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In today’s news, sneaker-star and Metropolitan Opera tenor Francesco Anile got another chance in the spotlight, Romanian culture minister resigned amid a dispute at the Romanian National Opera and a missing manuscript by Malcolm Arnold has been rediscovered on eBay.

New York Post

Metropolitan Opera tenor takes the stage again — in costume

The Italian tenor who made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera on a moment’s notice last weekend — while still wearing a T-shirt, jeans and sneakers — got another chance in the spotlight Thursday night.

Classical Music Magazine

Romanian culture minister resigns amid opera row

Romania’s culture minister has resigned amid a dispute at the Romanian National Opera, Bucharest which has seen staff protests and three performances cancelled. Vlad Alexandrescu announced that he would be stepping down in a letter to the Prime Minister posted on his Facebook page on 27 April.

Classical-music.com

Missing manuscript by Malcolm Arnold discovered on eBay

A handwritten symphony manuscript by Malcolm Arnold has been rediscovered by his daughter on eBay, three decades after he is thought to have given it away while suffering from mental illness.

ABC News

Opera singer Nicole Car rising up the ranks of Australia’s opera scene

Nicole Car was hooked on opera from the opening chords of the overture of the first opera she ever saw.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Muttersprache Mozart

Er ist der eleganteste Dirigent der Welt, mit einer Vorliebe für die ganz großen symphonischen Brocken von Richard Wagner, Anton Bruckner und Gustav Mahler: Zubin Mehta wird an diesem Freitag 80 Jahre alt

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Podium-Festival Esslingen 2016: Klassik-Events im alten Kino und in der Autowerkstatt

In seinem achten Jahr schwimmt das Esslinger Podium Festival auf einer anhaltenden Erfolgswelle

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Überreichung der Auszeichnung durch den bayerischen Ministerpräsidenten

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann mit Bundesverdienstkreuz ausgezeichnet

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Verona: In der Arena herrscht ‘Normalität’

Carlo Fuortes, der die Abwicklung der Geschäfte im finanziell angeschlagenen Betrieb der Opernfestspiele in Verona überwachen soll, hat vor der Presse betont, die Festspiele würden wie geplant stattfinden

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Chicago Symphony’s Pioneering “Beyond The Score” Project Is Canceled

The cost of all the extra elements far outweighed the revenue from ticket sales

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Music in the workplace, pros and cons

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(Written on April 29, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Anna Netrebko surprisingly withdraws from singing at Royal Opera’s Norma, Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen to work with Metropolitan Opera, Google offers a virtual tour through the Sydney Opera House and Scottish Opera announces four productions and Philip Glass premiere as new season is unveiled.

The Guardian

Soprano Anna Netrebko withdraws from Royal Opera’s Norma

One of the world’s leading sopranos has pulled out of the Royal Opera’s autumn production of Norma because her “voice has evolved in a different direction”. Anna Netrebko released a statement on Tuesday giving her reasons for what the company admitted was a frustrating late withdrawal.

New York Times

Esa-Pekka Salonen brings his cool to New York’s music scene

He has held musical soirees at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He led the New York Philharmonic in Messiaen’s boffo “Turangalîla-Symphonie” in March at David Geffen Hall, where, a week later, Alan Gilbert conducted the New York premiere of his Dada piece, “Karawane.” Now he is next door, conducting Strauss’s “Elektra” at the Metropolitan Opera.

Herald Scotland

Scottish Opera announces four productions and Philip Glass premiere as new season unveiled

Four new productions, a collaboration with a leading theatre company and the first Scottish performance of a Puccini opera are part of Scottish Opera’s new season.

Mashable UK

Go backstage at the Sydney Opera House with Google’s virtual museum

On Wednesday, the building and the Google Cultural Institute, an initiative that hosts virtual museums from around the world, announced a new partnership that will see more than 1,000 of the House’s artefacts posted online.

Music Week

BBC Music Day to return in June

BBC Music has announced the full line-up of events for BBC Music Day 2016, which returns this year on Friday, June 3.

Classical Music Magazine

Warner Classics extends label distribution service

Warner Classics is to extend its global distribution and marketing infrastructure to third-party labels. EuroArts Music will be the first company to join forces with Warner Classics Label Services from 1 May.

Ralph Kirshbaum receives honorary degree

Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum is to be presented with an honorary doctorate in music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on 5 July. Kirshbaum’s career encompasses solo performance, chamber music, recording and pedagogy.

The Strad

Fresh from signing to Warner Classics, violinist Kyung Wha Chung to open Verbier Festival

Following the news earlier this month that Kyung Wha Chung has signed an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics, it has been announced that the violinist is to open the Verbier Festival on 22 July.

Der Tagesspiegel

Völkermord, bitte löschen

Die Türkei versucht die EU-Kulturpolitik zu kontrollieren – Auslöser ist ein Konzertprojekt der Dresdner Sinfoniker über den Genozid an den Armeniern.

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Erinnern, übermalen und neu gestalten

Der dänische Komponist Hans Abrahamsen im Porträt.

Das Orchester

Nachlass von Claudio Abbado kommt nach Berlin

Die Schenkung an die Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin/Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz umfasst eine umfangreiche Sammlung von Partituren, handschriftlichen Aufzeichnungen, Audio-/Video-Veröffentlichungen, musikwissenschaftlicher Literatur und Briefen.

El mundo

Con la vista en Brahms y Gernika

La BOS mirará al compositor alemán en una temporada que tendrá invitados como Eliahu Inbal.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Three Krenek operas to be staged in Frankfurt

Making Music England @MakingMusicENG Help put ‘A Choir in Every Care Home’

Sydney Opera House @SydOperaHouse Today we launch our Cultural Institute collection — 50 exhibits, 1000+ artefacts

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Photograph: Royal Opera

(Written on April 27, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Met Opera understudy Francesco Anile steps in and gives performance of a lifetime as lead tenor loses his voice, sales up 14% year-on-year for Record Store Day, New York Festival of Song to premiere Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women and Motley Crue co-founder Nikki Sixx has launched a campaign asking Google to pay musicians more money when their videos appear on YouTube.

Daily Mail

The show must go on! Understudy gets last-minute big break at Met Opera when lead tenor loses his voice – so jumps on stage in jeans and sneakers and gives performance of a lifetime

It is a role of a lifetime. But when one understudy finally got his big break at the Metropolitan Opera he wasn’t expecting it to be while wearing his old jeans and sneakers.

Music Week

Retailers celebrate another successful Record Store Day

Preliminary figures show that this year’s Record Store Day was a hit, with sales up 14% year-on-year – and retailers seemed to agree that the vinyl revival isn’t going anywhere. While singles sales were down 2%, LPs were up 35% year-on-year, and the annual celebration bled into the following sales week as well.

BBC News

Nikki Sixx to YouTube: ‘Do the right thing’

Motley Crue co-founder Nikki Sixx has launched a campaign asking Google to pay musicians more money when their videos appear on YouTube. The bass player is urging Google to remember its former slogan – “Don’t be evil” – in its dealings with artists.

Classicalworld.com

NYFOS to premiere Compositora: Songs by Latin American women at Merkin Hall

New York Festival of Song rounds out its Mainstage season on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 with Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women, a fascinating program that showcases the prodigious accomplishments of Latina composers.

ArtsJournal

A German orchestra goes up against Turkey in row over a term for genocide

Turkey’s delegation to the European Union demanded the European Commission withdraw 200,000 euros ($224,500) in funding for the concert.

South China Morning Post

Mei Baojiu: China’s renowned Peking opera master dies aged 82

Youngest son of Peking opera legend Mei Lanfang was devoted to his art, considering it his lifetime mission to pass it on to the younger generation.

Classical Music Magazine

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation awards £15,000 to Wiltshire Music Centre

The grant, which will be distributed across three years, will go towards the centre’s programme of master-classes, workshops, concerts and artist residencies for young musicians in the region.

Der Tagesspiegel

Als Kolibri durch den Saal schweben

Berlins Orchester lassen sich viel einfallen, um neues Publikum zu gewinnen. Das Konzerthaus setzt auf virtuelle Realität – mittels einer speziellen Brille.

KlassikAkzente

Mit Wagner im Kino: Live-Übertragung aus der Berliner Philharmonie mit Andris Nelsons

Wenn Andris Nelsons am 29. April gemeinsam mit den Berliner Philharmonikern Musik von Wagner und Bruckner zum Klingen bringt, kann man das Konzert in vielen Kinosälen in Deutschland live mitverfolgen.

Pizzicato

Antonini wird Erster Gastdirigent beim Mozarteumorchester

Seit eineinhalb Jahren sucht das Mozarteumorchester Salzburg erfolglos nach einem Nachfolger für den im Sommer d.J. scheidenden Chefdirigenten Ivor Bolton.

Francemusique

Nouvelle polémique quant à l’utilisation des animaux à l’opéra

L’opéra Allemand sur le Rhin (Deutche Oper am Rhein) a été contraint d’annuler le contrat de l’un de ses acteurs principaux : le coq du « Coq d’or » de Rimski-Korsakov en raison d’une décision de l’Office Vétérinaire.

El Pais

La música activa el cerebro de los bebés

Investigadores de EE UU vinculan la detección de patrones musicales con el aprendizaje del habla

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews Osvaldo Golijov Headlines Spoleto USA Chamber Music Program

Black Dress Code @black_dresscode Wonderful film on Eleonore Schoenfeld She inspired our elegant palazzo trousers

Kate Simko @Kate_Simko  advice I’d give to myself.. ArtsProfessional Magazine

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(Written on April 26, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, first orchestral Facebook live-stream from San Francisco Symphony, 2016/17 Cambridge Classical Concert Series announced, Bolshoi Theatre’s modern take on Don Pasquale, Countertenor Brian Asawa dies aged 49 & ‘This is a Voice’ exhibition opens at Wellcome Collection, featuring work by Joan La Barbara, Imogen Stidworthy and more.

Cambridge News

Cambridge Classical Concert Series 2016-17 announced

Cambridge Live has just announced details of the 2016/17 Cambridge Classical Concert Series, its 30th anniversary season of outstanding concerts by world class soloists, orchestras and conductors taking place at Cambridge Corn Exchange from October 2016 to June 2017.

Gramophone

Countertenor Brian Asawa has died, aged 49

Asawa first became drawn to early music during his studies at UCLA, and in 1991, aged 25, became the first countertenor to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Classical Music Magazine

‘This is a Voice’ exhibition opens at Wellcome Collection

‘This is a Voice’ features daily ‘voicings’, live performances and demonstrations, paintings, manuscripts, medical illustrations and ethnographic objects. It features work by Joan La Barbara, Imogen Stidworthy, Sam Belinfante, Enrico David, Meredith Monk, Marcus Coates, Anna Barham and Emma Smith.

Young singers aged 18–35 are invited to submit their entries for the John Kerr Award. First prize is worth £2,000, and second prize £1,000. The audience prize (£1,000), accompanist prize (£500) and individual song prizes for the best 17th-, 18th-, 19th- and 20th-/21st-century song will also be awarded.

Reuters

Bolshoi Theatre does a modern take on ‘Don Pasquale’ opera

Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre is bringing Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera “Don Pasquale,” which premiered in Paris in 1843, into modern times with a new production.

Pizzicato

Successful year 2015 for the Royal Philharmonic

In 2015, London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) performed 172 concerts in London, UK venues & abroad, reaching a combined audience in excess of 500,000.

Adaptistration

Improving the musician audition process

Before we dive too far into this rabbit hole of a topic, we should confirm that the apply-audition-award method that is the typical professional US orchestra process is perhaps best described as the “best bad option available.”

Klassik heute

San Francisco Symphony: Uraufführung per Live-Stream über „Facebook Live“

Das San Francisco Symphony (SFS) unter der Leitung seines Gastdirigenten Pablo Heras-Casado wird als erstes Symphonieorchester mithilfe der Live-Videostreaming-Funktion „Facebook Live“ eine Uraufführung weltweit und kostenlos live übertragen.

Kultur-Port

Staatsoper Hamburg: Opernereignisse, die Aufsehen erregen werden

Opernereignisse, die Aufsehen erregen werden – das verspricht ein Blick ins neue Programm der Staatsoper Hamburg für 2016/17, die zweite Saison unter der Leitung von Georges Delnon, Kent Nagano und dem weltweit in der Zahl seiner Dienstjahre unübertroffenen John Neumeier.

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Der Stolz des Staates

Hierzulande kämpfen Orchester ums Überleben – in Fernost erlebt die Klassik einen Boom

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Classic FM @ClassicFM You voted for the music, so now enjoy the hits from the # with @:

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(Written on April 20, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Lang Lang plans to gather prominent musicians to celebrate New York’s musical history, Ailyn Pérez wins this year’s Beverly Sills Artist Award, The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain are to become associate orchestra at Southbank Centre and Kathleen Battle will return to the Metropolitan Opera 22 years after firing.

New York Times

Lang Lang to deliver a love letter to New York, in music

The Chinese piano virtuoso Lang Lang, one of the few classical musicians to achieve pop-culture status, considers New York his adoptive home. And, as a kind of love letter, he is planning to gather fellow prominent singers and instrumentalists to celebrate the city’s rich musical history.

New York Times

The soprano Ailyn Pérez wins Beverly Sills Artist Award

The soprano Ailyn Pérez has won this year’s Beverly Sills Artist Award, which offers a $50,000 prize to help foster the careers of young singers who have appeared in solo roles at the Metropolitan Opera.

Classical Music Magazine

NYOGB to become Southbank Centre associate orchestra

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain will become associate orchestra at Southbank Centre from 2016/17.

Classical Music Magazine

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra receives £500,000 gift

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has received one of the largest single gifts in its history from the Rachel Baker Memorial Charity.

Classicalite

Kathleen Battle returns to the Metropolitan Opera 22 years after firing

Operatic soprano Kathleen Battle has announced she will return to the Metropolitan Opera some 22 years after her famous departure. Peter Gelb, the new general manager, says there’s no ill-will towards the performer.

The Strad

New Zealand String Quartet appoints new second violinist

The New Zealand String Quartet has appointed Monique Lapins as its new second violinist. She replaces Douglas Beilman, who left the ensemble at the end of 2015 after 26 years.

Music Week

PRS Foundation reveals its Talent Development Partners for 2016

PRS for Music Foundation has announced 22 organisations from across the UK, which have been selected as PRS Foundation Talent Development Partners for 2016.

Pizzicato

Vincent Larderet named Artistic Director of French Piano festival

French pianist Vincent Larderet has been named Artistic Director of Piano at the Musée Würth in Erstein/Alsace.

Pizzicato

Seiji Ozawa, Ehrenmitglied der Berliner Philharmoniker

Vor der gestrigen Generalprobe in der Berliner Philharmonie haben die Berliner Philharmoniker als Ausdruck ihrer langjährigen Verbundenheit Seiji Ozawa in den Kreis der Ehrenmitglieder des Orchesters aufgenommen.

KulturPort.de

Giacomo Puccinis verschollenes Opernjuwel Edgar. KLANGVOKAL Musikfestival Dortmund präsentiert in einer Deutschlandpremiere die Mailänder Urfassung

Große Gefühle, erlesene Stimmen und ein im deutschsprachigen Raum noch nie zuvor aufgeführter vierter Akt – auch ein berühmter Komponist wie Giacomo Puccini hält eben noch Überraschungen bereit.

Klassik Akzente

Zum Schwelgen und Entspannen – Die Klangfarben des Cellos

Das Cello ist seit Jahrhunderten für seinen warmen, berührenden Klang berühmt. Jetzt veröffentlicht Deutsche Grammophon eine Sammlung großer Cello-Werke aus 300 Jahren Musikgeschichte: Klänge zum Entspannen, zum Träumen und Schwelgen.

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AVA Opera @avaopera Congrats to @ on her ’16 Beverly Sills Artist Award! Ailyn is no. 5 AVAlum to win

PRS Foundation @prsfoundation Next up we have Talent Development Partner, Cheltenham Festivals @ 

klassik.com @klassikcom  Bonner Stadtrat stimmt für Sanierung der Beethovenhalle # #

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Lang Lang, pianist. Photograph: Adam Dean for The New York Times

(Written on April 8, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Villazon to be directing opera in Düsseldorf, Rheinsberg music academy to celebrate 25th anniversary and ENO to win Oliver for “outstanding achievement in opera”. Also, “Panama Papers” accuse Russian Cellist and artistic director of Petersburg’s House of Music concert hall.

Der Westen

Villazon inszeniert, Schläpfer pausiert

Junges Publikum wollen alle. Der Rheinoper gelingt der Spagat zwischen traditionellen Opernfans und Youngstern, dem Publikum von morgen

NMZ

Operndirektorin aus Stuttgart wechselt zur Nationaloper in Straßburg

Vom Neckar an den Rhein: Die Vize-Chefin der Oper Stuttgart, Eva Kleinitz, wechselt als Generalintendantin an die Nationaloper in Straßburg

Märkische Allgemeine

Musikakademie lässt die Korken knallen

Mit einem Festakt im Schlosstheater haben Begründer, Mitstreiter und Wegbegleiter am Sonnabend das 25-jährige Bestehen der Rheinsberger Musikakademie begangen

Classic FM

English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra win ‘Outstanding Achievement in Opera’ at Olivier Awards

The win comes just days after the company’s music director has announced that he will be standing down

The Strad

Russian cellist accused of money laundering scheme with Vladimir Putin

Leaked ‘Panama Papers’ suggest Sergei Roldugin, artistic director of St Petersburg’s House of Music concert hall, profited from suspicious deals

Chicago Classical Review

Student protesters try to disrupt CSO concert

A group of around a hundred student protestors rushed into Symphony Center Saturday night in an unsuccessful attempt to disrupt the evening’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert

ABC News

Kathleen Battle to Return to the Metropolitan Opera

Kathleen Battle is returning to the Metropolitan Opera, 22 years after the company fired her and publicly accused her of “unprofessional actions”

Twitter

Manuel Brug We’re not in Wuppertal anymore! Big -collages are now world culture heritage. Thank you !

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CLASSICALITE Francisco’s Cypress String Quartet have taken on ‘s string quartet arrangements in its entirety

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(Written on April 5, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Beethoven as most popular composer, Karina Canellakis wins Solti award, the David Bowie memorial concert to be streamed via Skype for charity & The New York Times gives an insight into Metropolitan Opera.

The New York Times

A Night (and Many Days) Backstage at the Metropolitan Opera

Behind its facade of white travertine and auditorium of red velvet and gold leaf, the Metropolitan Opera is essentially a factory.

Classicalite

Beethoven overtakes Mozart as most popular composer in new poll

A new listener’s poll conducted by Classic FM has Beethoven besting Mozart as the most popular composer. The classical music station’s annual poll results have historically had Mozart in the top position.

Music Week

SoundCloud launches subscription service, SoundCloud Go, in the US

SoundCloud has unveiled SoundCloud Go, a subscription service that offers an “additional layer of music and supporting features, created to complement and enhance the existing” SoundCloud experience.

Classical Music Magazine

Karina Canellakis wins Solti Award

Karina Canellakis has won the $25,000 (£17,500) Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award.

Classical Music Magazine

Orchestre National de Lille appoints Alexandre Bloch as music director

The Orchestre National de Lille has named Alexandre Bloch as its next music director. He will take up the position at the start of the 2016/17 season, succeeding the orchestra’s founding conductor Jean-Claude Casadesus.

BBC News

David Bowie memorial concert streamed live for charity

A David Bowie memorial concert will be streamed live internationally in exchange for charitable donations, organisers have said. Due to “unprecedented interest” promoters have teamed up with Skype, so that fans, in exchange for a minimum donation of £15, can watch the event.

Zeit Online

US-Jazzkomponist mit 84 Jahren gestorben

Der US-amerikanische Jazzmusiker David Baker ist tot. In seinem langen Musikerleben komponierte er mehr als 2.000 Stücke.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Souveräner Mr. Swing

Jazz und Swing waren seine Markenzeichen, an denen er gegen den Zeitgeist festhielt – mit Erfolg. Zum Tode von Roger Cicero, der viel zu früh starb.

Der Tagesspiegel

Flimm: “Staatsoper ab Herbst 2017 wieder Unter den Linden”

Kaum sind die Festtage vorbei, geht’s sofort weiter: Daniel Barenboim und Jürgen Flimm haben die Pläne der Berliner Staatsoper für die kommende Spielzeit vorgestellt.

Le Monde.fr

Toujours déficitaire, Pandora rappelle son fondateur à la rescousse

A la recherche d’un second souffle, Pandora change de patron. Lundi 28 mars, le service américain de streaming musical a remercié Brian McAndrews, qui occupait le poste de directeur général depuis deux ans et demi.

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Rita Sala, il ricordo di Riccardo Muti: «Quei nostri dialoghi dominati dalla meraviglia»

La notizia della morte di Rita mi è giunta all’improvviso e assolutamente inaspettata.

El Mundo

Música contemporánea: no muerde

El compositor Tomás Marco inicia hoy una serie de conferencias dirigidas a acercar a la música de los siglos XX y XXI al público general, es decir, interesado pero no experto en la materia.

Twitter

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3: We’re heading back to the late Classical era for Music in Time, with Beethoven’s Missa solemnis #

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Coming up shortly @ gives a first play to the stunning # soundtrack:

klassik.com @klassikcom: Osterfestspiele Salzburg 2016 mit erfolgreicher Bilanz # #

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A rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera of the new production of “Roberto Devereux” by Donizetti. Photograph: James Estrin/The New York Times

(Written on March 30, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine reports that Dudamel and the Youth Orchestra LA are to perform at the Super Bowl, Aurèle Nicolet dies aged 90 and young conductor leads CBSO. Also, Per Nørgård wins Siemens Music Prize 2016.

Classical Music Magazine

Gustavo Dudamel and Youth Orchestra Los Angeles to perform during the Super Bowl

Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 halftime show on 7 February

classical-music.com

Aurèle Nicolet (1926-2016)

Leading Swiss flautist dies aged 90

theartsdesk.com

Benedetti, CBSO, Shani, Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden

Young conductor leads dynamic and detailed Haydn, Szymanowski and Dvořák

Classical Music Magazine

Per Nørgård wins Siemens Music Prize 2016

Per Nørgård has been awarded the 2016 Ernst von Siemens Music Prize in recognition of his lifelong contribution to music

Klassik.com

Wiener Philharmoniker und Salzburger Festspiele besiegeln Zusammenarbeit bis 2021

Die Salzburger Festspiele haben ihren Vertrag mit den Wiener Philharmonikern bis 2021 verlängert. Das Orchester wirkt seit 1925 regelmäßig in tragender Rolle bei den Salzburger Festspielen mit

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Luftgeist

Jahrhundert-Flötist: Im Alter von 90 Jahren ist Aurèle Nicolet gestorben

Die Zeit

“Man spielt jeden Tag anders”

Grigory Sokolov ist der große Anti-Star der internationalen Klavierszene: Keine Allüren, keine Studioaufnahmen – und keine Interviews. Hier spricht er nach 15 Jahren zum ersten Mal wieder

France musique

Les Victoires de la musique classique, comment ça marche ?

Les Victoires de la musique classique récompenseront le 24 février prochain les artistes marquants de l’année. Qui choisit les nommés, qui vote pour les gagnants ?

New York Times

Adjusting Medication May Prolong Levine’s Tenure at the Met

The stage was being set to announce the retirement of James Levine, the music director of the Metropolitan Opera since 1976

Twitter

BBC Music Magazine@MusicMagazine With the 70th anniversary of the Third Programme on the horizon, @BBCRadio3 announces plans to commission 70 works: http://www.classical-music.com/news/radio-3-celebrate-anniversary-70-commissions

Indy Music@IndyMusic  Turns out Pavarotti’s granddaughter can sing just as well as her grandfather… http://ind.pn/1PadzUu

Music History @today_classical  #Today in 1869 Birth of #baritone Jean #Perier #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

Nicolet_625Pixels-542413281                               Aurèle Nicolet/www.classical-music.com

(Written on February 2, 2016 )

Classical news

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine counts down the days to Christmas with 25 of the best Christmas carols and Andrew Clements discusses his top 10 classical CDs of 2015 for The Guardian. Also, Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles, which was last performed at the Metropolitan Opera in 1916, opens on New Year’s Eve

Classical Music Magazine

22 December: Bethlehem Down

This Christmas we count down the days with an advent calendar of the 25 best Christmas carols ever written, as voted for by 50 top choral experts from the across the UK and US

International Arts Manager

Bizet’s pearl fishers come to the surface for the first time in a century

A new staging of Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers), which was last performed at New York’s Metropolitan Opera in 1916, opens on New Year’s Eve

The Guardian

Andrew Clements’ top 10 classical CDs of 2015

The best of this year’s releases, from Simon Rattle conducting Lutosławski’s Piano Concerto to Steve Reich’s minimal masterpiece Music for 18 Musicians

The Telegraph

The Christmas music that tells us who we are

Because we live in an increasingly secular society the culture of  Christmas has, within living memory, changed dramatically

Klassik.com

O du fröhliche bereits 200 Jahre alt?

Das berühmte Weihnachtslied “O du fröhliche” ist nach Recherchen des Weimarer Johannes Falk-Vereins älter als bislang angenommen

Musik heute

Mit Beethovens Ode “An die Freude” gegen Pegida

Einige tausend Menschen haben in Dresden am Montag friedlich gegen eine Kundgebung des islam- und fremdenfeindlichen Pegida-Bündnisses demonstriert

Klassik heute

Eugen Jochum Preis an Andreas Pascal Heinemann

Am vergangenen Sonntag, 20.12.2015, wurde zum dritten Mal der Eugen-Jochum-Preis durch dessen Tochter Veronica Jochum von Moltke vergeben

New York Times

Aix Festival Director to Step Down

Bernard Foccroulle, the general director of the Aix-en-Provence Festival, plans to step down from his position at the end of 2017, the festival announced on Friday

Le Figaro

Après Paris, Londres veut sa Philharmonie

Un rapport confirme le besoin d’une nouvelle salle qui pourrait voir le jour en 2023.

Twitter

Music Yuppy:@Music_Yuppy Happening music & culture blog is accepting talented new artists to feature http://bit.ly/1NU94Ci

Kings Place:@KingsPlace  We’ve something exciting to announce for 2016 – The London Podcast Festival will be @KingsPlace 23-25 Sep! Stay tuned for more info…

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Les Pêcheurs de Perles/ International Arts Manager

Les Pêcheurs de Perles/ International Arts Manager

(Written on December 22, 2015 )

In early Italian Opera, from the 1600’s until about 1800, many operatic roles were written for castrati. Recently more men have been trained as countertenors to sing these roles, however it is often women who take on these ‘breeches roles’ in the place of castrati.

From the end of the eighteenth century, when composition for castrati had declined, male operatic roles continued to be written for high voices. Thus, it was intended that a woman should dress up as a man to play these characters. It is important to note, that the quality of the voices and music has always come before realism in opera.

Italian castrato Francesco Bernardi Senasino (1686- 1758) Senesino was closely associated with Handel & sung 17 of his lead roles an

Italian castrato Francesco Bernardi Senesino (1686- 1758). Senesino was closely associated with Handel and sung 17 of his lead roles.

Travesti in Italian means disguised and Travesty applies to roles sung by the opposite sex. This term can therefore also apply to ‘skirt roles’, whereby a man sings a female role.

A long list of lead figures in operas are known as ‘breeches roles’ (‘travesti’ or ‘hosenrolle’) .

Here are some of the most well known Travesty roles in opera.

Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, Richard Strauss

Octavian, young lover of the Feldmarschallin Marie Thérèse, is written as a soprano/mezzo-soprano breeches part. Typical of a breeches role, Octavian must disguise as a woman to hide his identity and involvement with Marie Thérèse.

Christa Ludwig as Octavian

Christa Ludwig as Octavian

Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Donizetti

When assessing the singers for I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Bellini wasn’t particularly impressed with the tenor. However he admired the talents of mezzo-soprano Giuditta Grisi, so he decided to cast Grisi as Romeo in a breeches role.                                                                   

Anna Netrebko and Elina Garanca as Romeo & Julliet, ROH 2009

Anna Netrebko and Elina Garanca as Romeo & Julliet, ROH 2009

Cherubino, Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart

Cherubino is an adolescent boy and the counts page. As many breeches roles, Cherubino is played by a mezzo-soprano. Similarly to Der Rosenkavalier’s Octavian, Cherubino must disguise himself as a girl. He is a womaniser and woos both Susanna (engaged to Figaro) and Countess Almaviva (married to Count Almaviva).

Other breeches roles in Mozart’s operas, include Sesto and Annino in La clemenza di Tito,  Idamante in Idomeneo and Amintas in Il re pastore.

Joyce DiDonato as Cherubino at the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Joyce DiDonato as Cherubino at the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Composers chose for male characters to be played by women, due to the sound characteristics of their voices and their physique. Female figures are particularly suited to being cast as young boys, as these roles require narrow physiques and light, clear voices. Although today, it is of course perfectly acceptable for women to perform on stage, in the nineteenth century, woman who went on stage were dishonored and had a lower status. Thus, there were cases of women dressing up, pretending to be a castrati men in order to avoid this. Today’s interest and media focus on gender fluidity suggests that there is great scope for opera to flourish, as modern audiences continue to be fascinated by gender roles.

(Written on November 12, 2015 )