violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian hat in diesem Jahr den Förderpreis des Rheingau Musik Festivals gewonnen. Mit ihrer Dotierung von 15.000 Euro ist die Auszeichnung einer der am höchsten dotierten Nachwuchskünstlerpreise in Deutschland.

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Mannheim: Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis Mannheim 2018 – Gewinner stehen fest

Am 23. und 24. März 2018 fand in der alten Feuerwache in Mannheim zum dreizehnten Mal der Neue Deutsche Jazzpreis statt. Am Freitag wählte das Publikum den Gewinner des Neuen Deutschen Kompositionspreises, am Samstag die Gewinner des Neuen Deutschen Jazzpreises.
(Gewinner des L-Bank-Bandpreises in Höhe von 10.000 Euro wurde das Vincent Eberle Quintett, Gewinner des Neuen Deutschen Kompositionspreises in Höhen von 2.000 Euro wurde Alexandra Lehmler und Gewinner des SIGNUM-comunication-Solistenpreises in Höhe von 1.000 Euro wurde Maximilian Hirning.)

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(Written on March 26, 2018 )

In today’s news: Bass trombonist wins Royal Over-seas League Competition, and the last tickets for Bayreuther Festspiele are being sold on sunday. Barenboim takes up YouTube series, and a new book about Maria Callas is being published.

Telegraph

Carly Paoli performs The Mystery of Your Gift in exclusive music session

As a girl in Mansfield, Carly Paoli dreamt of nothing more than singing and dancing like in the MGM musicals that she fell in love with

Guardian

To be or not to be: the question is, where are the operatic Hamlets?

Brett Dean’s Hamlet premieres at Glyndebourne this week. Will he succeed where hundreds of other composers have failed and give Shakespeare’s masterpiece the opera it deserves?

BBC Music Magazine

Bass trombonist wins Royal Over-seas League Competition

James Buckle becomes first brass winner in competition’s history

Tagesspiegel

Staatsoper Berlin – Bald ist es soweit!

Vorfreude auf irres Gedrängel und Sekt aus der Konditorei: Unser Klassikredakteur Frederik Hanssen umrundet die fast vollendete Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

Concerti

Per Mausklick auf den Grünen Hügel

Wagner-Fans aufgepasst: Für die kommenden Bayreuther Festspiele wird am Sonntag ein Kontingent an Restkarten freigeschaltet.

NMZ

Barenboim startet YouTube-Reihe mit Künstlergesprächen

Daniel Barenboim (74) startet eine Gesprächsreihe auf YouTube mit Persönlichkeiten aus Kultur, Politik und Sport.

NPR Music

Fame Is A Boomerang

In a luxurious new book, legendary soprano Maria Callas contemplates the struggle between Maria the woman and Callas the diva.

Prague Daily Monitor

Thousands pay last respects to conductor Bělohlávek in Prague

Thousands turned up at a public mourning ceremony for Jiri Belohlavek, the world-famous Czech Philharmonic (CF) chief conductor who died of a serious disease on May 31 at the age of 71, in Prague’s Rudolfinum concert hall today.

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Kreativer Ort, hartes Pflaster: Das Leben vieler New Yorker Kulturschaffender ist prekär.

Maria Callas photographed at her home in Milan, Italy, in 1958. Archivi Farabola

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(Written on June 9, 2017 )

In today’s news: The Royal Opera House and Shubbak Festival have announced a London residency for Arab composers, and Facebook takes on Spotify and YouTube in the world of music streaming. Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne have announced an ‘one-off’ Hamlet event, and a group of Manchester musicians carry their new music video into new digital realms.

Classical Music Magazine

ROH and Shubbak Festival announce residency for Arab composers

The Royal Opera House and Shubbak Festival, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Festival, have announced a London residency for Arab composers.

Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne collaborate on Hamlet event

Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne have announced a one-off event which will examine the appeal of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook set to Challenge YOUTUBE and Spotify with ‘comprehensive music strategy’

‘The prospect of Facebook taking on the likes of Spotify and YouTube in the world of music streaming is no longer a matter of ‘if’ – it’s a matter of ‘when’.

WOSU

Taking Classical Music to Contemporary and Unusual Spaces

After completing the more-than-7-mile trek up a dormant volcano in Kruzof Island, Alaska, Bailey performed Bach on his fiber carbon cello.

BBC News Beat

The music video that changes each time you click play

This Manchester band’s new music video is configured so that you’ll never see the same thing twice.

Klassik.com

Schleswig-Holstein: 6 Millionen Euro für Sanierung der Musik- und Kongresshalle Lübeck

Das Land Schleswig-Holstein greift der Stadt Lübeck bei der Sanierung der Musik- und Kongresshalle mit weiteren bis zu sechs Millionen Euro unter die Arme.

Neue Musikzeitung

Die Stones kommen an der Freiburger Universität ins Archiv

Vor 55 Jahren haben sich die Rolling Stones gegründet. Die britische Rockband hat seither Musikgeschichte geschrieben. Nun kommen die Stones in Freiburg an die Universität: Die Hochschule beherbergt ihren Angaben zufolge künftig eines der weltweit ersten und größten Rolling-Stones-Archive.

Musik Heute

Bis zwölf Jahre Wartezeit für ein Abo: Wiener Philharmoniker werden 175

Die Wiener Philharmoniker sind gefragt wie nie. Allein im März haben die Musiker in den USA, in Deutschland, in Wien und in Paris mehr als zehn Vorstellungen. Am (heutigen) Dienstag feiert das renommierte Orchester sein 175. Jubiläum.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Boykott von Brexit-Befürwortern?

Der “Iron Maiden”-Sänger Bruce Dickinson will unbedingt raus aus der EU. Wenn Rock-Idole für den Brexit stimmen, geraten Fans in eine Zwickmühle.

Classical Source

Tudor Mass experience created in chapel visited by Henry VIII, for the first time in nearly 500 years

The unique sound of a Tudor Lady Mass has been created for the chapel where Henry VIII would have heard it, almost 500 years ago.

Neue Zurcher Zeitung

Mendelssohn: Romantiker oder Protestant?

Noch heute wird hauptsächlich der Romantiker Mendelssohn bewundert – der protestantische Kirchenmusik-Komponist hat es schwer. Das Freiburger Barockorchester versucht unter Pablo Heras-Casado den Brückenschlag.

Le Monde

Le chef d’orchestre Louis Frémaux est mort à 95 ans

Prédécesseur de Simon Rattle à l’Orchestre symphonique de Birmingham, il a porté la musique française en terre britannique.

Le Figaro

Trois questions à…Pascal Nègre

Seigneur de la pop, du rap, de l’électro et du rock, Pascal Nègre impose à nouveau son jeu, un an après son départ forcé d’Universal Music France.

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BBC Music Magazine  Is Britain really at the forefront of choral music? makes the argument for a new approach

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(Written on March 28, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Vale of Glamorgan Festival launches composer scheme, Paul Rissmann aims to demystify what is often seen as the most elitist of musical forms, and Philip Glass reflects on a life well composed. Also, the Strand Cruise goes classical on the Ayeyarwady River, and National Symphony Orchestra executive director is stepping down at the end of the year.

Classical Music Magazine

Vale of Glamorgan Festival launches composer scheme

The Vale of Glamorgan Festival is launching a new programme for aspiring composers in partnership with Cardiff University School of Music.

The Telegraph

The man who will make you love opera

Paul Rissmann aims to demystify what is often seen as the most elitist of musical forms: opera, using the example of Glyndebourne’s current production of Don Giovanni.

Chicago Tribune

Philip Glass, winner of 2016 Tribune Literary Award, reflects on a life well composed

Philip Glass finds it a nifty coincidence that both he and Bob Dylan won major literary prizes this year — remarkable, considering that neither American music icon considers himself a writer.

EugeneWeekly.com

The New Classical

A new season, new cellist and new album featuring new music: Eugene’s Delgani String Quartet just keeps refuting the outdated notion that classical music is all about old stuff.

Cruise News UK

Strand Cruise goes classical on the Ayeyarwady River

The Strand Cruise welcomes on board eight classical musicians in February 2017, including artists from the famous Opéra de Paris and Orchestre de Paris, for an intimate four-night musical cruise over St. Valentine’s Day.

The Washington Post

National Symphony Orchestra executive director to step down

Rita Shapiro, the executive director of the National Symphony Orchestra for 15 years, is stepping down at the end of the calendar year, the orchestra has announced.

Aftenposten

Er fioliner mer kulturelle enn klarinetter?

Regjeringen ønsker å avvikle to av forsvarskorpsene. De utgjør eliten som er nødvendig for at bredden av norske musikkorps skal fungere.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Das Comeback des Analogen im digitalen Kosmos

Mitten in der umfassenden Digitalisierung der Welt haben Vinyl-Platten, Kassetten und Polaroidkameras plötzlich wieder Konjunktur. Was steckt dahinter? Bloße Nostalgie?

klassik.com

Sanierung des Theaters Augsburg: Bürgerbegehren so gut wie gescheitert

In Augsburg wird es voraussichtlich keinen Bürgerentscheid über die Renovierung des maroden Theaters geben, das seit einigen Monaten aus Gründen des Brandschutzes komplett geschlossen ist.

Klassik heute

Erste Europatournee des Nationalen Sinfonieorchesters Tatarstan

Das Nationale Sinfonieorchester Tatarstan unternimmt im Dezember seine erste Europatournee. Unter der Leitung seines Chefdirigenten Alexander Sladkovsky wird das renommierte russische Orchester in Bratislava, Kufstein, Linz, Wien, Basel und Karlsruhe auftreten.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews New electronic opera, Heresy, premieres in Dublin

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kulturradio vom rbb @Kulturradio_rbb Auswärtiges Amt rechtfertigt Absage von “Aghet” in Istanbul

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Paul Rissmann. Photograper: Andrew Crowley.

(Written on October 27, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news round-up, Pittsburgh Symphony cancelled more shows due to the ongoing strike of its musicians. An English cello bow by James Tubbs, which was presumed to have been in the possession of Jacqueline du Pré, has been withdrawn from auction due to a lack of ‘confidence’ in its provenance. The 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, which is currently taking place in Poland, has announced its 13 semi-finalists. In addition, Caroline Dollimore has been appointed the Director of Publicity of Atlantic Records UK, effective November 2016.

The Times

Pittsburgh Symphony cancels more shows due to strike

Due to the ongoing strike by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra musicians, additional symphony concerts through Nov. 18 have been canceled. The musicians’ union went on strike last month after unanimously rejecting calls for 15 percent pay cuts.

The Strad

Jacqueline du Pré cello bow withdrawn from sale due to doubt over provenance

An English cello bow by James Tubbs, ‘presumed to have been in the possession of Jacqueline du Pré’, has been withdrawn from auction due to a lack of ‘confidence’ in its provenance. The bow was to be sold by Tarisio in London this October with a sale price estimate of £20,000-£30,000.

2016 International Wieniawski Violin Competition names 13 semi-finalists

The 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, taking place from 8-23 October in Poznań, Poland, has named the 13 candidates selected to progress to the semi-finals.

Opera Now Magazine

Glyndebourne announces winners of new awards for young singers

Glyndebourne has announced the winners of two new biennial awards for young singers, launched to mark 30 years since the creation of its education department. The Gus Christie Award is for a young singer who has demonstrated outstanding vocal talent, while the Bill Weston Young Singers Award is for a promising singer who would benefit from financial support to continue their development.

Music Business Worldwide

Caroline Dollimore Named Director of Publicity at Atlantic Records UK

Atlantic Records UK announced the appointment of Caroline Dollimore as Director of Publicity, effective November 2016. Reporting to General Manager Mark Mitchell, Dollimore will oversee the strategic direction for all artist publicity campaigns on Atlantic’s roster.

South China Morning Post

Hong Kong group to strip down operas and bring them to the people

A new non-profit opera company in Hong Kong will soon be producing condensed versions of Western classical operas away from the formality of concert halls so that more people may be lured by the genre’s passion and music.

Musik Heute

Bamberger Symphoniker: Intendant Axt bleibt bis 2023

Der Intendant der Bamberger Symphoniker, Marcus Rudolf Axt (42), bekommt eine zweite Amtszeit. Der Stiftungsrat habe die Verlängerung seines Vertrages bis 2023 unterzeichnet, teilte das Orchester am Montag mit. Axt war 2013 mit einem Fünfjahresvertrag angetreten.

Berliner Morgenpost

Manacorda wird nicht neuer Generalmusikdirektor

Die Suche nach einem neuen Generalmusikdirektor an der Komischen Oper Berlin geht weiter. Das Orchester des Hauses hat sich gegen die Postenvergabe an Antonello Manacorda ausgesprochen.

RBB Kulturradio

Hans Pischner ist tot

Der frühere Intendant der Staatsoper Unter den Linden starb am vergangenen Samstag im Alter von 102 Jahren. Die Staatsoper führte Pischner in der DDR auch gegen kulturpolitische Widerstände sei es als stellvertretender Minister für Kultur oder später als Vizepräsident der Akademie der Künste.

Klassik.com

Schweizerischer Nationalfonds fördert Webern-Ausgabe mit 1,3 Millionen Franken

Bei dem Editionsprojekt handelt es sich um eine hybride Ausgabe, die sowohl im Druck erscheint wie auch digital zugänglich ist. Das Open-Access-Projekt enthält nicht nur Weberns gedruckte Werke, sondern auch frühe Fassungen, Jugend- und Studienkompositionen, Skizzen, Fragmente sowie Bearbeitungen.

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Music History @today_classical #Today in 1879 Birth of Polish #composer Gregor #FITELBERG in Latvia #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Classical Diary @ClassicalDiary This Season discover Wales’ composers with this fantastic series from @BBCNOW https://lc.cx/4CuQ #music #concert #contemporary

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Photo: Three Rivers Arts Festival

(Written on October 18, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Edinburgh International Festival has closed with its annual fireworks concert, Stirling Orchestra tunes up for BBC competition All Together Now & fights at the opera in Cosi Fan Tutte. Also, Opera Australia and the Sydney Opera House are teaming up to create a world first: a “silent opera”.

BBC News

Annual fireworks concert closes Edinburgh festival

The Edinburgh International Festival has closed with its annual fireworks concert. More than four tonnes of explosives and 400,000 fireworks lit up the skies around Edinburgh Castle. The international festival has had its most successful year, taking more than £4m in ticket sales for the first time.

Stirling Orchestra tuning up for BBC competition challenge

Stirling Orchestra, which formed in 1983, is one of the five competitors in All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge. The four-part BBC4 series aims to find the UK’s top amateur orchestra. Stirling made it to the final five after 250 orchestras initially entered the competition by submitting videos.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Opera Australia and Sydney Opera House team up for world-first silent opera

Opera Australia and the Sydney Opera House are teaming up to create a world first: a “silent opera” performed live with full orchestra and opera chorus, and 3000 audience members listening on headphones.

The Telegraph

Another fight at the opera in Cosi Fan Tutte row over wages

It has already raised eyebrows over its portrayal of Africans subjected to brutality by Fascist troops. Critics questioned the taste of including scenes of rape and racial abuse by Mussolini’s soldiers during Italy’s 1930s subjugation of Eritrea in what is a much-loved 18th century opera.

Broadwayworld

St. Cecilia Music Center’s School of Music Ramps Up for the New Season

Hundreds of past and present students from elementary school level through senior aged adults agree that at St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) “Music Lives Here”. Starting in September, students with an interest in music are encouraged to try out for SCMC’s School of Music programs.

CMUSE

Owner forced to ban his guide dog from classical music concerts

A regular patron of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand has been forced to take the tough decision to leave his guide dog outside the concert hall.

klassik.com

Komponistin Isabel Mundry neues Mitglied der Akademie der Wissenschaften

Die Komponistin Isabel Mundry ist neues Mitglied der in Mainz ansässigen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur. Auf ihrer letzten Sitzung hat die Akademie Mundry als ordentliches Mitglied der Klasse der Literatur und Musik gewählt.

BR Klassik

Skandalreicher Sommer geht zu Ende

Verschärfte Sicherheitsmaßnahmen, ein überraschender Dirigentenwechsel und der Skandal um die neue “Parsifal”-Inszenierung standen im Fokus der diesjährigen Bayreuther Festspiele.

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ARD Musikwettbewerb mit 199 Nachwuchskünstlern aus aller Welt

199 Nachwuchsmusiker kämpfen seit gestern drei Wochen lang um Preise des Internationalen Musikwettbewerbs der ARD. Künstler aus 44 Ländern treten in den Kategorien Kontrabass, Horn, Harfe und Streichquartett an.

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Edinburgh Festival @edinburghfest [scotsman] Opera review: Gurrelieder, Usher Hall: This is how an Edinburgh International Festival programme o…

New York Times Arts @nytimesarts “I think to be believed, onstage or on screen, is the one hope that all actors share.” – Gene Wilder

Glyndebourne @glyndebourne Applications are invited for places in the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival Chorus:

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Photograph: Edinburgh Festival

(Written on August 30, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, violinist Pekka Kuusisto talks about his plans to flood London with polka, French And South-Korean singers win Domingo’s Operalia, and CMUSE gives five reasons why one should take up a musical instrument. Also, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer with a day of events, and Bayreuth Festival opens without red carpet and official reception.

The Guardian

Facing the music: violinist Pekka Kuusisto

The Finnish musician on formative Eurovision experiences, wanting to play the ondes Martenot with Radiohead, and his plans to flood London with polka.

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French And South-Korean Singers Win Domingo’s Operalia

French soprano Elsa Dreisig, 25, and South Korean Tenor Keon Woo Kim, 30, won Placido Domingo’s Operalia contest, held at the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Telegraph

Peter Hall: the Hallmark of operatic excellence

As Glyndebourne prepares to revive Peter Hall’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rupert Christiansen looks back on the great director’s career.

CMUSE

Five reasons why you should take up a musical instrument

As research on the subject continues to expand, we are learning about a growing list of additional benefits to becoming musical.

Classical Music Magazine

Britten Sinfonia announces 2016/17 season

Britten Sinfonia’s 2016/17 season will see the ensemble launch a three-year Beethoven symphony cycle. Each symphony will be played alongside works by Gerald Barry and Thomas Adès, who will conduct the cycle.

Broadwayworld

La Bohème, Sweeney Todd, The Crucible and More Set for 2016 at Glimmerglass Festival

The Glimmerglass Festival, which presents four mainstage productions of opera and musical theater every summer, rounds out each season with a schedule of guest appearances, concerts, public master classes, youth opera performances and more.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

BU Institute Now 50-Year Institution

The Boston University Tanglewood Institute, where talented high-school students attend one of the country’s premiere training programs for musicians, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer on August 6th with a day of events.

Klassik.com

Eröffnung der Bayreuther Festspiele ohne Staatsempfang und roten Teppich

Man verzichte im Gedenken an die Opfer des Müncher Amoklaufs auf eine feierliche Eröffnung und widme die Vorstellung den Opfern: “Die Mitwirkenden der Bayreuther Festspiele trauern um alle Menschen, die am 22. Juli in München auf so tragische Weise ums Leben kamen.”

Berliner Morgenpost

Barenboim: “Wir müssen miteinander leben”

Im Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires begann am gestrigen Sonntag die Sommertournee des West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Mit dabei ist die argentinische Pianistin und Barenboims Jugendfreundin Martha Argerich.

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65. Internationaler Musikwettbewerb der ARD beginnt am 29. August

In diesem Jahr wird der Internationale Musikwettbewerb der ARD in den Fächern Kontrabass, Horn, Harfe und Streichquartett ausgetragen. Die Organisatoren rechnen mit ca. 18.000 Besuchern.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM And… GO! Booking now open for brilliant concerts in Huddersfield & Dewsbury this Autumn:

CMUSE.org @cmuseorg 5-year-old child shows off skills

BR_Klassik @BR_KLASSIK Interview mit Hartmut Haenchen: “Der Fluss der Sprache bestimmt das Tempo”

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Daniel Barenboim mit dem West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Foto: KAI HEIMBERG I / BM

 

(Written on July 25, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, a recent brain scan study provides clues how music pieces can evoke goosebumps, the voting for the 2016 Artist of the Year in the Gramophone Classical Music Awards is now open, and the Bachfest Leipzig attracted more international visitors than ever. Also, Winston-Salem Symphony appoints Art Bloom as their chief operating officer and grass artist creates colossal portrait of Beethoven.

The Guardian

Breakthrough in understanding the chills and thrills of musical rapture

How certain pieces of music send tingles up the spine has stumped researchers for centuries, but a recent brain scan study may have provided some clues.

Mothers of invention: the women who pioneered electronic music

A new festival celebrates Daphne Oram, Laurie Spiegel and other female synth wizards.

Peter Moores’ operatic philanthropy

While Bill Harpe’s obituary for Peter Moores (Other lives, 18 June) covers some of this remarkable philanthropist’s achievements, much is missing.

The New York Times

Leading the Orchestra, an Outsider Invited In

Kazem Abdullah, general music director in Aachen, Germany, who was born in Indianapolis and grew up in Washington and Dayton, Ohio, said he would like to return to the United States next year after his contract in Germany is up. The only problem, he said, is that he is most likely to find his opportunities limited in part because of his outsider status as an African-American, and a Muslim, in the world of classical music.

Beethoven in the grass

There is no question that Ludwig van Beethoven was a larger-than-life figure, one of the greatest composers of all time. And at the edge of the Catskills, Beethoven is very big indeed. The canvas is a huge field where cows once grazed. The artist is a man who was inspired while listening to Beethoven’s piano sonatas on long-playing records that he found at a yard sale. His tools include four tractors.

Winston-Salem Journal

Symphony hires short-term chief operating officer

The Winston-Salem Symphony has appointed Art Bloom, a business consultant and former marketing executive, to be its chief operating officer.

Gramophone

Voting for the 2016 Artist of the Year in the Gramophone Classical Music Awards is open

Once again, Gramophone is inviting its readers and visitors to its website to vote for its new Artist of the Year. From a shortlist of 10, drawn up by the magazine’s editors, readers are invited to vote.

Belfast Telegraph

Glastonbury to celebrate David Bowie with first classical music headliner

David Bowie will be celebrated at Glastonbury with the festival’s first ever classical music headliner. American composer Philip Glass’s Heroes Symphony, written in 1996 in homage to Bowie’s 1977 album Heroes, will be brought to life with an immersive laser performance by Chris Levine on the Park Stage on June 25.

The Telegraph

Danielle de Niese: the diva who put the sex into Sussex

The sun is up over Glyndebourne and the first opera lovers begin to arrive in crisp dinner jackets and floor-length ballgowns,  picnic hampers under arms, shawls and furs over shoulders.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Victorian Opera conducts first members-only live stream to celebrate winter solstice 2016

Victorian Opera is hosting its first ever live stream in a one-hour event designed to test its members’ appetite for performances streamed directly to their devices at home or on the move.

BR_KLASSIK

Lego-Oper: Wie man Plastikfiguren zum Singen bringt

Normalerweise inszeniert BR-KLASSIK ja keine Opern, sondern berichtet darüber. Eine Ausnahme gibt es – und die ist aus Lego. Mozarts “Zauberflöte” und Humperdincks “Hänsel und Gretel” gibt es schon als Kurzfilm im Netz, nun kommt ein weiterer Teil dazu: “Aida”.

klassik.com

Basler Regierung fördert Orchester nach neuem Subventionsmodell

Die Stadt Basel hat die Orchesterförderung für die Jahre 2017 bis 2019 festgelegt. Sie erfolgt erstmals nach dem kontrovers diskutierten neuen Modell, nach dem eine unabhängige siebenköpfige Jury aus Musikfachleuten anhand eingereichter Programmkonzepte über die Subventionen entscheidet.

Musik heute

Bachfest Leipzig lockt mehr internationale Besucher an

Das Bachfest Leipzig hat in diesem Jahr so viele internationale Besucher angelockt wie nie zuvor. Karten wurden neben Deutschland in 17 europäische und 16 außereuropäische Länder verkauft.

Twitter

MUSIK HEUTE @Musik_Heute Sänger gewinnen Robert-Schumann-Wettbewerb – Kein Klavier-Sieger

WDR 3 @wdr3 Die ganze Woche nur Fußball? Abwechslung mit den WDR 3 Kulturtipps zum Wochenstart:

Top Classical News @topcmnews Berlin & San Francisco Orchestras to perform free concerts for Orlando victims

Giuseppe Verdis "Aida" goes LEGO: BR KLASSIK presenting opera classics in short animation films. Photo credit: BR

Giuseppe Verdis “Aida” goes LEGO: BR KLASSIK presenting opera classics in short animation films. Photo credit: BR

(Written on June 20, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the Glyndebourne tour will offer a look behind the scenes of its productions, Cambridge University selects the Ligeti Quartet for its chamber music residency & Yo-Yo Ma made it his mission to to bring about peaceful change through music. Also, the Daily Telegraph explains how to vote in the EU referendum when attending Glastonbury Festival and Abbado’s Orchestra Mozart returns to the  stage in January 2017.

Classical Music Magazine

Glyndebourne Tour offers a look behind the scenes

The 2016 Glyndebourne Tour will feature the company’s first staging of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and the premiere of Don Giovanni: Behind the Curtain. Annilese Miskimmon’s production of Madama Butterfly will be conducted by John Wilson (making his Glyndebourne debut). The cast features Karah Son as Cio-Cio-Sa, Matteo Lippi as Pinkerton, and Claudia Huckle as Suzuki.

Cambridge University selects Ligeti Quartet for chamber music residency

The Ligeti Quartet has been appointed as the inaugural holders of the Cambridge Chamber Music Residency. A statement on the university’s website notes that their ‘breath-taking performances, both technically and musically, coupled with outstanding artistic plans for working with student composers and performers will undoubtedly be an exciting new development in Cambridge music-making.’

BBC News

Yo-Yo Ma’s musical mission for peace

Yo-Yo Ma is by far the world’s best known cellist, but he’s also made it his mission to bring about peaceful change through music.

The Telegraph

I’m going to Glastonbury, how do l vote in the EU referendum?

Glastonbury Festival has over the years coincided with sporting events such as Wimbledon or the European or World football cups, but this year, the UK’s biggest music bash goes head to head with the biggest political event of the year. So those people lucky enough to have got a ticket for Glastonbury will also have the headache of trying to work out how to vote in the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, held on Thursday June 23.

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Abbado’s Orchestra Mozart returns on stage in January 2017

The Orchestra Mozart Orchestra, created in Bologna by Claudio Abbado in 2004, will resume concert activities on January 6, 2017 after three years of silence.

Road in White Plains, NY, Named After Kurt Masur

A road in White Plains, NY, has been called after the late German conductor Kurt Masur. The Masur family owned a house there, since their son, Ken-David, attended the German Language School in White Plains.

Musik heute

Auktionshaus Christie’s stellt Bach-Manuskript aus

Das Auktionshaus Christies stellt kurzzeitig das Manuskript von Johann Sebastian Bachs Präludium, Fuge und Allegro Es-Dur BWV 998 aus.

BR_KLASSIK

“Masur Drive” in New York eingeweiht

Zum Gedenken an den verstorbenen Kurt Masur wurde in White Plains nahe New York City nun eine Straße nach dem Dirigenten benannt. Sie liegt an einem Ort, der für die Familie Masur auch persönlich von großer Bedeutung ist.

klassik.com

Restaurierte 340 Jahre alte Richborn-Orgel in Mecklenburg eingeweiht

Die restaurierte Richborn-Orgel hat im mecklenburgischen Dorf Ruchow ihre Einweihung gefeiert.

Twitter

Glastonbury Festival @GlastoFest This year’s flashmob dance is a tribute to Bowie. If you’re coming to learn the moves!

Glyndebourne @glyndebourne Two weeks until our live cinema screenings of Il barbiere di Siviglia. Find one near you:

Top Classical News @topcmnews Richly imaginative – Mascagni’s Iris open’s Opera Holland Park’s 21st season

wildkat-pr-glyndebournePhotograph: Bill Cooper

(Written on June 8, 2016 )