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San Diego Opera to stay open amid crowdfunding success

The 58-member board of directors voted in March to shut down, but recent campaign saved the troubled company.

Are opera singers now to be judged on their looks not their voice?

A storm of protest has erupted over critics’ disparaging comments about a Glyndebourne singer’s size and shape. If there is a line over which opera critics should not step, then it is into the realms of a singers’ personal appearance, writes mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnston.

Classic FM Online

Pittsburgh Symphony auditions barking dogs

A group of dogs were put through their paces at an audition for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, to determine which would take part in a performance of Leopold Mozart’s Hunt Symphony.

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool Philharmonic faces final curtain before £13.8m face lift

As it shuts its doors this weekend capital development director Emma King discusses the long-term vision for the Phil.

Classical Music Magazine

Classical:NEXT day four ‒ Classical music for generation Y, venerating venues, conference closing numbers

Phillip Sommerich reports from the final day of events at Classical:NEXT 2014. Appropriately, the final conference of Classical:NEXT was titled ‘Classical Music is Dead’, and speaker Brendan Walsh of consultancy Brending began in style.

Limelight Magazine

Global politics causes controversy at Carnegie Hall

World-renowned Finnish soprano Karita Mattila has publically refused to sing under the direction of Russian conductor Vladimir Gergiev, as tensions between Russia and the rest of the world manifested themselves at Carnegie Hall.

The New York Times

Pop Music Recital With a Classical Veneer

On Saturday, the Tribeca New Music Festival presented ‘Poetry in Motion:’ an evening of polished pop that featured the soprano Mellissa Hughes.

Classical Music on Twitter 

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The Forge@TheForgeCamden Let your child roam, dance, play & sing to classical music @BachToBaby this Thurs morning: @LondonMums @islingtonmums

OAE@theoae The OAE Hall of Shame. It’s time to unveil the TOP 10 MOST HATED PIECES OF CLASSICAL MUSIC as voted for by you.

BBC Entertainment@bbcentertain VIDEO: How to make Anglo-Iranian music

The Journal of Music@journalofmusic Arts Council to Invest €450,000 in Music Generation.

PRS Foundation@PRSFoundation We’re delighted to be partnered with @CreativeScots @ArtsCouncilNI @Arts_Wales_ & @artscouncil_ie on #BeyondBorders




(Written on May 20, 2014 )


Young Musician of the Year is a welcome reminder of our homegrown talent – and that we need to continue to nurture it

Here’s a televised talent show that has no revolving red chair, no golden buzzer, and competitors who are truly the best of the best. Classical music is in excellent hands with this next generation, says Young Musician of the Year judge Meurig Bowen.

How I came to write a cello concerto, aged 14

Teenage cellist and composer Anoushka Sharp’s cello concerto gets its world premiere on 18 May. She tells us how she had the ambition to compose the work, and why it’s dedicated to Steven Isserlis

Classical Music Magazine

Classical:NEXT day two ‒ Streaming, video relay, composers’ rights and identifying future stars

Phillip Sommerich reports on a packed programme of events at Classical:NEXT 2014

Classic FM Online 

William and Kate’s wedding piece to be performed for Pope

Paul Mealor’s Ubi Caritas, written for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, is to be performed at a special mass in the Vatican next year.

New York Times

La Scala to Fire Incoming Director After One Season

In what Mayor Giuliano Pisapia described as an agonizing decision, the board of La Scala on Thursday voted to dismiss that opera theater’s incoming director general at the end of his first season, amid charges of a conflict of interest.


Reden ist Silber

Im Mai kam Claudio Abbado traditionell nach Berlin, um die Philharmoniker zu dirigieren. Nach seinem Tod wird nun Simon Rattle die Gedenkkonzerte leiten. Eine Reverenz an seinen Vorgänger, die nur sehr schwer zu realisieren war.


Naive Helden?

Der Tenor Klaus Florian Vogt definiert Wagners starke Männer neu, erkennt seine Grenzen und erweitert sein Repertoire

Klassik Akzente

Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik: Argerich und Abbado mit Mozart in der neuen Bestenliste

Der Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik hat die Aufnahme von Mozarts Klavierkonzerten Nr. 21 und 25 mit Martha Argerich und Claudio Abbado in die Bestenliste 02/2014 aufgenommen. Lesen Sie die Begründung der Jury.

Insichgeschäfte des Intendanten haben schwerwiegende Konsequenzen zur Folge

Mailänder Scala kürzt Pereiras Vertrag auf nur 15 Monate – Rechtsstreit droh

Classical Music on Twitter 

Susanna Eastburn ‏@susannaeastburn Richard Barrett: why do we call this music ‘classical’ as if it is already finished? #classicalnext

William Norris ‏@Will_Norris We need to stop talking about attracting new audiences and actually DO it – most efforts so far are only token #classicalnext

Southbank Centre ‏@southbankcentre This summer @southbankcentre is improving the riverside environment on Queen’s Walk Find out about this work

Matthew Swann@SwannMatthew Great article by @MeurigB. I’m looking forward to judging more amazing classical talent @YCATrust finals tonight.

Neil Fisher ‏@nfmusic They call him “thinking man’s idea of a hotshot conductor”. Did the LSO’s latest debutant make a splash?

The Guardian

The Guardian


(Written on May 16, 2014 )