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In today’s news: Riccardo Muti and Catherine Deneuve awarded the prestigious Praemium Imperiale. New Beethoven stamp to celebrate 250th anniversary of composer’s birth. Australian Ballett performance cut short by a rat. Classical music is dead? The Würzburger Mozartfest in portrait. Meet the alpinist musicians who took their passion for music high into the Alps. Street in named after missing soprano. Leeds Piano Competition reveals audience engagement. Stephen Fry appointed ORA Singers president. Meet two composers leading charge for women at the Proms.

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Leeds Piano Competition reveals audience engagement events

Piano+, designed to offer entertainment and insight to competition audiences, includes masterclasses, talks and insight events with members of the competition jury, such as Paul Lewis and Imogen Cooper.

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Stephen Fry appointed ORA Singers president

Fry will lead the group into a new residency at LSO St Luke’s from 2019.

The Telegraph

Meet the two composers leading the charge for women at the Proms: ‘It’s time to redress centuries of injustice’

Roxanna Panufnik and Anna Meredith are among the 22 female composers set to feature in the Proms this year. They tell Ivan Hewett why it’s about time

BBC News

Australian Ballet performance cut short by rat

A hungry rat has been blamed for a power failure during a ballet in Australia. Dancers and audience members were plunged into darkness during the second half of a Sleeping Beauty performance by the Australian Ballet.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Klassische Musik ist tot? Von wegen!

Die Krise der Klassik wird regelmäßig heraufbeschworen: Doch die Nachfrage ist groß wie nie zuvor. Nicht nur ihre Zuhörer sind zahlreich – sondern auch die Formen der Darbietung.

NMZ

Catherine Deneuve und Riccardo Muti erhalten Praemium Imperiale

Die französische Schauspielerin Catherine Deneuve (74) und der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Muti (76) werden für ihr Lebenswerk mit dem Praemium Imperiale geehrt.

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Neue Beethoven-Briefmarke wirbt für Jubiläum 2020

Im Vorfeld des 250. Geburtstages von Ludwig van Beethoven erscheint eine neue Briefmarke.

Platea Magazine

Génova dedicará una calle a la desaparecida soprano Daniela Dessì

El Consejo de la ciudad de Génova ha aprobado, por unanimidad y a propuesta de Luca Pirandoni, de Movimiento Cinco Estrellas, dedicar una calle a la soprano genovesa Daniela Dessì, fallecida en el verano de 2016, a los 56 años.

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Manu Delago: “Sono un montanaro che porta sulle Alpi la passione per la musica”

Il musicista ha realizzato un film e un disco durante una spedizione sulle montagne austriache con altri sette musicisti-alpinisti.

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Riccardo Muti (c) Presse, Praemium Imperiale

(Written on July 12, 2018 )

In today’s news: BASCA announces election results. Nadine Sierra explores American opera and song in new album. Musicologist Robert Pascall has passed away. Cambridge Live has announced details of its 29th orchestral series. Ricardo Muti stops Chicago Symphony Orchestra mid-performance after cough from audience member. Richard Strauss Orchestra Academy cancelled this year. Bach reinvented: the Bach music festival with musical saws and nyckelharpa. Music Festival Krzyżowa – how a music festival transformed a sleepy village in Poland.

Rhinegold

Nadine Sierra to release album with Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Gold

Soprano Nadine Sierra has made her first album for Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Gold, having signed a contract with the labels last year.

Basca

Board and Committee Election Results Announced

Over the past few weeks, Professional and Standard members have been voting for BASCA members to represent them on the BASCA Board, and our Classical, Songwriter and Jazz Committees.

Rhinegold

Cambridge Orchestral Concert Series 2018-19 announced

Cambridge Live has announced details of its 29th orchestral series at the Corn Exchange.

The Guardian

Robert Pascall obituary

Robert Pascall, the musicologist and Brahms scholar, has died aged 74. His dedication to Brahms (and slight resemblance to him) was lifelong, from his DPhil at Oxford to the crowning glory of his career: new critical editions of the Brahms Symphonies for the complete edition of the composer’s works published between 1996 and 2012.

The Herald

Obituary: Joyce Blackham, opera singer

Joyce Blackham, who has died aged 84, was a mezzo-soprano who was renowned for her singing of the fiery cigarette girl in Bizet’s Carmen. At the beginning of her career she sang it with Sadler’s Wells Opera (SWO) and joined another young singer, Placido Domingo, in regional opera houses in America and at the New York City Opera.

Limelight

Riccardo Muti stops mid-performance after audience member coughs

The famously stern maestro brought the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to a halt after noise from the audience interrupted a quiet moment in the music.

The Violin Channel

Prizes Awarded at United States’ 2018 Washington International String Competition

Violinist Youjin Lee, violist Muriel Garnet Razavi and cellist Tony Rymer have been awarded 1st prizes at the 2018 Washington International String Competition

klassik.com

Richard-Strauss Orchesterakademie muss abgesagt werden

Die “Internationale Richard-Strauss-Orchesterakademie”, die als eine Säule der Neuausrichtung des Richard-Strauss-Festivals junge Musiker an das Werk von Richard Strauss heranführen sollte, kann in diesem Jahr nicht stattfinden.

NMZ

“Stelzenfestspiele”: Bach mit Obertongesang und Schlüsselfidel

Johann Sebastian Bach bleibt eine unerschöpfliche Inspirationsquelle für Musiker: Bei den “Stelzenfestspielen bei Reuth” im Dreiländereck von Bayern, Sachsen und Thüringen wurden am Samstag Werke des Komponisten in ungewöhnlicher Ausführung geboten – verjazzt oder klassisch, mit Obertongesang und auf Instrumenten wie Schlüsselfidel und Singender Säge.

Concerti

Musikalische Begegnungen

Erst 2015 wurde das Festival Krzyżowa-Music gegründet und hat schon jetzt ein schlesisches 200-Seelen-Dorf zu einem kulturellen Hotspot gemacht.

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Riccardo Muti conducting the Australian World Orchestra. Photo © David Collins

(Written on June 26, 2018 )

In today’s classical music news, veteran actor Dame Julie Walters will join the presenter lineup at Classic FM for a new Saturday show, Chineke! boosts BME representation in UK musical ensembles, YouTube Red launches internationally and Winnipeg Symphony appoints new Musical Director.

Rhinegold

Julie Walters to present Classic FM series

Actor will host a new six-part Saturday night radio series exploring the biggest moments and changes in the history of classical music.

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia introduces digital programme notes

Audience members at YYS concerts will soon have the option to have ‘real-time’ programme notes sent to their phones.

The Times

Peer swoops in to save opera’s fairies

The director of English National Opera’s production of Iolanthe has revealed that Lord Glendonbrook stepped in at the last minute to foot the bill for some of his creative demands.

The Telegraph

‘Classical music is finally getting somewhere with its race problem’

Chineke! leads the way for much-needed BME diversification among youth and professional ensembles.

Joyce DiDonato: how can we claim opera isn’t political?

Star mezzo-soprano tells reporter Ben Lawrence how researching a work about ‘Death Row’ deepened her love for opera

The Star

Ambition for Sheffield to hit the right notes in classical music

Classical music is thriving locally, with an ‘astonishing amount going on’, a report says – but players, ensembles, schools and charities need support to create ‘a more sustainable industry with a wider and deeper reach across Sheffield, for residents of all ages’.

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Winnipeg Symphony has appointed Daniel Raiskin as Music Director

Canadian Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) announced that Russian-born conductor Daniel Raiskin (*1970) has been named Music Director from August 1, 2018, succeeding Alexander Mickelthwate who served as Music Director since 2005.

Concerti

Die offiziellen Top 20 Klassik-Charts im Februar 2018

Riccardo Muti und die Wiener Philharmoniker landen mit ihrer Aufnahme des Neujahrskonzerts 2018 auf dem ersten Platz der Klassik-Charts.

NMZ

Immer mehr Rentner lernen an Thüringens Musikschulen

An Thüringens Musikschulen lernen immer mehr Schüler, die bereits im Rentenalter sind. Zwischen 2012 und 2016 hat sich die Zahl der Erwachsenen über 60 Jahre von 246 auf 420 erhöht, wie der Landesverband der Thüringer Musikschulen auf Anfrage der Deutschen Presse-Agentur mitteilte.

Klassik Heute 

Andris Nelsons: Amtseintritt als Gewandhauskapellmeister in Leipzig

Am 22. Februar tritt Andris Nelsons offiziell das Amt des 21. Gewandhauskapellmeisters an und läutet damit den Beginn einer neuen Ära in der Geschichte des Leipziger Gewandhauses ein.

Le Monde

YouTube va déployer son offre payante en France

YouTube Red, l’offre payante de la plate-forme de streaming musical et vidéo devrait être disponible dans une centaine de pays cette année.

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(Written on February 15, 2018 )

In today’s news: Liza Ferschtman on tour with Bernstein’s ‘Serenade’ and the meaning of Alexa for the music industry. Also, Christian Thielemann to conduct the traditional New Year’s concert by the Vienna Philharmonic in 2019 and the Berlin State Opera attracted more visitors since its reopening.

Classical-Music

Liza Ferschtman on tour with Bernstein’s ‘Serenade’

The violinist will perform in 5 countries to celebrate Bernstein’s centenary this year

Oxford Mail

Introducing – Oxford’s Tuneless Choir

Meet the musical ensemble of singers where you don’t have to be able to hold a note

Music Week

Alexa and the future of the music business

Voice control and interactive AI has been coming for a while, but 2018 could be the tipping point for the music business.

Yahoo News

Vienna waltzes the world into 2018 with New Year’s concert

The Vienna Philharmonic gave the world a soothing start to 2018 with its traditional New Year’s concert, led by Italian maestro Riccardo Muti.

The Telegraph

Is Leonard Bernstein still the greatest?

A look at the power and passion of modern music’s most controversial maestro.

nmz

Berlin: Staatsoper Unter den Linden seit Wiedereröffnung ausverkauft

Die Berliner Staatsoper hat durch die Wiedereröffnung ihres Stammhauses Unter den Linden einen Besucherschub erlebt. Nahezu alle der insgesamt 63 Veranstaltungen dort waren ausverkauft, teilte das Haus am Freitag mit. Die Jahresauslastung sei von 88 Prozent im vergangenen Jahr auf jetzt 94 Prozent gestiegen.

Klassik.com

Sydney Opera House: Wiedereröffnung nach Renovierung

Das Sydney Opera House wird nach siebenmonatiger Sanierung zu Beginn des Jahres 2018 wiedereröffnet. Erneuert wurde in dem 1973 eingeweihnten architektonischen Wahrzeichen der australischen Stadt das Joan Sutherland Theatre.

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Christian Thielemann dirigiert 2019 erstmals Wiener Neujahrskonzert

Der deutsche Dirigent Christian Thielemann, 58, wird 2019 am Pult des Neujahrskonzerts der Wiener Philharmoniker stehen.

Platea Magazine

Christian Thielemann dirigirá el Concierto de Año Nuevo en Viena en 2019

Tras la actuación hoy de Riccardo Muti al frente del tradicional Concierto de Año Nuevo en Viena, será el maestro berlinés Christian Thielemann (1959) quien tome el testigo de esta cita en 2019.

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Un PC, un clavier et un archet pour former un nouvel instrument

Un jeune compositeur géorgien voulait démontrer que l’ordinateur pouvait être un instrument de musique à part entière. À l’aide de trois éléments qui n’ont, a priori, rien à voir ensemble, il est parvenu à créer de la musique électronique.

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Royal Academy of Music @RoyalAcadMusic: Congratulations to Professor Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal, who has been awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to music in the 2018 New Year Honours.

DeutschlandfunkMusik @DLFMusik: Orchester-Sanierung in Sachsen-Anhalt mit SED-Parteivermögen? Deutsche Orchestervereinigung fordert dazu auf

Image: Christian Thielemann © Platea Magazine/Matthias Creutziger

(Written on January 2, 2018 )

In today’s classical news: How Muhammad Ali’s life was turned into an opera, a video of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with Riccardo Muti conducting Verdi’s ‘Requiem’,  Sophie Lewis is appointed as NCO Managing Director. A biologist on music as being the oldest form of art, the director of the San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson-Thomas steps down after 25 years and the Teatro Real in Madrid is celebrating its 20th anniversary since its reopening.

Rhinegold

Sophie Lewis appointed as NCO managing director

Sophie Lewis has been appointed as Managing Director of the National Children’s Orchestras of Great Britain. She will step down from her current role as chief executive of Sinfonia Cymru to succeed Carrie Sage, who is stepping down at the end of this year.

ORA announces musical advent calendar

ORA is to mark the festive season with a musical advent calendar.

Available on the ensemble’s website, the ORA Advent Calendar will see a new door open each day, allowing listeners access to a daily contemporary carol recorded by the group.

The Violin Channel

Finalists Announced at South Korea’s Isangyun International Violin Competition

The 4 Finalists have today been announced for the 2017 Isangyun International Violin Competition, in Tongyeong, South Korea.

Guardian

Float like a butterfly, sing like a soprano … how Muhammad Ali’s epic life became an opera

Among the many tributes to Muhammad Ali – books, films, documentaries, exhibitions and plays – an immersive orchestral experience might be one of the least expected. But in Louisville, Kentucky, the boxer’s birthplace, the ambitious young maestro who leads the Louisville Orchestra has found his muse.

SF Station

Au Revoir! SF Symphony Director Michael Tilson-Thomas Announces Plans to Leave after 25 Years

Earlier this week, SF Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson-Thomas announced that he will step down from his post after the 2019-20 season, marking 25 years in his current role, and perhaps an end of an incredible chapter for the symphony.

Limelight

Bronwyn Douglass wins Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship

Mezzo-soprano Bronwyn Douglass has been announced as the recipient of the 2017 Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship, awarded by the Opera Foundation for young Australians.

BR Klassik

Verdis „Requiem“ mit Riccardo Muti RICCARDO MUTI

Riccardo Muti war zu Gast bei Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Musik-Heute

Thomanerchor geht auf Nordamerika-Tournee

Der Leipziger Thomanerchor unter der Leitung von Thomaskantor Gotthold Schwarz geht auf eine Konzertreise durch Nordamerika. Vom 6. bis 22. November sind Auftritte in neun Orten in Kanada und den USA geplant, teilte der Chor am Donnerstag mit.

Deutschlandfunk Kultur

“Musik ist wahrscheinlich die älteste Kunst”

In seinem neuen Buch befasst sich der portugiesische Neurowissenschaftler Antonio Damasio mit dem biologischen Fundament der menschlichen Kultur. Denn ohne Gefühle gebe es keine Kultur. Eine besondere Rolle spielt für Damasio in diesem Zusammenhang die Musik.

El Mundo

La favorita es ella

El Teatro Real celebró anoche los 20 años de su reapertura con una función de gala de La favorita, la ópera de Donizetti con la que se abrió la programación del coliseo madrileño en 1850.

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@blnfestspiele Der Artist-in-Residence, @tyshawnsorey, spricht über seine Konzerte beim #jazzfestbln. Heute Abend tritt er mit seinem Trio auf.

 

 

The historic Teatro Real in Madrid

(Written on November 3, 2017 )

In today’s news: Winners of 2017 BBC Proms Inspire Competition announced, and conductor Riccardo Muti to lead joint Italian and Iranian orchestral concerts. Final spurt at the construction site of the Staatsoper Berlin, and musicians at the G20 summit.

Music Teacher

Winners of 2017 BBC Proms Inspire Competition announced

Five young composers have won across three categories in this year’s competition. They will have their compositions performed at the BBC Prom in 2018, and they also win a broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a bbc commission throughout the 17/18 season.

The Strad

Conductor Riccardo Muti to lead joint Italian and Iranian orchestral concerts

Celebrating 20 years of Muti’s ‘Roads of Friendship’ initiative, the performances by Italian and Iranian musicians take place in Tehran on 6 July and in Ravenna on 8 July

Cmuse

Saxophonist Floats Paper Inside Saxophone

Check out this cool trick by saxophonist and hobbyist, David Pope. He put a video of a piece of paper floating mid-air inside the bell of a saxophone.

Pizzicato

Denis Matsuev cancels concerts due to exhaustion

Under his doctor’s orders, Russian Pianist Denis Matsuev, 42, had to reduce his schedule due to exhaustion and therefore withdraw from several concerts during summer.

Berliner Morgenpost

Endspurt auf der Baustelle der Staatsoper Unter den Linden

In der Staatsoper Unter den Linden wird Optimismus verbreitet: Die Handwerker versichern, Ende Juli fertig zu sein.

NMZ

Dünne moralische Luft auf dem Gipfel

Orchestermusiker sind auch nur Bürger in Uniform, sie haben zu exerzieren, was man ihnen auf die Pulte stellt, was ein Regisseur ihnen vorinszeniert.

Klassik.com

Richard-Strauss-Festival 2017 zieht positive Bilanz

Das Richard-Strauss-Festival hat eine positive Bilanz der diesjährigen Festspielausgabe gezogen. Die binnen sieben Festivaltagen 25 ausgerichteten Veranstaltungen wurden von knapp 7.000 Zuschauern besucht.

BBC News

The sisters who have sung in the same church choir for 80 years

A pair of sisters have been singing in their church choir for more than 80 years.

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Music Teacher: BBC Proms

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(Written on July 6, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, Vienna Philharmonic perform in new suits designed by Vivienne Westwood, Vienna celebrates 11-year old composer Alma Deutscher, and conductor Jeffrey Tate is given a knighthood. Also, a sneak preview of 2017’s cultural highlights, and the countdown to the opening of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg begins.

The New York Times

A New Year, and New Duds, for the Vienna Philharmonic

For the Vienna Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary, Dame Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Knonthaler — her designer partner, creative director and husband — have designed a new stage outfit, the Philharmonic Suit, for the musicians.

DW.com

2016: The year in classical music

Numbers, facts, people: it was a year of milestones in the classical world – and as always, Germany calls the tune.

Classic.fm

Opera singer Bryn Terfel given a knighthood, Dame Evelyn Glennie made a Companion of Honour and Iestyn Davies given an MBE in the New Year’s Honours 2017

Stars of the classical world are among those recognised in this year’s Honours List, joining sports stars including Mo Farah and Andy Murray, and BFG-actor Mark Rylance

The New Yorker

Bach’s Holy Dread

The composer has long been seen as a symbol of divine order. But his music has an unruly obsession with God.

Telegraph

Mariah Carey ends 2016 on low note with ‘disastrous’ New Year’s Eve performance

Pop diva Mariah Carey suffered a series of mishaps during her New Year’s Eve performance, with viewers branding the show a disaster.

Spiegel Online

Wien feiert elfjährige Komponistin

Die elf Jahre alte Alma Deutscher hat mit ihrer Aschenputtel-Oper das Wiener Publikum begeistert. Bei der Uraufführung gab es Standing Ovations. Und das Wunderkind plant schon die nächsten Projekte.

Musik Heute

Dirigent Jeffrey Tate wird zum Ritter geschlagen

Der Chefdirigent der Hamburger Symphoniker, Jeffrey Tate, wird von der britischen Queen zum Ritter geschlagen. Das teilte das Orchester am Sonntag unter Berufung auf das Londoner Königshaus mit.

Wiener Neujahrskonzert 2018 mit Riccardo Muti am Pult

Riccardo Muti soll 2018 das Neujahrskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker dirigieren. Das Orchester würdige damit die jahrzehntelange Zusammenarbeit mit dem 75-jährigen Italiener.

nmz

Kulturelle Highlights 2017: eine Medien- und Kultur-Vorschau

Oscars, Eurovision Song Contest, Buchmesse – was uns 2017 in Kultur und Medien erwartet. Ein Überblick von Januar bis Dezember.

Klassik Heute

ARTE feiert die Eröffnung der Elbphilharmonie

Von der langen Geschichte dieses ambitionierten Projektes bis zur Eröffnung des großen Saals am 11. Januar 2017 erzählen eine ARTE-Dokumentation und das glanzvolle Eröffnungskonzert.

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MUSIK HEUTE @Musik_Heute Umjubelter Berlin-Einstand von Dirigent Justin Doyle beim

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Share your 2016 highlights using – we’d love to hear from you bit.ly/2hJ9od9

BBC NOW @BBCNOW  Congratulations to the following composers, whose music has been chosen for this year’s

Alma Deutscher © Christian Wind/dpa

Alma Deutscher © Christian Wind/dpa

(Written on January 2, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, The Royal Opera House has renewed its partnership with BP, stars prepare for David Bowie celebration at the BBC Proms & the leading Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara has died at the age of 87. Also, Welsh National Opera are reaching out to new audiences with Kommilitonen!.

Classical Music Magazine

ROH renews partnership with BP

The Royal Opera House (ROH) has renewed its partnership with BP for a further five years. The relationship between the two companies, which began in 1989, will now continue until 2023.

Goldsmiths student creates AI version of In C

A computing student from Goldsmiths, University of London has created an artificially intelligent orchestra to play Terry Riley’s In C.

BBC News

Stars prepare for ‘celebratory’ David Bowie Prom

A little over 10 years ago, in May 2006, David Bowie gave his last ever UK performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall. He only graced the stage for 15 minutes, as the special guest of David Gilmour, singing the Pink Floyd classics Arnold Layne and Comfortably Numb.

BBC Music Magazine

Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016)

The leading Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara has died at the age of 87. One of the most frequently performed of all Finnish composers, Rautavaara was seen as the heir to Sibelius, who in 1955 recommended him for the Koussevitzky Scholarship to study in America.

Wales Online

This is how Welsh National Opera is enticing young people to try opera this summer

It’s not always easy convincing young people that opera is for them too but Welsh National Opera are currently reaching out to new audiences with Kommilitonen! WNO’s Youth Opera production for 2016 is a contemporary opera for young people about young people.

BR Klassik

“Dirigieren wird heute oft zur störenden Show”

Am 28. Juli wurde der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Muti 75 Jahre alt. 1981 gab er 40-jährig mit dem Verdi-Requiem sein Debüt beim Chor und Symphonieorchester des BR. Seither kehrt er regelmäßig nach München zurück – zuletzt am 17. und 18. Dezember 2015 mit Werken von Schubert und Cherubini.

nmz

Feierliche Eröffnung der 96. Salzburger Festspiele – Uraufführung eröffnet Opernprogramm

Mit einem großen Festakt sind die 96. Salzburger Festspiele gestartet. Österreichs Nationalratspräsidentin Doris Bures (SPÖ) eröffnete vor zahlreichen hochrangigen Vertretern aus Politik und Wirtschaft am Donnerstag das Festival in der Felsenreitschule offiziell.

Klassik.com

Berlin-Rheinsberger-Kompositionspreis 2016 für Olga Rayeva

Der mit 10.000 Euro dotierte Berlin-Rheinsberger-Kompositionspreis geht in diesem Jahr an die in Berlin lebende Komponistin Olga Rayeva. Mit der Auszeichnung verbunden ist für die gebürtige Moskauerin auch die Aufführung eines neuen Werkes in Rheinsberg und Berlin sowie eine Edition des Werkes beim Hofmeister-Musikverlag.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Henrik Nanasi Leads a Beautifully Played Magic Flute

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera There’s nothing quite like a good book Especially when it’s adapted into an opera: ^M

EnglishNationalOpera @E_N_O It’s the last day of the summer project today! Toi toi toi to you all for tonight’s performance!

BP Big Screen TOSCA live from the  Royal Opera House  Trafalgar Square, London, Great Britain  living streaming of Tosca  with additional live interviews both in Trafalgar Sq and at the Royal Opera House 18th July 2013 Photograph by Elliott Franks Tel 07802 537 220  elliott@elliottfranks.com 2013©Elliott Franks

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(Written on July 29, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Vivienne Westwood designs jackets for Monteverdi Choir, Edinburgh festival offers refunds for controversial opera before opening & another controversial opera, this time in Hong Kong, will explore the private life of Mao Zedong. Also, London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to perform the Pokemon soundtracks.

Classical Music Magazine

Vivienne Westwood designs jackets for Monteverdi Choir

Dame Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler have designed new jackets for the ladies of the Monteverdi Choir to wear at future performances. Developed by the Vivienne Westwood couture team, the Wrap jacket was designed to create a formal yet feminine silhouette.

The Guardian

Edinburgh festival offers refunds for controversial opera before opening

The Edinburgh international festival has been criticised for offering refunds for a new production of Così fan tutte before the opera has opened. Christophe Honoré’s version of the Mozart opera opened the Aix-en-Provence festival in France last month and will play at the Festival theatre in the Scottish capital in late August.

Quartz

A controversial new Hong Kong opera will explore the private life of Mao Zedong

A Cantonese opera production revolving around the private life of late Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong will premiere in Hong Kong on Oct. 1. Already, it’s stirring up controversy in a city torn between increasing control from Beijing and the rise of “localists” advocating for more independence.

EveningStandard

London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to play concert of Pokémon game music

Pokémon continues to be the phenomenon that is impossible to escape; it is now even taking over the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Classic FM

The incredible shirt that’s letting deaf people *feel* the sound of a full orchestra

A heart-warming moment when profoundly deaf people experience classical music in full for the very first time. And it’s all thanks to wearable technology.

Daily Mail

‘I have chills’: Heidi Klum praises teen opera singer Laura Bretan after thrilling live performance on America’s Got Talent

Heidi Klum’s blonde hair almost stood on end after she heard a phenomenal teenage opera singer on Tuesday’s episode of America’s Got Talent. The 43-year-old German supermodel was blown away by fourteen-year-old Laura Bretan.

BR Klassik

Kirchenvertreter kritisieren Parsifal-Inszenierung

Uwe Eric Laufenberg hat Wagners Bühnenweihfestspiel “Parsifal” religionskritisch inszeniert. Kirchenvertreter haben die Eröffnungspremiere mit gemischten Gefühlen aufgenommen. Von “anstößig” bis “anregend” reichten die Reaktionen.

nmz

Zeit der Wiedergutmachung – Riccardo Muti wird 75

Es sind versöhnliche Worte, die zuletzt angeschlagen wurden. Etliche Jahre sind vergangen, seitdem der Stardirigent Riccardo Muti die Mailänder Scala zornig verlassen hat. Aber der Streit ist in die Geschichte des Opernhauses eingraviert.

klassik.com

München: Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz mit Besucherzuwachs in der Spielzeit 2015/16

Das Münchner Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz hat eine positive Bilanz der vergangenen Spielzeit gezogen. Die Besucherzahl konnte eigenen Angaben zufolge trotz der Umbauphase der angestammten Spielstätte und des dadurch bedingten Ausweichens auf andere Aufführungsorte, etwa das Cuvilliéstheater, den Max-Joseph-Saal, die Reithalle sowie das Prinzregenten- und Akademietheater, gesteigert werden.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Keon Woo Kim Wins Top Prize at Operalia 2016

The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera Planning a holiday this summer? How about a trip to this most musical of cities http://www.roh.org.uk/news/a-trip-around-mozarts-vienna … ^M

Classic FM @ClassicFM The Game of Thrones theme played on contrabass flute is actually amazing

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(Written on July 28, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, European Union Youth Orchestra announces to cease operations from 1 September 2016, opera shows diverse incarnations in New York festival and the Pianist producer Gene Gutowski dies aged 90. Also, Yo-Yo Ma gets a Galician bagpipe and a violin to make beautiful music and Opera Philadelphia shows how to bring young audience to their productions.

European Youth Orchestra

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016

The European Union Youth Orchestra, a world renowned institution celebrating its fortieth year as a cultural ambassador for the EU, is to cease operations from September 2016 due to a lack of funding from the European Union.

Daily Mail

In New York festival, opera shows diverse incarnations

New York is famous for the Metropolitan Opera but the city is home to more than 50 smaller opera companies, performing everywhere from parks to bars to private homes.

BBC News

The Pianist producer Gene Gutowski dies aged 90

Gene Gutowski, a Polish-US Holocaust survivor who produced Roman Polanski’s The Pianist, has died at the age of 90.

Classical-music.com

How to win BBC Young Musician

2014 competition winner Martin James Bartlett gives this year’s finalists some advice

Public Radio International

How Yo-Yo Ma gets a Galician bagpipe and a violin to make beautiful music together

Yo-Yo Ma doesn’t wait for musicians to come collaborate with him. He sends scouts around the world to find them.

The Bucks Herald

Help needed to solve Second World War mystery of hidden trombone

A historic trombone which was hidden by members of the Buckinghamshire Batallion during the Second World War is still shrouded in mystery, and historians need your help to solve it.

Billy Penn

Almost half of Opera Philly’s audience is under 35: Here’s how they did it

Opera Philadelphia is not your average opera company.

WQXR

New Version of ‘Appalachian Spring’ Completes What Copland Began

When Aaron Copland composed the ballet Appalachian Spring for Martha Graham’s eponymous company, he wrote the work for a 13-piece chamber orchestra. In May, a new full-orchestral version will receive its world premiere.

Codex flores

Tod des österreichischen Geigers Klaus Maetzl

Klaus Maetzl, Mitgründer des Alban-Berg-Quartetts und von 1967 bis 1970 Konzertmeister der Wiener Symphoniker, ist im Alter von 75 Jahren verstorben.

Musik heute

Riccardo Muti nach zwölf Jahren wieder an der Scala

Der italienische Dirigent Riccardo Muti tritt zwölf Jahre nach seinem stürmischen Abschied wieder an der Mailänder Scala auf.

nmz

Oper trifft Broadway – Salzburger Pfingstfestpiele zeigen Musical

Ein Musical bei den Salzburger Festspielen? Das hat es noch nie gegeben. Doch dieses Jahr ist es soweit, wenn die Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele am 13. Mai mit Leonard Bernsteins Broadway-Klassiker «West Side Story» starten.

Stereo

High End 2016: weniger Publikum, mehr Fachbesucher

Trotz des schönen Wetters besuchten 19.490 Menschen die High End 2016 – das sind 6 % weniger als im Vorjahr.

Deutscher Musikrat

Musik macht Heimat

Der „Tag der Musik“, eine bundesweite Initiative des Deutschen Musikrates, setzt ein Zeichen für den Schutz und die Förderung der Kulturellen Vielfalt in Deutschland und betont den hohen Wert der Musik.

Twitter

Bamberg Symphony @bambergsymphony #funfact about Valentin Uryupin: He is almost 7 feet (around 2 meters), the podium was taken out especially for his turn #TheMahlerCompetition

EUYO @EUYOtweets Youth to cease operations from 1 September 2016 http://bit.ly/1TcmI34

KulturPort.De @kultur_port_de – Kent Nagano und die Suche nach inhaltlicher Wahrheit in der Musik

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016. Photo: www.euyo.eu

European Union Youth Orchestra to cease operations from 1 September 2016. Photo: www.euyo.eu

(Written on May 12, 2016 )