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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 )

Classical News

In today’s news, soprano Marlis Petersen says goodbye to Lulu, Jimi Hendrix forms double act with Handel at London museum & pianist Seong-Jin Cho is the newest classical music icon in Korea. Also, Stephen Kovacevich reveals how he ‘attuned to the dark side of life’

The Guardian

Jimi Hendrix forms double act with Handel at London museum

The guitarist’s restored 1960s flat will open to visitors next spring in a building adjoining the 18th-century composer’s former home


Stephen Kovacevich: ‘I’ve attuned to the dark side of life’

It may seem a surprising remark from this apparently otherworldly man, but it’s all of a piece with his labours every day at the piano

The Strad

Joshua Bell on performing and directing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto for the first time

The star soloist and Academy of St Martin in the Fields music director will perform and direct the work with the ensemble in London in November

New York Times

Classical Music This Week: The Met and the Mets, Female Conductors and Schiff’s Pedal

With the World Series starting tonight, the Metropolitan Opera got in on the action: Mr. Met, the team’s mascot, led members of the company’s orchestra and chorus in “Meet the Mets” this morning

The Nation

Pianist Cho, Korea’s newest classical music icon

SEOUL – Seong-Jin Cho, the winner of the Chopin piano competition, is a new classical music icon in Korea, setting recording history even before the release of his first solo album


Psychoaktive Klangsubstanzen

Offenbar sind wir in der Lage, im Gemenge der auf uns einströmenden Schallwellen winzige Details wiederzuerkennen, unser Gehör im Nu „scharf“ auf sie einzustellen und so einen musikalischen Komplex zu isolieren, der „eigentlich“ doch gar nicht hörbar sein dürfte. Wie gelingt uns das?

Ehrenpreis der Deutschen Musical Akademie für Peter Weck

Der österreichische Autor, Produzent frühere Intendant der Vereinigten Bühnen Wien, Peter Weck, ist mit dem Ehrenpreis der Deutschen Musical Akademie ausgezeichnet worden. Weck wurde damit für seine herausragenden Leistungen im Musical-Bereich gewürdigt


Roberto Minczuk gibt künstlerische Leitung des Brasilianischen Symphonieorchesters ab

Der umstrittene Dirigent Roberto Minczuk hat nach monatelangen Querelen den Posten des Künstlerischen Leiters beim Brasilianischen Symphonieorchester aufgegeben, bleibt aber Chefdirigent

The New York Times

Soprano Marlis Petersen Is Saying Goodbye to Lulu

Quitting while ahead is never easy, but walking away while on top is truly rare. So it was startling to hear Marlis Petersen, the German soprano who reigns in the daunting title role of Berg’s “Lulu”

South China Morning Post

Bassist prejudice: Hong Kong’s MTR eases ban on cellos, larger musical instruments still not allowed

Trial scheme allows for registered instruments to be carried aboard, but larger guzheng and double bass will remain banned from trains


Sinfini MusicShould bobbing your head in time be allowed at classical concerts? What about clapping between movements? Coughing?

BBC Music MagazineVery sad to hear of the death of organ builder Peter Collins. An incredible craftsman and a wonderful man.

Classic FM9 problems only music teachers will understand:


Hendrix rented the attic flat at 23 Brook Street, in the centre, long after Handel lived next door. The two buildings have since been knocked together. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA/The Guardian

(Written on October 28, 2015 )

In today’s news, Peter Gelb facing controversy, Radio 3 is not only a classical music station, young Brit named as conductor of Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León and singing Black Hole discovered.

The Guardian

Not only in New York – how the most powerful man in opera took the Met to the world

Peter Gelb, general manager of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, has faced controversy, even death threats. But he has also turned the Met into the world’s local opera house by bringing its productions to cinemas around the globe

The Telegraph

Radio 3 controller: we’re not a classical music station

Alan Davey says Radio 3 is a cultural channel offering more than just music as he unveils new drama slate and plans for regional accents on air


Benjamin Britten’s ‘lost’ Malaysian anthem

The great English composer Benjamin Britten once wrote Malaysia a national anthem – only for it to be rejected it in favour of a cabaret tune. Did the government make a horrible mistake, asks Alex Marshall, author of a new book on the history of anthems

BBC Music Magazine

Conductor Andrew Gourlay takes top Spanish post

Young Brit appointed music director at Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León


BBC Music film to introduce pupils to classical music

BBC Music will release a film, called Ten Pieces II, specially made for secondary schools to introduce a new generation to classical music which will feature Scots violinist Nicola Benedetti.


Sounds of Space: Chandra X-Ray Discovers Black Hole Singing in the Key of B-Flat

The principles of music are already applied to more aspects of life than perhaps they have a right to, but certainly none so vast and all-encompassing as the foundations of the universe itself

Die Zeit

So surreal wie das Nordlicht

Mit auratischen Klangwelten hat sich die Isländerin Anna Thorvaldsdottir international einen Namen gemacht. Inspiriert von Grönlands Natur, komponiert sie nun für die Opernbühne – in Trier ist Premiere

Die Welt

Der Deutsche, der einmal Opernkönig der Welt war

Giacomo Meyerbeer war einst der berühmteste Opernkomponist der Welt. Heute werden seine Riesenwerke um Mord, Totschlag und Wahnsinn kaum noch gespielt. Nun plant Berlins Deutsche Oper sein Revival

Barenboim: Werde solange spielen wie die Zuhörer kommen

Der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim (72) will auftreten, solange das Publikum es vom ihm wünscht, bittet aber seine Zuhörer um etwas mehr Geduld bei der modernen Musik

El Mundo

Melodías de integración

El Teatro Real presenta Aula Social, un nuevo proyecto que se desarrolla dentro de su programa dedicado a la infancia. El Teatro Real ha presentado un programa para la integración niños con capacidades diferentes que, gracias a la música, pueden aprender y expresarse a través de instrumentos o participando en un coro


Classical: NEXT @ClassicalNEXT Thank you so much for hundreds of proposals! will be a blast looking at all the programme possibilities

Cicero Online @cicero_online Henning Mankell ist im Alter von 67 Jahren gestorben. Ein Interview über Mankells große Leidenschaft

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ . director Kate Anderson offers a look behind the scenes in her blog for CM:


Andrew Gourlay

Photo: Andrew Gourlay, Conductor/

(Written on October 5, 2015 )

In today’s news Richard Morrison discusses the “northern powerhouse” and HOME, the new £25 million arts centre that throws open its smart doors this weekend. Meanwhile, the ENO’s production of The Pirates of Penzance has broken UK cinema box office records, overtaking Metropolitan Opera’s broadcast of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow (January 2015), which grossed a total of £504k. Finally, congratulations to Judith Weir who was presented with the classical music prize at the 60th Ivor Novello awards.

The Times

HOME is a huge statement of faith in the power of culture

Even on a typically balmy May morning in Manchester — rain lashing down, pedestrians braced like Lowry’s matchstick men against a force 9 from Eccles — my spirits are elated. We hear a lot from George Osborne about a “new northern powerhouse”, but I’ve just emerged from a northern powerhouse that’s up and running.

Evening Standard

Glyndebourne’s Robin Ticciati interview: ‘Simon Rattle’s return to London is the greatest news’

At only 32, the music director is shaking up the world of classical music. He tells Claire Allfree about his mentor and why London needs a new concert hall

TIME magazine

Everything You Need to Know About the New Spotify

In a press event on Wednesday, streaming service Spotify made one thing clear: it’s no longer just for music.

Classical Music Magazine

Judith Weir wins Ivor Novello award

Composer Judith Weir was presented with the classical music prize at the 60th Ivor Novello awards.

ENO’s Pirates breaks UK cinema box office records

English National Opera’s production of The Pirates of Penzance has taken over £600k at the UK box office to date.

Mehr Geld für Sanierung des Bayreuther Opernhauses

Das bayerische Finanzministerium hat den Etat für die Sanierungsmaßnahmen am Markgräflichen Opernhaus Bayreuth noch einmal um fünf Millionen Euro auf insgesamt 27,5 Millionen Euro angehoben.

Musik Heute

Musikmesse Classical:NEXT eröffnet

Die Musikmesse Classical:NEXT ist am Mittwochabend in Rotterdam eröffnet worden. An dem Branchentreffen nehmen über 800 Fachbesucher aus über 40 Ländern teil.

Codex Flores

Musikalische Grundschule verbessert Bildungschancen

Das von der Bertelsmann Stiftung und sechs deutschen Kultusministerien geförderte Projekt Musikalische Grundschule hat seit 2005 rund 200’000 Schüler an 400 Schulen hat erreicht.

France Musique

La lutherie face à la forêt de demain

Actuellement, il y aurait près de 300 luthiers en France… Depuis quelques années on observe un regain d’intérêt pour cet artisanat, dont la matière première est le bois. Si les techniques restent fidèles aux traditions anciennes, face à l’évolution de l’exploitation de la forêt, le métier doit s’adapter.

Le Figaro

Fleur Pellerin passe à l’action sur la musique en streaming

La ministre de la Culture a confié une mission de médiation à Marc Schwartz, chargé de trouver un terrain d’entente entre les plates-formes en ligne et les créateurs.


M Magazine   full list of winners including +

Ace North  . continues its this weekend – get involved:

Grange Park Opera    cast headed to The Grange for the first time AND sitzprobe in Poole!

HOME Manchester

(Written on May 22, 2015 )

Classical News

The Strad

Philharmonie de Paris architect sues venue’s sponsors

Jean Nouvel claims the new building differs from his original design

Minnesota Orchestra to perform in Cuba following restoration of US diplomatic relations

The orchestra last performed in Havana in 1929

Classical Music Magazine

Cuts to music teaching imminent in Bromley, Wiltshire and elsewhere

As the new financial year approaches, several local authorities have revealed plans which involve significant reductions in spending on music provision.

Warwick Report calls for joined up thinking in cultural sector

A one-year commission lead by the University of Warwick and chaired by Vikki Heywood CBE has just released its report, titled Enriching Britain: Culture, Creativity and Growth.

International Arts Manager

Young musicians to learn career tools at workshop

It’s a jungle out there for young musicians, but the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) are cutting a path through it with Make Music Work (MMW).

Zeit Online

Castorfs “Baal” darf nur noch zwei Mal aufgeführt werden

Suhrkamp stimmt einem Vergleich im Streit um die Castorf-Inszenierung des Stücks “Baal” doch zu: Das Stück wird nur noch einmal in München und einmal in Berlin gespielt.

Der Tagesspiegel

Mein Lehrer, der Teufel

Harte Schule: Wer als Schlagzeuger groß rauskommen will, muss in „Whiplash“ üben, bis die Hände bluten. Dabei geht es weniger um Musik als um Macht.



Der Breitkopf-Klavierwettbewerb

The New York Times

Metropolitan Opera Unveils a Season of Big Stars and 6 New Productions

The Metropolitan Opera said on Wednesday that it would redouble its efforts to attract new audiences to the opera next season with six new productions, a star-filled roster and new initiatives, including one that will offer half-priced tickets to children during the holidays and another to court young professionals with later curtain times, discounts and social events.

The Washington Post

Eschenbach to leave NSO, Kennedy Center music directorship in 2017

When Deborah Rutter took over as the Kennedy Center’s president in September, music lovers wondered what would happen with the National Symphony Orchestra — one of the most highly paid ensembles in the country, but a chronically underperforming organization.


Rachel Podger Wins Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize

British Violinist Rachel Podger (*1968) has been awarded the 2015 Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize.


BBC Music Magazine ‏@MusicMagazine : Vote in our Awards for your chance to win a Yamaha hi-fi system worth over 700! Find out more: 

tiredoflondon ‏@tiredoflondon :Tonight – Free @SouthbankSinf rush hour concert at @StJohnsWaterloo. Last week’s was lovely – 

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM: A superstar pianist reveals just how you get 85 million YouTube views: 

NEWS Philharmonie

The Philharmonie de Paris. Photo: The Strad


(Written on February 19, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

‘I hope our artistic leaders will heed Sachs’s advice. The survival of ENO may depend on it’

Wagner’s Hans Sachs could teach today’s politicians a thing or two about the value of art, writes Iain Paterson, who makes his debut in the role at ENO this weekend

The Independent

Bryn Terfel interview: Britain’s best-loved baritone looks back on his ‘wonderful journey’ through the world’s greatest operas

Gods. Murderers. Dictators. Ghosts. Bryn Terfel is used to playing them all, and more.

The Strad

Julian Lloyd Webber to sell his Stradivarius cello

The cellist was forced to retire from performing last year due to a neck injury

BBC Music Magazine

Aldo Ciccolini (1925-2015)

The great pianist has died at the age of 89

BBC Radio 3 to celebrate International Women’s Day

Two weeks of programming will champion the work of female composers and performers

Classical Music Magazine

Barry Ife: ‘Let’s lift the lid on the myths and mysteries of the professional music world’

‘As principal of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, I have the good fortune to work with some of the most outstanding young musicians, actors and theatre technicians in the world.’


Klang allein ist nicht alles

München ist entrüstet, weil es keinen neuen Konzertsaal bekommt. Verständlich. Aber es gibt noch viele weitere Gründe, warum die Musiklandschaft im Vergleich zu anderen Städten wie Freiburg so blass wirkt.

Berliner Zeitung

Der Karneval der Kulturen findet statt

Der bisher auf der Kippe stehende Karneval der Kulturen in Berlin wird laut dem RBB auch in diesem Jahr stattfinden. Integrationssenatorin Dilek Kolat (SPD) habe sich mit den beteiligten Gruppen geeinigt, zitierte der Sender am Mittwochabend Kolats Sprecher.

Die Welt

“Der Tod hat sich immer für mich interessiert”

Luc Bondy ist einer der bedeutendsten Regisseuren. Gerade läuft seine Version von Tschechows “Iwanow” in Paris. Ein Gespräch über Antisemitismus in Frankreich und seine Ideen fürs Berliner Ensemble.

The New York Times

‘Tristan’ to Open Met Season in 2016

The inventive Polish director Mariusz Trelinski, whose eerie, film noir-influenced double bill of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” at the Metropolitan Opera is winning praise, has received an even bigger assignment form the company: a new production of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” that will open the Met’s season in 2016.


Ten Seconds Of A Naked Salome Create Protest In Northern Ireland

A new production of Richard Strauss’s Salome has raised a storm of protest in Belfast.


Simon Rattle Talks Sibelius

The Berlin Philharmonic’s chief conductor and Finnish music journalist/Sibelius expert Vesa Sirén spend an hour talking about the composer’s music – and what the Philharmoniker find easy and difficult about it.


Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic : NEWS: @MancCamerata principal cellist to play Elgar on loaned 17th-c Strad:  @RNCMvoice

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse:Just over a week to go for young composers (aged 11-16) to enter our Fanfare competition! … ^P

Culture Republic ‏@culture_public :Interesting new app being piloted allows users to rate arts experiences  & #marketers can get anonymous data on users.


Bryn Terfel in ‘Der Fliegende Holländer.’ Photo” The Independent


(Written on February 5, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Beethoven’s heart and Wagner’s bowels, and why they don’t matter

The trend to draw parallels between the specifics of a composer’s possible medical history and the particularities of his music should come – well, with a musicological health-warning.

Tim Ashley’s opera guide: marital hell

In the last of his opera guides, Tim Ashley selects five great works that explore what happens when they didn’t live happily ever after, and shows where to find the best versions online

The Strad

US Department of Transportation finalises law for carrying instruments on board airlines

Small instruments such as violins are now legally allowed as carry-on baggage provided there is available stowage space

Classic FM

Extinction beckons for piano shops in US as children lose interest

The continued decline in piano sales in the United States means shops selling the instrument are becoming a rare site.

The 10 most bizarre Viennese waltzes and polkas

Every year the Vienna Philharmonic greets the new year with its annual celebration of the music of the Strauss family. And every year, the orchestra lets its collective hair down with one of the more bizarre pieces in the Viennese canon. Here are some of our favourites…

Frühestes bekanntes Zeugnis der Zweistimmigkeit entdeckt

Doktorand stößt in British Library auf Dokument aus der Zeit um 910

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Pilsen – eine europäische Musikstadt

Diese Stadt ist ohnehin bekannt für ihre Jazz-Szene, doch 2015 wird “ihr Jahr”: Pilsen, Kulturhauptstadt Europas.

Codex Flores

Deutscher Aktionstag gegen TTIP

Der Deutsche Kulturrat ruft am 21. Mai, dem Internationalen Tag der Kulturellen Vielfalt, zu einem Aktionstag gegen die zur Diskussion stehenden Freihandelsabkommen TTIP und CETA auf.

The New York Times

Discounted Tickets: A Test for the Metropolitan Opera

One of the first measures Peter Gelb instituted when he arrived as general manager of the Metropolitan Opera in 2006 was to introduce a rush ticket program, which offers up to 100 or so $25 tickets in prime seating locations for each performance.

El Mundo

‘El Teatro Real ha hecho los deberes’

Hace unos días, Gregorio Marañón aseguró que el Teatro Real, cuyo patronato preside, contaría con un superávit de medio millón de euros en 2015.


Classicalite @Classicalite: Artistic Director of @OperaAustralia Lyndon Terracini Revokes Critics’s Tickets for Giving Bad Reviews … @klassikcom: Mailänder Sinfonieorchester erhält Teil der versprochenen Subventionen  #Orchester #Kulturpolitik ‏@Klassikinfo: Waltraud Meier zum Ehrenmitglied der Berliner Staatsoper ernannt

The soprano Renée Fleming, center, in the title role of Franz Lehar’s operetta “The Merry Widow,” at the Metropolitan Opera. Credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

The soprano Renée Fleming, center, in the title role of Franz Lehar’s operetta “The Merry Widow,” at the Metropolitan Opera.
Credit: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

(Written on January 6, 2015 )

Classical News


Y=X factor: how to write the perfect song

Can science help us write a hit? Mezzo soprano and physicist Christine Rice goes in search of a formula for the most popular songs – from Handel to Weill to Harry Styles


Pumeza Matshikiza on soprano megastardom, her township education and why the ANC is a stuck record

She is the leading light of a generation of opera stars to have burst out of the townships post-Apartheid. But the superstar soprano Pumeza Matshikiza has little faith that the ANC is making it any easier for ambitious young South Africans to call their own tune

Classical music’s new movement: Bob Riley and the Manchester Camerata

On the hunt for new audiences, Bob Riley and the Manchester Camerata are going where other orchestras fear to tread


Myleene Klass: a deadly force of nature, pure and simple

Her bruising encounter with Ed Miliband proves that there’s far more to the bikini-wearing pop star than meets the eye

The Times

Meet Milos, the Montenegrin pin-up with plenty of pluck

The guitar virtuoso on discovering his talent growing up in Montenegro and becoming a player on the world stage

Classical Source

Star Guests, Spectacular Proms and Festive Music in the BBC Classical Line-up for Christmas: John Wilson, Vivienne Westwood, Roger Moore, Antonio Pappano, Gareth Malone, Simon Rattle, Alfred Brendel, Danielle de Niese

The BBC is delighted to reveal its classical music programming on television, radio and in the concert hall across the Christmas season.

Zeit Online

Die Luft im Klang

Gelassen erobert der tschechische Komponist Ondřej Adámek den Elfenbeinturm der neuen Musik.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wer wird Nachfolger von Simon Rattle?

Warum die Berliner Philharmoniker Mariss Jansons zum Nachfolger von Simon Rattle wählen sollten – oder Staatsopern-Chef Daniel Barenboim.


Generalmusikdirektoren sollen mehr arbeiten, aber weniger entscheiden

In ihrer Sitzung an diesem Wochenende in Hamburg hat sich die Deutschsprachige Opernkonferenz ausgiebig mit den für Opernhäuser in Deutschland abgeschlossenen Verträgen für Generalmusikdirektoren befasst.

Metropolitan Opera mit Defizit von 22 Millionen US-Dollar

Höchstes Defizit im Verhältnis zum Budget seit 1984

Codex Flores

Müller-Preis für Filmmusik geht an Martina Eisenreich

Der mit 10’000 Euro dotierte Rolf-Hans Müller Preis für Filmmusik 2014 ist der in Bockhorn lebenden Komponistin Martina Eisenreich überreicht worden.


Paris Opera Awards For Six Singers

Under president Sir Richard Bonynge, the jury of the Paris Opera Awards has awarded six prizes.


ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: ‘The investment we make to become an opera singer is not worth the return’

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_: BBC Radio 3 is facing ‘cacophony of criticism’ says @FT. BBC’s Helen Boaden denies station has dumbed down:  (£ish) @Klassikinfo: München darf nicht zur Dumpfbackenmetropole verkommen. Ein Beschluss für einen neuen Konzertsaal ist überfällig! 

Ondřej Adámek's funny Air Machine  |  © Ondřej Adámek

Ondřej Adámek’s funny Air Machine | © Ondřej Adámek



(Written on November 24, 2014 )

Classic FM

Opera house audience faking disability for free tickets

The Belfast Grand Opera House is reviewing its policy for disabled access following reports that concertgoers have been pretending to be disabled to get free tickets.

The Guardian

BBC Radio 3 chief: I won’t be ‘dumbing down’ station

Alan Davey says station will not become more like Classic FM to address shrinking audience and will still offer ‘complex culture

The Telegraph

This is the kind of music you should listen to at work

Listening to music at work increases accuracy and speed, a new study has found. The genre you should choose, from classical music to dance beats, depends on what your work involves

BBC Media Centre

Donald Runnicles to become BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s Conductor Emeritus

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has announced that Donald Runnicles will become its Conductor Emeritus in September 2016, when he will step down from the post of Chief Conductor.

The Classical Review

Despite the protests and an uneven staging, Met’s powerful “Klinghoffer” makes a devastating impact

The loudest sound Monday night was the ovation for John Adams as he stepped on stage for a bow after the opening performance of his second opera, The Death of Klinghoffer, at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Die Welt

Met spielt Klinghoffer-Oper unter Polizeischutz

An der New Yorker Metropolitan Opera hatte John Adams’ Opernoratorium “The Death of Klinghoffer” Premiere – unter Protest.


‘Eemerging’ will mit EU-Geldern jungen Ensembles helfen

Unter dem Titel ‘eeemerging’ haben sich acht internationale Partner zu einem Projekt-Netzwerk zusammengeschlossen und ein europäisches Stipendienprogramm entwickelt.


„Ich bin kein Glamourgirl“

Alison Balsom fällt auf in der Männerdomäne der Trompete.

I Care If You Listen

Met Opera premiere of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer

Monday, October 20 marked the opening of the Metropolitan Opera’s highly anticipated production of The Death of Klinghoffer, with a score by John Adams and a libretto by Alice Goodman.


Telegraph Classical‪ @TeleClassical: Paris Opera stars wrong to kick out veiled woman ‪ 

Classic FM‪ @ClassicFM: Rossini & ‪@IronMaiden? Played by a cello duet? The result is just incredible: ‪ 

Classical Music‪ @ClassicalMusic: MT Big job! ‪@rhinegoldjobs: Managing Director – ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA ‪@rpoonline (Closing date 21 Nov): ‪ 

Guardian Classical‪ @GdnClassical: quartet-lab: a string quartet who open your ears to new ways of listening ‪ 

BBC Radio 3 controller Alan Davey has insisted that he will not be 'dumbing down' the station

BBC Radio 3 controller Alan Davey has insisted that he will not be ‘dumbing down’ the station. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images, via. The Guardian

(Written on October 23, 2014 )

Classical News


Met Opera rejects antisemitism claims rising from Klinghoffer protests

In the face of protests by politicians and Jewish organisations who have described it as “an operatic Kristallnacht”, The Death of Klinghoffer makes its debut at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera on Monday.

Classic FM

The Music Teacher Awards for Excellence: Get your nominations in now

Nominations for the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence close this Friday, and Classic FM is sponsoring the ‘Best Classical Music Education Initiative Award’ category.

BBC Music Magazine

British Composer Awards shortlists announced

Multi-award winner Harrison Birtwistle strikes again

Classical Music Magazine

‘It’s like the Tardis’ ‒ RNCM completes £7.1m transformation of concert hall and theatre

The Royal Northern College of Music has completed a £7.1m rebuild of the interior of its concert hall, along with extensive new backstage space for its opera theatre and new student facilities.

Die Welt

Muslima im Publikum? Wo kommen wir denn da hin!

Die Pariser Bastille-Oper hat eine Frau mit Burka aus der Vorstellung geworfen.

Spiegel Online

Oppositioneller Pianist: Türkisches Ministerium streicht Fazil-Say-Kompositionen

Fazil Say ist nicht nur der prominenteste klassische Musiker der Türkei, sondern auch einer der bekanntesten Kritiker der Regierung.

Codex Flores

Die Lufthansa verschlampt ein Violoncello

Bange Tage für den Cellisten Lachezar Kostov, einem Mitglied der San Antonio Symphony.

The New York Times

Protests Greet Met Opera’s Premiere of ‘Klinghoffer’

At the Metropolitan Opera’s first performance of John Adams’s “The Death of Klinghoffer” on Monday night, men and women in evening attire walked through a maze of police barricades, while protesters shouted “Shame!” and “Terror is not art!” One demonstrator held aloft a white handkerchief splattered with red.


Classic FM @ClassicFM: 20 beautiful pictures of the intricate craft of violin making… 

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Sinfini Music @SinfiniMusic: ‘Don’t be boring: don’t be rude’: @bachtrack‘s write-up of the @instofideas‘ panel event on criticism this Sat:

1a11fc1f-0379-462c-8287-64a6c8434468-460x276Alan Opie plays Leon Klinghoffer and Jesse Kovarksy plays Omar perform at the ENO in London in February 2012. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

(Written on October 21, 2014 )