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In our news today, Met Opera understudy Francesco Anile steps in and gives performance of a lifetime as lead tenor loses his voice, sales up 14% year-on-year for Record Store Day, New York Festival of Song to premiere Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women and Motley Crue co-founder Nikki Sixx has launched a campaign asking Google to pay musicians more money when their videos appear on YouTube.

Daily Mail

The show must go on! Understudy gets last-minute big break at Met Opera when lead tenor loses his voice – so jumps on stage in jeans and sneakers and gives performance of a lifetime

It is a role of a lifetime. But when one understudy finally got his big break at the Metropolitan Opera he wasn’t expecting it to be while wearing his old jeans and sneakers.

Music Week

Retailers celebrate another successful Record Store Day

Preliminary figures show that this year’s Record Store Day was a hit, with sales up 14% year-on-year – and retailers seemed to agree that the vinyl revival isn’t going anywhere. While singles sales were down 2%, LPs were up 35% year-on-year, and the annual celebration bled into the following sales week as well.

BBC News

Nikki Sixx to YouTube: ‘Do the right thing’

Motley Crue co-founder Nikki Sixx has launched a campaign asking Google to pay musicians more money when their videos appear on YouTube. The bass player is urging Google to remember its former slogan – “Don’t be evil” – in its dealings with artists.

Classicalworld.com

NYFOS to premiere Compositora: Songs by Latin American women at Merkin Hall

New York Festival of Song rounds out its Mainstage season on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 with Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women, a fascinating program that showcases the prodigious accomplishments of Latina composers.

ArtsJournal

A German orchestra goes up against Turkey in row over a term for genocide

Turkey’s delegation to the European Union demanded the European Commission withdraw 200,000 euros ($224,500) in funding for the concert.

South China Morning Post

Mei Baojiu: China’s renowned Peking opera master dies aged 82

Youngest son of Peking opera legend Mei Lanfang was devoted to his art, considering it his lifetime mission to pass it on to the younger generation.

Classical Music Magazine

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation awards £15,000 to Wiltshire Music Centre

The grant, which will be distributed across three years, will go towards the centre’s programme of master-classes, workshops, concerts and artist residencies for young musicians in the region.

Der Tagesspiegel

Als Kolibri durch den Saal schweben

Berlins Orchester lassen sich viel einfallen, um neues Publikum zu gewinnen. Das Konzerthaus setzt auf virtuelle Realität – mittels einer speziellen Brille.

KlassikAkzente

Mit Wagner im Kino: Live-Übertragung aus der Berliner Philharmonie mit Andris Nelsons

Wenn Andris Nelsons am 29. April gemeinsam mit den Berliner Philharmonikern Musik von Wagner und Bruckner zum Klingen bringt, kann man das Konzert in vielen Kinosälen in Deutschland live mitverfolgen.

Pizzicato

Antonini wird Erster Gastdirigent beim Mozarteumorchester

Seit eineinhalb Jahren sucht das Mozarteumorchester Salzburg erfolglos nach einem Nachfolger für den im Sommer d.J. scheidenden Chefdirigenten Ivor Bolton.

Francemusique

Nouvelle polémique quant à l’utilisation des animaux à l’opéra

L’opéra Allemand sur le Rhin (Deutche Oper am Rhein) a été contraint d’annuler le contrat de l’un de ses acteurs principaux : le coq du « Coq d’or » de Rimski-Korsakov en raison d’une décision de l’Office Vétérinaire.

El Pais

La música activa el cerebro de los bebés

Investigadores de EE UU vinculan la detección de patrones musicales con el aprendizaje del habla

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews Osvaldo Golijov Headlines Spoleto USA Chamber Music Program

Black Dress Code @black_dresscode Wonderful film on Eleonore Schoenfeld She inspired our elegant palazzo trousers

Kate Simko @Kate_Simko  advice I’d give to myself.. ArtsProfessional Magazine

Photograph: UIG via Getty Images

(Written on April 26, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, middle-aged musicians are missing out, Classic FM’s reaction to the One Direction split and BBC Radio 3 launches Christmas Carol Competition.

Telegraph

Middle-aged musicians are missing out

Now is the best time in human history to be middle-aged. Fifty is the new forty, forty is the new thirty, and given that working life now extends to 70 and beyond, referring to 40 as middle-aged no longer feels right. It’s less than half-way through our working life.

One Direction split: Classic FM’s brilliant ‘everything you need to know’

Classic FM had possibly the best response to the One Direction split.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Radio 3 launches its Christmas Carol Competition

Composing opportunity returns for a second year – now’s your chance!

Gramophone

Exclusive Video: Anja Harteros records ‘O Patria mia’ from Verdi’s Aida

Behind-the-scenes as Harteros records with conductor Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome

The Strad

2015 ECHO Klassik awards for violinists David Garrett, Isabelle Faust and Nemanja Radulović

The violinists are among 58 winners honoured by the German record industry

Amati Magazine

Mullovas, mother and son, release albums on same day

The young British-born double bassist, composer and arranger Misha Mullov-Abbado releases his debut album, New Ansonia, this Thursday, 28 August – on the same day as his mother, the violinist Vikoria Mullova, sees the issue of her new CD of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2, Solo Sonata and Sonata for Two Violins (Onyx Classics).

Klassikakzente

ECHO Klassik 2015 – 60 Preisträger in 22 Kategorien

Der Bundesverband der Deutschen Musikindustrie hat die diesjährigen Gewinner des ECHO-Klassik bekannt gegeben. Darunter zahlreiche Künstler der Deutschen Grammophon.

Neue Musikzeitung

Lisa Streich und Matthew Kaner erhalten die Kompositionsaufträge der Roche Young Commissions 2017

Die Künstler Lisa Streich und Matthew Kaner sind von Wolfgang Rihm für die nächsten Kompositionsaufträge der Roche Young Commissions ausgewählt worden: Jeder der beiden Komponisten erhält damit einen Werkauftrag, der innerhalb von zwei Jahren komponiert, 2016 innerhalb der LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY geprobt und 2017 im Rahmen des Sommer-Festivals zu Uraufführung gebracht werden soll.

Klassik.com

Konrad-Wolf-Preis 2015 geht posthum an Christoph Schlingensief

Die Akademie der Künste Berlin vergibt den Konrad-Wolf-Preis 2015 posthum an den 2010 verstorbenen Christoph Schlingensief und das von ihm gegründete Operndorf in Burkina Faso.

San Francisco Classical Voice

How Your Smartphone Can Bring ‘Creative Disruption’ Into the Concert Hall

Fourth of a five-part series on classical music, new initiatives in marketing, and novel “audience engagement” tools.

Le Monde

La Russie réclame aux Etats-Unis les restes de Rachmaninov

Rachmaninov ne repose plus en paix. Soixante-douze ans après la mort du célèbre compositeur et pianiste inhumé à New York, en 1943, Moscou réclame les restes de son corps.

Twitter

Kat Brown @katbrown82: Further proof that music is a force for good (and that protest songs don’t need a tune)
BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: Yes, we know it’s still August, but our October issue is on sale today!
Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: NEWS: @theoae @OAENightShift awarded residency at legendary gay club night @duckielondon

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Mark Simpson – composer in residence for the BBC Philharmonic
Photo credit: Kaupo Kikkas

(Written on August 26, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas, Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education and 7 tips for performing from memory from The Strad.

The Times

Richard Morrison: ‘The Edinburgh Festival must look to Manchester for fresh ideas’

It’s a bit of a memento mori to realise that I’m attending my 43rd Edinburgh Festival and my 39th as a journalist.

The Independent

Royal Opera House unveils colourful hand-painted silk installation telling its story

London’s Royal Opera House has unveiled the huge hand-painted silk installation that will hang in the Paul Hamlyn Hall next month.

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Pullman speaks up in favour of music education

Author Philip Pullman has stated that he considers music to be the most important school subject.

Classic FM

We’ve got our hands on Andrea Bocelli’s new album (and we’ll be the first in the world to play it!)

The Italian tenor has always looked like a dashing hero from a cinematic classic, so it’s fitting that his new album is all about the best movie music. We’re so excited about it that we’re going to play it before anyone else.

The Strad

7 tips for performing from memory

Guidance from The Strad’s archive on performing and practising from memory – and how to deal with memory lapses

Klassik.com

Kölner Opernsaison droht zu platzen

Nachdem die Wiedereröffnung des Kölner Opernhauses aufgrund von Planungsfehlern und der Insolvenz des Bauunternehmens Imtech weiter aufgeschoben werden musste (klassik.com berichtete), steht die kommende Opernsaison auf der Kippe. Voraussichtlich wird das Haus weder in der Saison 2015/16 noch 2016/17 zur Verfügung stehen.

Klassikakzente

Musik als einziger Freund: Wie Keith Jarrett seine Einsamkeit in Kreativität verwandelte

Bei der Vorstellung von Wolfgang Sandners neuer Keith-Jarrett-Biographie unterhielt sich der Autor mit dem ECM-Produzenten Manfred Eicher über den Pianisten.

Musik heute

Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester reformieren

Die Thüringer Staatskanzlei will Theater und Orchester in dem Freistaat umbauen. Dazu führe man seit Jahresbeginn Gespräche mit Intendanten und den kommunalen Trägern, sagte Regierungssprecher Alexander Fischer am Donnerstag in Erfurt.

Le Figaro

Moscou cherche à rapatrier les restes de Rachmaninov, inhumé à New York

Les autorités russes souhaitent que le grand compositeur repose dans sa région natale de Novgorod, dans le nord-ouest de la Russie. Les descendants du musicien s’opposent au transfert de ses restes.

Classicalite

Miguel Vásquez on Panama, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and His Grandpa

At the age of nine, Miguel Vásquez was an aspiring classical violinist/cellist in Panama. There on the isthmus, though, getting proper musical education proved difficult–especially as his skills improved. His grandfather, Luis Vásquez–a professional double bassist, guitarist and English horn player–first inspired the would-be musician.

Twitter

Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: Update: nearly 2k sigs on petition to include female composers on A-level syllabus. Story:

Sam Jackson @classicjacko: If anyone ever says studying music isn’t a good idea, show them this. Especially pleased to see @TrinityLaban at No.2

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Jonas Kaufmann: ‘I feel like an ambassador’

Times

Edinburgh Festival should look to Manchester for ideas
Credit: James Glossopp/ Times

(Written on August 21, 2015 )

In today’s news a new opera to tell the story of  Steve Job’s life is planned for 2017. The stolen Stradivarius violin of Roman Totenberg is found after 35 years and the Boston Symphony Orchestra announces extension of Music Director Andris Nelson’s contract.

The Guardian

Modem Butterfly? New opera to tell life story of Steve Jobs

Santa Fe Opera is to stage The Revolution of Steve Jobs, which will follow the Apple founder as he confronts cancer

BBC News

Stolen Stradivarius violin found 35 years later

A Stradivarius belonging to violin virtuoso Roman Totenberg has been recovered, 35 years it disappeared.

Planet Hugill

Somewhere for the weekend – Presteigne Festival

The Presteigne Festival is now in its 33rd year. Based in Presteigne / Gwyl Llanandras in Radnorshire in the Welsh Marches, the festival manages to cram an enormous amount of vital music making into its six days, running from 27 August to 1 September 2015.

Classical Source

Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons announce extension to Mr Nelsons’ contract as BSO Music Director through 2022!

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons have reached an agreement to extend Mr. Nelsons’ contract as BSO Music Director through the 2021-22 season, following his extraordinary first year in that role, having received virtually unanimous praise and universal enthusiasm for his work with the orchestra from critics and audiences alike.

New York Times

Roman Totenberg’s Stolen Stradivarius Is Found After 35 Years

The Stradivarius – which was made in 1734 by Antonio Stradivari and is known as the Ames Stradivarius – disappeared after it was stolen in 1980 from the violin virtuoso Roman Totenberg.

klassik.com

Lebensweg von Steve Jobs kommt auf die Opernbühne

Biographisches Werk soll 2017 in Santa Fe uraufgeführt werden.

FAZ

Bayreuther Wagner-Museum: Zwischen Grusel und Liebe

Völkische Ästhetik und gemütvolle Verlogenheit: Wer sich im neu konzipierten Richard-Wagner-Museum seinen Weg durch Wagners Welt sucht, begegnet den Gespenstern einer vergifteten Rezeptionsgeschichte.

KlassikAkzente

Vorzeitige Verlängerung – Andris Nelsons bleibt bis 2022 Chefdirigent beim Boston Symphony Orchestra

Gerade mal seit einem Jahr schwingt Andris Nelsons das Zepter in Boston und wurde dafür mit einer vorzeitigen Vertragsverlängerung belohnt.

Twitter

Marina Baranova @Baranova_piano: Done! I had the most inspiring recording session ever! With @MartinSauer at #teldexstudio #Berlin. Feeling happy!

Young Euro Classic @YEClassic: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJbt_WVBZjA … The @NYOGB will play at #YoungEuroClassic on August 10!

Welsh National Opera ‏@WNOtweet: Worth a read: http://isclassicalmusicdead.com

The Stradivarius recovered in June was returned on Thursday to the family of the violinist Roman Totenberg. Credit FBI

The Stradivarius recovered in June was returned on Thursday to the family of the violinist Roman Totenberg. Credit FBI

(Written on August 7, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

New concert halls – the good, the bad, and the rumours

Jonathan Nott’s move to Geneva will coincide with a new concert hall for the city, Jansons battles on for a hall in Munich fit for his world-class orchestra; and if rumours are to be believed, a similar project might help lure Rattle back to the UK….

Classic FM

Alexandre Desplat wins Bafta for Grand Budapest Hotel score

French composer Alexandre Desplat has won the Original Music Bafta award, beating off competition from Hans Zimmer.

Gramophone

Alan Gilbert to leave the New York Philharmonic

Another major orchestra begins the search for a new music director

BBC Arts and Entertainment

World premiere of Vivaldi’s earliest known work

The newly-discovered earliest known work by Italian baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi is being premiered at a concert on Monday in Florence, at the city’s renowned Uffizi art museum.

‘Phantom of the Opera’ arrested in police chase

An audience member has been arrested at the Vienna State Opera for persistently sneaking into more expensive seats.

Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin

Sagen Sie jetzt nichts, Gregory Porter

Der Jazz-Sänger über seine größte Schwäche, ein imaginäres Treffen mit Nat King Cole und seine Ballonmütze.

pizzicato

‘Neue Stimmen’-Wettbewerb startet in die Edition 2015

Junge Operntalente aus aller Welt können sich bis zum 31. März 2015 für den Internationalen Gesangswettbewerb ‘Neue Stimmen’ der Bertelsmann Stiftung bewerben.

Klassik.com

Thomas Quasthoff debütiert in Verbier als Dirigent

Nach Aufgabe der Gesangskarriere 2012 nun Wechsel der Profession

Musik Heute

Düsseldorfer Symphoniker: Ádám Fischer wird Erster Konzertdirigent – Alexandre Bloch Principal Guest Conductor

Ádám Fischer wird ab der Saison 2015/16 Erster Konzertdirigent der Düsseldorfer Symphoniker.

The New York Times

Voices Fresh and Familiar at the Grammy Awards

Grammy Winners 2015: Beck, Sam Smith, Pharrell and Beyoncé Thrive

Le Figaro

Pumeza Matshikiza, la Callas des townships

Avec sa voix chaude, son timbre de velours et son vibrato élégant, l’artiste sud-africaine a tout d’une star lyrique en devenir.

Twitter

ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: And the classical Grammy winners are… http://bit.ly/1DVyAxh

Klassik.com @klassikcom: WestLB-Sammlung soll mit Stiftung und Sponsoren gerettet werden http://klassik.com/?4sU33  #Kulturpolitik #Geige #Stradivari

KlassikAkzente @klassikakzente: Anfang Februar hat das Warten ein Ende! Wir zeigen einen ersten Einblick in The French Collection von Piotr Beczala https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u6rcTnqBOM …

Pumeza Matshikiza Photo: Le Figaro

Pumeza Matshikiza
Photo: Le Figaro

(Written on February 9, 2015 )