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Esa-Pekka Salonen: 10 tips to becoming a conductor

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s career took off when he stood in at the last minute for a sick conductor when he was just 25. Almost 25 years later, he was recently named conductor of the year

The Guardian

Maria Callas: Google gives singer a solo

The 90th anniversary of the legendary soprano’s birth is marked in the latest Google doodle

Why there’s nothing wrong with being bored by opera

Do you find opera tedious? Do bits of Shakespeare send you to sleep? Well, you’re not alone. David Hare, Julian Barnes and John Eliot Gardiner talk to John Crace about the importance of being bored

ABC News

Homeless Man’s Music Moves Listeners to Tears at a Thrift Store

A homeless man who says he cannot read music and has had no formal musical training has stunned staff and customers at a Vancouver second hand store with his virtuoso piano playing

Fast Company

How This Group Of London Hackers Made Musical Instruments From Converse All Stars

What do you get when you put a crowd of creative Londoners in a garage with DIY speaker kits and Converse All Stars sneakers? Musical instruments made from Chucks

The Wall Street Journal

Music to Really Young Ears

New York Philharmonic’s Concerts Cater to Toddler Set

The Independent

Classical and pop audiences can mix

There’s nothing wrong with trying to make classical music more accessible to younger audiences

The Globe and Mail

Why Rufus Wainwright is turning a Roman emperor into a COC opera

On Monday, the Canadian Opera Company will announce that that opera – simply titled Hadrian– with a libretto by Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor will have its world premiere as the opening production of the COC’s 2018 mainstage season at the Four Seasons Centre

Die Welt

Maria Callas – Inbegriff der dramatischen Sängerin

Maria Callas brachte es vom griechischen Einwandererkind in New York zum Megastar der Klassik. Nur in der Liebe hatte sie kein Glück: Der Reeder Onassis betrog sie, Filmemacher Pasolini war schwul

BBC News

BBC News

(Written on December 2, 2013 )

Arts Beat, New York Times

Abbado, Blaming Health Problem, Cancels Plans for Japan Concerts

Citing ill health, Italian conductor Claudio Abbado has canceled plans for a series of concerts in Japan with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra — including one at an inflatable concert hall in Matsushima that was to be dedicated to a region recovering from the 2011 earthquake.

Annie Proulx Writes Libretto for ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Opera

Author of  Brokeback Mountain will turn her short story into the libretto for Charles Wuorinen’s opera.

Pacific Standard

Playing Prokofiev is a Pain:  The Physical Toll of Being a Musician

A new study from Australia finds working as an orchestral musician takes an intense physical toll.  It reports 84% of professional orchestral musicians in that nation have experienced “performance-impairing pain” at some point, and 50% were experiencing symptoms at the time of the survey.

BBC News

Does music in the workplace help or hinder?

Police in England and Wales paid £660,952 for licences so staff could listen to music in offices in the past year, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. But does music played at work help or hinder employees, asks Vanessa Barford.

Liverpool choirboy Jack Topping, 11, lands record deal

Choirboy is the youngest person to be signed by the Decca label who turned down the Beatles and will release his debut album in November.

Times

Sir Simon Rattle tipped to take top job with the LSO

Sir Simon Rattle’s performance as he conducted Mr Bean and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Opening Ceremony of the London Games last year may be a hint of things to come after he steps down from the Berlin Philharmonic in 2017.

Classic FM Online

Opera-singing hot dog vendor is sacked

A hot dog salesman in Kansas who is famous for his unique opera-singing style of salesmanship has been sacked.

The Telegraph

Film composers: a director’s best friend

“Hitchcock only finishes a picture 60 per cent,” the composer Bernard Herrmann liked to say. “I have to finish it for him.” As the BBC begins its Sound of the Cinema season, Sean Macaulay celebrates the fine art of the film composer.

Der Tagesspiegel

Fluch der Gießkanne

Berlins Freie Szene braucht neue Fördermodelle und klare kulturpolitische Bekenntnisse. Das ist nicht schwierig – und auch nicht teuer.

BBC News

BBC News

 

(Written on September 12, 2013 )

The Guardian

Happy 125th birthday, Concertgebouw

Amsterdam’s world-class orchestra and concert hall celebrate their 125th anniversary this week. Tom Service explains why the hall’s famously perfect acoustics create unexpected challenges for its players.

 

The Guardian

RPS awards: Stockhausen’s helicopters and the Guardian’s Tom Service

Nominations for the classical music industry’s most respected annual gongs, the Royal Philharmonic Society awards, have been announced

 

The Telegraph

David Mitchell on his ‘bonkers’ new 3D opera Sunken Garden

The novelist David Mitchell speaks to Sameer Rahim about writing the libretto for a spectacular occult-mystery-film-opera, Sunken Garden.

 

Classic FM

Soprano Julia Lezhneva on her fairytale career so far 

The talented 23-year-old soprano shares the highlights of her career so far with John Brunning, and talks passionately about Baroque vocal music.

 

Gramophone

Rosenblatt Recitals founder announces new summer music festival

Branscombe Festival will run from July 26-28, 2013.

 

Classical Music Magazine

Richard Hallam takes up ISM presidency

The Incorporated Society of Musicians has formally announced the appointment of music education specialist Richard Hallam as its president, an appointment which will last one year. Hallam takes over from choral conductor Suzi Digby.

 

Plunet Hugill

The first piano in England

In 1749 an English engineer called John Grundy visited Charles Jennens’ house, Gopsall Hall in Leicestershire. In his travel diary he describes the interior, with the particularly grand music room complete with stucco ceiling and carved marble fireplace…

 

interior of the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

The Guardian

(Written on April 12, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Online piano star Valentina Lisitsa gets Royal Albert Hall debut

YouTube star and and virtuoso pianist Valentina Lisitsa signs record deal and will play a concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Jessica Duchen

A Music World Fair

This year’s International Wimbledon Music Festival is ‘A Music World Fair’ – a tremendously international job, lighting up South West London with performances by the Kopelman String Quartet, Alina Ibragimova, Nicholas Daniel and Sam West, Christine Brewer, Zuill Bailey, Cristina Ortiz, Mark Padmore and many more.

NY Times

Philadelphia Orchestra Submits Plan to Cut Debt

The Philadelphia Orchestra has laid out its plan to erase debts and cut costs in a major step toward exiting bankruptcy court.

The Guardian

King Priam, a pacifist’s opera, can still shed light on the trauma of war

Half a century after its first showing, Michael Tippett’s libretto based on the lliad is a fitting work for today.

Fischer-Dieskau’s 12 best recordings

Martin Kettle’s pick of the great baritone’s recorded output.

LA Times

Glenn Dicterow leaving New York Philharmonic, joining USC faculty

Glenn Dicterow, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for more than 30 years, will be leaving the venerated orchestra and joining the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.

New West Symphony names Marcelo Lehninger as new music director

Marcelo Lehninger, the young Brazilian German maestro who serves as an assistant conductor for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has been named music director of the New West Symphony, which is based in Thousand Oaks.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical singles chart greeted with scepticism by industry

The launch of a weekly classical singles chart, the first of which will be released on 28 May, has been greeted enthusiastically by crossover artists but more sceptically by the core classical sector.

Gramophone

Anne-Sophie Mutter receives Distinguished Leadership Award

Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has been awarded the Atlantic Council’s 2012 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award, recognising her as ‘one of the most significant leaders of our society’.

(Written on May 25, 2012 )