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In today’s news: The BBC launches new season of opera special programmes, new music industry report released and Sondheim on West Side Story. Berlin State Opera offers free concert, Alain Altinoglu’s debut with the Berlin Philharmonic, and music festival for sacred music at the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel/France.

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BBC tests whether sopranos really can shatter glass

The BBC launches a new season of opera-themed programmes, including a Tomorrow’s World special, a V&A collaboration, and Lucy Worsley has a night at the opera.

Classic FM

Classic FM make a case for Mahler’s Symphony No. 7  (with GIFs!)

“Take an hour and a bit to yourself, tidy your room, rearrange your sock drawer and have a listen to this epic piece of music which quite literally reinvented the orchestra.”


UK Music releases ‘Measuring Music’ report

The annual economic study by UK Music and its members showed that the music industry continued to grow last year across almost every sector of the business.

The Guardian

How we made West Side Story

Stephen Sondheim and Broadway leading lady Chita Riviera on the enduring success of the American theatre classic.

Broadway World

Les Miserables North American Tour Launches Tonight in Providence

Les Mis begins its North American Tour at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Klassik Heute

Alain Altinoglu debütiert bei den Berliner Philharmonikern

Die Saison 2017/18 beginnt der französische Dirigent Alain Altinoglu mit einem besonderen Debüt: Am 21. September steht er erstmals am Pult der Berliner Philharmoniker.


Kent Naganos ‘Ring’ startet mit Symposium

Kent Naganos Projekt Richard Wagners ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’ zusammen mit ‘Concerto Köln’ in historisch informierter Aufführungspraxis vorzustellen, beginnt am 29. September mit einem Symposium in der Universität zu Köln.

Kultur Radio

Staatsoper veranstaltet Gratis-Konzert

Zu einem “Konzert für Berlin” lädt die Staatsoper Unter den Linden am 7. Oktober bei freiem Eintritt ein. Es beginnt um 12:30 Uhr und wird auch auf den Bebelplatz übertragen.

Le Figaro

La musique sacrée s’invite, le temps d’un festival, en baie du Mont-Saint-Michel

Via Aeterna, nouveau festival de musique sacrée s’ouvre jeudi pour quatre jours au Mont-Saint-Michel et dans ses environs, à l’initiative du directeur de la Folle journée de Nantes et du groupe de presse Bayard.


@CincinnatiPops “What is Pops? #jeopardy #CincyArts” 



(Written on September 21, 2017 )

Classical News


In praise of Pierre Boulez at 90

Composer George Benjamin salutes the French composer-conductor whose polemical essays and presence on the podium has transformed musical composition, institutions and taste


Papering the house: classical music’s dark secret

The industry practice of giving away large numbers of complimentary tickets in order to boost official attendances is ethically unclear, says Rupert Christiansen

The Times

Pierre Boulez at 90 — a dedicated modernist and a master of provocation

Richard Morrison assesses the impact of a revolutionary composer, while key figures in the musical world salute his achievements

Classic FM

Debbie Wiseman’s Wolf Hall soundtrack shoots to number 1 in Classic FM chart

‘What a shock,’ says composer Debbie Wiseman after her score for the Tudor TV drama shoots straight to the top spot in the Classic FM Chart.


Classical could be good for your brain

Listening to classical music regularly could be good for your brain, say researchers at the University of Helsinki.

Zeit Online

Hauschka spielt “Ping Pong”

Seine Musik schwingt zwischen Techno, Pop und Avantgarde. In einer Rekorder-Session bringt Hauschka nun die Bälle zum Tanzen: eine Meditation am präparierten Flügel.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Das Glückskind als Gottesversucher

Er ist der König des Welttheaters, als Regisseur ein Zauberer, das Genie der größten Einfachheit: An diesem Samstag wird das Wunder Peter Brook neunzig Jahre jung.

Der Tagesspiegel

Spannende Pläne für die Zukunft

Die Deutsche Oper Berlin hat viel vor 2015/16: Ein Meyerbeer-Zyklus startet, es gibt eine Uraufführung, insgesamt 179 Aufführungen auf der Hauptbühne – und für 2020 ist ein neuer “Ring des Nibelungen” angekündigt

Die Welt

Die teuerste Wabenstruktur der Welt

Die Lage ist spektakulär, die Kosten sind es auch. Anfang 2017 soll die Elbphilharmonie eröffnet werden. Der Entwurf von Herzog & de Meuron beherrscht schon Hamburgs Skyline. Ein Baustellenbesuch.

The New York Times

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra Racked by Infighting

SEOUL, South Korea — When the respected Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra announced this month that it was canceling its United States tour set for April, it cited fiscal woes.

The Washington Post

SXSW 2015: When a music festival feels like an after-party

AUSTIN — Some come to South by Southwest seeking glory. Others come to roll their eyes at it.


Wigmore Hall ‏@wigmore_hall: Hey everybody, please retweet and spread the word about our amazing £5 tickets, Under 35s Scheme | Wigmore Series | …

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse: A rarely-seen view to kick off #secretsMW – the view from within our orchestra pit #MuseumWeek ^C

Spitalfields Music ‏@SpitsMusic: This wk 150 Tower Hamlets children take over! Discover more on the Takeover blog:  #SMTakeover

Pierre Boulez and Olivier Messiaen,Composed … Pierre Boulez (left) and Olivier Messiaen in 1977. Photograph: Roger Viollet/Rex

(Written on March 23, 2015 )

Classical News


Opera, festivals and a legendary pianist: the Southbank Centre announces 2015-16 programme

Next season’s highlights include Opera North’s semi-staged Ring cycle, and anniversary celebrations for Barenboim, Shakespeare and Menuhin

Classic FM

Barenboim to perform with Dudamel to mark 60th anniversary of his Royal Festival Hall debut

Daniel Barenboim performing with Gustavo Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra and a performance by Nicola Benedetti are just two of the highlights of Southbank Centre’s 2015/16 season.

Classical Music Magazine

Southbank and resident ensembles announce 2015/16 seasons

The Southbank Centre and its four resident ensembles, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, have announced their 2015/16 seasons.

BBC Music Magazine

BBC Proms launches 2015 ‘Inspire’ competition for young composers

Winning works will be performed at the 2015 Proms


Watch: Esa-Pekka Salonen named New York Philharmonic’s Composer-in-Residence

The Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra assumes his first resident composer position, with video interview


Multi-sensory classical music

The Manchester Camerata has announced a new concert programme that will use sensory stimuli – from scent bombs to blindfolds to custom-made cocktails – to encourage their audience to experience music in a new and different way.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

So sieht Europas neues Urheberrecht aus

Das europäische Urheberrecht soll harmonisiert werden. Zwei Deutsche sind federführend: Günther Oettinger für die Kommission, Julia Reda für das Parlament.


Pianistin Elisso Bolkvadze wird ‘UNESCO Artist for Peace’

Die georgische Pianistin Elisso Bolkvadze (*1967) wurde zum ‘UNESCO Artist for Peace’ ernannt.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Kollektive Musik

Ultraschall Berlin 2015 – das Festival für Neue Musik


„So ernst nimmt man mich zuhause nicht“

Anne-Sophie Mutter über die Abnabelung ihrer Kinder, Fitnesstraining für die Bühne – und die Weisheit im Alter


Hungarian Pianist Gergely Bogányi Creates “Revolutionary” New Piano with Composite Soundboard, Unveils it in Budapest

A new piano has been introduced by Hungarian pianist Gergely Bogányi that he believes will revolutionize the world of piano playing.


The Guardian ‏@guardian: A temporary reprieve for the troubled Ulster Orchestra 

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse: How do such beautiful performances emerge from such cramped conditions? Orch pit insights: … ^C

Classic FM @ClassicFM: For the flautists. Sorry, ‘flutists’. Whatever it is. 

81d84063-0e28-41e6-a48e-0b741a3c8108-620x372Intelligent and accessible … Opera North’s Ring cycle is part of Southbank Centre’s 2015-16 programme. Photo: Clive Barda/PR


(Written on January 23, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Harry Brunjes to replace Martyn Rose as ENO chairman

Brunjes will remain in the role until a permanent replacement can be found

BBC Music Magazine

Join us at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2015!

Buy tickets to our ceremony at Kings Place, London

The Strad

German orchestras focused on music education, finds survey

According to the latest survey compiled by the German Orchestra Association, the 2013–14 orchestral season encompassed 4,160 concerts for children and young people – 94 per cent more than in the same period ten years ago.

British violinist Fenella Barton on overcoming rheumatoid arthritis

Conquering pain taught the solo and chamber musician to play as if every performance was her last


The tenor Waldemar Kmentt has died

The Austrian tenor Waldemar Kmentt has died; he was 85

Classic FM

Are these the ten best string players ever?

Some of history’s legendary violinists, cellists and viola players make up our top 10. Do you agree? Have your say – and vote for your favourite

Zeit Online

“Pophörer sind nicht dumm oder falsch erzogen”

Wie wird ein Song zum Hit? Der Musikwissenschaftler Volkmar Kramarz beschäftigt sich seit Jahrzehnten mit dieser Frage. Jetzt hat er das Erfolgsrezept gefunden.


‘Ulster Orchestra’ aus dem Schlimmsten raus

Das Parlament Nordirlands hat jetzt ausreichend Geld in Aussicht gestellt, um das nahezu bankrotte ‘Ulster Orchestra’ zu retten.

Houston Grand Opera Raises $172.9 Million

Houston Grand Opera got a tremendous response to their performance campaign.

Russischer Komponist droht Regensburger Theater mit Klage

Lubchenko im Streit mit Regisseur Purcarete über Uraufführung von Doktor Schiwago

El Mundo

Unidad Editorial apoya a la Fundación Albéniz

El grupo editor de EL MUNDO patrocinará la cátedra de contrabajo de la Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía.


Southbank Centre @southbankcentre : #Wagner’s #Ringcycle at Royal Festival Hall – 100 musicians Over 18 hours of music with film projections on giant screens  #Classical1516

The Royal Ballet ‏@TheRoyalBallet : Choreographer George Balanchine was born #onthisday in 1904. Brilliant ‘Balanchineisms’: … ^C

BBC Proms Team ‏@bbcproms : The 2015 Inspire Young Composers’ Competition was launched on @BBCRadio3 Breakfast.  #Inspire


Barton News 22nd Jan

Fenella Barton. Photo: The Strad

(Written on January 22, 2015 )

The Guardian

Castorf has become the villain of the Bayreuth Ring cycle

After the Bayreuth audience booed a deliberately incoherent Ring cycle, Martin Kettle wonders if the festival – and Wagner – deserves better

Sunday Times

In The Key Of Life

Proms themed in C, including works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Tippett, fascinate Paul Driver


Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra launches urgent appeal for donations

The orchestra must raise £70,000 if it is to survive in difficult economic times

LA Times

Metropolitan Opera responds to petition blasting Vladimir Putin

The Metropolitan Opera has sent a statement in response to an online petition criticizing the New York company for its upcoming production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin.”

Classic FM

14-year-old’s heavy metal Vivaldi tribute is a viral hit

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons has been given a heavy metal makeover by a French teenage girl, and become a YouTube sensation in the process

Opera Chic

Stephen Sondheim, The Art of the Musical

The Paris Review excerpts a comprehensive 1997 interview with Stephen Sondheim where the American composer/lyricist talks shop, legacy and everything in between with James Lipton.

Berliner Zeitung

So jung ist er nun auch wieder nicht

Beim Young Euro Classic-Festival treten auch gestandene Virtuosen wie Joshua Bell auf. Auch wenn der Violinist mit seinem Bubengesicht immer noch als Teenie-Schwarm und Nachwuchshoffnung wahrgenommen wird.

Classical Music News: Stephen SondheimOpera Chic

(Written on August 12, 2013 )

The Telegraph

Why young people still care about classical music

Ivan Hewett is cheered to find that the young people attending the Institute of Ideas Academy had an appetite for the serious and the sublime.

The Guardian

Ring cycle day four: every one of my preconceptions has been proved wrong

Sara Mohr-Pietsch realises you don’t need to be an expert to tackle Wagner’s Ring cycle

Daily Mail

‘I’m on cloud nine!’: Delight of virtuoso after £1.2m violin stolen while she bought a sandwich in Pret is found in the Midlands three years after it disappeared

A violin worth more than £1.2million stolen from a brilliant musician when she stopped for a £2.95 Pret A Manger sandwich has been recovered three years after it disappeared.

Classic FM

Opera surprises diners in new show

Opera is on the menu in a new musical production that’s setting stomachs rumbling at Tête à Tête festival.

Gustavo Dudamel reveals debut album with Berlin Philharmonic

Marking the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’ birthday in 2014, the conductor’s latest recording features some of the composer’s best-known works.


Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2013 shortlist revealed!

Read reviews of all 66 shortlisted recordings in our free digital magazine

Die Zeit

Die persönliche Note

Jeder Pianist spielt anders – selbst wenn man den Unterschied nicht hört.



Classic FM

(Written on July 30, 2013 )

The Guardian

Thom Yorke blasts Spotify on Twitter as he pulls his music

Radiohead star says ‘new artists get paid fuck all’ on streaming service, as producer Nigel Godrich adds ‘it’s bad for new music’

Interview: Salvatore Sciarrino – ‘My problem is I want to change the world’

His stage works are performed and acclaimed throughout Europe, but this week’s Buxton opera festival production is a UK first. Salvatore Sciarrino talks to Andrew Clements about how, and why, he composes

The Times

Danielle de Niese: lady of the manor

When the soprano Danielle de Niese goes home after a performance at Glyndebourne she doesn’t have far to go, says Neil Fisher

The Telegraph

A new app gives fresh insight into the music of Liszt

A new app from Touch Press describes Liszt’s great B minor sonata as we actually hear it, not as we ought to hear it. It’s a triumph, says Ivan Hewett.

The Independent

Proms 2013: Jewish conductor Daniel Barenboim defends performance of anti-Semitic Wagner’s Ring cycle

‘It is Wagner’s greatest misfortune that he became Hitler’s favourite composer’, says Israeli conductor


Sir John Eliot Gardiner named president of the Bach Archive, Leipzig

The leading conductor brings expertise and an international reputation to the role

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 

Seine erste Liebe war doch die Laute

Sowohl Gitarre als auch Laute beherrscht der Brite Julian Bream meisterlich. Der Virtuose mit seiner ausgefeilten Klanglichkeit wird achtzig Jahre alt.

Music Week

Spotify hires former iTunes PR Jason Roth

Former iTunes PR Jason Roth has been named communications director for Spotify US.

Universal Music to launch crowd-funded vinyl re-release service

Universal Music is to launch a service to re-print limited editions of vinyl records that are out of print.

International Cassette Store Day to take place in September

The first-ever International Cassette Store Day will take place in September with events in London, Los Angeles, New York and Tokyo, plus other cities across the globe.

Touch Press Liszt App


The Telegraph

(Written on July 16, 2013 )

Classic FM

A James Bond Celebration: The Music of 007

Celebrating the release of Skyfall, we’re offering you a chance to hear Bond composers Thomas Newman and David Arnold in conversation with Tommy Pearson in front of a live studio audience – watch our exclusive video!

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea loves Rachel Podger

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has tweeted about his love of the baroque violinist Rachel Podger, alongside Iggy Pop.

Deceptive Cadence, NPR

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Excellent Violin Adventure

After 17 years molding the Los Angeles Philharmonic into one of the smartest and most adventurous U.S. orchestras, music director Esa-Pekka Salonen called it quits in 2009.

Slipped Disc

World exclusive: Woman to be named music director of Arab orchestra

The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra is about to appoint a music director. Well-informed sources have whispered the name to Slipped Disc.

Just in: Hot tenor renews his album deal. (No, it’s not Kaufmann)

Rolando Villazon has re-signed with Deutsche Grammophon.

The Wagnerian

BBC to broadcast ROH Ring Cycle live

Should you not have managed to get tickets, you can catch the entire cycle for free on Radio 3 over 8 days.

Denver Post

Classical music calms dogs in CSU research

Mozart and Chopin do a lot more to soothe the nerves of shelter dogs than Anthrax and Iron Maiden.

The Journal

Opera singer Janice Cairns is singing her heart out for good causes

A stalwart of the annual North East Last Night of the Proms concert, Janice Cairns is a force for good on three continents…

The Wagnerian

(Written on October 17, 2012 )

BBC Music Magazine

Mendelssohn’s statue returns to Düsseldorf

A reconstruction of a statue, that was removed in the Nazi era, is unveiled in Düsseldorf

Deceptive Cadence, NPR

In Ohio, A Three-Way Musical Marriage Of Convenience

Symphony orchestras across the country are in turmoil. Musicians in Chicago are on strike, their counterparts in Atlanta have been locked out, and contracts for both the Minneapolis Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra expire Sunday and all sides seem to be at an impasse.

Financial Times

Orchestral manoeuvres

The LSO marks the centenary of its pioneering transatlantic tour

Hero Complex, LA Times (found on Arts Journal)

For composers, video games are the surreal land of opportunity

Ramin Djawadi always dreamed of composing a film score, and the Berklee College of Music graduate has done plenty, including 2008’s “Iron Man.”

Wired (found on Arts Journal)

David Byrne Breaks Down How Music Works in New Book

David Byrne’s impressive output over the past four decades reaches far beyond his work as a musician, most famously in Talking Heads and in numerous solo albums and collaborations.

The Telegraph

George Osborne and Michael Gove book a return ticket to the opera

George Osborne will return to the Royal Opera House for the third and fourth epic operas in Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle after watching the second part this week.

io9 (found on Musical Chairs)

Opera singer grows algae on her face by feeding it with her breath and then the audience eats it

No, what you’re looking at is not some kind of lost prop from an old Alien movie. Rather, it’s part of an After Agri performance that was showcased at the recently concluded Digital Design Weekend at the V&A.


Work to be performed for the first time in 250 years at the Foundling Museum

Slipped Disc

UK composer says Mexico City is safer than London streets

Michael Nyman has sounded off in his former local newspaper, in the North London borough of Islington.


(Written on October 1, 2012 )

The Telegraph

Russell Watson to sing at White House

British tenor Russell Watson will perform at Barack Obama’s White House for Independence Day celebrations.

We can’t all be Mozart – but we can still play

From Caracas to Sterling, the evidence that music can transform lives is utterly overwhelming.

Classical Music Magazine

Arts Council’s £30.5 million match funding for endowment schemes

The Hallé’s new orchestra centre, Opera North’s ongoing Ring cycle, the Philharmonia’s digital programme, and international work to be based at The Sage, Gateshead, are among projects to benefit from Arts Council England’s ‘Catalyst’ funding.

BBC Music Magazine

New Gareth Malone TV series

Choirmaster and television presenter Gareth Malone will return to television later this year with a new six-part series featuring choirs in the workplace.

The Times

Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna: the Liz Taylor and Richard Burton of opera

For anything is possible when it comes to opera’s golden couple. Their romance off-stage has mirrored the operas they headline around the world.

Arts Journal – Slipped Disc

Cello authority dies

Gerhard Mantel, author of ‘Cello Technique – Principles and Forms of Movement’ and professor at the Frankfurt Hochschule, has died aged 82.


King’s College Cambridge and King’s Singers Foundation launch ‘A Carol for Christmas’

The UK summer is now in full swing – complete with its traditional rain and tepid temperatures – but the King’s Singers Foundation is asking British composers to cast their thoughts forward to the Christmas season.


Big Noise orchestra’s classical music proves instrumental in social change

El Sistema and Gustavo Dudamel’s Simon Bolivar Orchestra turn musicianship into citizenship in in Stirling’s Raploch estate.

Wagner’s Dream: watch clips from the new documentary

Susan Froemke’s documentary follows Robert Lepage’s five-year journey as he stages Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle for New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

La Cenerentola – a musical guide 

The prince is in disguise, there’s no fairy godmother and not even a glass slipper, but Rossini’s take on the Cinderella story offers sparkles, star turns and a great storm scene.


(Written on June 21, 2012 )