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It was reported by the Guardian yesterday (17th December 2014) that the famous Milan opera house, La Scala, has introduced a 5 minute grace period to allow latecomers to take their seats, not because it disrupts the performance, but because they are becoming increasingly angry at the ushers. In practice, this will mean that the performance will start 5 minutes later than the scheduled time. La Scala is well known for being strict about latecomers, with some audience members having to wait for up to 85 minutes for an appropriate break to slip in. Indeed, the Guardian notes that the only known exception was in 1972 when Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were 10 minutes late for the opening night of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera. Paolo Grassi, the head of opera at the time, commented about the incident that ‘late arrivals at La Scala are not allowed.’

La Scala

Photograph: REUTERS/Brescia/Amisano

Sure, if someone has bought a ticket to one of the most prestigious opera venues in the world, one can understand why they would want to ensure they had the full experience: the lights dimming, the anticipation in the air, the first notes of the overture and the curtain finally rising. But, VIP or not, is this really an excuse for aggression towards employees? I’m not sure ‘excuse’ and ‘aggression’ should ever be in the same sentence. The Royal Opera House advises those attending to arrive 30 minutes before the performance begins and, as in most venues, provides 10 minute, 5 minute and 2 minute warnings until the start.  With all this information, it is not the ushers’ fault that someone is late. Equally, if you had secured a highly in demand La Scala ticket, one would assume you would ensure you arrived on time? With circumstances beyond our control such as the weather or traffic, it may not even be the latecomer’s fault, but that is still no reason for rudeness.

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Photograph: EPA

Furthermore, if opera goers are aware of this grace period, it runs the risk of not eliminating the problem but merely delays the problem five minutes later than before. On the other hand, as one commenter (ID2665677) on the article points out, the first 5 minutes are often taken up by the entrance of the orchestra and tuning up anyway so, in this case, where is the harm in allowing admissions during this time?

If the new measures do stop ushers from being made to feel uncomfortable then it has my blessing, it’s just sad that it is necessary.

What do you think? Tweet us your opinions @WildKatPR

 

(Written on December 18, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

La Scala opera house introduces five-minute grace period for latecomers

Performances at Milan opera house to begin five minutes after scheduled time to stop spectators becoming angry with ushers

Sarah Connolly’s Christmas playlist

Mezzo Sarah Connolly shares her festive playlist, with a sublime selection of vocal music old and new

The Times

Blair Tindall on Mozart in the Jungle and the seamy side of orchestral music

For a jobbing classical musician the late 1970s and 1980s were lucrative, and hedonistic, recalls female oboist Blair Tindall. Now an all-star cast has brought her racy memoirs to the small screen

The Telegraph

Can this man save the arts in England?

Rupert Christiansen welcomes Darren Henley, the new chief executive of Arts Council England

International Arts Manager

EU explores potential of science and culture in international relations

The European Union has launched a new €25m grant for research into cultural and scientific diplomacy.

KlassikAkzente

Willkommen 2015 mit Katherine Jenkins im ZDF – Ein wohlklingender Start ins neue Jahr

Zum Ende eines Jahres schaut man zurück – und gleichzeitig macht sich schon eine gespannte Erwartung auf das neue Jahr breit.

Pizzicato

‘Teatro Real’ spart und erwartet trotzdem Überschuss für 2015

Das ‘Teatro Real’ in Madrid hat für 2015 ein Sparbudget vorgelegt, das den von 53 % (2009) auf 30 % (2015) gesunkenen öffentlichen Subventionen Rechnung trägt.

KulturPort.De

Sponsoring bei Jazz-Festival bricht ein

„Viele Festival- und Konzert-Veranstalter, insbesondere aus der Jazz-Szene, stehen im nächsten Jahr vor großen Herausforderungen.

Musik Heute

Düsseldorfer Symphoniker spenden an action medeor

Die Düsseldorfer Symphoniker haben über 30.000 Euro an das Medikamentenhilfswerk action medeor gespendet.

Codex Flores

Musizierende Jugendliche haben bessere Bildungschancen

Jugendliche, die schon in jungen Jahren Musikunterricht hatten, haben bessere Schulnoten als andere.

The New York Times

$58 Million Is Sought for Theater

Second Stage in Push for Money to Buy Helen Hayes

Twitter

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(Written on December 18, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Arvo Pärt interview: ‘music says what I need to say’

A rare audience with the monk-like Estonian minimalist who may be the world’s greatest living composer

Classic FM

André Rieu sells out Romanian concert tickets in hours

André Rieu has sold a huge 33,000 tickets for his forthcoming concerts in Romania in just one day.

The Strad

How to be an effective orchestral section leader

Sydney Symphony Orchestra co-principal double bass Kees Boersma reflects on the necessary skills and attributes for successful leadership

International Arts Manager

Welsh choir wins UK Choir of the Year Competition

Cardiff-based choir CF1 has been named Choir of the Year 2014 at theNational Choir of the Year Competition.

New York Times

The Biggest Classical Music Stories of 2014

The Minnesota Orchestra ended its 16-month lockout, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra started and ended its second lockout in two years, and the Metropolitan Opera managed to avoid a lockout of its own after months of labor battles.

Neue Musikzeitung

Frischer Wind: Jugend musiziert Berlin sucht Jugend-Juroren

„Jugend musiziert ‑ vor Weißhaarigen”, so wird gelegentlich gespottet.

Klassik.com

Russische Geigerin Lydia Mordkovitch gestorben

International tätige Solistin wurde 70 Jahre alt

Concerti

„Nicht nur Fleisch oder Eiskrem“

Mit Vadim Gluzman debütiert ein großer Fürsprecher der Moderne bei den Berliner Philharmonikern

Codex Flores

Wissenschaft, Technik und Musik in Jugendzentren

Ein von Thomas Gartmann und Barbara Balba Weber gemeinsam mit der Stiftung Science et Cité für das Förderprogramm MINT Schweiz konzipiertes Projekt mit dem Titel «Schall und Rauch.

Pizzicato

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Again With Surplus

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announced that Fiscal Year 2014 achieved a second consecutive modest surplus of $60.000.

Elim Chan Wins 2014 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition

The 28-year-old conductor Elim Chan won First prize in the 2014 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition.

Twitter

Gramophone ‏@GramophoneMag: From last night’s ‘EFG Gramophone Conversation at Foyles’. @Sir_J_Galway chatted to James Jolly: pic.twitter.com/Ljd9sX9PfV

Classic FM @ClassicFM: One of the best-known and best-loved of British sopranos joined us for an onlince chat: http://classfm.co/e563ZK 

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine: 10 of the best (and worst) films about composers: http://bit.ly/1siDP9Y

arvo-part_3132819bThe Estonian conductor Arvo Pärt, photographed in 2008. Photo: Kristian Juul Pedersen/AFP/Getty Images

(Written on December 12, 2014 )

Classical News

Classical Music Magazine

Elim Chan becomes first female winner of Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition

lim Chan last night won first prize in the 2014 Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition, the first woman to do so in the event’s 24 year history.

The Guardian

Should you go to a concert with a cough?

The Korean violinist Kyung Wha Chung chided the parents of a coughing child at a performance last week. Is the concert hall any place for a wintry ailment, ask our debaters?

The Strad

Swiss youth orchestra denied access to Singapore Airlines flight with their instruments

Despite completing the outward journey to Hong Kong without incident, the LGT Young Soloists were told by airline staff that policy prohibits violins and violas as carry-on baggage

Violinist-turned-Olympian Vanessa-Mae appeals against four-year skiing ban

The artist called the International Ski Federation’s ruling of score manipulation ‘nonsensical’

BBC Music Magazine

Durham Cathedral builds new organ… in Lego

Organ builders Harrison and Harrison help to create miniature instrument

Der Spiegel

Ukraine-Konflikt: Anna Netrebko wirbt für “Neurussland”

Fototermin mit politischer Botschaft: Opernsängerin Anna Netrebko hat sich mit dem ostukrainischen Separatistenführer Oleg Zarjow ablichten lassen – samt Fahne von “Neurussland”. Außerdem spendet die Sopranistin eine Million Rubel.

Concerti

Porträt Olli Mustonen: Höhere Mathematik auf 88 Tasten

Pianist, Dirigent, Komponist – und Statistiker: Olli Mustonen liebt das Spiel mit den Zahlen

Klassik.com

Sopranistin Anna Netrebko spendet eine Million Rubel

Kritik an Spende für Opern- und Ballettheater Donezk

Le Figaro

Christophe Grapperon, d’Offenbach à Bach

Le directeur musical des Brigands dirige à l’Athénée une création inspirée des Passions de Bach.

La Croix

L’église Saint-Eustache a lancé un concours pour la succession de Jean Guillou

Le légendaire organiste de la paroisse parisienne devra laisser la place au printemps prochain à trois nouveaux co-titulaires, recrutés par voie de concours.

El País

Un parque musical en Bangkok

Hasta el próximo 1 de febrero se pueden disfrutar los conciertos gratuitos de la Orquesta Sinfónica de la ciudad sobre el césped de Lumpini, uno de los pulmones verdes

Twitter

Musical Futures ‏@musicalfutures: Constant use of levels and sub levels in music is damaging, particularly at KS3 urges @RobinHammerton #wedfevents

ISM ‏@ISM_music: ‘Music in schools is in a good place’ but ‘hubs have had a wonderful year’ says @RobinHammerton from @Ofstednews #WEdFEvents #musiced

BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine:  Pointless’s Alexander Armstrong joins @TheSixteen for Good King Wenceslas charity single: http://www.classical-music.com/news/alexander-armstrong-joins-sixteen-good-king-wenceslas-single …

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Elim Chan. Photo found at:  http://www.classicalmusicmagazine.org/2014/12/elim-chan-becomes-first-female-winner-of-donatella-flick-lso-conducting-competition/ 

 

(Written on December 9, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Mass art forms are falling out of fashion, director Peter Sellars warns

The opera director Peter Sellars warns a new generation prefer intimate theatre to mass art forms ‘dying like vast dinosaurs’

All Bach no Bite?

Leading composers have been asked to complete a series of organ pieces by JS Bach. Can they do him justice?

The Strad

Vienna Philharmonic publishes pictures from its recent auditions

The orchestra shares its efforts to maintain fairness and describes the complicated process of gaining full membership

Classic FM online

This violin is made from 16,000 matchsticks and actually works

This is the amazing story of how a violin made entirely of matchsticks ended up being a proper concert instrument, known as the Unikat Polish Stradivarius.

Classical Music Magazine

Concert celebrating the BBC’s The Blue Planet is launched in a tank

This has to be a first for classical music: a concert stage on a seabed

Der Tagesspiegel

Berliner Ensemble: Klausel für das Geisterhaus

Neustart am Berliner Ensemble: Oliver Reese wird 2017 Claus Peymanns Nachfolger.

Pizzicato

Luxemburger Regisseur gewinnt ‘Junge Ohren Preis’ für Festivalproduktion aus Luzern

Drei Produktionen wurden in Stuttgart beim ‘Junge Ohren Preis 2014′ ausgezeichnet, darunter, in der Kategorie ‘Best Practice, Konzert’, das vom luxemburgische Regisseur Dan Tanson für das ‘Lucerne Festival’ inszenierte Stück ‘Heroica’.

Andrei Gavrilov Cancelled Russian Tour Under Political Protest

Pianist Andrei Gavrilov has canceled his planned Russian tour in December due to political reasons.

Klassik.com

UNESCO ernennt Hannover und Mannheim zu Städten der Musik

Die UNESCO hat drei deutsche Städte – Hannover, Mannheim und Heidelberg – in das Städte-Netzwerk “Creative Cities” aufgenommen.

Musik Heute

Bremer Kammerphilharmonie für gesellschaftliches Engagement ausgezeichnet

Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen hat den diesjährigen Würth Preis der Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland (JMD) erhalten.

Twitter

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Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic8: Symphony conducts fundraiser to take show on the road – RichmondBizSense http://dlvr.it/7htBfQ 

BBC Music Magazine ‏@MusicMagazine: Composer Thomas Hewitt Jones introduces and conducts @Boosey_London in his exclusive carol for BBC Music Magazine: http://www.classical-music.com/news/watch-boosey-hawkess-performance-our-exclusive-carol …

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Picture found at: http://www.classicfm.com/discover/music/matchstick-violin/

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on December 2, 2014 )

WildKat PR is pleased to welcome Orpheus Sinfonia to its client roster ahead of the launch of their new concert series ‘Beneath the Score’.

The Orpheus Sinfonia was founded in 2008 with the aim of providing opportunity and support for exceptionally talented musicians emerging from study into the profession. Under the artistic direction of international cellist and conductor Thomas Carroll, Orpheus Sinfonia is establishing itself as one of the most vibrant, dynamic and inspiring of young orchestras. Soloists to date include Tamsin Little OBE, Dame Felicity Lott, Jack Liebeck and EMI artist Xeu-Fei.

November sees the launch of ‘Beneath the Score’, a series created, presented and conducted by Thomas Carroll. ‘Beneath the Score’ is designed to bring classical music to life by taking the audience on a journey of exploration through a composer’s life, their muses and historical context. Through narration, musical excerpts, influential images and readings, each musical work is brought to life in it’s own unique way.

By exploring this history, Orpheus Sinfonia open new doors to those not yet in love with the power of classical music, and at the same time enrich the knowledge and appreciation of those already more familiar with the art form.

Orpheus Sinfonia’s upcoming concert Revolution: The Beethoven Effect, takes place at St. George’s Church, Hanover Square, on 27 November at 7.30pm.

Orpheus Sinfonia will spend an evening exploring how Beethoven transformed classical music, inspired and daunted all those who came after him, and produced such great works of art, instilled with visions and beliefs. Orpheus will perform excerpts from each of his symphonies, and The Eroica Symphony will be performed in its entirety in the second half.

The audience will also hear readings from Beethoven’s fascinating letters, read by actor Michael Bodie. To bind this all together there will be a brief narrative coupled with some beautiful projected images. There is a 50% discount on all tickets for full-time students and all under-25s.

For more updates on Orpheus Sinfonia, visit their website, Twitter and Facebook.

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Orpheus Sinfonia performing at Cadogan Hall

(Written on November 19, 2014 )

Classic FM

Did Bach’s wife write some of his best-known works?

A new documentary claims that Anna Magdalena was the real composer of her husband Bach’s best-known pieces.

International Arts Manager

Can music heal recovering addicts?

Music outreach programmes for children and the elderly are commonplace. But what about projects for the more vulnerable in society? James McConnel tells Clare Wiley why he created an orchestra of addicts

Pro Arte signs 2014 Grieg competition winner

Pro Arte International Management has signed Norwegian pianist Joachim Carr for general and world management.

Slipped Disc

Everything you need to know about the Met in 10 graphs

The composer Suby Raman has been reflecting on the state of the Met and how it might present itself itself to a graph-oriented society.

Artsjournal

Atlanta Symphony Lockout: Musicians Partly Give In To Management Demands For Smaller Orchestra

Limelight Magazine

Sculthorpe memorialised with new fellowship

NSW Government and Sydney Conservatorium announces new $30,000 award

Pizzicato

Atlanta Symphony Close To An Agreement

After eight weeks of lockout, the Atlanta Symphony Musicians made a counterproposal that gives hope for an agreement.

Hochstapelei im Namen Mahlers

Seit 2011 schon lockte ein Verein namens ‘Mahler Philharmoniker’ junge Musiker zur ‘Fortbildung’ nach Österreich.

audiophil

Greatest Hits

Festival für zeitgenössische Musik auf Kampnagel /12.–15. November 2014

Klassik.com

München: Sanierung des Gasteigs mit neuem Konzertsaal?

Ministerpräsident Seehofer schlägt gemeinsames “Leuchtturmprojekt” von Stadt und Land vor

Codex Flores

Musiker protestieren gegen missliebigen Dirigenten  

Ungewöhliches zugetragen hat sich in Spanien: Musiker des Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla protestierten auf dem Podium gegen einen künstlerischen Leiter, der ihnen ihrer Meinung nach aufgezwungen worden ist.

Le Monde

A New York, « La Mort de Klinghoffer » choque toujours

La culture nord-américaine aura connu trois scandales aux tonalités connexes : en 1969, l’écrivain Philip Roth (né en 1933) suscite une tonitruante polémique avec son roman Portnoy et son complexe, une satire carnassière – et pornographique – de la classe moyenne juive américaine

El Mundo

La mujer de Bach escribió parte de algunas de sus obras

Un documental asegura que la segunda esposa del compositor, Anna Madgalena, escribió parte de algunas de las mejores obras del músico

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM:  Every October half-term, we team up with @PrincesTrust to put on Arts & Kids Week – take a look at what’s on: http://classfm.co/uRyS1b 

Clarence House @ClarenceHouse: The Prince of Wales meets young musicians in London following a joint performance of @NACOrchCNA & @RPOOnline #Canada

Gramophone @GramophoneMag: In our new blog, @kyungwhachung talks about her amazing return from career-threatening injury: http://bit.ly/1t9ytKN 

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(Bach and his wife, Anna Magdalena Photo via: Classic FM)

 

(Written on October 28, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Drink and drug addictions ‘blighting lives of classical musicians’

Ahead of the Channel 4 documentary, Addicts Symphony, the Guardian and The Sunday Times have both written pieces to expose how some classical musicians deal with the stresses of anti-social hours and extreme pressure.

The Telegraph

Sir Andrew Davis: The returning hero

Sir Andrew Davis will be returning to the Proms this evening as conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The once chief conductor at the proms said that while he has held few posts, this being only his third orchestral position, he has held them all for a very long time.

Classic FM

Top conductor’s ‘symphony orchestras will be gone in 30 years’ claim stirs debate

Following Ivan Fischer’s article for The Times, orchestral professionals including Mark Pemberton, director of the Association of British Orchestras, have struck back that his comments may not have been relevant for British orchestras.

Classic FM

Game Of Thrones ‘opera’ to debut in New York

A New York opera company intends to take Game of Thrones as a theme for an opera in February 2015.

The New York Times

In Surprise Finale at Metropolitan Opera’s Labor Talks, Both Sides Agree to Cuts

It seems that the end of the Met Opera saga is in sight. The Metropolitan Opera and two of its unions agreed that to avoid the calamities that have silenced swaths of the classical music world, they would have to scale back. They are still awaiting talks with numerous other smaller unions.

Mitteldeutsche Zeitung

Stiftung Händel-Haus kauft frühe Händel-Notendrucke

Der Stiftung Händel-Haus ist der Ankauf einer Gruppe von frühen Händel-Notendrucken und -Büchern aus einem englischen Antiquariat gelungen. Unter anderem eine 1739 erschienene Erstausgabe von Händels „Ode for St. Cecilias’s Day“.

Berliner Zeitung

Die Kulturszene hat Angst vor der Amerikanisierung

Die Kulturszene fürchtet, dass durch das Freihandelsabkommen mit den USA die europäische Vielfalt der Musik und Filme, bei Büchern und in Theatern leidet. Eine Wissenschaftlerin warnt, sogar, dass das deutsche, „über 300 Jahre gewachsene Kulturmodell in Trümmern liegen“ werde.

Concerti

El Sistema auf Bayrisch

Ob singen, ein Instrument spielen oder jodeln: In der Bayrischen Philharmonie kann jeder alles lernen. Hauptsache er liebt Musik.

 

Twitter

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 Photo: Rex Features

Photo: Rex Features

 

 

(Written on August 19, 2014 )

While the extinction of the dinosaurs may have had something to do with a meteor, it is likely that the decline of orchestras is down to just as many debatable factors. From financial climate change, to developments in technology and changes in personal taste, there are numerous elements of change that the industry has little control over.

In the article from today’s Times, Iván Fischer heralds the evolutionary approach for orchestras, as he claims they must ‘adapt or die’. With his own Budapest Festival Orchestra being open to innovation he believes that it is the only way to truly mitigate against the terminal decline of orchestras around the world.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra are trying to bring in different audiences in order to break the white, middle-class, middle-aged, well-educated norm. While this isn’t wholly true in concert halls today, as a lot has already been done to correct the imbalance, it is still a perceived barrier to many. The BFO perform in midnight concerts to appeal to younger audiences, seating them on beanbags and giving them discounts on ticket prices if they turn up on a bike. All are intriguing innovations that could work for many orchestras and concert venues to lure in the younger generations.

However, the question that will be asked is what does this give/take from orchestral concert going. Traditionalists will be harking that it is in fact this kind of innovation that kills orchestras, while the opposing corner will rebut with the same evolutionary, forward-thinking stance that Fischer proposes in this article.

What is clear though is that demands are being placed on orchestras and those who manage them to be more creative, whether it is with their funding or engagement methods. Today also saw the Guardian Culture Professionals Live Chat about crowd-funding, which is being cited as a revolutionary change to fundraising. James Hopkirk, Editor of IdeasTap suggested ‘As arts funding gets cut back further and further and artists have to become more self-sufficient and entrepreneurial I think it’s [crowd-funding] only going to become more prevalent…’. A similar call for change has been echoed by organisations such as Nesta in their report ‘The New Art of Finance – Making Money Work Harder for the Arts’.

Essentially what all of these changes are demanding is that we are more creative, which is surely what the arts do best. It’s a philosophy that WildKat have embraced fully, with enormous success. No one is saying that creative minded people have to go and play with the stock market, or perform brain science to see what attracts people to classical music- just that we are considerate of all demographics, what makes them want to get involved or why they might want to resist, and if this is something we can change.

Rising to the challenges that the arts face is one best met by creative people- luckily our industry is brimming with them.

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(Written on August 13, 2014 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Puccini’s Italian tragic love affair house up for sale

The home that served as a romantic retreat for Giacomo Puccini and his married lover in 1886 is up for sale in Lake Como for €400,000.

The Guardian

Daniel Harding: ‘Telling a young musician to be patient is like telling Wayne Rooney to score more goals’

Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding, talks about his work under Simon Rattle, his musical development and his current projects.

The Telegraph

La Traviata at Glyndebourne: what the audience thought

Having been broadcast online live on 10th August, the telegraph have interviewed audiences of La Traviata from Glyndebourne.

The Times

The I, Culture Orchestra: uniting troubled countries through music

The I, Culture Orchestra are a youth orchestra who unites 18-28 year olds from nations including Poland, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine, some of the most conflict-ridden countries in the world. Azerbaijan and Armenia have technically been at war since 1988, yet the young players sit together and make music harmoniously. They will be performing at the Edinburgh International Festival on the 17th August.

Der Tagesspiegel

Doch ein Punk

Das Bundesjugendorchester beginnt bei Young Euro Classic erwachsen, getragen, pflichtbewusst – und zeigt schließlich doch, was in ihm steckt.

Klavier.de

Martha Argerich wird Ehrenmitglied des West Eastern Divan Orchestra

Ehrung anlässlich eines gemeinsamen Konzerts im Teatro Colon verliehen.

The Australian

Classical composer Peter Sculthorpe dies

CLASSICAL composer Peter Sculthorpe has been lauded as a musical giant following his death.

Dutch News

Christina Deutekom dies at 82

The world famous Dutch coloratura soprano Christina Deutekom died on Thursday evening.

Le Monde

Polémiques budgétaires à l’Opéra de Paris

L’Opéra de Paris serait-il dispendieux ?

 

Twitter

Time Out London: @TimeOutLondon Hurry! Tickets for Hamlet at the @BarbicanCentre are on sale NOW: http://timeout.entstix.com/tickets/hamlet-barbican

The Times of London: @thetimes Read Richard Morrison’s interview with @NickyBenedetti on doubling up at the #EdFringe http://thetim.es/1sMPF9j

IdeasMag: @IdeasMag Should you give up on your creative dreams? @Jennie_Nicole has her say: http://ideastap.com/IdeasMag/all-articles/discuss-give-up-on-your-dreams

Sinfini Music: @SinfiniMusic Do children need to be taught to listen to music properly? So says @lauramvula http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/teach-the-digital-generation-to-listen-says-laura-mvula-9659442.html?origin=internalSearch

 

 

Photograph: Mario Nunes Vais/ Alinari Archives/Corbis

Photograph: Mario Nunes Vais/ Alinari Archives/Corbis

 

 

 

(Written on August 11, 2014 )