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In today’s classical news, Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky has announced on his website that he will be withdrawing from opera performances from now on. Renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim opens a project that marks the culmination of the leading musician and conductor’s life’s work in bringing together musicians from the Middle East. London Philharmonic Orchestra has launched the LPO Junior Artists Programme in a bid to promote diversity and inclusion. Also, the 17-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has been given a lifelong loan of a 1610 Amati cello.

Opera Now Magazine

Hvorostovsky withdraws from opera ‘for the foreseeable future’

Dmitri Hvorostovsky has announced that he is withdrawing from opera performances ‘for the foreseeable future’.

The Guardian

Daniel Barenboim opens Berlin music academy for Middle East students

Composer says school, which will take in 90 new talents from the region each year, is ‘attempt at creating peace through music’.

Music Teacher Magazine

London Philharmonic Orchestra launches LPO Junior Artists Programme

The London Philharmonic Orchestra has launched the LPO Junior Artists Programme in a bid to promote diversity and inclusion.


17-year-old musician given lifelong loan of 1610 Amati cello

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who won the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year award in May, has been given a lifelong loan of a 1610 Amati cello.

The Strad

Violinist Amalia Hall named Orchestra Wellington concertmaster

The 27-year-old New Zealand-born artist will join the ensemble from its first subscription concert in May next year.


Erste Teile des Mailänder Ricordi-Archivs übers Internet einsehbar

Tausende Dokumente der italienischen Operngeschichte sind ab sofort über das Internet einsehbar. Nach mehrjähriger Vorarbeit ist ein erster Teil des „Archivio Storico Ricordi“ in Mailand für die Öffentlichkeit nutzbar.

Der Tagesspiegel

Zuhören ist die größte Kunst

Daniel Barenboim feiert den Geburtstag von Michael Naumann, hält Lobreden auf Deutschland und betont am Tag ihrer Eröffnung, dass die Akademie keine Friedensengel ausbilde.

Musik Heute

“Madama Butterfly” im TV mit Zuschauerrekord

Die Liveübertragung von Giacomo Puccinis “Madama Butterfly” aus der Mailänder Scala hat am Mittwochabend die höchste Einschaltquote erreicht, die je bei einer Opernübertragung im italienischen Fernsehen verzeichnet worden ist. 12,5 Millionen Italiener verfolgten die Premierenvorstellung zur Eröffnung der neuen Spielzeit.

Leipziger Grundschule soll nach Dirigent Kurt Masur benannt werden

Der im vergangenen Dezember verstorbene Dirigent Kurt Masur soll Namenspate einer Leipziger Grundschule werden. Sozialbürgermeister Thomas Fabian zufolge habe die Schule nach intensiver Beschäftigung mit Masur und seinen Idealen ein Konzept entwickelt, wie die Bezugnahme auf Kurt Masur im Schulalltag konkretisiert werden kann.

Bariton Dmitri Hvorostovsky muss pausieren

Der russische Bariton Dmitri Hvorostovsky kann bis auf weiteres nicht an Opernbühnen auftreten. Krankheitsbedingte Gleichgewichtsprobleme stehen Auftritten in Operninszenierungen entgegen.


Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Christian Thielemann joins London’s Royal Academy #ClassicalMusic

Classical Music News @ClassicalMusic Jonas Kaufmann cancels his last date of the year #ClassicalMusic

Music History @today_classical #Today in 1967 Birth of American violinist @JoshuaBellMusic 🎂 Best wishes! #MusicHistory #classicalmusic


Photo: Pavel Antonov

(Written on December 9, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the ENO announces Glenn Close as star in Sunset Boulevard, and ‘Happy Birthday’ is ruled out of copyright. Also, The Guardian reveals career tips for opera singers, and reports on Met director Bartlett Sher’s decision not to use blackface in his new production of Otello


‘Happy Birthday’ ruled out of copyright

The company collecting royalties to ‘Happy Birthday To You’ does not hold a valid copyright to the song, a US federal judge has ruled

The Telegraph

Glenn Close to make West End debut in Sunset Boulevard

English National Opera announces Glenn Close to star in semi-staged production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard

The Guardian

Career tips for opera singers

From selecting a teacher to cultivating your vocal strength, four opera singers offer some sound advice

The Guardian

Decision to scrap blackface from Otello not complicated, says Met director

Bartlett Sher says the cultural implications in the US made its use ‘completely unthinkable’ despite its persistence in performances of Verdi’s opera

Classic FM

Classic FM extends partnership with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

RLPO principal conductor Vasily Petrenko spoke to Classic FM’s Jane Jones backstage at the Royal Albert Hall about extending the partnership between the orchestra and the UK’s favourite classical music radio station.

Auszeichnung für soziales und kulturelles Engagement wird erstmals vergeben

Komponistenverband ehrt ehemaligen Bundesinnenminister Gerhart Baum

neuen musikzeitung

Musik-Dienst Deezer plant Börsengang

Der Musik-Streamingdienst Deezer setzt noch vor dem Marktführer Spotify zum Börsengang an.

Die Zeit

„Happy Birthday“ ist Allgemeingut

Ein US-Gericht hat klargestellt, dass das Urheberrecht an dem weltweit bekannten Geburtstagskind ungültig ist. Ein Musikkonzern hatte die Rechte seit 1988 beansprucht.

The New York Times

San Francisco Opera picks Matthew Shilvock, an insider, to be its leader

The San Francisco Opera mounted a 10-month international search to find a general director to succeed David Cockily when he steps down after this season.

Le Parisien

Chassol, la Martinique pour partition

Chez Chassol, pianiste inventif se promenant entre pop, jazz et musique concrète, la vidéo constitue la matière première dont il use pour composer une musique hypnotique et rendre hommage à ses origines martiniquaises.


Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_  :@BBCRadio3 to air the premiere live broadcast of @maxrichtermusic‘s SLEEP: 

Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic  :The latest #OperaStrip gives #Stravinsky‘s The Rake’s Progress the graphic novel treatment: 

BBC Radio 3 ‏@BBCRadio3  :”…music is an illusion of a better world.” La Divina Maria Callas speaking in 1958: 

News 23rd Sep

Lloyd Webber and Glenn Close rehearsing Sunset Boulevard for the Los Angeles and New York production of the show which went onto win 7 Tony awards/The Telegraph


(Written on September 23, 2015 )

Classic FM

Katherine Jenkins collects OBE at Buckingham Palace

Katherine Jenkins has been awarded her OBE for services to music and charity work, celebrating her ten years in the music industry, and her fundraising efforts.

The Telegraph

Cavemen’s ‘rock’ music makes a comeback

French National Orchestra concerts will show off prehistoric stone chimes, known as lithophones, used to make music by cave dwellers.

Celebrating the organ: jazz’s most unlikely instrument?

As the Royal Festival Hall unveils its grand organ after a six-year refurbishment, Ivan Hewett heralds jazz music’s versatile friend.

The Times

Youngest conductor takes the baton

Sir Simon Rattle was 22 when he was first invited to conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Ilyich Rivas, who made his debut with the orchestra last week, was 20.

The National

Abu Dhai School Orchestra makes its debut

The Abu Dhabi School Orchestra will make history tomorrow as it performs its debut concert. The Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) established the student orchestra in partnership with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, whose conductor and musical director has spent the past nine months visiting Abu Dhabi schools

BBC News

Malaysian music festival cancelled after death at event

The final day of the Future Music Festival in Malaysia has been cancelled following a death at the event.

New York Times

Mitch Leigh, ‘Man of La Mancha’ Composer, Dies at 86

Mitch Leigh, composer of the American theatre staple ‘Man of La Mancha’ dies at 86.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on March 17, 2014 )


The long-running Minnesota Orchestra dispute ends

The long-running dispute between the musicians and management of the Minnesota Orchestra is over. After 15 months, which included a lockout, agreement has been reached which will allow concerts to resume next month.

LPO appoints new principal guest conductor

The London Philharmonic Orchestra announced today that Colombian born Andrés Orozco-Estrada will replace Yannick Nézet-Séguin as their principal guest conductor. 

Classic FM

Alfie Boe answers audience member’s phone during concert

Tenor Alfie Boe surprised an audience member at his concert in Cardiff by talking to their mother on the phone during the show after her mobile phone rang.


Sarah and Ernest Butler donate $1 million to Austin Symphony Orchestra for young composers competition

Longtime arts philanthropists Sarah and Ernest Butler have donated $1 million to the Austin Symphony Orchestra for an annual statewide competition for young composers.

BBC News Birmingham and Black Country

Violinist honoured over family classical music concerts

Catherine Arlidge of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has been honoured for bringing classical music to a young audience, after being inspired by her three young children.

IBN Live (India)

TV Reality shows help promote classical music

Tabla player Zakir Hussain speaks on using his Reality TV show to bring classical music to a new audience.

Die Welt

Das singende amerikanische Nationalheiligtum

Die Mezzo-Sopranistin Marilyn Horne begann in Hollywood, dann perfektionierte sie auf der Opernbühne das Belcanto. Mit Wucht, Virtuosität und immer einem Schuss schimmerndem Brandy in der Stimme.



(Written on January 16, 2014 )

The Times

LPO/Jurowski at the Festival Hall, SE1

Introducing this concert, Vladimir Jurowski spoke for 15 minutes: much longer than the first piece, Webern’s Variations.


The Telegraph

Amy Dickson: Siren of seductive, late-night sax

Amy Dickson is used to playing concertos but adopted a cooler sound for her new disc, she tells Adam Sweeting.


The Guardian

James Rhodes: ‘Find what you love and let it kill you’

My life as a concert pianist can be frustrating, lonely, demoralising and exhausting. But is it worth it? Yes, without a shadow of a doubt.


City of London Festival

Former Edinburgh Festival Fringe Director appointed as new City of London Festival Director

The City of London Festival today announced the appointment of Paul Gudgin to succeed Ian Ritchie as Festival Director.


Classic FM

Chloë Hanslip in Tim Lihoreau’s Wednesday Web Chat

The acclaimed violinist will be joining More Music Breakfast presenter Tim Lihoreau on Wednesday 1 May at 9am.


Classical Source

Southbank Centre takes festival of 20th century music to Shanghai

Gillian Moore, Julian Johnson and Sara Mohr-Pietsch stage discussions on 20th Century music with performances by the Aurora Orchestra and Shanghai Conservatory with Rory Macdonald.




City of London Festival

(Written on April 30, 2013 )