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Dubai to build spectacular new opera house

A new multi-purpose concert venue is to be built in the heart of Dubai’s new Opera District, it has been announced. ‘Dubai Opera’ will hold 2,000 people and will stage operas, theatre shows, concerts, exhibitions, performance art and various other cultural highlights.

DW

Bringing classical music back to schools

Despite Germany’s significant public arts funding and the country’s longstanding musical traditions, fears persist that disinterest in classical music has been mounting for years among young people. Organisers of the project “The Dvorak Experiment – An ARD Concert Goes to School” hope to help combat that disinterest this autumn.

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The Met: what’s really wrong?

The 2012-13 season at the Metropolitan Opera was a financial disaster, with the company taking in only 69% of potential total box office revenue—a troubling 13 percent decline from the previous season and the lowest box office percentage in over a decade. Dawn Fatale offers an alternate explanation as to what went wrong.

Los Angeles Times

San Diego Opera to call it quits at end of 2014 season

In a surprising move, the company announced Wednesday that it will cease operations at the end of the current season, citing financial reasons including a tough fundraising environment and weak ticket sale.

Global Post

Japan donates musical instruments to Kosovo Philharmonic

A ceremony was held Thursday in the Kosovo capital Pristina to mark the donation of around 100 violins and other musical instruments to the Kosovo Philharmonic as part of the Japanese government’s support for the restoration of the country’s cultural heritage following ethnic clashes there in the late 1990s.

BBC News

Dame Vera Lynn, 97, to release new album

On the day she turns 97, Dame Vera Lynn has announced plans for a new album. Record label Decca said the music had been remastered “from the best available recordings”, with many tracks transferred “from the original un-played source”.

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(Written on March 20, 2014 )

Guardian

Classical grammys: wins for Adès, Schneider and Minnesota Orchestra

Maria Schneider’s song cycle triumphed in two categories, while Metropolitan Opera’s recording of Adès’s opera beat strong competition.

NPR

New music shines at classical grammy Awards

New music compositions and performers receive an impressive number of awards at the classical grammys.

The Journal 

Newcastle University scientists work with pianist to treat ‘musical hallucinations’

A pianist who persistently hears classical music by Bach in her head could hold the key to a breakthrough in treating a rare ear condition. The woman is one of only a handful of people to experience “musical hallucinations” as a result of tinnitus and claims she also hears Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore echoing in her ears.

BBC News

Making music videos ‘helps young cancer patients cope’

Music therapy can help teenagers and young people cope better when faced with treatment for cancer, a study in Cancer journal suggests. American researchers followed the experiences of a group of patients aged 11-24 as they produced a music video over three weeks.

The Strad

100 stringed instruments stolen from a property in Bremen, Germany

A collection of 100 string instruments worth €150,000, including violins, violas, cellos and viols by Leopold Widhalm, Emile Laurent and Emile Germain, has been stolen from the home of a dealer in Bremen, Germany.

Die Zeit

Wie eine kokette Ballerina

Olga Scheps entdeckt für sich die Klavierkonzerte von Chopin.

The Strad

The Strad

(Written on January 28, 2014 )

The Guardian

UK entertainment spending rises with surge in film and music streaming

Value of film and TV downloads, streams and subscriptions rises to £621m, and number of tracks streamed doubles to 7.4bn

The Telegraph

Valencia sues opera house architect as white elephants rot

Santiago Calatrava is facing legal action from his native city as the dazzling City of Arts and Sciences complex begins to fall apart just eight years after inauguration

New York Daily News

Vivienne Westwood designs punk costumes for Vienna ballerinas

Vienna State Ballet dancers will be decked out in tartan kilts and plaid leg warmers for January’s New Year’s performance, thanks to custom costumes from Vivienne Westwood, best known for her punk-inspired designs. The yearly concert is broadcast in more than 80 countries

Classic FM Online

Simon Rattle and Peter Maxwell Davies lead New Year Honours list

The New Year Honours List has been announced with a number of classical musicians receiving special recognition

Kilar, master of movie music, dies aged 81

The world of film music is mourning the death of Wojciech Kilar – best-known for his score to the Oscar-winning film The Pianist

Reuters

A Minute With: Met Opera chief Peter Gelb on live opera broadcasts

Peter Gelb, general manager of New York’s Metropolitan Opera has proven live-to-cinema doubters wrong with an anticipated 3 million viewers seeing about a dozen Met opera broadcasts this year in cinemas in 64 countries

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Die Stimme vom Klassik Radio

Holger Wemhoff ist Chefmoderator bei Klassik Radio, dem erfolgreichsten Privatsender Deutschlands. Die Zauberformel lautet „Entspannung“ – ein Wort, das Wemhoff, wenn er aufhört, nie wieder hören will

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

(Written on January 2, 2014 )

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James Levine returns to the Metropolitan Opera podium

The Met’s music director conducts his first performance on the New York company stage since damaging his spine two years ago

Classic FM Online

Lang Lang wins International Artist of the Year Classic BRIT Award

The Classic BRIT Award for International Artist of the Year will go to Chinese pianist Lang Lang, it has been announced. Les Misérables stars Samantha Barks and Alfie Boe will also perform at the ceremony on October 2nd

Classical music “gives calming feeling” to school corridors

A South London secondary school has started playing classical music in the corridors to make a more relaxed and peaceful atmosphere at busy times

Random New Yorkers conduct orchestra on street corner

A New York orchestra pitched up on a street corner and simply put a sign up saying ‘Conduct Us’, and then filmed the results

The Guardian

My vision of Beethoven’s Fidelio

You won’t recognise the words, and you certainly won’t be expecting to see a string quartet suspended in cages, but my take on Fidelio is true to Beethoven’s spirit, writes Calixto Bieito

Is jazz good for babies?

When jazz musician Michael Janisch had his first child, he put the theories to the test with a specially recorded album

Nazi gold: does a music score hold the key to buried treasure?

Dutch film-maker starts excavations in Bavarian town, believing Martin Bormann’s annotations will lead him to Hitler’s diamonds

Music Week

Wimp to offer unlimited music in Thon hotels and restaurants

Owned by the Olav Thon Group, Thon Hotels will use WiMP strategically with different music profiles in various locations, such as the Thon Hotel Opera which has a dedicated classical music profile

Classical Music Magazine

Family Arts Festival puts orchestras centre stage

The first UK-wide arts festival for families will take place 18 October-3 November with a programme covering music, theatre, dance, circus and visual arts

PR Week

Deadline extended for PRWeek ’30 under 30′ entries

The deadline has been extended to Tuesday 1 October for PRWeek’s annual search for the best young talent in the PR industry

Der Tagesspiegel

Putins Liebe zu Tschaikowsky

Am Montag sang Anna Netrebko an der Metropolitan Opera in New York in der Premiere von Tschaikowskys “Eugen Onegin”. Es gab Proteste: Weil die Oper sich nicht mit den Homosexuellen in Russland solidarisiert, die unter drastischen Strafen zu leiden haben, und weil Netrebko eine gute Freundin Putins ist

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(Written on September 25, 2013 )

The Guardian

Opera singer Katherine Jenkins rejoins old record label

Jenkins returns to Universal-owned Decca after Welsh mezzo-soprano was dropped by Warner Music

BBC Music Magazine

New York’s Metropolitan Opera to improve seating

The Metropolitan Opera in New York is to install new ergonomic seat cushions designed by British company in its 3,800-seat auditorium.

The New York Times

More Musicians Are Trying Period Instruments

Mr. Haimovitz is part of a growing number of string players who are experimenting with period instruments, even though they are not part of the early-music scene

The Telegraph

Rupert Christiansen on British monarchs in opera

As the WNO presents Donizetti’s “Tudor Queen” masterpieces this autumn, Rupert Christiansen considers the enduring presence of British monarchs in opera

Goldfish are musical connoisseurs

Goldfish are able to tell the difference between classical music composed by Bach or Stravinsky, according to a new study

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Royal Mint unveils commemorative Britten coin.

The Royal Mint has today unveiled the design for a 50 pence coin, commissioned to mark the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten - the first time a composer has featured on a British coin

Die Zeit

N’Dour and Saariaho mit Polarpreis geehrt

Der Sänger Youssou N’Dour und die Komponistin Kaijka Saariaho haben den Polarpreis erhalten. Er ist mit 115.000 Euro dotiert war einst als Musik-Nobelpreis gedacht.

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(Written on September 2, 2013 )

The Guardian

Castorf has become the villain of the Bayreuth Ring cycle

After the Bayreuth audience booed a deliberately incoherent Ring cycle, Martin Kettle wonders if the festival – and Wagner – deserves better

Sunday Times

In The Key Of Life

Proms themed in C, including works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Tippett, fascinate Paul Driver

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Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra launches urgent appeal for donations

The orchestra must raise £70,000 if it is to survive in difficult economic times

LA Times

Metropolitan Opera responds to petition blasting Vladimir Putin

The Metropolitan Opera has sent a statement in response to an online petition criticizing the New York company for its upcoming production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin.”

Classic FM

14-year-old’s heavy metal Vivaldi tribute is a viral hit

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons has been given a heavy metal makeover by a French teenage girl, and become a YouTube sensation in the process

Opera Chic

Stephen Sondheim, The Art of the Musical

The Paris Review excerpts a comprehensive 1997 interview with Stephen Sondheim where the American composer/lyricist talks shop, legacy and everything in between with James Lipton.

Berliner Zeitung

So jung ist er nun auch wieder nicht

Beim Young Euro Classic-Festival treten auch gestandene Virtuosen wie Joshua Bell auf. Auch wenn der Violinist mit seinem Bubengesicht immer noch als Teenie-Schwarm und Nachwuchshoffnung wahrgenommen wird.

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(Written on August 12, 2013 )

Classic FM Online

Opera singers capsize during open-air Magic Flute

Three opera singers were left bedraggled and sodden when the boat carrying them to an open-air stage capsized, tipping them into a lake

The Times

Explain yourself: Mariss Jansons

Latvian-born and Russian-trained conductor Mariss Jansons describes his shows

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Westminster City Council plaque marks the site of the first UK performance of Beethoven’s Ninth

The Green Plaque on London’s Regent Street honours the bicentenary of the Royal Philharmonic Society, who commissioned the work in 1922

London’s Wigmore Hall launches new televised chamber music series

Performances from such artists as Marc-André Hamelin, the Takács Quartet, Sarah Connolly and Stile Antico will be broadcast on Sky Arts 2 from August 12

The Telegraph

New Faces: Fidan HajiyevLa

Azeri singer Fidan Hajiyeva is a young talent with a rivetingly strong tone, writes Ivan Hewett

Ivan Hewett’s Classic 50 No 33: Carlo Gesualdo – Asciugate i Begli Occhi

The latest in Ivan Hewett’s 50-part series on short works by the world’s greatest composers

Classical Music Magazine

Wigmore Hall’s deal with Sky Arts is ‘a first step’ to greater broadcasting possibilities

A newly announced deal which the Wigmore Hall has signed with Sky Arts 2 for broadcast of seven concerts recorded live in HD presages plans for the venue to relay events to a global audience

Los Angeles Times

Metropolitan Opera is focus of online petition decrying Putin

The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” has been receiving considerable attention even before its official opening

Die Zeit

Wie klingen Gier, Wonne, Tod?

Zum 200. Geburtstag von Richard Wagner gibt es Berge von Büchern. Über die Musik findet sich darin – fast nichts!

(Written on August 9, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Granville Bantock: Britain’s forgotten composer

Ivan Hewett tells the tale of Granville Bantock, a forgotten Victorian composer who is making his presence felt at this year’s Proms.

Bringing the beleaguered Bolshoi to London

As the Bolshoi Ballet returns to London, Sarah Crompton talks to promoters Victor and Lilian Hochhauser, who first brought them to Covent Garden in 1963, about the state of the famous ballet company.

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Katherine Bryan – Flute Works

Christopher Rouse’s Flute Concerto was composed as a direct response to the killing of James Bulger in Liverpool in 1993.

Mahler – Symphony No 4

Christina Landshamer (sop) Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra / Riccardo Chailly

Classic FM

Singing helps when learning languages 

Can’t get to grips with your French homework? German getting the better of you? Have a go at singing – it just might help you learn.

Metropolitan Opera installing new seats to combat fidgeting

The Metropolitan Opera in New York is to update its seating over the next 10 years with ergonomic seat cushions, to be installed through most of the 3,800 seat house.

BBC News

How do you start a music festival?

In the past decade there has been an “explosive increase” in the number of festivals held across the UK, according to industry promoters, but how do you start a festival?

Die Welt

Bezuidenhout ist der Justin Bieber des Cembalos

Der Südafrikaner Kristian Bezuidenhout spielt auch auf Konzertflügeln, aber seine Liebe gehört dem Hammerklavier. Bei ihm klingt die Tastenwerke Mozarts aufgekratzter, wilder denn je. Ein Porträt.

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Classic FM

(Written on July 22, 2013 )

The Guardian

Olivier awards 2013 – full nominations

The complete list of nominees for this year’s Olivier awards, celebrating the best of British theatre, dance and opera

The Telegraph

Alfie Boe interview: “Why make everything a fairy tale? Life’s not like that”

Alfie Boe’s bare-knuckle approach to opera has won him many powerful friends and enemies. Is he too vocal for his own good? He talks to Craig McLean

Classical Music Magazine

Setting the stage for northern opera | Young Opera Venture

‘Opera in the north of England goes underappreciated,’ says soprano and singing teacher Jane Anthony – providing the motivation for her to launch her own opera company, Young Opera Venture (YOV).

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Tenor Bryan Hymel receives Beverly Sills Artist Award

Annual Metropolitan Opera grant for American singers is worth $50,000

Digital Journal

The Audience Prize — The new classical music performance and original works competition where the audience votes the winners

Digital Journalist Vlad Bourceanu has launched The Audience Prize – the online classical music performance YouTube video competition where the audience is jury and votes the winner.

Music Week

BBC, PPL and PRS among 12 companies set to offer services to Copyright Hub

Twelve organisations have already signed up to offer services to the Copyright Hub, which received £150,000-worth of initial Government funding earlier today.

Music Industry News Network

Mezmurizing Moon Entertainment Presents MusicBizDocs.com

Signing that major deal can take away your creative control.

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The Guardian

(Written on March 27, 2013 )

Classic FM

Mozart Effect to stop crime in New Zealand?

New Zealand shop-owners have found a novel way of deterring crime – the music of Mozart

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The Met: Live in HD announces 2013-14 season

Ten live Metropolitan Opera transmissions, including four new productions, will take place in 64 countries

BBC (via musicalchairs.info)

Bulgaria violin ‘may be Stradivarius stolen in London’

A violin recovered following a police operation in Bulgaria could be a Stradivarius made in 1696 which was stolen from a central London station

Courier Journal (via musicalchairs.info)

Louisville Orchestra and musicians reach 3-year contract

Three-year agreement calls for freezing wages for two years

Classical Source

New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow To Join Music Academy Of The West Faculty

Violinist Glenn Dicterow, the longest-serving concertmaster in the history of the New York Philharmonic, will join the celebrated string faculty at the Music Academy of the West for the Academy’s 2014 Summer School and Festival, campus officials have announced

Classical Source

Ava June Dies Aged 81

The English (London-born) soprano Ava June (Ava June Cooper, by marriage) has died at the age of 81

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(Written on March 6, 2013 )