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Guardian

Roderick Williams on the Last Night of the Proms: ‘Maybe I should dress as Britannia and wave a Jamaican flag’

Baritone Roderick Williams will perform to a global audience of millions on Saturday. He’s going to have a ball, he tells Imogen Tilden

Telegraph

Harmony at the Proms would be ‘benefit to all’, conductors say

Uniting the people of England and Scotland at the Last Night of the Proms will be of ‘benefit to all, conductors say

BBC Music Magazine

Radio 3 announces the next New Generation Artists

Six talented players will join the 2014-16 scheme

Classic FM

Hallé Orchestra’s new recording celebrates Manchester’s musical heritage

Manchester’s musical heritage is to be celebrated in a new piece arranged by Paul Campbell and performed by the Hallé Orchestra.

Classical Source

Ruthie Henshall joins the line-up for the Last Night of the Proms 2014

The BBC Proms are delighted to announce that music theatre star Ruthie Henshall will take to the stage at the Last Night of the Proms to lead the Royal Albert Hall and Proms in the Park audiences around the UK in a rousing Mary Poppins singalong.

The Jerusalem Post

Former violinist with tremor regains ability to play while undergoing brain surgery

Naomi Elishuv, a former violinist at Lithuania’s national philharmonic orchestra, had to give up her beloved instrument 20 years ago.

Classical Source

Rising star soprano Angel Blue will make her role debut as Mimì in Jonathan Miller’s stunning production of La bohème

Opera’s greatest love story will return to ENO’s London Coliseum this winter in Jonathan Miller’s stunning production, weaving together true love with heartbreak in this enduring and devastating story.

Die Welt

Sein Gehalt wurde mit Sklavenhandel finanziert

Von Mozart Vater gehasst, vom schwäbischen Tyrannen ausgehalten: Vor 300 Jahren wurde Stuttgarts Nationalkomponist Niccolò Jommelli geboren. Heute ist er in die Besenkammer des Repertoires verbannt.

Zeit online

Große Gefühle

Mit 104 Jahren ist die Opernsängerin Magda Olivero in Mailand gestorben. Leidenschaft ist der Schlüsselbegriff ihrer langen Karriere.

Badische Zeitung

La Cetra soll nicht sterben

Regierung gewährt Basler Barockorchester Zuschuss.

The New York Times

Musicians Union Ratifies Met Opera Contract

Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians announced on Tuesday that its members had ratified the labor agreement that the union negotiated with the Metropolitan Opera last month.

The National

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra’s director quits after BBC Proms

The musical director who took Qatar’s fledgling orchestra to the BBC Proms has quit, less than 24 hours after its triumphant debut at the festival in London.

Classicalite

Björk Receives Tribute from Sydney Chamber Choir’s Paul Stanhope and The Idea of North’s Naomi Crellin in Australia

Björk’s work yet receives another tribute, this time by way of the Sydney Chamber Choir directed by Paul Stanhope and Naomi Crellin with The Idea of North for Going Bjork at the Sydney Recital Hall in Australia.

Twitter

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: The 2014/15 Season is upon us! The surprises we’ve got in store tonight for our audience: bit.ly/1oweNwd ^C

Deutsche Grammophon ‏@DGclassics: #Beethoven or #Einaudi? #Spotify or #Radio? @SinfiniMusic wants to know what you think about #classicalmusic today: http://classicalnation.sinfinimusic.com/

Royal College Music @RCMLatest: Are you an aspiring #singer? There’s just one more day to book for our #Vocal Faculty Open Door on 21 September: http://bit.ly/VQmPrI 

Culture House @CultureHouse: How independence will impoverish Scottish culture, by @danieljksn with @AidanJohnMoffat, @ellieharrison & @jamesmacm http://specc.ie/1lVTYP5 

Roderick Williams 12 July 2010Roderick Williams, photo: Benjamin Ealovega

(Written on September 11, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Karl Jenkins Motets competition launched with new work as prize

Composer Karl Jenkins will compose a brand new a cappella work for whichever choir wins a new competition, launched to coincide with the release of his new album, Motets.

Former Glyndebourne chairman Sir George Christie dies, aged 80

Sir George Christie, former chairman of Glyndebourne opera house and festival, has died aged 80 after a “hard-fought illness”.

The Telegraph

Katherine Jenkins hits back at women who attacked her for running marathon in make-up

Classical singer Katherine Jenkins insisted she is “no diva” as she hit back at “women-hating women” who criticised her for wearing make-up while running the marathon.

Classical Music Magazine

Salzburg Festival running deficit despite bumper sales

The future of the Salzburg Festival has been called into question following claims by its president Helga Rabl-Stadler that it needs a substantial increase in state funding if it is to survive.

BBC Music Magazine

New Barenboim-Said Academy plans unveiled

First came Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Now plans have been unveiled for a new Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, to open in 2016.

Der Tagesspiegel

Brücken für den Nahen Osten

Das ehemalige Magazingebäude der Berliner Staatsoper wird für 33,7 Millionen Euro zur Barenboim-Said-Akademie umgebaut. Ab 2016 sollen hier Musiker aus dem Nahen Osten nicht nur Musik studieren, sondern auch Philosophie.

Berliner Zeitung

Barenboim-Said-Akademie: Vom Berghain lernen

Der neue Konzertsaal der Barenboim-Said-Akademie verspricht eine Sensation zu werden. Zwar verfügt Berlin bereits über zwei Musikakademien. Doch Barenboim will etwas anderes. Er möchte einen Ort der Völkerverständigung, der Neugier schaffen.

Klassik Akzente

Archiv Produktion: Deutsche Grammophon bekräftigt Engagement für Alte Musik

Vor genau einem Jahr gab Deutsche Grammophon neue Pläne und Verpflichtungen von Musikern für Archiv Produktion bekannt. Heute bekräftigte die weltweit führende klassische Schallplattengesellschaft ihr Engagement für Alte Musik.

Anne-Sophie Mutter und Lambert Orkis feiern “Silbernes Jubiläum”

Die Geigenvirtuosin Anne-Sophie Mutter und der Pianist Lambert Orkis feiern 25 Jahre großer musikalischer Momente seit ihrem ersten gemeinsamen Auftritt im Jahr 1988. Zu diesem Anlass veröffentlicht das Duo “The Silver Album”.

La Repubblica

Scala, le lettere segrete: così Pereira trattava con se stesso l’acquisto delle opere

I documenti che testimoniano gli accordi fra il sovrintendente designato e Salisburgo, di cui lo stesso Pereira è direttore artistico, sulle opere contestate. In attesa di una decisione da Pisapia e Franceschini

 

Classical Music on Twitter

the listener@inthetheatre Bach to the future: Orchestra Iowa composes innovative, successful business model | @scoopit http://sco.lt/8lWVQP

theartsdesk.com@theartsdesk Listed: 10 Great Trouser Roles. As Rosenkavalier comes to @glyndebourne we count the girls who are boys who do girls http://www.theartsdesk.com/opera/listed-10-great-trouser-roles

CCSkills@CCSkills “In my opinion, one of the reasons the arts are so starved in Scotland is that the culture is so strong.” http://bit.ly/1kQgQZk

Opera North @Opera_North Tonight’s La Boheme live blog from @stuheritage will be on our website at http://www.operanorth.co.uk/blog from 7pm tonight. #ONboheme

The Independent@Independent The best background music for reading http://ind.pn/1qhhS9g

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online


(Written on May 8, 2014 )

The Guardian

La Bohème production faces final curtain at Covent Garden after 41 years

By the end of next year it will have been performed at Covent Garden 404 times and featured in 27 seasons but, the Royal Opera House announced on Monday, its time is up – the ever-popular production of La Bohème is to be officially retired.

London Jazz News

Which Deserve More Recognition? Venues or Festivals?

It was announced yesterday all three nominations for ‘Venue of the Year’ in the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards were not in fact venues but festivals. This invites the question of whether venues or festivals deserve more recognition. Join the debate at London Jazz News!

Raidió Teilifís Éireann

John O’Kane Announced as Executive Director RTÉ Orchestras

Following a public competition, John O’Kane has been announced as the new Executive Director of RTÉ Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs.

Classic FM

Two-headed Beethoven statue causes controversy

‘Homage to Beethoven’, a new monument by sculptor Markus Lüperz, is making waves in the composer’s birthplace as Bonn residents ask: is it art?

BBC Music Magazine

Six of the best: pop songs that borrow from classical music

Deputy editor Jeremy Pound chooses six fine pop and rock songs with classical music at their heart.

Classical Music Magazine

Worldwide record industry is adapting to digital, says IFPI

The fast-growing popularity worldwide of online streaming for music consumption is confirmed by the annual survey of international recording industry body the IFPI. 

Der Tagesspiegel

Die besten CDs im Frühjahr

Was soll ich nur hören?, fragen sich viele angesichts des enormen Angebots auf dem CD-Markt. Hier empfehlen die Musikspezialisten der Kulturredaktion ihre aktuellen Lieblingsalben aus der Pop und Klassik.

 

Classical music on twitter

BBC Music Magazine: @MusicMagazine ”Are you an amateur ensemble with a concert in June? If so, let us know and we’ll promote it in BBC Music Mag!: overtoyou@classical-music.com”

BBC Philharmonic: @BBCPhilharmonic ”This Saturday we perform Holst’s The Planets @BridgewaterHall. Families can get discounted tickets by quoting BBCJTM Call: 0844 907 9000″

English National Opera: @E_N_O “And remember, if you’re in the audience tonight, let us know what you think of #ENOPowder! Just send us a tweet and include the hashtag!”

Help Musicians UK: @HelpMusiciansUK ”So which of you lucky people are festivaling this summer? @guardianmusic have a handy a to z guide http://bit.ly/1lxJG6a” 

Guildhall School: @guildhallschool Congratulations to @lloyd_matilda, crowned 2014 @BBCRadio2 Young Brass Award winner! http://bit.ly/1lmS5qq  pic.twitter.com/SUsGknUY3P

Classic FM

Classic FM

 

(Written on April 2, 2014 )

This morning, David Green will be appearing on Midweek to discuss his grandfather – Ignatz Waghalter.

Waghalter, a German-Polish Jewish composer, was renowned and celebrated during his lifetime for his rich, Romantic works. He was the first Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and introduced many of Puccini’s operas to the German public: he conducted debut performances of both Tosca and La Bohème. Due to his flight from Nazi Germany, followed by a stark change in compositional style after the Second World War, Waghalter’s works were lost and forgotten.
However, a chance meeting between violinist Irmina Trynkos and David Green led to the foundation of The Waghalter Project in order to reincarnate the composer’s repute through the performance and recordings of his works, together with conductor Alexander Walker. The Waghalter Project has recorded a CD of Waghalter’s complete violin repertoire, which has received a coveted “Supersonic Pizzicato” award, and was released on Naxos this October
To hear the personal stories of such an extraordinary musical figure, tune in to Midweek at 9:00 am on BBC Radio 4 here.
For more information on the Waghalter Project, visit its official website here, or the CD’s page on the Naxos website here.

(Written on December 12, 2012 )

Gramophone

Opera for the homeless in Cardiff

Streetwise Opera and Welsh National Opera launch a new programme for homeless people

Classic FM

Pub opera’s Boheme transfers to Charing Cross theatre

OperaUpClose’s version of La Boheme is to transfer to London’s Charing Cross Theatre from October 30th.

Miloš’ success “very good for air miles”

Miloš Karadaglić revealed that he has circled the globe three times in the last year as part of his promotional schedule

Marvin Hamlisch honoured in tribute concert

The late film composer Marvin Hamlisch was honoured in a memorial service featuring performances from Barbra Streisand, Liza Minelli and Aretha Franklin

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Why US orchestras need to change their language

As a new concert season starts, two famous orchestras – Atlanta and Indianapolis – have locked out their musicians and three more are heading down the same dead end.

LA Times

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ album tops classical-music chart

Trash juggernaut “Fifty Shades of Grey” continues to rake in the dough, and not just through book sales.

The Wall Street Journal (found on Arts Journal)

So Long, Ingénues

No singer today more sharply divides opera fans than does the Russian soprano Anna Netrebko. Her admirers thrill to her robust stage presence and plush, vibrant tone; they celebrate her distinctive fashion sense and crave details about her glamorous private life.

DW (found on Musical Chairs)

Turkey’s youth orchestra bridges cultures

They are the best young musicians in Turkey. The Turkish National Youth Orchestra is a springboard for emerging talent. Now the young performers are stepping into the spotlight at the Beethovenfest in Bonn.

New Music Box

Lembit Beecher—To Tell a Tale, To Sing a Story

When Lembit Beecher was named composer-in-residence with the Opera Company of Philadelphia (in collaboration with Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group of New York) in 2011, he didn’t bring a large portfolio of operatic work with him to the brand new three-year program. An instinct and affection for storytelling, however, already infused his compositions.

DW

 

 

 

 

(Written on September 20, 2012 )

As summer approaches (very slowly, through all these grey clouds), an air of excitement surrounds the world of classical music: the festival season is here!  Whether at home in the UK or elsewhere in Europe and beyond, there is so much choice for great classical music this summer. In Olympic spirit, London is celebrating itself at the ‘City of London Festival’ from the 24th June to the 27th July, featuring the LSO and acclaimed guitarist John Williams. Also gloriously British, is the ‘Longborough Festival Opera’, which features the famous ‘Sweeney Todd’ performed by the festival’s Young Artist Production; the festival is on now, until the 29th of July.

Whilst Glastonbury’s usual Rock and Roll tenants take a break this year, the ‘Orchestra in a Field’ at Glastonbury Abbey, Somerset, takes place this weekend (30th June to 1st July) providing ‘Tchaikovsky to Tubular Bells by way of Opera, Hip Hop and hand bells’ (Classical-music.com) as well as free tickets to those under the age of 13, a great, fun event to introduce children to classical music. Another great event this weekend takes place at the prestigious ‘Wigmore Hall’: you can hear and see the Leipzig String Quartet as well as soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, providing exciting music from Brahms to Beethoven.

Finishing this week is the renowned ‘Istanbul Music Festival’, which has been running for the entire month of June. In its 40th year, it has featured (a staggering) over 750 artists this year, including the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and the Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin. It has also commissioned works by the revered composers Giya Kancheli and Fazil Say, which were premiered at the festival.

Even further east is the ‘IV Gabala International Festival‘ of Azerbaijan, taking place from the 25th of July to the 5th of August, featuring traditional Chamber music, as well as Mugham – the folk compositions of Azerbaijan, which are now a UNESCO protected cultural heritage.

More centrally in Europe, Austria is hosting some of the world’s finest classical music festivals. The month-long, extraordinary ‘Bregenzer Festspiele‘ (18th July to the 18th August), in its breathtaking lake-side location features Opera on the Lake (with its stunning staging), an array of Chamber music, Theatre, and Music and Poetry: a highlight of which is Shostakovich’s ‘Ten Poems on Texts by Revolutionary Poets for mixed chorus op.88’. The renowned ‘Salzburger Festspiele‘ is one of THE summer events, from the 20th July to the 2nd September, featuring music and operas, from ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’, to ‘La Boheme’; Whilst August welcomes the ‘Innsbrucker Festwochen der alten Musik‘, from the 8th to the 26th, spanning all areas of classical music from Oriental Baroque to Slavonic Dances.

The beautiful landscapes of Italy host the ‘Incontri in Terra di Siena’ in lush Tuscany, where classical music is coupled with contemporary Jazz as well as Olive Oil and Wine tasting (definitely not one to miss!) A highlight is the Borromeo String Quartet playing Bach, Debussy and Schubert on the 22nd of July. The entire festival is from the 20th to the 29th of July.

Whether travelling abroad or staying at home in this important 2012 summer, there are numerous great festivals not be missed, an abundance of which can be found on our ‘July Unmissables’ pinterest page here.

The Famous Staging at Bregenzer Festspiele

(Written on June 28, 2012 )

The Telegraph

Anita Hartig: new face

Anita Hartig is enjoying special success as Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme.

Glyndebourne highlights 2012

As Glyndebourne approaches, opera critic Rupert Christiansen picks his three highlights.

Glyndebourne: interview with soprano Lucy Crowe ahead of Little Vixen

Barely four months after giving birth to her first baby, soprano Lucy Crowe was suddenly confronted with the biggest challenge of her professional life.

The Independent

Live opera in cinemas? No way, says ENO

Artistic director of English National Opera rails against popular medium.

The Guardian

Flashpoint: Bianca Jagger and the theatre critic’s spat at the opera

Accusations fly as critic Mark Shenton blasts Jagger’s use of flash photography during Einstein on the beach, while she makes assault claim.

The Times

Cunning little helpers at Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne, as well as being the place where opera happens with large numbers of picnics and lots of champagne, is also the place where opera happens with large numbers of children.

The NY Times

Deborah Voigt withdraws from tonight’s Met performance

Deborah Voigt is ill and will not sing the role of Brunnhilde in Wednesday evening’s performance of “Siegfried,” the third installment of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle.

Evening Standard

Proms by numbers

Funny statistics about the upcoming BBC Proms.

LA Times

Michael Nyman uses Facebook to lash out at Royal Opera House

Composer Michael Nyman is using Facebook to lash out against Britain’s Royal Opera House for apparently rejecting his overtures for a new piece.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on May 10, 2012 )

Opera Australia, Australia’s premier opera company, opens its UK screening season tonight. The season is starting with a spectacular production of La bohème, which was met with critical acclaim on its performance in Australia. It is set in Weimar Germany and the influences of Hollywood can be seen in its undeniable glamour, but the impending doom of a world on the brink of disaster also gives it a fragile quality. Here, the glitter of the Spiegeltent provides a decadent veneer over the hand-to-mouth existence of the era. Café Momus becomes a cabaret joint, all mirrored panels and carnival colours, populated by characters inspired by the paintings of Otto Dix and George Grosz. 

It has a strong cast of international repute, including Ji-Min Park, Taryn Fiebig, Takesha  Meshé  Kizart and  José Carbó. It is conducted by Shao-Chia Lü and directed by Gale Edwards. The running time is 130 minutes including a 15 minute interval.

The screenings are taking place at over thirty towns across the UK. For more information and a list of sites set to screen the series please visit here.

(Written on April 24, 2012 )

Opera Australia and CinemaLive have announced on Friday that their dazzling production of La Bohéme is to be screened by Odeon cinemas. The broadcast will be coming to Odeon cinemas across the UK including:

Basingstoke

Belfast

Blackpool

Cardiff

Colchester

Derby

Dunfermline

Edinburgh Lothian Road

Hull

Kingston

Lincoln

London Panton St

London Greenwich

London Swiss Cottage

Maidenhead

Manchester

Milton Ketnes

Newcastle Silverlinks

Sheffield

Southampton

Taunton

Tunbridge Wells

Wimbledon

This Weimar Germany-set production of La Bohéme, a critical hit in Australia, shows the influences of Hollywood in its undeniable glamour, but the impending doom of a world on the brink of disaster also gives it a fragile quality. Here, the glitter of the Spielgeltent provides a decadent veneer over the hand-to-mouth existence of the era. Café Momus becomes a cabaret joint, all mirrored panels and carnival colours, populated by characters inspired by the paintings of Otto Dix and George Grosz.

For more information on the CinemaLive Opera Australia screenings please click here.

To book tickets for La Bohéme in an Odeon cinema near you, please click here.

 

 

(Written on April 2, 2012 )

WildKat PR are pleased to announce their partnership with Opera Australia and Cinema Live for Spring / Summer 2012.

Opera Australia, Australia’s premier opera company, is broadcasting its productions to cinemas across the UK, starting with La Bohème on April 24th. Highlights of the season will include a spectacular performance of La Traviata, performed on a floating stage in Sydney Harbour on July 31st. WildKat PR manage a UK wide campaign promoting the cinema screenings.

Cinemas confirmed to host La Bohème on April 24th include:

Showcase cinemas: Nottingham, Peterborough, Walsall, Leeds, Teesside, Paisley, Reading

Independent cinemas:

The Corby Cube, Station Cinema, Richmond, the Picturedrome Cinema, Bognor, Pavilion, Galashiels and Zeffirelli’s, Ambleside

For more information on the screenings please click here

 

 

(Written on March 22, 2012 )