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The Guardian

Composers on their premieres: ‘This is the point where one has to let go’

The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has helped music lovers fund commissions through its Sound Investment scheme for almost 30 years. Ahead of their 75th commission, leading composers recall the nerves – and joy – of hearing their works come to life for the first time

The Independent

As ‘The Indian Queen’ opens, can Peter Sellars save the ENO?

As Purcell’s ‘The Indian Queen’ opens, Jessica Duchen meets the man on a mission to save an opera company in crisis

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015 finalists announced

20 singers from 15 different countries will compete in June

Philharmonia Orchestra signs £500k sponsorship with Chinese firewater manufacturer

The Philharmonia Orchestra has signed a five-year, £500,000 sponsorship deal with Chinese alcoholic beverage producer Wuliangye.

Classic FM

David Mellor on new London concert hall: ‘a power-play by Simon Rattle’

David Mellor has weighed in on the debate over whether London needs a new concert hall in a conversation with ex-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone on LBC.


Ruhrtriennale präsentiert Programm 2015

Im ersten Jahr unter der künstlerischen Leitung des Theatermachers Johan Simons bringt die Ruhrtriennale vom 14. August bis 26. September 2015 zahlreiche internationale KünstlerInnen in die Metropole Ruhr.

Komponist Charles Kálmán ist tot

Sohn des Operettenkomponisten Emmerich Kálmán wurde 85 Jahre alt.

Musik Heute

Einreichungen für ECHO Klassik starten

Ab sofort können Tonträgerhersteller ihre besten Produktionen bei der Deutschen Phono-Akademie vorschlagen, teilte der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) am Montag in Berlin mit.

Codex Flores

Stiftung Händel-Haus erwirbt mutmassliches Händel-Porträt

Die Stiftung Händel-Haus hat ein Porträt ersteigert, das nach ersten Untersuchungen mit grosser Wahrscheinlichkeit Georg Friedrich Händel darstellt.


Huge Investment To Renovate Sydney Opera’s Concert Hall

$202 million (€140 million) will be invested towards the renewal of the Sydney Opera House and specifically its largest theatre, the Concert Hall.

New Award For Conductors Named After Julius Rudel

The Mannes Orchestra at the Mannes College the New School for Music, announced the creation of a Julius Rudel Award for Conducting Studies, named after the American conductor who died in June 2014 at the age 93.

El Mundo

Mortier, sos Gardel

Un libro recopila las ‘Reflexiones sobre la ópera, el arte y la política’ de la mejor y más radical mente que se haya dedicado a la ópera en su generación.


Classical Today @ClassicalToday: Heartbroken Frank Peter Zimmerman Surrenders ‘Lady Inchiquin’ Strad to Financial Controllers

Classical:NEXT @ClassicalNEXT: RT @ruthmackenzie: “@hollandfestival: The programme 2015 has been announced. Featuring Anna Calvi in 12 Hour Prom. ” @klassikcom: Überbrückungskredit für Salzburger Festspiele  #Musikfestival #Kulturmanagement #Kulturpolitik

ECHO Klassik Photo: Monique Wuestenhagen / BVMI

ECHO Klassik
Photo: Monique Wuestenhagen / BVMI

(Written on February 25, 2015 )

The Telegraph

Opera being ruined by ‘useless quest for novelty’, says former Royal Opera House boss

Sir John Tooley, former general director of the Royal Opera House, says classics are being ruined by directors trying to do “something alternative at any price”

The Denver Post

Colorado Symphony cannabis concerts will go on, by invitation only

The Colorado Symphony Orchestra will go on with its “Classically Cannabis” concert series — changing the bring-your-own marijuana events to invitation-only fundraisers so they will not be construed as public events that potentially could break the law.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC National Orchestra of Wales announces its 2014-15 season

BBC National Orchestra of Wales has announced the details of its 2014-15 season, with Bryn Terfel joining the orchestra for St. David’s Day celebrations in 2015.

Classical Music Magazine

Thomas Hampson opens proceedings at Classical:NEXT

Do not be afraid to admit that classical music is art music and that it is enjoyed by the middle classes, but do fight to keep music in school classrooms ‒ that was the challenge delivered by singer and cultural campaigner Thomas Hampson in his keynote speech at the opening of Classical:NEXT, the 800 delegate classical congress in Vienna.

Classic FM Online

Nicola Benedetti, Murray Perahia and Andrew Lloyd Webber honoured at Royal College of Music

The star violinist spoke out against arts cuts as she received a fellowship from HRH The Prince of Wales at the Royal College of Music this morning, alongside Murray Perahia and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

New York Times

Philharmonic Transformation, From Members to Mission 

New York Philharmonic faces big orchestra hiring decisions

Die Zeit

Dirigent Valery GergievPutins Liebling

2015 soll Valery Gergiev Chefdirigent der Münchner Philharmoniker werden. Doch seine Freundschaft mit dem russischen Präsidenten irritiert. Was treibt ihn künstlerisch an? Eine Spurensuche in London und St. Petersburg.

Klassik Akzente

50 Fakten über Herbert von Karajan: Die Legende lebt, Teil 1/5

Herbert von Karajan und Deutsche Grammophon: 50 Jahre währte ihre Zusammenarbeit (1939-1989). Wir gedenken Karajans mit einer Sammlung von 50 Fakten, die jeder Fan kennen sollte.

Nordrhein-Westfalen bringt Kulturfördergesetz auf den Weg

In Nordrhein-Westfalen wird die Kulturförderung künftig wohl per Gesetz geregelt. Ein entsprechender Entwurf zu einem “Kulturfördergesetz” wurde am Dienstag vom Kabinett beschlossen, nach den Sommerferien soll dieser in den Landtag eingebracht werden.

Corriere della Sera

Jan Lisiecki, il giovanissimo pianista prodigio che ama Fryderyck Chopin

Lisiecki è in tour in Italia, a Milano alla Società del Quartetto, a Reggio Emilia, a Salerno, il 28 maggio conclude il suo tour a Roma, all’Accademia di Santa Cecilia

Classical Music on Twitter

CBSO Benevolent Fund ‏@CBSOBenevolent It’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and @HelpMusiciansUK offers some sound advice –

Faber & Faber ‏@FaberBooks Still time to send @Boosey_London your questions. They are hosting a twitter Q & A with Harrison Birtwistle tomorrow at 1.30 #AskBirtwistle

Classical:NEXT ‏@ClassicalNEXT Conference session 1 “Korean New Waves In Classical Music” currently underway in the MAK Lecture Hall.

LA Opera@LAOpera Maestro @JamesJConlon discusses classical music’s economic realities & what can be done in new @MusicalAmerica post

Joanne Lau@joannelaucomedy I don’t care if it’s breakfast. Listening to classical music while cooking makes me feel like Hannibal Lecter.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph


(Written on May 15, 2014 )

The Guardian

With George Benjamin’s Written on Skin, British opera takes a bold step into the future

George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s new opera, Written on Skin, is a landmark in British opera – and there’s more to come

LA Times

L.A. Opera drama: In minutes, Julie Makerov steps into lead role

There’s no shortage of drama in the Wagner opera “The Flying Dutchman,” a ghostly love story that opened at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Saturday.

The Economist

Beethoven with your beer

PERFORMING classical music at a dive bar that serves beer and hot dogs is an unusual concept. But Ensemble HD, a group of musicians from the Cleveland Orchestra, is packing out the city’s Happy Dog bar at their monthly live shows.

Classic FM

World’s largest tuba to be displayed in Frankfurt

Ever seen a tuba the size of a human? Brass-lovers in Germany will be able to do just that when the abnormally large instrument is displayed as part of the 2013 music trade fair.

New pitch-bending keyboard revealed at SXSW

Keyboard players can now bend the pitch of notes simply by the way they play, thanks to the Seaboard, a touch-sensitive instrument that’s making waves at South by Southwest festival in Texas this week.

Music Industry News Network

UK Music Asks Government To Show Us The Money

UK Music has uncovered a goldmine of Government-backed finance schemes which could potentially unlock millions of pounds to help fund a whole range of music companies from indie labels to recording studios.

Music Week

UK entertainment sales drop by 12% in 2012

Combined UK sales of music, video and games dropped 12% in 2012 despite the digital market exceeding £1bn for the first time, according to the Entertainment Retailers Association’s newly-published Yearbook.



Classic FM

(Written on March 12, 2013 )

The Independent

Composing an opera? It’s just child’s play, says Britain’s newest classical music prodigy

Having written her first sonata at the age of five, Alma Deutscher is, unavoidably, being likened to Mozart. Simon Usborne joins the audience

Classic FM

Mice capable of singing, scientific study says

Mice are capable of manipulating their vocal pitch depending on their setting and any surrounding mouse friends, a new study confirms.

Piano scores turned into dazzling visualisations

Piano works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Mozart, Liszt and more have been turned into incredible visualisations


Viola player Roger Tapping to join Juilliard String Quartet

Tapping replaces current Juilliard viola player Samuel Rhodes in September 2013


Choir of the Year grand finalists announced

The six choirs that will take part in the Grand Final of Choir of the Year 2012 on 28 October in the Royal Festival Hall, London, have been announced, following the four category finals held at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, on 6 October.

Breathing space for The Space as funding extended to March 2013

The Space, the digital arts service jointly developed by Arts Council England and the BBC, that brought many London 2012 Festival and the wider Cultural Olympiad events to a new audience of millions of the summer, is to be extended by an initial six months to March 2013.

Lord Lipsey defends conservatoire funding

The Labour peer Lord Lipsey has called on the government to recognise the importance of conservatoires to the British economy as funding is being reviewed in Whitehall.

Slipped Disc

Exclusive: LA police arrest man who ran amok at the Opera

Local media have failed to report the violent attacks at LA Opera by a young man who was out of control. Slipped Disc published an account by an eye-witness and there has been followup by the authorities.

New York Times

Saying ‘It’s Miraculous for Me,’ Levine Will Conduct Again at Met

James Levine is making a comeback.

The Independent

(Written on October 12, 2012 )

Classic FM

Delius study weekend celebrates 150th anniversary

A study weekend celebrating the 150th birthday of Frederick Delius is to take place at The British Library in September.

Domingo’s 140th opera role sparks Twitter competition

Plácido Domingo’s latest operatic role, his career 140th, has led to a Twitter-based competition from the LA Opera.

Arts Journal: Slipped Disc

Just in: Dudamel loses his #1 flute

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is crowing at having grabbed principal flute David Buck from the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Who’d appoint a choirboy to captain the national team?

England, for one.

Our new cricket captain, Alastair Cook, sang in the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral and won a scholarship to the associated school.

Wall Street Journal

In Turkey, One City Fine-Tunes Rules on Percussion Players

Miss a Beat and Get Drummed Out; ‘We Don’t Want Amateurs Here’

San Francisco Classical Voice

Klaus Heymann: Defy Labels, to Be the One

There was a time, not so long ago, that Klaus Heymann was accused of trying to destroy the classical music industry. That was around the same time that the world realized that Naxos, Heymann’s budget-record label, was not just another series of CDs in the bargain bin.


The Pitfalls of Carrying Musical Instruments on Planes

Cellist Recalls ‘State of Panic’ After Checking Instrument

Klaus Heymann – San Francisco Classical Voice

(Written on August 31, 2012 )


How An Opera House In France Is Turning Darkness Into Light.

Michael White on Lyon Opera.

Messiaen And His Birds: The Best Animal Species To Inspire Music?

Lucy Jones on the obsession and almost spiritual reverance in Messiaen that led to the creation of some of his greatest pieces of music.

A Book About Music That Strikes A Chord.

It’s not easy turning sonantas into sentences, but sharp writing can produce a magical spark, writes Jonathan Biss.

LA Times

Grant Gershon Named Resident Conductor Of LA Opera.

Grant Gershon will be expanding his duties at Los Angeles Opera when he takes on the position of resident conductor starting July 1, the company announced on Monday.

The Guardian

Bellini. I Just Don’t Get It, Norma Or No Norma…

I need help. What is there apart from empty rumty-tum, trivial jollity – well, and the odd good tune – in Bellini’s bel canto operas? Tom Service writes.

New Yorker

Seven Decades Of Desert Island Discs.

A celebration on the birthday of the Radio 4 castaway show.





(Written on January 31, 2012 )

LA Times

L.A. Opera Makes Early $7-Million Payment On Country Loan.

Plácido Domingo and other leaders of Los Angeles Opera appeared before the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to announce that the company has paid back $7 million of the $14 million emergency loan it received in 2009.

Blue Whale Turns Over Its Wednesdays To L.A. Jazz Collective.

Every Wednesday evening will be given over to the music of three composer/instrumentalists in the Los Angeles Jazz Collective. via LA Times

Opera America Awards Audience Development Grants To 16 Opera Companies.

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, has announced that it has awarded nearly $200,000 in Audience Development grants, as part of The Opera Fund, to 16 U.S. opera companies.

San Antonio Express-News via LA Times

S.A. Opera Cancels ‘Don Giovanni’.

Money woes have prompted a restructuring.

BBC News

Artist Director Responds To Kim Novak Vertigo Claim.

The director of The Artist has defended using music from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo in his Oscar-tipped film after a complaint from its star Kim Novak.

Placido Domingo And Simon Rattle Win Israeli Wolf Prize.

Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo has become the first vocal artist to win Israel’s prestigious Wolf Prize for the arts, organisers have announced.

New York Times

Washington National Opera To Present ‘Ring’ Cycle In 2016.

The company announced on Tuesday that it would present the complete Wagner “Ring” cycle that it had commissioned with the San Francisco Opera but suspended because of money problems.

A Last-Minute Substitution For ‘Faust’.

The tenor Roberto Alagna is stepping in for an ailing Joseph Calleja in the title role of “Faust,” by Gounod, at the Metropolitan Opera on Monday evening.

The Guardian

The Enchanted Island: The Isle Is Full Of Mash-Ups.

A new opera, made from chopped-up bits of baroque music and The Tempest, is about to hit UK cinemas. Its creator Jeremy Sams relives a labour of love.

Portrait Of The Artist: Thomas Allen.

‘Opera can be a difficult thing to understand: shouting, albeit in a musical way, is an odd way to express oneself’.


(Written on January 11, 2012 )

BBC Music Magazine

Composer Turns To Twitter For Lyrics. 

New choral piece to use lyrics submitted by Twitter users.

LA Times

John Williams And Steven Spielberg Mark 40 Years Of Collaboration.

Since a fateful lunch in 1972, the composer and director have collaborated on ‘Jaws’, ‘E.T.’, ‘War Horse’ and more than 20 others. Up next: ‘Lincoln’.

LA Opera Gets Onboard With Pacific Standard Time.

Los Angeles Opera is teaming up with the Getty this month for Pacific Standard Time, the region-wide festival focusing on the development of Southern California’s art scene during the 20th century.

The Daily Mail

Saints Come Marching In.

Broadway musical the Book of Mormon is set to arrive in the UK next year.

New York Times

How About Some More New Stuff?

A call for more new music from the New York Philharmonic.

Bold But Undersung Talents.

Leonard Shure and Henri Temianka’s Beethoven Sonatas.

Alexis Weissenberg, Pianist Of Fire, Dies At 82.

Alexis Weissenberg, a charismatic Bulgarian-born pianist died on Sunday in Lugano, Switzerland. He was 82.



(Written on January 10, 2012 )