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In today’s news: the lack of interest in opera, British Airways criticised by musicians again, Coventry to be UK City of Culture 2021. Also, Apple intends to buy Shazam, clarinet is the less hygienic instrument and Thomas Hengelbrock leaves Elbphilarmonie. 

The Telegraph

Opera isn’t for everyone – and what’s wrong with that?

As if the opera business wasn’t already in enough of a stew, along comes a survey commissioned by Classic FM. Its findings are discouraging: half the respondents couldn’t name a single opera singer and only one in five recognised a photograph of Pavarotti.

The Sun

British Airways ‘force musicians to pay £280 each to fly their instruments to Jersey for a gig’

Violinist Rita Manning was travelling to a gig with her group Lorcian Ensemble when staff told them to put their precious instruments in the hold.

Classical Music

Coventry to be UK City of Culture 2021

Coventry has been selected as the UK’s City of Culture for 2021, beating Paisley, Sunderland, Stoke and Swansea to the title.

Audio pioneer’s estate makes major gift to University of Cambridge

The estate of Ray Dolby, founder of the audio company bearing his name, has presented the University of Cambridge with £85m.


Apple to buy music recognition app Shazam for $400 million

Apple is said to be looking at acquiring Shazam, one of the most popular apps for recognising music, TV shows, films and adverts, with an official deal potentially being announced later today.

The New York Times

James Levine Will Not Face Criminal Charges in Illinois

Law enforcement officials in Illinois said Friday that they would not bring criminal charges against the famed Metropolitan Opera conductor James Levine, noting that the man accusing Mr. Levine of sexual abuse there three decades ago had been 16 at the time — which was then the age of consent.


The clarinet is the dirtiest instrument in the band

Which instrument is the dirtiest in the band? A study has shown that it’s the clarinet that tends to harbour the most bacteria and fungi.

Zeit Online

Dirigent der Elbphilharmonie geht im Streit

Der Chefdirigent Thomas Hengelbrock verlässt das Haus im Sommer 2018. Kann sein New Yorker Nachfolger Alan Gilbert schon ein Jahr früher als geplant einspringen?

Gabriele Ferro gewinnt Bonner Beethoven-Klavierwettbewerb

Der Italiener Gabriele Ferro hat beim diesjährigen Beethoven-Klavierwettbewerb Bonn den ersten Preis gewonnen. Der erste Platz ist mit 30.000 Euro dotiert.

Bayerischer Rundfunk rudert zurück: Kein Wellentausch von BR Klassik und Jugendsender

Damit wandert der Klassiksender nicht, wie ursprünglich vorgesehen, in das Digitalangebot DAB+, sondern ist weiterhin über UKW zu empfangen.

France Musique

Julie Fuchs et Gautier Capuçon : leur hommage musical à Johnny Hallyday

La soprano Julie Fuchs et le violoncelliste Gautier Capuçon ont interprété l’Ave Maria de Schubert lors des funérailles de Johnny Hallyday samedi 9 décembre à l’église de la Madeleine.


 “I remember the moment every time I give a concert in Berlin: the way he entered the conductor’s room, his incredible ability to fill up space and transform it instantaneously.” about firstly meeting Karajan on Dec 11, 1976 

Image: Luciano Pavarotti © Classic FM

(Written on December 11, 2017 )

In today’s news: Alan Johnson goes to the Proms for the first time, the tenor, Michael Fabio, to open Covent Garden’s new production of La Bohème, and should female musicians be allowed to dress how they want?
John Tessier replaces Javier Camarena at Vienna State Opera, festival “Modern Times” to begin, and mould damage at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

The Guardian

Into the classical music bear-pit: Alan Johnson goes to the Proms

Growing up in North Kensington Alan Johnson used to play around the Albert Hall but never went inside. 60 years later we sent the former home secretary along to experience the Proms for the first time. What did he make of it?

The Times

Michael Fabiano: ‘I don’t believe in luck. It comes if you’re prepared’

The tenor is stepping into big shoes when he opens Covent Garden’s new production of La Bohème, but he’s not fazed.


Ivan Krpan wins Busoni Competion

20 year-old Croatian pianist Ivan Krpan has won this year’s Busoni Competition.

Classic FM

Women in Music – Should female musicians be allowed to dress how they want?

Aliette de Laleu is a journalist on the radio station France Musique, who every week during her show leads a discussion about a female composer, musician or conductor.


Modena honours Pavarotti with Verdi Requiem

Ten years after the death of Luciano Pavarotti, on 6 September 2007, Modena will pay homage to the great tenor with Giuseppe Verdi’s Mass of Requiem.


Belvoir announces its 2018 season

Highlights include Kate Mulvany in an Ibsen gender-switch, an adaptation of Bliss, and a revival of the Hayes’ Calamity Jane.


Besetzungsänderungen an der Wiener Staatsoper

Javier Camarena hat auf Grund seiner Mitwirkung an einer CD-Aufnahme seine Auftritte in La Fille du régiment an der Wiener Staatsoper (Vorstellungen am 11., 13., 16. und 19. Jänner 2018) abgesagt.


Ein Gedicht der Ekstase

Vom 15. September bis zum 1. Oktober geht das Musikfest MODERN TIMES in die fünfte Runde.

Schimmel nach Wasserschaden: Elbphilharmonie muss saniert werden

Teile der Elbphilharmonie müssen in Folge eines Wasserschadens und nachfolgender Schimmelbildung saniert werde.


BBC Proms Team @bbcproms

Watch Anne-Sophie Mutter for just £6 (plus booking fees) with an Online Promming ticket! Book now ➡️

Alan Johnson at the Royal Albert Hall, © Chris Christodoulou/BBC













(Written on September 4, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, UMG appoints senior vice president of digital strategy and partnerships, experts at the French National Stud found that music helps horses keep calm, and Game of Thrones concert experience hits the road in 2017. Also, UK festival market being driven by ‘super fans’ and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor and artistic director David Robertson are excited to announce their 2017 season.

Classical Music Magazine

UMG appoints senior vice president of digital strategy and partnerships

Universal Music Group has appointed Oana Ruxandra as senior vice president of digital strategy and partnerships.

The Telegraph

Classical music helps horses keep calm, new research finds

Experts at the French National Stud found that playing excerpts of classical-style film music to horses during typically stressful activities significantly reduced the animals’ anxiety.

The Guardian

Game of Thrones concert experience hits the road in 2017

Ramin Djawadi, composer of the score of the HBO hit, is leading an orchestra on an audiovisual tour of the US that promises to ‘bring the Seven Kingdoms to life’

The New York Times

In China, Rejuvenating a Classical Music Heritage Linked to a Jewish Community

In winter, tourists flock to Harbin, in northeastern China, for its world-renowned ice sculpture festival. But with summer in full bloom, this city is working overtime on behalf of a less publicized part of its heritage: classical music.

For Many, Opera and Puccini Are One (Trump’s Campaign Knows the Appeal)

When the news broke a few weeks ago that the family of Luciano Pavarotti had asked Donald J. Trump to stop playing that tenor’s recording of the aria “Nessun dorma,” from Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Turandot,” at campaign rallies, I’ll admit, I was befuddled: “Wait … Donald Trump listens to opera?”

Music Week

UK festival market being driven by ‘super fans’

Though “super fans” comprise just 28% of attendees, they collectively account for 56% of total ticket spend. They attend more festivals; spend more on individual tickets and act as tastemakers to their friends.


David Robertson and the Sydney Symphony Announce 2017 Season – Pianist Martha Argerich Makes Australian Debut, Swiss Conductor Charles Dutoit to Appear and More!

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor and artistic director David Robertson are excited to announce their 2017 season, with offerings for every concert-goer, from classical music a cionados to lovers of new australian music and those looking forward to their first orchestral experience.


Krass kritikk mot Festspillene i Bergen

Ti tungvektere i Bergens kultur- og næringsliv mener Festspillene i byen er på avveie og kritiserer programprofilen til festspilldirektør Anders Beyer.

Musik heute

Anna Netrebko im Bayreuther “Lohengrin” ungewiss

Der Sprecher der Bayreuther Festspiele, Peter Emmerich, betonte am Dienstag, dass Verhandlungen mit Netrebko über einen Auftritt als Elsa in der Richard-Wagner-Oper “Lohengrin” im Jahr 2018 nach wie vor laufen.

Klassik heute

Zuflucht Kultur e.V. erhält Förderpreis der Pill Mayer Stiftung

Mit ihrem Förderpreis für interkulturellen Dialog würdigt die Pill Mayer Stiftung aus Wolfegg/Allgäu beispielhafte interkulturelle Kulturprojekte für Kinder und Jugendliche, die ideenreich Brücken zwischen den Kulturen bauen. Am 1. Oktober 2016 wird der Preis in Höhe von € 1.000 zum zweiten Mal verliehen.


Besucherzahl des Theater Vorpommern weiter gewachsen

Das Theater Vorpommern hat seine Besucherzahl weiter gesteigert. In der vergangenen Spielzeit wurden mehr als 191.000 Zuschauer in den Häusern in Greifswald, Putbus und Stralsund gezählt


Top Classical News @topcmnews Erwin Schrott makes debut as Selim at Rossini Festival

Classical Music News @CIassicalMusic Social and personal: Young maestro gets married @klassikcom Raubüberfall: Vesselina sagt Auftritte bei den Innsbrucker Festwochen ab


Classical music helps horses keep calm. Credit: HorseCom

(Written on August 10, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain will embark on its first tour to China in August, Pavarotti’s widow tells Trump to stop using Nessun Dorma at rallies, and Sir Roger Norrington celebrates the unorthodox at the Proms. Also, Louisville Orchestra appoints new concertmaster and assistant concertmaster, and Gstaad Menuhin Festival presents plans for new concert hall.

Classical Music Magazine

National Youth Choir to embark on first China tour

The National Youth Choir of Great Britain will embark on its first tour to China in August. For its first intercontinental tour in seven years, the 100-strong ensemble will perform in Tianjin, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Chi-chi Nwanoku and Aaron Dworkin receive honorary Trinity Laban fellowships

The honours were presented at the Sphinx Global Symposium on Diversity in Classical Music at the Southbank Centre on 18 July.

Classic FM

Pavarotti’s widow tells Trump to stop using Nessun Dorma at rallies

Nicoletta Mantovani warns Republican presidential candidate: ‘The values of brotherhood that Luciano Pavarotti upheld throughout his career are incompatible with the world vision of Donald Trump.’

The Guardian

Sir Roger Norrington: ‘I’m against music being handed down from on high’

No vibrato, principal violinists facing each other, audiences encouraged to applaud between movements … the great conductor celebrates the unorthodox at the Proms this week

The Strad

Louisville Orchestra appoints new concertmaster and assistant concertmaster

The Louisville Orchestra under music director Teddy Abrams has appointed two new violinists to leadership positions – Gabriel  Lefkowitz is the ensemble’s new concertmaster, while Julia Noone is new assistant concertmaster.

‘Teachers should adapt their methods to students’ individual techniques,’ says cellist Sol Gabetta

The Strad’s August 2016 cover star on the importance of being adaptable as a teacher

International Arts Manager

Battle of the Somme remembered

Benjamin Ellin’s new composition One Before Zero will be performed at Maison de la Culture in Amiens, France, to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

BR Klassik

60 Jahre Gstaad Menuhin Festival – Vom Konzertzelt zur Kristallgrotte

Als Yehudi Menuhin vor 60 Jahren Benjamin Britten und Peter Pears zu einem Konzert nach Gstaad einlud, ahnte niemand, dass sich daraus einmal eines der traditionsreichsten europäischen Festivals entwickeln sollte.


Musikalisch zukunftsweisend – Preisträgerkonzert des Bundeswettbewerbs Jugend komponiert

Am Freitag, 5. August, sind in der Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main Stücke junger Komponisten zu hören und zu erleben. Die 13 Jugendlichen sind Preisträger des diesjährigen Bundeswettbewerbs Jugend komponiert.

Gericht: Kündigung des Semperoper-Intendanten Serge Dorny nicht rechtmäßig

Oberlandesgericht Dresden weist Berufung zurück und bestätigt vorheriges Urteil


Aldeburgh AYM @AYM_Snape Fancy an intimate evening of music in an old Victorian pumphouse on the edge of a marsh?

nmz @musikzeitung In teilweise neuen Besetzungen und mit neuem Dirigenten: „Das Rheingold“ in : Die…

WDR3 @wdr3 Gibt’s einfach nur mehr Geld? Land NRW will Künstler individueller fördern – Gespräch mit Dieter Gorny


The National Youth Choir of Great Britain will embark on its first tour to China in August. Photo credit: Ben Tomlin

(Written on July 27, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Guildhall School of Music & Drama seeks adult non-singers for a research project, composer Daniel Felsenfeld answers questions about his current projects, and singers from the world of opera are cycling more than 500 miles as part of a fundraising event. Also, a recording of the 19-year-old Luciano Pavarotti has been discovered, and director Uwe Eric Laufenberg criticizes safety arrangements at Bayreuth Festival.

The New York Times

Could You Shorten That Aria? Opera Weighs Cuts in the Classics

After several decades in which the trend has been toward longer, uncut operas — drawing on the work of scholars to restore rarely performed passages, and putting a renewed emphasis on completeness that would be alien in, say, Shakespearean performance, where cuts are routine — some impresarios and directors think it is time for the pendulum to swing back a bit.

Classical Music Magazine

Guildhall seeks adult non-singers for research project

The 33-month project, which involves psychological, educational and artistic research, launched in April 2016. It aims to investigate the best ways of helping non-singers to participate in singing and improve their skills, and to show what their developmental journeys look like.

Rare Pavarotti recording discovered

A recording of the 19-year-old Luciano Pavarotti has been discovered in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod archives. It features two songs from the Chorus Rossini’s performance at the festival in 1955. The Modena ensemble won the male voice choir category.


5 Questions to composer Daniel Felsenfeld

Composer Daniel Felsenfeld doesn’t do much on a small scale. Formerly an MTV devotee and piano-bar prodigy, Felsenfeld’s projects include planning a series of unconventional Masses at Trinity Church, an opera about the students of Dr. Alfred Kinsey, and running the annual New Music Gathering.

The Stage

Opera singers saddle up for SongCycle 2016

Singers from the world of opera are cycling more than 500 miles as part of a fundraising event, when they will ride on to the stage of the London Coliseum before a special concert.


Opera North Welcomes New Resident Artists

Opera North is pleased to welcome its 2016 Resident Artists to the Upper Valley. Seventeen young professionals from around the US were chosen from almost 700 applicants to participate in Opera North’s Resident Artist program.

Klassik heute

6. Internationale Musiktage am Plauer See

Die 6. Internationalen Musiktage am Plauer See 2016 bringen in diesem Jahr einige Neuerungen: Neben den Klavierabenden in der Kirche zu Stuer findet in der Kulturscheune des Gutshofes Woldzegarten auch ein Orchesterkonzert statt.

Musikpreis des VDKD geht an Alexej Gerassimez

Der mit 10.000 Euro dotierte Musikpreis des Verbandes der Deutschen Konzertdirektionen e.V. (VDKD) geht in diesem Jahr an den Percussionisten Alexej Gerassimez.

Musik heute

Laufenberg kritisiert Bayreuther Sicherheitsvorkehrungen

Die verschärften Vorkehrungen bei den diesjährigen Bayreuther Festspielen sind nach Ansicht von Regisseur Uwe Eric Laufenberg keine Sicherheitsgarantie. “Wenn sie hier unbedingt eine Bombe platzen lassen wollen, schaffen sie das”, sagte er dem “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger”.


Top Classical News @topcmnews Barriers Remain To Music Education For Children

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung Wenn man von sich ausgeht…: Die Kraft der Liedermacherin Barbara Thalheim „Ganz schön viel… @klassikcom Gericht: Honorarmusiklehrer an Musikschulen arbeiten nicht als Selbstständige


Classical Music Magazine

(Written on July 7, 2016 )

The Guardian

Rome Opera sacks 200 permanent members of orchestra and chorus

Management says outsourced musicians and singers will save millions of euros as economic crisis chokes state funding of art

Classical music breaks out and joins the youth underground

Radiohead star Jonny Greenwood teams up with online channel to bring orchestral sounds to a new audience


Brahms is a prickly composer – but a powerful one

This shows the Brahms “problem” never goes away, which is why the BBC Radio 3 focus on his music next week is welcome.

Classical Music FM

Impersonator records incredible Pavarotti and Freddie Mercury duet

Impersonator Marc Martel has recorded a duet featuring two of his idols, opera star Luciano Pavarotti and Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury, taking on both roles himself in one single take.


Atlanta Symphony Negotiations To Resume With Federal Mediator

After four weeks of a lockout with no negotiations, the management and the musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have agreed to federal mediation.

BBC News

Syrian refugees stage Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte in Germany

The plight of a group of Syrian refugees and Mozart comic opera don’t obviously have a lot in common, but the two are being jointly brought to the stage in Germany on Sunday in a special adaptation of Cosi Fan Tutte.

Fox 2 News

Michael Brown protesters interrupt St. Louis Symphony performance

It was a moment that many at Powell Symphony Hall did not expect.

Mike Brown demonstrators started singing and chanting just before the orchestra and chorus started performing a piece.


BBCSymphonyOrchestra @BBCSO: Hear the stunning finale to our Total Immersion: Tavener here – …

Gramophone ‏@GramophoneMag: Yesterday was the anniversary of the premiere of #Gluck‘s opera, ‘Orfeo ed Euridice’. Read our review:

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera: Król Roger composer Karol Szymanowski was born #onthisday in 1882. Listen to #ROHroger: … ^C

Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: Tune in to @BBCRadio3 at 1pm to hear baritone Henk Neven and pianist Hans Eijsackers perform songs by Wolf and Mahler 

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. The loss-making Rome Opera has accumulated debts of more than €40m. Photograph: AGF s.r.l./REX/Rex Features

(Written on October 6, 2014 )

Classic FM Online

Classic FM’s Pavarotti Takeover Weekend, 5-6 October 2013

This weekend gone by, it was Pavarotti all the way as Classic FM paid the tenor a special tribute

Inquirer Entertainment

A personal journey with classical music

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra’s history and achievements

The New York Times

Strife Joins Minnesota Musicians in Concert

MINNEAPOLIS — By the end of a disastrous week, classical music fans in this city sorely needed something positive to hang onto, however fleetingly. And, happily, they got momentary relief over the weekend in three concerts by the players of the Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Osmo Vanska

The Independent

Coming soon in classical: Big things by Britten, Strauss and Verdi

Benjamin Britten dominates programming in the weeks before the centenary of his birth next month. This Saturday, at the Royal Festival Hall, Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra in the War Requiem

Cathedrals nervous about Mediaeval Baebes

For many, cathedrals provide a retreat for prayer and contemplation. But that is set to change when Mediaeval Baebes, the all-female “pagan” singing group, notorious for bringing sex appeal to Madrigals, take over England’s most sacred halls of worship

Arts Beat 

Departing Director Conducts Locked-Out Minnesota Orchestra

Appreciation shown for Osmo Vanska as audience shout praise and applaud: “We love you, Osmo”

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online





(Written on October 7, 2013 )


New York City Opera on the brink of bankruptcy

The company gave what may be its final performance over the weekend unless $7m in last-minute donations can be raised

Classic FM Online

Crocodile listens to Classic FM

Introducing Caesar the classical croc, who, like so many of us, enjoys nothing better than eating, playing cards, and listening to Classic FM

Plácido Domingo and José Carreras reunite to honour Pavarotti

Two of the remaining Three Tenors are joining forces at this year’s Classic BRITs to honour their late third member, Luciano Pavarotti, who will receive a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony

ABC News

Conductor John Hopkins, considered a giant in Australian classical music, dies age 86

Born in Britain and described as a giant in Australian classical music,  John Hopkins has died in Melbourne aged 86

Star Tribune

Minnesota Orchestra talks collapse; Carnegie Hall concerts off

Musician pay remained the main bone of contention. As rhetoric flared, Osmo Vänskä’s resignation remained uncertain

Limelight Magazine

Berlin Philharmonic leads mass orchestra strike

Orchestral musicians around Germany are replacing their instruments with picket signs in a nationwide walkout

Berliner Zeitung

“Opernhaus des Jahres”

Glitter und Glamour: Berlins Komische Oper hat sich zum kreativsten Musiktheater der Hauptstadt herausgeputzt. Sie wird von den Kritikern jetzt dafür belohnt

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on October 1, 2013 )

The Times

My favourite composer: luminaries name theirs – who’s yours?

In celebration of one of Radio 3’s longest-running programmes, musicians and prominent figures name their favourite composer

The Telegraph

Mark Padmore: ‘I don’t want the life of a travelling opera singer’

Acclaimed tenor Mark Padmore is about to appear in his first major role in Britain. Rupert Christiansen finds out why it has taken so long.

The Guardian

Spotify, Pandora and the profits problem for streaming music

Artists like Thom Yorke are angry about meagre musician payouts, but concerns remain over long-term business models

Classic FM

Classic FM premiere unheard Pavarotti recording at 9am

The first-ever recording of the legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti [was] given its premiere play on Classic FM at 9am this morning.

Eric Whitacre supports new hospital classical music project

Eric Whitacre is the ambassador for a new composition project, in which 15 young composers are writing brand new music to help patients at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Classical Music Magazine

New plan announced for transforming Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland (CS) has taken a major step towards addressing concerns about the organisation raised by Scottish artists and arts groups since spring 2012 with the publication of an Annual Plan for 2013-14.

Guildhall unveils new work by Martin Creed at Milton Court

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama has unveiled Martin Creed’s Work No. 1637: FEELINGS in the foyer of its new facilities at Milton Court.

The Toronto Star (via Arts Journal)

Toronto Symphony Orchestra faces challenge with CEO Andrew Shaw’s departure

Man who rescued orchestra from near collapse is moving on, raising questions about how TSO will weather a difficult climate.

Der Tagesspiegel

Ein Berliner Organist erzählt Dante neu

Der Kirchenmusiker Kilian Nauhaus erzählt die „Göttliche Komödie“ nach. Fünf Jahre hat er an dem Band gearbeitet. Ein Hausbesuch.



Classic FM

(Written on August 2, 2013 )