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In today’s news: Kenneh-Mason praised for Royal wedding performance, US choir’s debut UK tour, Verdi letters seized by Italian government, National Concert Hall gets revamp, Dai Fujikura’s “Solaris” includes robots, the Augsburg City Theatre to be converted into a state theatre, and Pianist See Siang Wong wins cooking show.

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Sheku Kanneh-Mason praised for ‘breathtaking’ royal wedding performance

19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performed Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria’, Fauré’s ‘Après un rêve’ and Maria Theresia von Paradis’ Sicilienne at the royal wedding on 19 May.

The City Choir of Washington to make debut UK tour

The City Choir of Washington will perform at venues in London, Oxford, Gloucester and Ely in July 2018.

The Times

‘Damaged’ Verdi letters seized from descendants

Hundreds of letters written by the composer Giuseppe Verdi have been seized by the Italian government from his heirs amid claims that some have gone missing or been damaged by damp.

National Concert Hall chief Simon Taylor hopes its €78m revamp hits a high note

The National Concert Hall is being transformed by a €78m investment – and boss Simon Taylor hopes the audience will be too.

NME

Manchester Orchestra pay tribute to Scott Hutchison with Frightened Rabbit cover

Atlanta band and close-friends of Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison, Manchester Orchestra have paid tribute to the passing of the singer-songwriter with a cover of ‘My Backwards Walk’.

Opera Wire

50th Anniversary of Tullio Serafin’s Death To Get Major Celebration

To mark the 50th anniversary of his death the “Archivio storico Tullio Serafin” is coordinating a series of events to raise awareness of the Maestro’s contribution to the world of music.

Musik Heute

Metropolitan Opera verklagt Levine wegen Rufschädigung

New York – Im Streit zwischen der New Yorker Metropolitan Oper und ihrem entlassenen Star-Dirigenten James Levine fordern beiden Seiten Schadenersatz in Millionenhöhe.

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Keine Lösung im Weltraum-Theater – Deutsche Erstaufführung von Dai Fujikuras „Solaris“ in Augsburg

Bald werden sie im Alltag um uns sein: Roboter mit rasant lernender künstlicher Intelligenz und einem Aussehen nach Wunsch, Lust und Laune. Nun wagte das Theater Augsburg die in Paris uraufgeführte „Solaris“-Vertonung des Japaners Dai Fujikuras.

Augsburger Theater wird nach Nürnberger Modell zum Staatstheater

Das Augsburger Stadttheater soll nach dem bereits in Nürnberg angewandten Stiftungsmodell in ein Staatstheater umgewandelt werden.

Kassik.com

Pianist See Siang Wong gewinnt Schweizer TV-Kochshow

Der Pianist See Siang Wong (39) hat die sechste Staffel der schweizerischen Kochshow “SRF bi de Lüt Männerküche” gewonnen. Im Finale kochte er für die Jury ein asiatisches Menü, bei dem vor allem sein Laksa-Fisch im Bananenblatt und sein Beef Rendang überzeugen konnten.

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 Leoš Janáček: “Aus Einem Totenhous”

Das ist der Handlungsgang der dreiaktigen, wegen ihrer Kürze in der Regel ohne Pause gespielten Oper “Aus einem Totenhaus” von Leoš Janáček. Die Vorlage lieferte Dostojewski (1860), die Vertonung fand erst nach Janáčeks Tod auf eine Bühne in Brünn/Brno.

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(Written on May 21, 2018 )

In today’s news: The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has become the first symphony orchestra in the world to have a professional ensemble led by disabled musicians as a core part of its activities, Help Musicians UK has re-launched its Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme and the final round of voting is now open for The Global Awards 2018. Also, Salzburg votes against application for becoming the European Capital of Culture, and South Korean group Baum Quartett wins the Berenberg Kulturpreis.

The Guardian

EU to review Apple’s reported $400m purchase of music app Shazam

European Commission to investigate deal following requests from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

Classical Music

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra establishes disabled-led ensemble

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has become the first symphony orchestra in the world to have a professional ensemble led by disabled musicians as a core part of its activities.

Help Musicians UK expands Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme

Help Musicians UK has re-launched its Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme, expanding it to additional clinics and more music professionals.

The Strad

Venezuelan violinist Rubén Rengel wins $50,000 Sphinx Competition

The Detroit-based competition, which includes senior and junior divisions, is open to Black and Latino US string players.

Classic FM

The Global Awards 2018: shortlist announced, vote now!

The final round of voting is now open for The Global Awards 2018! Vote for your favourite artists from the shortlist.

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Tonhalle Zürich mit knapp 110.000 Besuchern in der Spielzeit 2016/17

Die Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich hat ihren Geschäftsbericht für die Spielzeit 2016/17 vorgelegt. Bei 145 Konzerten mit 95 verschiedenen Programmen konnten eigenen Angaben zufolge 108.472 Zuschauer gezählt werden.

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Salzburg will nicht Kulturhauptstadt werden

Eine breite politische Mehrheit hat gestern im Gemeinderat der Stadt Salzburg gegen eine Bewerbung Salzburgs als Europäische Kulturhauptstadt 2024 gestimmt.

Musik Heute

Berenberg Kulturpreis an “Baum Quartett”

Das aus Südkorea stammende “Baum Quartett” hat den mit 10.000 Euro dotierten Berenberg Kulturpreis erhalten.

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Dans le métro à Tokyo, Debussy et Chopin détendent les voyageurs

Au Japon, les trajets de métro sur la ligne Hibiya sont désormais bercés par la musique de Chopin, Mendelssohn et Debussy. Une initiative expérimentale, qui semble séduire les utilisateurs.

Platea Magazine

Adam Fischer debuta con los Berliner Philharmoniker, sustituyendo a Bernard Haitink

Ocupando el lugar previsto para Bernard Haitink, indispuesto, el director de orquesta húngaro Adam Fischer (Budapest, 1949) debuta estas semana al frente de los Berliner Philhamoniker, los días 8, 9 y 10 de febrero.

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Konzerthaus Berlin @_konzerthaus: Singen macht sozial, gesund und glücklich! Warum, das erfahrt ihr auf unserem Blog!

Image: Rubén Rengel © The Strad

(Written on February 8, 2018 )

In today’s news: Warner Music signs a licensing deal with Mixcloud. The plans for a new London concert hall are one step further and the ABO has announced the new cohort selected for „Find Your Way“. Daniel Hope wins the Bundesverdienstkreuz. The New York times on “The Force of Things”, a false report of death, the artistic director of the Gärtnerplatz on the re-opening, the EU Youth orchestra has got to move because of Brexit.

M Magazine

Warner Music signs licensing deal with Mixcloud

Warner Music is the first major record company to sign a licensing deal with Mixcloud, covering the label’s international roster of artists and recordings.

Classical Music Magazine

ABO announces 2017/18 Find Your Way cohort

The Association of British Orchestras has announced the new cohort selected for ‘Find Your Way’, its annual programme of sector-specific mentoring and placements for senior and emerging managers in ABO member organisations.

Pictures at an Exhibition reimagined for charity concert

Artists, musicians and authors have joined forces to reimagine Viktor Hartmann and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in support of London’s homeless.

The Guardian

Plans for new London concert hall move step closer after architects announced

New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro chosen from six-strong shortlist, and will work to submit a design for the building by December 2018

New York Times

‘The Force of Things,’ an Indirectly Audible Opera

In the 50 years since Robert Ashley wrote “That Morning Thing,” some strategies for making new opera have become clear.

Limelight

Reports of Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s death incorrect

Reports of the death of Siberian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015, are incorrect.

Musik Heute

Bundesverdienstkreuz an Geiger Daniel Hope

Der Geiger Daniel Hope hat das Verdienstkreuz am Bande des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland erhalten.

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Josef E. Köpplinger, Intendant und Regisseur zur Wiedereröffnung des Münchner Staatstheaters am Gärtnerplatz

2010 entschloss sich Klagenfurts Intendant Josef E. Köpplinger Münchens „anderes Opernhaus“ oder „Opéra comique“, das Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz ab 2012 zu übernehmen.

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Umzug des EU-Jugendorchesters: Italien macht Angebot

Das ‘European Union Youth Orchestra’, das wegen des Brexits seinen bisherigen Sitz in London aufgeben muss, hat ein Angebot der italienischen Regierung erhalten

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Music History‏ @today_classical #Today in 1830 FP of #Chopin‘s E-minor Piano Concerto, composer at piano in Warsaw #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

 

The Force of Things ©Marina Levitskaya

(Written on October 11, 2017 )

In today’s news: La Scala ushers send under-dressed audience members to H&M, Philharmonia announces 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake, and new research finds that a third of musicians suffer from eating disorders. Lutenist launches crowd funding for his new CD, and conductor stops half way through a performance to do some karaoke. Award for Lucia Alberti, Johannes Braun becomes Coburg’s first Kapellmeister, and Konzerthaus Berlin breaks visitor record.

Opera Now

La Scala ushers send under-dressed audience members to H&M

With Italy suffering one of its hottest summers in recent years, those attending performance at La Scala have been failing to observe the house’s dress code

Classical Music Magazine

Philharmonia announces 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake

The Philharmonia Orchestra has announced its 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake, which offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an original chamber work for a Philharmonia ensemble each year.

The Strad

New research finds a third of musicians suffer from eating disorders

The survey of over 300 instrumentalists, singers, composers and conductors found that stress, depression, anxiety and perfectionism are experienced at high levels throughout the profession.

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Paul Kieffer launches crowd funding for his new lute CD

American Lutenist Paul Kieffer (*1990) has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise money got his third CD of lute pieces that will be recorded in August.

Classic FM

A conductor stopped half way through a performance of Cinderella to do some karaoke

Conductor Vinicius Kattah decided to take a little break during a performance of Cinderella and treat the tech ops to some superb lip-sync

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Philharmonia announces 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake 

The Philharmonia Orchestra has announced its 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake, which offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an original chamber work for a Philharmonia ensemble each year.

The Guardian

Daniel Barenboim calls for European unity in Proms speech 

Venerated pianist and conductor speaks out against nationalism and ‘isolationist tendencies’ at Royal Albert Hall concert.

Klassik Heute

Auszeichnung für Lucia Aliberti beim Classic Open Air in Berlin

Vom 20. bis 24. Juli 2017 verwandelt sich der Berliner Gendarmenmarkt wieder in die großartige Kulisse der Veranstaltungen des Classic Open Air-Festivals, bei dem alljährlich an fünf Abenden ein festliches Programm mit Stars der Oper, der Chor- und Orchesterszene, mit Pianisten und Jazz-Musikern stattfindet.

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Johannes Braun wird Erster Kapellmeister in Coburg

Die vakant gewordene Stelle des Ersten Kapellmeister am Landestheater Coburg wird mit Johannes Braun besetzt.

Klassik.com

Konzerthaus Berlin mit Besucherrekord in der Spielzeit 2016/17

Das Konzerthaus Berlin blickt auf eine erfolgreiche Spielzeit 2016/17 zurück. Die Bilanz der vergangenen Konzertsaison weist eigenen Angaben zufolge Rekordergebnisse aus

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(Written on July 18, 2017 )

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In today’s news, the Los Angeles Times discusses the patterns which persist in classical music Grammy nominations, Nikolaus Harnoncourt announces his retirement and Paavo Järvi replaces Nelsons at The Royal Concertgebouw. Also, Italian Prime minister Matteo Renzi attends La Scala’s season opener, despite the theatre being listed as a potential terrorist target

Los Angeles Times

Patterns persist in classical music Grammy nominations

One development in the classical-music Grammys during the last several years has been the inclusion of more diverse corners of this vast field……Yet patterns sometimes persist

The New York Times

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Early-Music Pioneer, Announces Retirement

The great Austrian conductor and early-music pioneer Nikolaus Harnoncourt announced his retirement this weekend, as he celebrated his 86th birthday

Classissima

Amsterdam replaces Nelsons

The Royal Concertgebouw has scrambled up subs for Andris Nelsons, who is out for several weeks with a shoulder complaints

The Guardian

Italy’s Matteo Renzi defies security fears for a night at the opera in Milan

Prime minister joins La Scala’s season opener, which is often met by anti-austerity protests and this year took place amid concerns over terrorism

Die Zeit

Wenn Ideen an die Sonne wollen

So frei ist ihre Musik und so fein – eine Begegnung mit der großen koreanischen Komponistin Younghi Pagh-Paan zu ihrem 70. Geburtstag

FAZ

Komm in den totgeschützten Park

Bayern besitzt ein Grundstück in bester Lage, wie geschaffen für den neuen Münchner Konzertsaal. Bauen will der Freistaat dort nicht – aus Angst vor ein paar Protestplakatklebern

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Karan-Armstrong-Preis für Regisseur Martin Berger

Der Regisseur Martin Berger ist Träger des ersten Karan-Armstrong-Preises, der an der Deutschen Oper Berlin verliehen wurde. Berger wird für seine Inszenierung der Johann-Strauß-Operette “Die Fledermaus” an der Staatsoper Hannover ausgezeichnet

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Bejun Mehta vuelve al Teatro Real

Aclamado por la crítica actual por su bella voz, envolvente y aterciopelada, y por la fuerza dramática de sus interpretaciones, Bejun Mehta vuelve al Teatro Real en un momento especialmente dulce de su carrera, precedido de grandes éxitos en los más importantes teatros y festivales de Europa y de Estados Unidos

El Pais

En busca de rollos de pianola

La Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona desarrolla un sistema de digitalización de los populares soportes musicales de los años 30

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Aldeburgh Music:@aldeburghmusic  Local children have made 1000s of stars to celebrate recycling for the concert hall foyer. http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk/news/1000-suffolk-stars

Telegraph Music:@TeleMusicNews Did Adele really copy Kurdish singer Ahmet Kaya with Million Years Ago? http://bit.ly/1OfA2i6

Royal College Music:@RCMLondon Talented RCM musicians present an absorbing programme of live visuals & music this Thursday, curated by @rua_mannion http://www.rcm.ac.uk/events/listings/details/?id=854839

Nikolaus Harnoncourt leading the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 2010/ Photo: Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

Nikolaus Harnoncourt leading the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 2010/  Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

 

(Written on December 8, 2015 )

In early Italian Opera, from the 1600’s until about 1800, many operatic roles were written for castrati. Recently more men have been trained as countertenors to sing these roles, however it is often women who take on these ‘breeches roles’ in the place of castrati.

From the end of the eighteenth century, when composition for castrati had declined, male operatic roles continued to be written for high voices. Thus, it was intended that a woman should dress up as a man to play these characters. It is important to note, that the quality of the voices and music has always come before realism in opera.

Italian castrato Francesco Bernardi Senasino (1686- 1758) Senesino was closely associated with Handel & sung 17 of his lead roles an

Italian castrato Francesco Bernardi Senesino (1686- 1758). Senesino was closely associated with Handel and sung 17 of his lead roles.

Travesti in Italian means disguised and Travesty applies to roles sung by the opposite sex. This term can therefore also apply to ‘skirt roles’, whereby a man sings a female role.

A long list of lead figures in operas are known as ‘breeches roles’ (‘travesti’ or ‘hosenrolle’) .

Here are some of the most well known Travesty roles in opera.

Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, Richard Strauss

Octavian, young lover of the Feldmarschallin Marie Thérèse, is written as a soprano/mezzo-soprano breeches part. Typical of a breeches role, Octavian must disguise as a woman to hide his identity and involvement with Marie Thérèse.

Christa Ludwig as Octavian

Christa Ludwig as Octavian

Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Donizetti

When assessing the singers for I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Bellini wasn’t particularly impressed with the tenor. However he admired the talents of mezzo-soprano Giuditta Grisi, so he decided to cast Grisi as Romeo in a breeches role.                                                                   

Anna Netrebko and Elina Garanca as Romeo & Julliet, ROH 2009

Anna Netrebko and Elina Garanca as Romeo & Julliet, ROH 2009

Cherubino, Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart

Cherubino is an adolescent boy and the counts page. As many breeches roles, Cherubino is played by a mezzo-soprano. Similarly to Der Rosenkavalier’s Octavian, Cherubino must disguise himself as a girl. He is a womaniser and woos both Susanna (engaged to Figaro) and Countess Almaviva (married to Count Almaviva).

Other breeches roles in Mozart’s operas, include Sesto and Annino in La clemenza di Tito,  Idamante in Idomeneo and Amintas in Il re pastore.

Joyce DiDonato as Cherubino at the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Joyce DiDonato as Cherubino at the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Composers chose for male characters to be played by women, due to the sound characteristics of their voices and their physique. Female figures are particularly suited to being cast as young boys, as these roles require narrow physiques and light, clear voices. Although today, it is of course perfectly acceptable for women to perform on stage, in the nineteenth century, woman who went on stage were dishonored and had a lower status. Thus, there were cases of women dressing up, pretending to be a castrati men in order to avoid this. Today’s interest and media focus on gender fluidity suggests that there is great scope for opera to flourish, as modern audiences continue to be fascinated by gender roles.

(Written on November 12, 2015 )

Italy, the country where opera was born around 1600, is home to more than 800 opera houses, many of which have been neglected. A combination of bad management and budget cuts under the Berlusconi government meant that opera houses were severely underfunded, resulting in musicians’ salaries being cut. In some cases, musicians weren’t paid for months on end; many protested and went on strike. By 2013, spending on Italy’s cultural heritage had dropped from €165 million in 2008 to €75 million.

Protests against cuts in Italy's culture budget outside La Scala, Milan in December 2010

Protests against cuts in Italy’s culture budget outside La Scala, Milan in December 2010

Italian opera houses have always relied on state and regional grants, making them more dependent on the state than their counterparts in the UK, which benefit from more private investment. This is however not the case for La Scala in Milan, or Il Teatro Lirico in Turin, as in larger Italian cities, opera houses tend to receive more corporate sponsorship. Opera in smaller cities, such as Florence, has therefore been affected most severely by the cuts in government funding.

The 2013 Italian opera crisis was exasberated by the  financial crisis, and only Milan’s La Scala, Teatro Regio, Turin and La Fenice, Venice were able to pay their bills on time. As a result opera became even less mainstream in the country of it’s birth.

So, how has Italy attempted to solve this crisis? Opera houses are now putting on more modern productions and technology, and social media is being used to show behind the scenes production, via live blogs. La Scala leads the way with translation screens in seats for non Italian speakers, in an attempt to make the art form more accessible.

In May, La Scala premiered ‘CO2’, a contemporary opera which aims to make us acknowledge our responsibility for the planet. It nicely coincided with Expo- Milan 2015, the theme of which was ‘feeding the planet, energy for life’. The opera featured quick scene changes and videos. It was well reviewed.

On a smaller scale, a crowd-funding campaign called ‘adopt a theatre’ has been established by a group of  European singers, to raise money to help bring Italy’s opera houses back to life. So far, the campaign has has resulted in residents of Bevagna, Perugia donating 8,000 to relaunch the Francesco Torti opera theatre. The campaign is now being exported around the country.

The stunning Teatro Francesco Torti in Perugia, saved by the 'adopt a theatre' campaign is launching three new operas.

The stunning Teatro Francesco Torti in Perugia, saved by the ‘adopt a theatre’ campaign is launching three new operas.

Further measures being taken to increase revenues involve opera houses sharing their stages with cinemas and dancers. La Fenice in Venice is adapting its programme to suit the tastes of the huge numbers of tourists who visit the city.

With minimal government support, opera houses in Italy have taken steps to save themselves from collapse, management is being reorganised and as in the UK, modern audiences are being targeted. Opera in Italy may well flourish again, thanks to innovative ideas and initiatives being taken, however these are only first steps, and funding is still short. Perhaps the future of opera houses, particularly those in smaller cities, is not secure just yet.

 

(Written on November 4, 2015 )

Today, Accentus Music releases ‘The Lost Paradise’ – a documentary allowing a rare insight into the life of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.

1_Arvo Pärt (c) Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi_Accentus Music It is extraordinary that the most performed contemporary composer in the world has taken 80 years to agree to his first international documentary. Indeed, Pärt has often been described as a recluse, given that he rarely makes public appearances, is modest with regard to his music, and spends much of his time in his homeland, Estonia.

Yet, Accentus has successfully accompanied Pärt for an entire year, and this documentary sheds light not only on his collaboration with director Robert Wilson for ‘Adam’s Passion’ – a unique opera production – but also explores Pärt’s methodology, and how spiritual themes have inspired his compositions. Although Pärt declares: ‘I am no prophet, no cardinal, not a monk, not even a vegetarian’, he has been a member of the Russian Orthodox Church since 1980, and his stark religious beliefs actually forced him to leave Estonia in 1980, due to pressure from the Soviet power forces.

Arvo Paert (c) Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi_Accentus Music_s

The documentary follows Pärt’s journeys through Estonia, Germany, Italy and Japan, where Pärt was awarded the most prestigious award in the field of music in October 2014: the Praemium Imperiale. Accentus provides a fly on the wall’s perspective of rehearsals for ‘Adam’s Passion’, and also gives a unique insight into Pärt’s personality, and his serene, peaceful life in the forests and at the sea in Tallinn. This same serenity is evident in much of his composition, as is Pärt’s fascination with light and colour. He remarks: ‘I could compare my music to white light, which contains all colours’.

Pärt Wilson Noblessner_(c) Kristian Kruuser

Another focus of the documentary is the juxtaposition of silence with the velocity and commotion of everyday life, and how this concept relates directly to Pärt’s music. The documentary culminates in the premiere of ‘Adam’s Passion’, which draws together themes, and – for the first time – sheds light on how Pärt’s personality and life directly correlate to his music.

Buy the DVD online at Amazon and Presto Classical, view the documentary trailer below, and visit www.adamspassion.de. for more information about this unique insight into Pärt’s life.

Photography: Kristjan-Jaak Nuudi

(Written on October 30, 2015 )

WildKat PR is delighted to welcome our newest client, David Pearl.

As a corporate creativity maestro, opera singer, writer, speaker and keen amateur cyclist, David was asked to launch of one of the fastest bikes in the world, the S-Works Venge by Specialized. Alongside Mark Cavendish, Jenson Button and Gordon Ramsay, David has released an inspiring 5-minute video about exploring mindfulness through music – finding the gaps in your day, the spaces between the beats. 

David is a pioneer of ‘Arts in Business.’ He believes that business is pure theatre and companies can learn a lot from the arts world. He uses techniques drawn from his own classical background, in the boardroom – working with high profile clients to get concrete results. He saved GSK Vaccines 13 million euro!

David’s skills and interests are wide-ranging, which means he has a busy and varied schedule – from working with his two charities Street Wisdom and Impropera, to peace building in the Middle East, to cycling through the Italian countryside. We are very happy to be working with him at this exciting moment in his career.

Keep an eye on our blog, as well as David’s website and his blog for the Huffington Post for more details about what he is up to. Watch his Specialized video here.

David Pearl

(Written on July 3, 2015 )

Classical News

The Times

Adamski: The rave DJ who’s taken up waltzing

The cool dance of old Vienna has inspired DJ Adamski as pop stars turn to classical music for ideas, says Will Hodgkinson

Opera transforms victims’ final texts into a requiem for 9/11

The September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001 are the inspiration for a controversial work by English National Opera that opens next week.

The Telegraph

Alice Sara Ott: meet the hottest new talent in classical music

Alice Sara Ott gets a lot of attention for her looks and her quirks – but it is her unique musical personality that will keep her at the top

At Easter, the voice of Bach becomes the voice of God

The great composer offers a sense of solace to all those who seek out his Matthew or John Passion at this time of year

Classical Music Magazine

Obituary: Peter Katin (1930-2015)

Peter Katin, who died on 19 March at age 84, belonged to a generation of virtuoso pianists who tackled concertos as well as the sotto vocesalon intimacy of romantic keyboard works.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Jeder ist ein Medienkritiker

In den letzten Tagen konnte man den Eindruck gewinnen, dass die Medienwelt den Verstand verloren hat. Und obwohl die Erregungsmaschine in erwartbarster Weise funktionierte, wurde man doch das Gefühl nicht los, dass hier etwas ganz Neues passierte.

Die Welt

Rettet uns vor dem Kurator!

Frank Castorf soll noch bis 2017 seine Berliner Volksbühne leiten. Dann könnte nach dem Willen von Staatssekretär Tim Renner Chris Dercon, gegenwärtig Direktor der Londoner Tate Modern, übernehmen.

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Ein ‘Tosca-Engel’ von 25 Metern

Ein Bühnenbild der Superlative entsteht zurzeit im Steinbruch St. Margarethen (Österreich) für die Aufführungen von Puccinis ‘Tosca’ im Sommer. Ein 25 Meter hoher Engel wird das Bühnenbild beherrschen.

Concert Simulator Helps Musicians To Combat Stage Fright

The Royal College of Music, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano), London-based creative design consultancy Studiohead, and Skyline Whitespace, one of the leading providers of custom modular stands in Europe, have developed a new performance simulator, complete with realistic back-stage and on-stage areas as well as an interactive virtual audience and audition panel.

The New York Times

Russian Theater Director Fired for Offending Christians

MOSCOW — In the latest skirmish between the Russian Orthodox Church and the cultural elite, the culture minister on Sunday fired the director of a Siberian theater who included a controversial interpretation of the life of Jesus in the Richard Wagner opera “Tannhauser.”

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Tarisio ‏@TarisioAuctions : Lots begin closing in 2 hours, at mid-day, for our March 2015 London Auction. Place your bids!

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse : Student booking for Summer is now open via our site: http://www.roh.org.uk/seasons/2014-15/summer … Let us know if you need any help ^C

Handel House Museum ‏@HandelHouse #OnThisDay in 1697, the famous Italian diva, Faustina Bordoni, who sang for Handel was born in Venice, Italy

Bach News 30th March Bach. Photo: Alamy

(Written on March 30, 2015 )