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In today’s news: the difference between Catholic and Protestant church music, and no permission for project ‘tear down this wall!’. Union Verdi and the German Orchestra Union make the Berlin Senate reconsider situation of honorary music teachers. European Union Baroque Orchestra moves to Belgium post-Brexit. Intelligent headphones, and is the ‘classical’ music label relevant in 2017?

The Times

Musicians rally together in light of attack at MEN arena

Manchester’s music stars reacted with shock to last night’s terrorist attack and praised the city’s resilience in the face of tragedy.

Wired

Artificially intelligent headphones could “understand” ambient sound

Fuji and Yamaha create concept headphones that would use ‘A.I.’ to comprehend and geo-tag music, which could then be played back when the listener revisits the location.

The Stage

Opera Holland Park prepares for varied summer programme

“What was originally three months has turned into fifteen years,” says Director Michael Volpe on Opera Holland Park’s enduring success.

Gramophone

Is the ‘Classical’ music label outdated?

Kate Molleson reports on how the ‘classical’ music label is proving outdated for many of today’s creative artists and speaks to several musicians for whom the whole notion of genre is entirely irrelevant.

New York Times

ABC prepares to broadcast musical remake of ‘Dirty Dancing’

New production hopes to maintain many of the key elements of the original film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Worin unterscheidet sich katholische von protestantischer Kirchenmusik?

Das ist doch die richtige Frage zum Lutherjahr: Sind Katholiken und Protestanten im musikalischen Lob des Herrn ökumenisch vereint oder nicht? Die Antwort mag überraschen.

Kulturradio vom RBB

Einseitige Grenzenlosigkeit

Keine Genehmigung für das Projekt „Tear Down This Wall!“ auf amerikanischer Seite der Mauer in San Diego. Das Konzert findet trotzdem statt.

NMZ

Verdi fordert mehr Geld und bessere Konditionen für freie Musiklehrer

Die Gewerkschaft Verdi und die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) haben den Berliner Senat aufgefordert, die soziale Situation der Honorarkräfte unter den Musiklehrern zu verbessern.

WQXR

The European Union Baroque Orchestra moves to Belgium post-Brexit

The consequences of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union aren’t just political.

Le Monde

Mort de la violoncelliste russe Natalia Chakhovskaïa

Cette éminente pédagogue avait succédé à Rostropovitch comme chef de chaire au Conservatoire Tchaïkovski de Moscou.

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@MusicMagazine: ‘Don’t apologise for classical music’s complexity – that’s its strength’ – ‘s Alan Davey

Photo: Fritz Curzon

(Written on May 23, 2017 )

In today’s news, Classic FM reports on Nicola Benedetti’s appointment as vice-president of the National Children’s Orchestra, Opera Holland Park announces independence, Ivan Hewett explains how ancient barriers to classical music no longer exist & Radio 3 announces a new generation of artists

Classic FM

Nicola Benedetti to become vice-president of National Children’s Orchestra

The violinist has announced that she is to become vice-president of the National Children’s Orchestra, an ensemble which played an important part in her early musical life

Classical Music Magazine

Opera Holland Park announces independence

Opera Holland Park (OHP) has formally become an independent charity. The change in status comes after nearly 20 years as a department of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It will continue to perform in its current venue and will maintain its founding values

BBC Music Magazine

Radio 3 announces new generation of artists

BBC Radio 3 has announced the seven artists that will be taking part in its prestigious New Generation Artists from 2015-2017. They are clarinettist Annelien Van Wauwe, pianist Beatrice Rana, tenor Ilker Arcayürek, mezzo Kathryn Rudge, jazz trumpeter Laura Jurd, trombonist Peter Moore and the Van Kuijk String Quartet

The Telegraph

Classical music’s final frontier comes crashing down

Last month, two ancient barriers to classical music came crashing down. The Last night of the Proms was conducted by a woman, for only the second time. The next day Chineke!, the world’s first professional black and minority ethnic orchestra, made its debut at the Southbank Centre in London

Classical Music Magazine

Well-meaning attempts to make classical music more accessible miss the point

On the way to a meeting with the marketing director of a leading UK orchestra in London recently, I paused at Trafalgar Square to listen to a trio of East European string players rattling through Coldplay hits to the delight of a large audience of tourists. Viva la Vida made a particular impression

Klassik Akzente 

Am 2. Oktober wird der Geiger Daniel Hope mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis Pro Arte ausgezeichnet. Der Preis fügt sich wunderbar in die lange Liste begehrter Auszeichnungen, die seine Karriere säumen

klassik.com

Das New York Philharmonic Orchestra hat zur Saisoneröffnung bekannt gegeben, die größte individuelle Spende seiner Geschichte erhalten zu haben. Oscar Schafer, Vorsitzender des Aufsichtsrats des Orchesters, spendete gemeinsam mit seiner Frau 25 Millionen US-Dollar

La Vanguardia

La cantante ha colaborado con el tenor en una canción que se incluirá en su nuevo disco. El inesperado dúo ha grabado una canción que se incluirá en el nuevo trabajo del tenor, Cinema, y ha sido compuesta por uno de los más prestigiosos autores de bandas sonoras: Ennio Morricone

The New York Times

Now New York City’s other other opera company is closing. Gotham Chamber Opera, a small, imaginative troupe that had seemed poised to fill some of the void after New York City Opera closed in 2013, announced on Thursday that it would shut down

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Arts Council England @ace_international  because it employs thousands of people across England – inc. in isolated areas like Keswick 

The Journal of Music @journalofmusic Video: What will developments in data science to do music listening?

Gewandhausorchester @Gewandhaus From 21-23 Oct musicians will give public masterclasses with students of the .

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Pictured: Nicola, after performing with the members of the National Children’s Orchestra

Photo: Alex von Koettlitz

 

(Written on October 2, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Peter Cropper, leader of the Lindsay Quartet, has died aged 69. Ji Young Lim has taken first prize in the 2015 Queen Elisabeth competition and Anna Netrebko speaks to the Guardian about her past, her love of Justin Bieber, and why she doesn’t listen to music at home.

Guardian

Facing the music: Anna Netrebko

The Russian soprano reveals her shady past, a love of Justin Bieber, and why she doesn’t listen to music at home

Telegraph

How can opera get out of its hole?

Striking a balance between a posh setting and a fun atmosphere, Opera Holland Park might well have come up with the future of opera, says Rupert Christiansen

The Times

Yannick Nézet-Séguin: Mighty Mouse is saving the Philadelphia Orchestra

How do you fix a broken orchestra? The Philadelphia Orchestra sent for Mighty Mouse. It’s the nickname the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has affectionately given the French-Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and you can see why it stuck.

Classic FM

John Suchet’s tribute to Peter Cropper, leader of the Lindsay Quartet, who has died aged 69

The leader of the world-famous Lindsay Quartet, and pioneer of Sheffield’s Music in the Round festival, has died suddenly. Here, his friend and old school colleague, John Suchet, pays tribute to a unique musical talent.

Classical Music Magazine

Ji Young Lim wins 2015 Queen Elisabeth competition

Ji Young Lim has taken first prize in the 2015 Queen Elisabeth competition. She receives a cash prize of €25,000, a number of international engagements, and the loan of the ‘Huggins’ Stradivarius violin for four years.

Epoch Times

Frauenduo führt Akademie der Künste in Berlin – Ende der “Männerherrschaft”

Mehr als 300 Jahre hatten die Männer das Sagen – jetzt wird die renommierte Akademie der Künste in Berlin erstmals von Frauen geführt.

Klassik.com

Preisträger der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung ausgezeichnet

Bei einem musikalischen Festakt im Herkulessaal der Residenz München hat Michael Krüger, Präsident der Akademie der Schönen Künste und Vorsitzender des Stiftungsrates der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, den diesjährigen Hauptpreis an den Dirigenten und Pianisten Christoph Eschenbach verliehen.

Musik express

Berlin Festival 2015: Zu Gast im elektronischen Großstadtzirkus

“Berlin in a nutshell” könnte die Unterzeile des Berlin Festivals lauten – die Macher des Drei-Tage-Spektakels können zufrieden sein, denn bei den Besuchern kam der künstliche Großstadtzirkus gut an.

Musik Heute

Oper über Nahost-Konflikt in Frankfurt uraufgeführt

Eine Oper über den Nahost-Konflikt ist am Sonntagabend in Frankfurt uraufgeführt worden

Le Monde

Les Nuits de Fourvière fêtent leur soixante-dixième édition

Pour leur 70e édition, qui commence à Lyon le 2 juin, Les Nuits de Fourvière vont fêter plus qu’un simple anniversaire : la métamorphose d’un festival de taille moyenne, vaillant mais limité dans ses moyens, en un événement qui compte, à la fois en France et en Europe.    

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Corinne Morris: Concert for victims was a great success. Over £3500 were raised during the evening. A BIG THANK YOU to all supporters!

Jessica Duchen: And meanwhile…ten things not to say to a music critic.

Sinfini Music Planning summer hols? Find inspiration in our Classical City Guide to cultural city breaks

Peter Cropper, leader of the Lindsay Quartet, has died aged 69. Photo: Hanya Chlala/ArenaPAL

(Written on June 1, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news the BBC have announced the extension of their Ten Pieces project to secondary schools, however Ivan Hewett comments that we shouldn’t dumb down music for teenagers and lists his alternative pieces. Pianist James Rhodes has won the right to publish his autobiography after a lengthy legal battle to get the injunction lifted. Also, Harmonia Mundi is set to be sold to the Belgian independent recording group PIAS.

Guardian

BBC’s Ten Pieces extends classical music programme to teenagers

Nationwide scheme will play Wagner and Verdi in secondary school halls and classrooms to encourage pupils to embrace classical music

Pianist James Rhodes wins right to publish autobiography telling of abuse

Rights groups hail supreme court decision to lift injunction barring publication of book in which concert musician discusses being repeatedly raped as a child

Telegraph

Don’t dumb down classical music for teenagers

The BBC’s list of classical music pieces for teenagers is patronising. Ivan Hewett recommends some alternatives

The Times

Opera Holland Park, the down-to-earth company taking on Glyndebourne

It is a warm sunny day in Kensington, the sort of day that James Clutton and Michael Volpe, the producer and general manager of Opera Holland Park, will want when their season opens on June 2.

Classical Music Magazine

Harmonia Mundi set to be sold to Belgian independent PIAS

The Belgium-based independent recording group PIAS (Play It Again Sam) is poised to buy struggling French classical company Harmonia Mundi.

Die Welt

Die Plebejer von Bonn proben den Aufstand

Nur die Berliner Philharmoniker dürfen ihren neuen Chef selbst wählen. Das konnten sie nicht. Bonns Beethoven-Orchester weiß, wen es will. Das aber ist den Politikern egal. Misstöne sind programmiert.

pizzicato

Erhöhte Gagen der Bühnenkünstler und Orchestermusiker in Deutschland

Nach den rezenten Warnstreiks haben sich der Deutsche Bühnenverein als Arbeitgeberverband der Theater und Orchester und die Künstlergewerkschaften heute in Köln auf Gagenerhöhungen für die künstlerischen Mitarbeiter der Stadttheater, Staatstheater und Landesbühnen sowie für die Musiker der Orchester verständigt.

New Instrument: The Celloridoo

By designing a new musical instrument, an Iranian designer won Bronze prize at the A’Design Awards 2015, the World’s largest design competition. Aidin Ardjomandi’s new instrument Celloridoo is a composite one, combining a chordophone which is a bowed stringed instrument and an aerophone which is inspired from Didgeridoo, an Australian wind instrument.

MUSIK HEUTE

Cambreling bis 2018 Stuttgarter Generalmusikdirektor

Sylvain Cambreling bleibt bis 2018 Generalmusikdirektor der Oper Stuttgart. Der 66-Jährige habe seinen Vertrag entsprechend verlängert, teilte das Haus am Mittwoch mit.

Le Figaro

La Philharmonie de Paris atteint le demi-million de visiteurs

Malgré les polémiques autour du retard, du coût des travaux et de l’ouverture prématurée, la nouvelle grande salle de concerts a déjà accueilli 500.000 personnes en cinq mois.

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Classical Music : . will return to Rotterdam in 2016

YCAT Today’s the day! The final round of are today at , with 8 very talented musicians

Classical:NEXT . will be covering – read about it here (German) and look out for videos throughout the week!

Pianist James Rhodes wins right to publish autobiography telling of abuse

(Written on May 21, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Facing the music: Leila Josefowicz

From Justin Timberlake and Stockhausen to Björk and Sondheim – the violinist shares her musical passions

Telegraph

15 best festivals for the over-50s

The festival season isn’t just for the young who seem to be more into mud than music. From Cornbury to Wychwood, there are arts events this summer for everyone

Financial Times

Interview: Annilese Miskimmon, Danish National Opera director

One of few women to manage a major opera company, the 40-year-old director talks about technology and audience participation

Classic FM

Battersea Arts Centre hit by fire

Battersea Arts Centre, home of many contemporary theatre and opera productions, has caught fire.

Classical Source

Investec Opera Holland Park 2015 Season

Opera Holland Park is one of the most popular and highly-acclaimed events in London’s musical calendar and their 19th season includes a mixture of five new productions and revivals in 36 main-stage public performances.

Sinfini

The one-woman orchestra

Emily Wright arranged, performed and edited this highly unusual arrangement of Beethoven’s famous symphony for a university project.

Süddeutsche.de

Die unheilige Allianz

Fromme Eiferer und Kirchenleute in Russland verhindern im Namen der Religion Konzerte und Ausstellungen. Putin arbeitet derweil an einer Allianz zwischen Staat und orthodoxer Kirche.

concerti

Bäuerliche Musikwirtschaft

Sanfte Töne an der rauen irischen Südwest-Küste: Beim West Cork Chamber Music Festival geben die Schafe den Ton an

pizzicato

Tickets für Salzburger Festspiele werden noch teurer

In der Tageszeitung ‘Österreich’ kritisiert die Präsidentin der Salzburger Festspiele, Helga Rabl-Stadler, die Folgen der Mehrwertsteuer-Erhöhung für Tickets von 10 auf 13 Prozent.

Trompeter Marsalis sagt aus politischen Gründen Konzerte in Venezuela ab

Der Jazz-Trompeter Wynton Marsalis ist wegen politischer Differenzen den für dieses Wochenende geplanten Konzerten mit dem ‘Simon Bolivar Orchestra’ unter Gustavo Dudamel ferngeblieben.

Broadwayworld.com

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Cancels U.S. Tour, Including Walt Disney Concert

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO) is cancelling its U.S. tour, which included a concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall,Wednesday, April 15. The cancellation is due to a recent and significant cut in tour funding from the City of Seoul.

artsjournal

The Pittsburgh Symphony Asks Potential Audiences What They Think Of Classical Music, And Finds Painful Answers

Participants described classical music performances as boring, relaxing, soothing and long.

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Classic FM @ClassicFM: .@EricWhitacre covered @MileyCyrus’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ and the result is heart-melting (& quite crunchy). Listen here: http://classfm.co/YcMF5K 

Time Out London @TimeOutLondon: Quit your job, become an… armourer http://wp.me/p1tkOY-OMq 

Southbank Centre @southbankcentre: .@southbankcentre is delighted to have secured 3rd position in @alva_uk‘s visitor attractions for 2014 when we saw 6,255,799 visits

fc9c9bca-0415-45d7-bfc8-115abaea3cdc-620x372‘I often pretend that my violin is a drum kit’ – Leila Josefowicz Photograph: Deborah O’Grady/PR

(Written on March 16, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

Baghdad’s ballet school: a tiny island of creativity amid inescapable violence

Though the Iraqi capital’s past as a cultural center is a distant memory, the music and ballet school has remained a cultural safe haven for its 500-odd students

Anthony Burgess musical composition discovered

Song based on Shakespeare sonnet found among possessions of woman to whom the writer had dedicated it

Classic FM

World’s smallest portrait of Mozart sells for £218,500

A rare miniature of the composer has been sold for £218,500 at auction.

Classical Source

Detroit Symphony and Tod Machover Invite Local Residents to Capture Sounds of Detroit for New Collaborative Symphony, to Premiere in November 2015

What does Detroit sound like? This month sees the launch of a new, yearlong partnership between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and American composer Tod Machover.

The Strad

International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition Bern announces shortlisted candidates

Launched by Professor Zakhar Bron, the event takes place from 22 to 31 January 2015

The Stage

Opera Holland Park could receive £5m from council to become independent

Opera Holland Park could become independent from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with the help of a £5 million grant.

New York Times

Metropolitan Opera’s Deficit Swells to $22 Million

The company faces its most serious shortfall in decades, but says a new business model and endowment drive will put it on better footing.

concerti

Interview mit Sol Gabetta: „Ich glaube, du bist süchtig“

Sol Gabettas Erfolgsformel: Nichts erwarten und doch Ziele vor Augen haben – ein Gespräch über Zufriedenheit und emotionale Stärk

Klassik.com

Terumi Oishibashi gewinnt Possehl-Musikpreis 2014

Japanische Schlagzeugerin erhält Preisgeld von 5.000 Euro

Le Figaro

Opéras cherchent chanteurs lyriques à prix abordables

Quand ils ne peuvent s’offrir une distribution de premier plan, souvent trop coûteuse, les directeurs de théâtre font appel à leur flair pour dénicher les perles rares capables de coller à leurs ambitions.

Twitter

Darren Henley ‏@HENLEYDARREN: The @MayorofLondon launches his visionary #LondonMusicPledge today at #MayorsEducationConference supporting Music Education across London.

BBC Newsnight ‏@BBCNewsnight: The Gospel According to the Other Mary: @katierazz gets exclusive access to new opera http://bbc.in/1xWXNGJ 

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse: Edison announced his phonograph #onthisday in 1877,changing music forever Early recording: http://bit.ly/1xxfmgU ^C

mozart-portrait-to-scale-1416483023-article-0The world’s smallest portrait of Mozart. Photo: Classic FM

(Written on November 21, 2014 )

The Guardian

National Children’s Orchestras faces fight over its musical soul

Petition set up by parents and staff highlights discontent over actions of NCO board.

The Telegraph

Hay Festival 2014: Schoenberg was a prophet in the wilderness

Jewish, Christian, German nationalist, anti-Hitler – Arnold Schoenberg was an elusive genius.

Financial Times

Piette-Laurent Aimard on Aldeburgh and Britten

Ever since Pierre-Laurent Aimard took on the role of artistic director at the Aldeburgh Festival in 2009, he has been plagued by a polite but persistent band of doubters.

Classic FM

Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry to release debut classical album

Richard Reed Parry, multi-instrumentalist with Arcade Fire, is to release his first solo classical album on Deutsche Grammophon.

Gramophone

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland returns

Will Todd’s popular opera for children is reprised by Opera Holland Park in July and August.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Salzburger Domquartier: Es muss nicht immer Mozart sein

Macht hoch die Tür: Salzburg will nicht länger nur Musikstadt sein, das reiche Erbe der Fürsterzbischöfe soll die Welt begeistern – mit dem Domquartier will die Stadt in die erste Museumsliga.

Spiegel Online

Feine Kammermusik: Einmal Feuer für Herrn Beethoven, bitte!

Das Quartetto di Cremona spielt Beethoven mit italienischer Lust und Leidenschaft. Sowohl live als auch auf CD blühen bei den vier Musikern die Streichquartette vielfarbig auf. Und bei Verdi kennen sich die Kammer-Könner auch aus.

Concerti

Interview: Artemis Quartett: “Wir sind heute rebellischer”

Eckart Runge und Vineta Sareika vom Artemis Quartett über jugendlichen Klang, Superlative und exklusive Hauskonzerte

Klassik.com

Dirigent Peter Gülke mit Ernst von Siemens-Musikpreis geehrt

Weitere Preisträger sind Luis Codera Puzo, Simone Movio und Brigitte Muntendorf

The New York Times

What’s New? Ask the Philharmonic

Times Critics Preview the NY Biennal

Washington Post

Arvo Pärt’s music celebrated at D.C. events

Pärt, 78, is coming to the East Coast for the first time in 30 years. His free concert in Washington on Tuesday — presented by the Estonian Embassy as part of an initiative called The Arvo Pärt Project— will be held not in a small space but in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, which seats 2,400.

Le Figaro

Kaija Saariaho, réflexion, action, composition

La compositrice finlandaise ouvre demain le Festival de Saint-Denis avec une nouvelle version de « La Passion de Simone », inspirée par Simone Weil.

Classical Music on twitter

Spiegel Online @SPIEGEL_Kultur Heute in den Feuilletons: “Ein gut bestellter Acker, ein neugieriges Publikum”… http://spon.de/aeeVY

Guardian Culture @guardian culture Nils Frahm: music for piano and toilet brush: http://gu.com/p/3pggj/tf

Pianist Magazine @pianistmagazine You can now watch Federico Colli’s recent London debut recital at the QEH right here. It was amazing. You can… http://fb.me/2NvJE4GOR

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung … der Verrostung von Ohren entgegenwirken … – Zum Ernst von Siemens Musikpreis 2014 http://ow.ly/2H8Gvm

Catherine Bott @CatherineJBott Gustav Holst died 80 yrs ago on this day, join me tonight at 9 @ClassicFM to hear much more than The Planets

Artemis Quartett - photographed by Molina Visuals via concerti.de

Artemis Quartett – photographed by Molina Visuals via concerti.de

 

 

(Written on May 26, 2014 )

Gramophone

London’s Southbank Centre reveals details of Festival Wing transformation 

Plans include refurbishment of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery, and the creation of major new arts spaces

Classic FM

Big cats find classical music relaxing

A Somerset zoo has started playing Classic FM to calm some of its more ferocious inhabitants – the lions and tigers – who enjoy listening to the station when they’re relaxing

Classic FM

Austin Wintory’s Journey wins two music awards at Games

Composer Austin Wintory’s innovative score for adventure game Journey has been named winner in the Original Music and Audio Achievement categories at the Games BAFTAs

Classical Source

Five Classics, A Large-Scale Rarity And A Brand New Work For Families At Opera Holland Park In 2013

The combination of high musical standards, accessibility and a spectacular canopied theatre in an idyllic leafy West London setting continues to make Opera Holland Park one of the most popular and critically acclaimed events in the musical calendar. Thanks to an inspired artistic team who are experts at spotting rising stars and matching them with challenging roles in fresh new productions, the festival continues to attract newcomers and seasoned opera-goers alike

Musicalchairs.info

Tchaikovsky Flashwaltz at Hadassah Hospital

Forty students from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance took a classical approach to the flashmob as they flashwaltzed Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers…

The Telegraph

The Big Question: Are opera and ballet elitist?

On Monday 11 March, the first of a series of debates takes place at the Royal Opera House that will be streamed live on the Telegraph website. Sarah Crompton, who will chair the event, picks up its theme – are opera and ballet inherently elitist

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Classic FM

(Written on March 7, 2013 )

The Guardian

Access all arias: Die Walküre at the Royal Opera House

What does it take to put on one of the biggest operas? The Royal Opera House installs Big Brother-style cameras. Nicholas Wroe goes backstage

Philip Glass opera shows Walt Disney’s fantasy world in a new light

New work performed by English National Opera portrays a darker side to the cartoon king

Gramophone

David Robertson extends tenure as St Louis Symphony music director

Contract extension runs until the end of the 2015-16 season

The Independent

IoS classical preview of 2012: Plan ahead to catch composers’ anniversaries, rarities and evergreens

As the Southbank Centre braces itself for a year of Noise (see feature, page 58), and opera-lovers contemplate a feast of Britten, Verdi and Wagner, lutenist Paul O’Dette explores the melancholy and wit of 450-year-old John Dowland on Thursday at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Slipped Disc

Vienna Philharmonic ‘blocks access to archives’

A row has erupted in Vienna over claims by the Philharmonic that it has nothing more to hide about its Nazi past.

Fees may soar as orchestras face shortage of concertmasters

Browsing the jobs section of das Orchester, magazine of the German orchestral sector, we were amazed by the number of vacancies advertised for concertmasters.

Evening Standard

Cover-up by Opera Holland Park infuriates the locals

Friends of Holland Park are protesting about a planning application for Opera Holland Park to leave its huge canopy over Holland House, once the home of Charles James Fox, all year round.

3 News (Found via Google)

Opera flash mob delights local market

For nearly two decades people who want to make their names in classical opera in New Zealand have headed to a special place to learn from the best.

LA Times

They conduct classical, but they love pop and rock too

Ever wonder what longhairs listen to when they let their hair down? Once upon a time, when conductors were regarded as remote intellectual titans, no one would have thought to ask.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Guardian

(Written on January 7, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Let’s have much more opera on the beach

Garsington has proved a hit when beamed to the sands of Skegness.

The chromatic slithering of Delius leaves me cold

Delians claims his music evokes the soul of the forgotten English landscape, but I don’t hear that.

The Independent

Heads up: Wednesday from Light

Opera aims shy hight with 150 performers and 4 helicopters.

Opera al fresco? What could possibly go wrong?

Stag beetles and bats are among the hazards of outdoor performances, says Michael Volpe, head of Opera Holland Park. And don’t get him started on the weather…

The Guadian

A guide to Kaija Saariaho’s music

All composers are dreamers. But very few have dared to dream sonic images of such magnetic power as those that Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho has conjured in her music for ensembles, orchestra, opera houses, electronics and soloists.

Take your seats for Swindon: the Opera

Production with 250-strong cast and crew made up of local people shines spotlight on working-class family life.

BBC Music Magazine

Evelyn Lear (1926-2012)

The soprano who appeared with every major opera company in the US dies aged 86.

LA Times

Woody Allen revisits opera in ‘To Rome With Love’

In his latest movie “To Rome With Love,” Woody Allen plays Jerry, a retired music executive and former opera director who travels to Italy to meet his daughter’s fiancé.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Boulez is out of the BBC Proms

Pierre Boulez has been forced to withdraw from the BBC Proms as a result of continuing difficulties with his eyesight. He is in doubt for the Lucerne Festival.

The Times

Daniel Barenboim’s hazardous Proms mission

‘You need t be brave to join this opera’, says Daniel Barenboim. ‘Our mission is vital’.

Proms highlights: what to book for 

With the Proms starting on Friday, here are highlights from Berlioz, Beethoven, Boulez, not to mention Wallace & Gromit.

5 minutes with Sarah Connolly

Sarah Connolly, 49, is an English mezzo-soprano, widely viewed as one of the world’s finest.

(Written on July 10, 2012 )