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In today’s news, Antonio Pappano talks about politicians at the opera and the fate of the ENO, Rossini’s William Tell to be performed at Covent Garden, Iestyn Davies is interviewed by The Guardian and how Andre Rieu’s concerts have inspired a cult following. Furthermore, Lesley Garrett on why opera must give more roles to older women, Albert Ostermaier speaks about the Nibelungen Festival, an interview with Kent Nagano and the Strauss Festival needs help from Munich. Finally, why classical music needs the summer and Live Science on whether music gives you math skills.

The Telegraph

Antonio Pappano: ‘I haven’t time to sit through The Ring’

The chief conductor of the Royal Opera talks to Nigel Farndale about politicians at the opera and the fate of ENO

The Guardian

I have a story to Tell

Rossini’s mammoth opera about the freedom-fighting, sharp-shooting hero William Tell is rarely staged. Working on a new Covent Garden production, Gerald Finley is grappling with ‘clever dirt’, archery skills and crowd control

Iestyn Davies: ‘Falsetto is like yodelling’

The renowned countertenor on finding those high notes, battling acid reflux and emulating the castrato Farinelli on stage

The Independent

Andre Rieu: How the Waltz King’s concerts have inspired a cult following

Rieu’s concerts prove that classical performers can engage with their audience without sacrificing their musical integrity

Classic FM

Lesley Garrett: Opera must give more roles to older women – or die

In the modern world, older women run countries and corporations. It’s time opera composers reflected this, says soprano Lesley Garrett.

Die Welt

“Ich halte die Nibelungen für ein Antikriegsepos”

Für die Nibelungenfestspiele hat Albert Ostermaier den blutrünstigen Sagenstoff neu bearbeitet. “Gemetzel” heißt sein Stück. Ein Gespräch über die Entgiftung eines von den Nazis missbrauchten Stoffs.

concerti

„Der Mensch braucht mehr als Unterhaltung“

Von der Isar an die Elbe: Als neuer Generalmusikdirektor hat Kent Nagano in Hamburg große Pläne – und hofft an Nord- und Ostsee auf die perfekte Welle

pizzicato

Strauss-Festival Garmisch-Partenkirchen blickt hilfesuchend nach München

Das Richard Strauss-Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, bei dem dieses Jahr Christa Ludwig die erstmals vergeben Strauss-Ehrenplakette erhielt, ging mit viel Lob für die Intendantin Prof. Dr. h. c. KS (sic!) Brigitte Fassbaender zu Ende.

RP online

Klassik für den Sommer

Zu den Binsenweisheiten unserer Kultur zählt, dass Musik an Jahreszeiten hängt: Ohne den Sommer kommt sie überhaupt nicht aus.

The New York Times

Seeking Genuine Discovery on Music Streaming Services

One day last week I woke up and decided I wanted to have the best morning ever. So I went to Songza — the music-streaming service that offers only predetermined playlists, much of them designed around mood, time of day or activity — and chose the playlist “Best Morning Ever.”

Live Science

Does Music Give You Math Skills? It’s a Tricky Equation

Naomi Eide is a master’s student in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park. She contributed this article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

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ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: Dmitri Hvorostovsky opts for cancer treatment in London

I Care If You Listen @icareifulisten: Festival Reveals Piano Gems From A Siberian Prison via

klassik.com@klassikcom: Unternehmer spendet eine Million an die Rom

Antonio Pappano - Photo: © ROH Photographer: CLIVE BARDA

Antonio Pappano – Photo: © ROH Photographer: CLIVE BARDA

(Written on June 29, 2015 )