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In today’s news: Mass resignation of the Presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Outrage as St Sepulchre’s stops taking bookings from musicians, and what tune does Big Ben chime? Bebersee Festival to open with family concert, Dudamel’s tour in Venezuela has been cancelled, and Andreas Ambühl has to give up music career.

The Times

La Scala’s Riccardo Chailly: how to run an opera house with a diva of an audience

Riccardo Chailly, music director of La Scala, explains how he handles the heckles at home, as his orchestra prepares to play the Proms

International Piano

Yamaha announces best-ever piano upgrade bonus

Yamaha has announced details of its annual piano upgrade promotion, which offers the company’s best ever part-exchange deals.

Apollo

Mass resignation of the Presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities

In a letter sent on Friday, all the remaining members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities resigned in protest at President Donald Trump’s refusal to condemn far-right protests in Charlottesville.

Classical Music Magazine

Outrage as St Sepulchre’s stops taking bookings from musicians

The church, where Sir Henry Wood is buried, is regularly used by ensembles such as the London Youth Choir and City Chorus, but will close its hiring programme from 2018.

Classic FM

What tune does Big Ben chime? And everything else you wanted to know about the country’s most famous bell

Before it’s silenced for four years because of restoration work, we’re delving into the history of the most famous clock tower – and bell – in the world

Limelight

Massenet, The Nose and Meistersinger headline OA’s 2018

Stars on offer include Nicole Car, Jessica Pratt, Leo Nucci, Ferruccio Furlanetto, John Tomlinson and Michael Fabiano.

Broadway World

Following Casting Controversy; Albee Estate Proves Diversity Is Allowed

As BroadwayWorld reported in May, controversy recently erupted over an Oregon production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Shoebox Theatre director Michael Streeter posted the below statement after receiving news from the Edward Albee estate.

Klassik Heute

Das Bebersee Festival eröffnet mit einem Familienkonzert

Das 15. Bebersee Festival eroöffnet in Kürze mit Beethoven und Goldberg-Variationen.

Musik Heute

Nach Maduro-Kritik: Venezuela streicht Tour von Stardirigent Dudamel

Caracas – Nach seiner Kritik an Staatschef Nicolás Maduro hat Venezuelas Regierung eine für September geplante Tour des Stardirigenten Gustavo Dudamel mit dem nationalen Jugendorchester gestrichen.

Codex Flores

Tinnitus beendet Berufsmusikerkarriere

In ungewöhnlicher Offenheit kommuniziert das Ensemble Tritonus über das Karrierende seines Mitglieds Andreas Ambühl – wegen eines unerträglich gewordenen Tinnitus.

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Classical Music Magazine: Photo credit: Making Music

(Written on August 22, 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.

Pizzicato

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

Rhinegold Publishing

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.

Pizzicato

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

Twitter

Opera Now: La Scala

(Written on July 18, 2017 )

Scottish tenor Nicky Spence has enlisted some of the brightest stars from the world of opera to cycle the length of the UK, from Glasgow all the way to London. Nine opera singers will cycle over 500 miles in eight days. The team includes Ailish Tynan, Nicky Spence, Mary Bevan, Louise Alder, and many other artists from The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, The Metropolitan Opera New York and La Scala.

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Kicking off at the Scottish Opera Headquarters in Glasgow on 24th July, the tour will be celebrated with performances from some of the cyclists alongside the young people of The Scottish Opera Connect Company. Throughout the journey the cyclists will take part in a series of special events, visiting some unique musical landmarks and communities both from major cities and from further afield. The goal is to raise £25,000 in aid of Help Musicians UK, a charity that supports musicians in need.

The challenging journey will take the artists along the following routes:

24 July – Glasgow to Biggar

25 July – Biggar to Hawick

26 July – Hawick to Newcastle

27 July – Newcastle to York

28 July – York to Manchester

29 July – Manchester to Birmingham

30 July – Birmingham to Oxford

31 July – Oxford to London

(Written on June 28, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, European Union Youth Orchestra announces to cease operations from 1 September 2016, opera shows diverse incarnations in New York festival and the Pianist producer Gene Gutowski dies aged 90. Also, Yo-Yo Ma gets a Galician bagpipe and a violin to make beautiful music and Opera Philadelphia shows how to bring young audience to their productions.

European Youth Orchestra

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016

The European Union Youth Orchestra, a world renowned institution celebrating its fortieth year as a cultural ambassador for the EU, is to cease operations from September 2016 due to a lack of funding from the European Union.

Daily Mail

In New York festival, opera shows diverse incarnations

New York is famous for the Metropolitan Opera but the city is home to more than 50 smaller opera companies, performing everywhere from parks to bars to private homes.

BBC News

The Pianist producer Gene Gutowski dies aged 90

Gene Gutowski, a Polish-US Holocaust survivor who produced Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, has died at the age of 90.

Classical-music.com

How to win BBC Young Musician

2014 competition winner Martin James Bartlett gives this year’s finalists some advice

Public Radio International

How Yo-Yo Ma gets a Galician bagpipe and a violin to make beautiful music together

Yo-Yo Ma doesn’t wait for musicians to come collaborate with him. He sends scouts around the world to find them.

The Bucks Herald

Help needed to solve Second World War mystery of hidden trombone

A historic trombone which was hidden by members of the Buckinghamshire Batallion during the Second World War is still shrouded in mystery, and historians need your help to solve it.

Billy Penn

Almost half of Opera Philly’s audience is under 35: Here’s how they did it

Opera Philadelphia is not your average opera company.

WQXR

New Version of ‘Appalachian Spring’ Completes What Copland Began

When Aaron Copland composed the ballet Appalachian Spring for Martha Graham’s eponymous company, he wrote the work for a 13-piece chamber orchestra. In May, a new full-orchestral version will receive its world premiere.

Codex flores

Tod des österreichischen Geigers Klaus Maetzl

Klaus Maetzl, Mitgründer des Alban-Berg-Quartetts und von 1967 bis 1970 Konzertmeister der Wiener Symphoniker, ist im Alter von 75 Jahren verstorben.

Musik heute

Riccardo Muti nach zwölf Jahren wieder an der Scala

Der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Muti tritt zwölf Jahre nach seinem stürmischen Abschied wieder an der Mailänder Scala auf.

nmz

Oper trifft Broadway – Salzburger Pfingstfestpiele zeigen Musical

Ein Musical bei den Salzburger Festspielen? Das hat es noch nie gegeben. Doch dieses Jahr ist es soweit, wenn die Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele am 13. Mai mit Leonard Bernsteins Broadway-Klassiker «West Side Story» starten.

Stereo

High End 2016: weniger Publikum, mehr Fachbesucher

Trotz des schönen Wetters besuchten 19.490 Menschen die High End 2016 – das sind 6 % weniger als im Vorjahr.

Deutscher Musikrat

Musik macht Heimat

Der „Tag der Musik“, eine bundesweite Initiative des Deutschen Musikrates, setzt ein Zeichen für den Schutz und die Förderung der Kulturellen Vielfalt in Deutschland und betont den hohen Wert der Musik.

Twitter

Bamberg Symphony @bambergsymphony #funfact about Valentin Uryupin: He is almost 7 feet (around 2 meters), the podium was taken out especially for his turn #TheMahlerCompetition

EUYO @EUYOtweets Youth to cease operations from 1 September 2016 http://bit.ly/1TcmI34

KulturPort.De @kultur_port_de – Kent Nagano und die Suche nach inhaltlicher Wahrheit in der Musik

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016. Photo: www.euyo.eu

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016. Photo: www.euyo.eu

(Written on May 12, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, English National Opera defends the need for cuts, The China National Traditional Orchestra seeks young fans for classical music and Kasper Holten has announced he is to leave ROH. Also, the British Composer Award winners are revealed and the opening night of the opera season at La Scala ends in disharmony

The Washington Post

Chinese orchestra seeks young fans for classical music

The China National Traditional Orchestra is fighting a battle familiar to anyone who performs classical music: getting young people to enjoy their art

BBC News

Royal Opera boss Kasper Holten steps down

Kasper Holten, the Royal Opera House’s (ROH) director of opera, has announced he is to leave the company at the end of March 2017 and return to Denmark

The Guardian

Opera season’s opening night at La Scala ends in disharmony

Behind-the-scenes recording after production of Verdi’s Joan of Arc reveals ugly spat between director Moshe Leiser and conductor Riccardo Chailly

The Telegraph

English National Opera defends need for cuts after opera heavyweights complain

English National Opera insists it must make cuts somewhere after being criticised by high-profile figures in the arts

M Magazine

British Composer Award winners revealed

Composers Michael Finnissy and Julian Anderson received two awards each at the 13th British Composers Awards (BCAs) ceremony, which also welcomed five first-time winners

FAZ

Was erlauben Hermanis?

Alvis Hermanis war an Europas Theatern ein gerngesehener Regisseur. Bis er dem Thalia Theater absagte, weil ihm die deutsche Flüchtlingspolitik missbehagt. Jetzt gilt er als Rassist. Zurecht?

Pizzicato

Chailly will « vergessene » italienische Opern an der Scala aufführen

Mit ‘Giovanna d´Arco’ hat der Musikdirektor der Mailänder Scala, Riccardo Chailly, die Saison 2015/16 eröffnet. Im Interview mit der Tageszeitung ‘Corriere della Sera’ sagte der Dirigent, er wolle in Zukunft « vergessene » Opern von Giuseppe Verdi an die Scala zurückbringen

Klassik.com

Konzertsaal München: Musikrat kritisiert geplanten Standort

Der Bayerische Musikrat hat den geplanten Standort des neuen Münchener Konzertsaals im Werksviertel am Ostbahnhof der Stadt als ungeeignet kritisiert. Die Umgebung trage internationalen Maßstäben an einen Spitzenkonzertsaal aus seiner Sicht nicht im erwarteten Umfang Rechnung, erklärte Präsident Thomas Goppel

The New York Times

The Best Classical Music of 2015

The classical music team of The New York Times shares its picks for the best performances of the year

San Francisco Classical Voice

Lisa Bielawa’s Vireo wins 2015 ASCAP Multimedia Award

Lisa Bielawa’s new opera, Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser, recently won the ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Multimedia Award, given in recognition for the opera’s “outstanding inter-related components”

Twitter

Spectator Culture:@CultureHouse Royal Opera’s Cavalleria rusticana isn’t nearly vulgar enough http://specc.ie/1NdwIpP

Campaign:@Campaignmag Listen to the 10 best radio ads of 2015 #CampaignAnnual http://bit.ly/1U6IK76  @Radiocentre

Royal College Music:@RCMLondon We’re thrilled to have been awarded £3.6m from @heritagelottery to redevelop the RCM #Museum http://bit.ly/1U6Izss

Kasper Holton/ The Guardian

Kasper Holton/ The Guardian

(Written on December 10, 2015 )

Classical News

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

Klassik.com

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

El arte de la fuga

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

Twitter

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 )

Classical News

In today’s news, pianist Davide Martello performers outside the Bataclan in Paris and La Scala had to cancel the ballet ‘L’histore de Manon’ due to a technicians’ strike. Also, conductor Alondra de la Parra is to be Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s first music director and the London Philharmonic Orchestra joins Classical Live

Classic FM

A pianist’s spontaneous performance outside the Bataclan concert hall becomes one of the most shared responses to the Paris attacks

German pianist Davide Martello took to his piano after the attacks in the city which have left at least 129 people dead

Classical Music Magazine

Strike at La Scala

A technicians’ strike on 12 November forced La Scala to cancel the first night of Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon

International Arts Manager

Alondra de la Parra joins QSO as music director

Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) has appointed Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra as its first ever music director. She will combine the roles of chief conductor, artistic director and community arts leader

Classical Music Magazine

‘The quality of the music-making is second to none’: MFY Proms 2015

Thousands of young musicians from across the UK will gather in the Royal Albert Hall on 23, 24 and 25 November 2015 to participate in the Music for Youth Proms

Classical Source

London Philharmonic Orchestra joins Classical Live offering exclusive recordings on Google Play

London Philharmonic Orchestra joins Classical Live – a collaboration of some of the world’s leading Orchestras – releasing three brand new recordings through Google Play Music to 58 countries

Gramophone

Robert Craft, Stravinsky expert, conductor and author, has died

Robert Craft, whose name is inextricably linke to that of Igor Stravinsky, has died aged 92.

Klassik Heute

Salzburger Festival “Dialoge” für neue Musik mit dem Motto “Zeit”

Das Mozarteum Salzburg veranstaltet vom 25. bis 29. November wieder das Festival Dialoge mit dem Schwerpunk auf zeitgenössischer Musik. Es steht unter dem Motto „Zeit“

NMZ

Nach Terror in Paris: Konzertabsagen und Ratlosigkeit

So mancher Konzertbesucher dürfte nach dem Terroranschlag von Paris künftig ein mulmiges Gefühl haben. Doch für Sicherheit könne nur der Staat sorgen, sagt Konzertveranstalter Marek Lieberberg

Codex Flores

Markus Huber bleibt GMD in Pforzheim

Der Vertrag von Markus Huber als Generalmusikdirektor der Badischen Philharmonie Pforzheim wurde bis 2020 verlängert. Damit fungiert er auch unter der neuen Intendanz von Thomas Münstermann als Musikalischer Leiter des Theaters Pforzheim

El Pais

La canción de los suicidas

Es un mito que convendría liquidar: seguro que han oído hablar de la canción húngara que tenía el poder de empujar al suicidio, tanto en la versión original —Szomorú vasárnap, es decir, Triste domingo—como traducida a otros idiomas

El Mundo

Paco de Lucía, guitarra ‘cum laude’

La Universidad de Cádiz homenajea al artista en su ciudad natal, Algeciras, en presencia de su primera esposa, su hija y su hermano

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews : Performing sculpture: Calder’s mobile comes in for a hammering

Classic FM@ClassicFM : This is music history, according to cats: http://classfm.co/D2p08L

Alondra de la Parra/International Arts Manager

Alondra de la Parra/International Arts Manager

(Written on November 16, 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 )

Classical News

Guardian

Mid-concert selfie stage invasions – hasn’t Dvorák suffered enough?

What punishment for the narcissist who leapt on the Royal Festival Hall stage to take a selfie during Dvořák’s New World symphony? If only life were like the Simpsons…

Classic FM

Why does music give us chills? Eric Whitacre and his Singers put on a concert to find out

Our favourite dashing-blonde choral conductor and his choir turned guinea pigs in a huge experiment looking at the health benefits of singing in (and even just listening to) a choir. There were electrodes, latex gloves and LOTS of saliva…

Classical Music Magazine

Censorship claims in US after youth orchestra cancels composer’s Nazi-quoting new work

A censorship row is brewing in New York after the New York Youth Symphony announced it would not be performing a piece commissioned through its own young composer competition, after being alerted to the work’s quotation of a Nazi anthem.

Classical Source

Aldeburgh Music in negotiations to purchase Snape Maltings

The owners of Snape Maltings, the Gooderham family, have announced today that they are in the final stages of negotiation with Aldeburgh Music for the sale of the site’s freehold and commercial portfolio.

Wired

Italian opera embraces tech to reach new audiences

Until now, La Scala has long kept many of its inner workings a closely guarded secret — but with opera struggling to attract younger audiences, it is turning to technology to promote openness and broaden its appeal.

Zeit Online

Putins Afterhour

In Russland wird Kulturförderung noch ernst genommen! Wladimir Putin ist inzwischen sogar in Besitz eines eigenen Kreml-DJs. Was sagt uns das?

concerti

„Silber gehört zum guten Ton“

Das C. Bechstein Sterling Grand Piano – inspired by Robbe & Berking

pizzicato

Wegen Zitat aus Nazihymne aus dem Programm genommen…

Das ‘New York Youth Symphony’ hat eine Auftragskomposition aus dem Programm genommen, weil das Werk des 21-jährigen amerikanischen Komponisten Jonas Tarm ein Zitat der Nazihymne (Horst Wessel-Lied) enthält.

Gasteig-Affäre: Junge Musiker rufen zu Protestkundgebung in München auf

Ignorante Politiker bekommen wieder eine Ohrfeige: Für Samstag, 07.03.2015 um 11:00 Uhr ruft das Chor- und Orchesterensemble ‘MünchenKlang’ stellvertretend für junge Nachwuchsensembles am Münchner Odeonsplatz zu einer Kundgebung gegen die Entscheidung der Bayerischen Staatsregierung, kein neues Konzerthaus für München zu bauen, auf.

El Mundo

Un genio de la música en el instituto

El compositor estonio, protagonista de la ‘Carta Blanca’ que le brinda la Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, conversa, escucha y canta con los alumnos del Lope de Vega de Madrid.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3@BBCRadio3: With #womensday on Sunday, our final interview with @EricaJong is on now. Today music by Rachmaninov + Lili Boulanger http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b014r87y …

Music Teacher@MusicTeacherMag: @GarethMalone is made ambassador for Music for All and the @LearntoPlayDay http://tinyurl.com/6rht9rf 

Prolific North ‏@ProlificNorth: .@ClassicFM to broadcast from Liverpool to mark Philharmonic anniversary http://www.prolificnorth.co.uk/?p=45783  @liverpoolphil

playopenerItalian opera embraces tech to reach new audiences. Photo: Mattia Balsamini/Wired

(Written on March 6, 2015 )

It was reported by the Guardian yesterday (17th December 2014) that the famous Milan opera house, La Scala, has introduced a 5 minute grace period to allow latecomers to take their seats, not because it disrupts the performance, but because they are becoming increasingly angry at the ushers. In practice, this will mean that the performance will start 5 minutes later than the scheduled time. La Scala is well known for being strict about latecomers, with some audience members having to wait for up to 85 minutes for an appropriate break to slip in. Indeed, the Guardian notes that the only known exception was in 1972 when Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were 10 minutes late for the opening night of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. Paolo Grassi, the head of opera at the time, commented about the incident that ‘late arrivals at La Scala are not allowed.’

La Scala

Photograph: REUTERS/Brescia/Amisano

Sure, if someone has bought a ticket to one of the most prestigious opera venues in the world, one can understand why they would want to ensure they had the full experience: the lights dimming, the anticipation in the air, the first notes of the overture and the curtain finally rising. But, VIP or not, is this really an excuse for aggression towards employees? I’m not sure ‘excuse’ and ‘aggression’ should ever be in the same sentence. The Royal Opera House advises those attending to arrive 30 minutes before the performance begins and, as in most venues, provides 10 minute, 5 minute and 2 minute warnings until the start.  With all this information, it is not the ushers’ fault that someone is late. Equally, if you had secured a highly in demand La Scala ticket, one would assume you would ensure you arrived on time? With circumstances beyond our control such as the weather or traffic, it may not even be the latecomer’s fault, but that is still no reason for rudeness.

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Photograph: EPA

Furthermore, if opera goers are aware of this grace period, it runs the risk of not eliminating the problem but merely delays the problem five minutes later than before. On the other hand, as one commenter (ID2665677) on the article points out, the first 5 minutes are often taken up by the entrance of the orchestra and tuning up anyway so, in this case, where is the harm in allowing admissions during this time?

If the new measures do stop ushers from being made to feel uncomfortable then it has my blessing, it’s just sad that it is necessary.

What do you think? Tweet us your opinions @WildKatPR

 

(Written on December 18, 2014 )