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In today’s news, Daniel Harding is named the new music director of the Orchestre de Paris, the Bayreuth Wagner Festival is becoming more of a soap opera than a classical opera and the Spectator states that dressing up for the opera is not elitist. Furthermore, Lisa Milne has announced she will be quitting the main stage and devoting the rest of her career to teaching, Giacomo Puccini’s ‘Tosca’ is being performed in the Israeli Masada National Park and Thomas Hengelbrock will be Chef associé at the Orchestre de Paris from 2016. Today, the Leipziger Bachfest starts, music streaming services aim at Japan and composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank answers questions on I Care If You Listen.

The Times

Daniel Harding: the British conductor with a new Paris beat

Daniel Harding, 39, is following Barenboim, Solti and Karajan as the new music director of the Orchestre de Paris. Richard Morrison meets him

The Guardian

The Bayreuth Wagner festival: more soap opera than classical opera

Allegations that joint director Eva Wagner-Pasquier is not allowed even near the festival theatre are the latest twists in a long saga of offstage feuds at Bayreuth

Classical Music Magazine

Daniel Harding takes Paris post

Daniel Harding is to be the next music director of the Orchestre de Paris, succeeding Paavo Järvi.

The Spectator

Dressing up for the opera is not elitist

Evening dress is a great social leveller

Herald Scotland

Soprano Lisa Milne on quitting the stage and turning to teaching

Lisa Milne, one of the finest operatic voices Scotland has ever produced, has announced she will be quitting the main stage and devoting the rest of her career to teaching.


Oper in der Wüste

Im israelischen ’Masada National Park’ wird zurzeit Giacomo Puccinis ‘Tosca’ aufgeführt, in der Regie von Nicolas Joël und unter der Leitung von Daniel Oren, in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Israelischen Opernchor und dem Israelischen Symphonie Orchester Rischon Letzion.

Thomas Hengelbrock

Thomas Hengelbrock wird mit Beginn der Spielzeit 2016/17 Chef associé beim Orchestre de Paris. Er ist seit 2011 Chefdirigent des NDR Sinfonieorchesters und leitet seit seiner Gründung das Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble.


Bachfest Leipzig beginnt – Verbindung mit Stadtjubiläum

Das Leipziger Bachfest beginnt am (heutigen) Freitag mit einer Neuheit: Erstmals spielt das Händelfestspielorchester zur Eröffnung.

The New York Times

Music Streaming Service Aims at Japan, Where CD Is Still King

As listeners around the world turn to streaming music, there has been one important holdout: Japan. More than 80 percent of the sales in the country are still on physical formats like CDs, and the industry in Japan has been resistant to allowing streaming services to take root.

I Care If You Listen

5 Questions to Gabriela Lena Frank (composer)

Composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank is as busy as she can imagine being. She has just completed My angel, his name is Freedom, a commission from the Handel and Haydn Society which they will debut on June 18 at Symphony Hall in Boston as part of their bicentennial celebration.


London Bach Society @bachlive: Sending good wishes to our Leipzig friends for a super Bachfest starting today ..Singet dem Herrn eine neues Lied

Telegraph Classical : How to open an opera festival in your back garden

Classical Today : YOUNG ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Veronika Eberle, violinist

Daniel Harding Photo: Julian Hargreaves

Daniel Harding
Photo: Julian Hargreaves







(Written on June 12, 2015 )

Classical New

The Telegraph

Handel was a genius

On the anniversary of the composer’s death, we look at the man that Britons took to their hearts.

The Strad

Violinist Frank Huang appointed New York Philharmonic concertmaster

The New York Philharmonic last week appointed Frank Huang as its new concertmaster from the 2015-16 season.


Bachmann, Sypniewski und Zolkos erhalten ‘Fritz-Gerber-Award’

Die Auszeichnung des diesjährigen ‘Fritz-Gerber-Award’ geht an die Schweizer Klarinettistin Mariella Bachmann, den französischen Geiger David Sypniewski und den polnischen Flötisten Rafal Zolkos.

Rostocker Bürgerschaft nimmt Kündigung von Intendant Latchinian zurück

Der fristlos entlassene Intendant des Rostocker Volkstheaters, Sewan Latchinian, ist am Montag in einer Sondersitzung der Rostocker Bürgerschaft in sein Amt zurückberufen worden.

nmz – neue musikzeitung

Erfolg versprechend oder Spiel mit Feuer?

„Jugend musiziert“ ist Katalysator, Beschleuniger, ist Doping, „Jugend musiziert“ erschließt Energie, Motivation, Reserven, zusätzliche Förderung. „Jugend musiziert“ ist ein Spiel mit dem Feuer, kann wie Feuer Leben stiften oder zerstören.


Musikinstrumentenmarkt steigert Umsatzzahlen

Der Markt mit Musikinstrumenten und -equipment ist 2014 in Deutschland um 6,9 Prozent gewachsen.

Codex flores

NDR Sinfonieorchester entdeckt Videospiel-Musik

Den Klang der Klassik kennt das Gros der Jugendlichen bloss als Klangtapete von Hollywood-Blockbustern und Videospielen. Musik letzterer im Klassik-Gewand will das NDR Sinfonieorchester bieten – im Rahmen seines jungen Programms N-JOY.

Le Monde

Il se disait « déçu », dimanche soir 12 avril. Mais sa voix au téléphone indiquait bien plus que de la déception. Une vraie tristesse teintée d’amertume.


Chicagoland Chamber Orchestra Shuts Down After 20 Years

Decision to shut down the orchestra was “a personal one”.


George Frideric Handel Photo: © Lebrecht Music and Arts Photo Library / Alamy

George Frideric Handel
Photo: © Lebrecht Music and Arts Photo Library / Alamy

(Written on April 14, 2015 )

The Guardian

Neville: ‘My wife has told me to keep June free’

How did a so-so violinist from Lincoln end up one of the world’s greatest conductors? And will he ever slow down? As Neville Marriner hits 90, he talks to Stuart Jeffries about setting up the Academy of St Martin in the Fields orchestra, never saying no – and the teacher who had him beaten for over-gesticulating. 

Classic FM

Opera celebrated at Olivier Awards 2014

English Touring Opera and the Royal Opera House were honoured last night at the 2014 Olivier Awards, held at London’s Covent Garden.

Royal Opera House

The A-Z of Richard Strauss: J is for Ben Jonson
One of the Jacobean playwright’s works inspired Strauss’s sole collaboration with Stefan Zweig.
The Arts Desk

theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Nicole Cabell

The outstanding American singer on winning Cardiff, crying in performance and Kate Bush

The Telegraph

Amanda Vickery: Why we’ve got the Georgians all wrong

We associate the Georgian era with elegance and good taste. But this gaudy, bloody period was a world away from Austen’s drawing room romances.

Die Welt

Ritter der Rondos, Grandseigneur der Serenaden

Sir Neville Marriner sorgte über Jahrzehnte für einen Easy-Listening-Boom der Alten Musik. Jetzt feiert der britische Dirigent, den viele als James Last der Klassik abtun, seinen 90. Geburtstag.

Classical Music on Twitter

Classical Music Buzz: @classicalpurist John Luther Adams Wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music + MORE classicalmusic opera news …

Janet Horvath: ‏@playinglesshurt 17 of the best classical music jokes – Classical music jokes @classicfm …

BBC Music Magazine: ‏@MusicMagazine The official classical chart is out – visit our website to find out which recordings made it into the UK top 20: …

Gramophone: @GramophoneMag Congratulations to the highly talented Krzysztof Urbanski on his new appointment at the NDR Sinfonieorchester …

The Strad: @TheStradMag Actors are admired and lauded for their range. But observe the ‘specialism’ police at work in classical music 

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on April 15, 2014 )