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In today’s news: Opera star Anna Netrebko talks about her life, loves – and cancelling at Covent Garden, and Canadian mezzo Emily D’Angelo wins Cesti Competition 2017. Houstan Grand Opera under water, Staatsoper Hamburg looks for young musicians, and Fabien Gabel new musical director of Orchestre Français des Jeunes.

The Telegraph

Anna Netrebko: ‘My husband just thought I was a crazy prima donna’

Europe’s queen of opera tells Rupert Christiansen about her life, loves – and cancelling at Covent Garden

Teaching Drama

Shakespeare’s Globe launches new apprenticeships

In a fresh bid to enforce its commitment to equal opportunities and arts access for young people, Shakespeare’s Globe in June launched four year-long apprenticeship programmes, to run from September.

Pizzicato

Canadian mezzo Emily D’Angelo wins Cesti Competition 2017

More than 170 young singers from 39 nations applied for the prestigious singing competition for Baroque opera, organized by the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music.

Classic FM

Titanic is the biggest-selling classical album of the last 25 years

The score for the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic, composed by the late James Horner, is the best-selling classical album of the last 25 years, according to the Ultimate Classic FM Chart, the biggest ever countdown of classical music album sales in the UK.

Limelight

Young Virtuoso Award NSW State Finals winner announced

Jennifer Hou will go on to compete at the National finals, while Toby Thatcher is named Patron of Emerging Artists.

NMZ

Sängerin in Bayreuth verletzt – Regie-Assistent spielt Brünnhilde

Ein Regie-Assistent im glitzernden Goldkleid als Brünnhilde auf der Bayreuther Festspielbühne: Zum Abschluss der Richard-Wagner-Festspiele am Montagabend musste improvisiert werden.

Klassik.com

Houston Grand Opera schwer von der Flut getroffen

Der Tropensturm “Harvey”, der im US-Bundesstaat Texas schwere Schäden verursacht hat, hat auch Oper und Ballett in Houston in hohem Maß in Mitleidenschaft gezogen.

Klassik Heute

Staatsoper Hamburg sucht junge Musikerinnen und Musiker für Kinderoper

Die Staatsoper Hamburg sucht für die Kinderoper Die arabische Prinzessin in der Reihe opera piccola Kinder und Jugendliche zwischen 14 und 20 Jahren, die bei den Vorstellungen im Februar 2018 mitwirken wollen.

Le Figaro

Gammes d’été pour l’orchestre français des jeunes

La formation aborde sa session estivale et découvre Fabien Gabel, son nouveau directeur musical.

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Canadian mezzo Emily D’Angelo wins Cesti Competition 2017

(Written on August 29, 2017 )

In today’s news: The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s classical music event is tomorrow, and Dean Aaron Dworkin named as the new leadership from the Michigan School of Music. Schauspielhaus Cologne’s Head Dramaturg Thomas Laue to be Artistic Director of Nibelungen-Festspiele Worms, and Dresden Symphony plans a trans-boundary concert at the wall between USA and Mexico. Changes in Heidelberger Frühling Festival are being planned, and to adjust for the Easter time – suit music.

Gramophone

Music for Holy Week and Easter

This week on the Gramophone website we will be exploring some of the finest music written for Holy Week and Easter with three special articles.

The Strad

Violinist Lisa Ji Eun Kim to join the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Kim, who is currently serving as a second violinist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, has previously performed as a BSO substitute player.
The Guardian

Globe director Dominic Dromgoole swaps stage for screen

After 10 years at the Globe, Dominic Dromgoole will direct and produce films, following in the footsteps of Stephen Daldry and Sam Mendes.

The Times

Florence has a new classical music festival

The New Generation Festival features performances from the world’s finest young musical talents in the spectacular gardens at the Palazzo Corsini Al Prato

The Violin Channel

Dean Aaron Dworkin Has Resigned from Michigan School of Music

Dean Aaron Dworkin is set to step down from the leadership role at the University of Michigan School of Music – effective from August 15th

WDR

Steinway setzt auf selbstspielende Flügel

Der amerikanische Hersteller von Klavieren und Flügeln, Steinway & Sons, verkauft nun auch selbspielende Flügel.

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Thomas Laue wird neuer Künstlerischer Leiter der Nibelungen-Festspiele

Der derzeitige Chefdramaturg am Schauspielhaus Köln wird zur Spielzeit 2018 Künstlerischer Leiter der Nibelungen-Festspiele Worms

Neuemusikzeitung

Der Heidelberger Frühling macht sich mit dem Schwerpunkt „Neuland.Lied“ für das Kunstlied stark

Das Festival Heidelberger Frühling will die Stadt nun wieder zu einem Zentrum der Liedkultur machen

The New York Times

Chuck Berry Is Hailed as a Rock Trailblazer and a St. Louis Hero at His Funeral

The four-hour funeral on Sunday afternoon honored a musician who helped forge rock ’n’ roll but never moved away from his hometown and continued faithfully playing gigs there until he was in his late 80s

WQXR.org

20 Classical Music Selections to Enhance Your Cooking Experience

A stereotype that has been proven again and again is the belief that musicians love to cook

Herald Live

Feast of light classical music

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s music department will be taking guests on a classical music journey with its Opera Lights concert tomorrow at the South Campus Auditorium.

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Image: The Violin Channel

(Written on April 11, 2017 )

In today’s news: The Royal Opera House and Shubbak Festival have announced a London residency for Arab composers, and Facebook takes on Spotify and YouTube in the world of music streaming. Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne have announced an ‘one-off’ Hamlet event, and a group of Manchester musicians carry their new music video into new digital realms.

Classical Music Magazine

ROH and Shubbak Festival announce residency for Arab composers

The Royal Opera House and Shubbak Festival, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Festival, have announced a London residency for Arab composers.

Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne collaborate on Hamlet event

Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne have announced a one-off event which will examine the appeal of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Music Business Worldwide

Facebook set to Challenge YOUTUBE and Spotify with ‘comprehensive music strategy’

‘The prospect of Facebook taking on the likes of Spotify and YouTube in the world of music streaming is no longer a matter of ‘if’ – it’s a matter of ‘when’.

WOSU

Taking Classical Music to Contemporary and Unusual Spaces

After completing the more-than-7-mile trek up a dormant volcano in Kruzof Island, Alaska, Bailey performed Bach on his fiber carbon cello.

BBC News Beat

The music video that changes each time you click play

This Manchester band’s new music video is configured so that you’ll never see the same thing twice.

Klassik.com

Schleswig-Holstein: 6 Millionen Euro für Sanierung der Musik- und Kongresshalle Lübeck

Das Land Schleswig-Holstein greift der Stadt Lübeck bei der Sanierung der Musik- und Kongresshalle mit weiteren bis zu sechs Millionen Euro unter die Arme.

Neue Musikzeitung

Die Stones kommen an der Freiburger Universität ins Archiv

Vor 55 Jahren haben sich die Rolling Stones gegründet. Die britische Rockband hat seither Musikgeschichte geschrieben. Nun kommen die Stones in Freiburg an die Universität: Die Hochschule beherbergt ihren Angaben zufolge künftig eines der weltweit ersten und größten Rolling-Stones-Archive.

Musik Heute

Bis zwölf Jahre Wartezeit für ein Abo: Wiener Philharmoniker werden 175

Die Wiener Philharmoniker sind gefragt wie nie. Allein im März haben die Musiker in den USA, in Deutschland, in Wien und in Paris mehr als zehn Vorstellungen. Am (heutigen) Dienstag feiert das renommierte Orchester sein 175. Jubiläum.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Boykott von Brexit-Befürwortern?

Der “Iron Maiden”-Sänger Bruce Dickinson will unbedingt raus aus der EU. Wenn Rock-Idole für den Brexit stimmen, geraten Fans in eine Zwickmühle.

Classical Source

Tudor Mass experience created in chapel visited by Henry VIII, for the first time in nearly 500 years

The unique sound of a Tudor Lady Mass has been created for the chapel where Henry VIII would have heard it, almost 500 years ago.

Neue Zurcher Zeitung

Mendelssohn: Romantiker oder Protestant?

Noch heute wird hauptsächlich der Romantiker Mendelssohn bewundert – der protestantische Kirchenmusik-Komponist hat es schwer. Das Freiburger Barockorchester versucht unter Pablo Heras-Casado den Brückenschlag.

Le Monde

Le chef d’orchestre Louis Frémaux est mort à 95 ans

Prédécesseur de Simon Rattle à l’Orchestre symphonique de Birmingham, il a porté la musique française en terre britannique.

Le Figaro

Trois questions à…Pascal Nègre

Seigneur de la pop, du rap, de l’électro et du rock, Pascal Nègre impose à nouveau son jeu, un an après son départ forcé d’Universal Music France.

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BBC Music Magazine  Is Britain really at the forefront of choral music? makes the argument for a new approach

Music History   in 1842 First official performance of the Orchestra

Image: WOSU

(Written on March 28, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, relive the London Symphony Orchestra’s free concert in Trafalgar Square with photos in the Guardian. It was an all Shostakovich programme with Nicola Benedetti and Valery Gergiev. Also in the Guardian, Polly Toynbee urges the next Labour leader to increase the importance of the arts. Actor and musician, Johnny Flynn talks about composing for Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ and how it will be performed on period instruments. The Strad reports that violinist Julian Rachlin has been named the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic’s artist in residence.

The Guardian

The London Symphony Orchestra’s Trafalgar Square concert 2015: in pictures

On Sunday 17 May the London Symphony Orchestra performed in Trafalgar Square in the fourth of its annual open air concerts. Valery Gergiev conducted an all-Shostakovich programme, Nicola Benedetti also performed.

A tip for the next Labour leader – get yourself an interest outside politics

Michael Gove – and Nicky Morgan after him – downgraded arts education. But a rounded worldview is impossible without the influence of culture and creativity

The Independent

Johnny Flynn on composing for ‘As You Like It’, Shakespeare’s genius, and the charm of the nyckelharpa

Actor and musician Johnny Flynn’s music for ‘As You Like It’ at Shakespeare’s Globe is on period instruments – they’re peculiar but pleasingly idiosyncratic, he tells Emily Jupp

The Strad

Violinist Julian Rachlin named Royal Liverpool Philharmonic artist in residence

The musician will perform as soloist and conductor, and in chamber concerts in November 2015

Classical Music Magazine

Record-breaking first day of ticket sales for BBC Proms

Over 118,000 tickets were sold in the first 12 hours, a 9% increase on last year. Within the first hour of booking, more than 31,000 tickets were purchased online (over 10% more than in 2014).

BBC Music Magazine

Free Download: Enescu’s Cello Sonata in F minor

This week’s free download is Enescu’s Cello Sonata in F minor, as performed by Laura Buruiana and Alexandra Silocea on their latest disc, out now on Avie.

Reutlinger General-Anzeiger

Württembergische Philharmonie streikt

»Wir machen lieber Musik als Warnstreik«, rief Geiger Rainer Hill – aber gestern Morgen sahen sich die Musiker der Württembergischen Philharmonie doch genötigt, für symbolische 15 Minuten in den Ausstand zu treten. In gelben Streikwesten setzten sie sich zu Beginn der Probe fürs Sinfoniekonzert in den Zuschauerraum der Stadthalle und schwenkten Protest-Plakate.

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Norwegian and Slovenian Composers Won First Prize at the IMC Rostrum

Songr by Norwegian composer Jan Erik Mikalsen and Cancro by young Slovenian composer Matej Bonin are the works selected by radio music producers participating in the 62nd International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) held in Tallinn, from May 12 to 15.

Kenneth Woods Appointed Artistic Director of Colorado Mahlerfest

Kenneth Woods, Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, has been appointed Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest.

France Musique

Jean-Pierre Rousseau quitte la direction de la Musique de Radio France

Nommé il y a un an par Mathieu Gallet, Jean-Pierre Rousseau n’est plus directeur de la Musique de Radio France. Il y a deux semaines, le groupe avait annoncé un remaniement imminent de ses instances de direction.

NPR Music

After 42 Years, Juilliard String Quartet Cellist To Step Down

The Juilliard String Quartet was established in 1946 as an all-purpose quartet that would embrace music from every era. Its founders’ intent was to “play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new.”

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BBC Music Magazine @MusicMagazine : Good morning! Would you like us to begin the day with a run-down of conductors who haven’t been appointed and tenors who aren’t dead?

Halle Orchestra ‏@the_halle #Students can see remarkable young pianist Benjamin Grosvenor play Shostakovich for a remarkable £3 otd this Thursday http://www.halle.co.uk/concerts-tickets.aspx?

EnglishNationalBalle ‏@ENBallet : it’s #tututuesday! Here is @jenniedancer in her Swan Lake tutu at Beijing NCPA © @photos_byASH

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The stage and audience for the London Symphony Orchestra’s concert in Trafalgar Square. Photo: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

(Written on May 19, 2015 )

Classical News

Guardian

John Rutter’s Christmas playlist

Today, conductor, choral composer and one of the UK’s most-loved musicians shares his festive playlist with us.

Telegraph

Opera Review of 2014: the start of opera becoming the domain of the elite?

Despite some unforgettable singing this year, 2014 suggests rot is developing beneath opera’s plastered surface, says Rupert Christiansen

The Times

Neil Fisher: ‘This year has felt like the nastiest for audience wars’

There’s one thing I know I’ll enjoy about seeing a play at Shakespeare’s Globe or its new baby cousin the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and that’s the end.

Classic FM

Pierre Boulez awarded Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award

Conductor and composer Pierre Boulez will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th GRAMMY Awards on 7 February 2015.

Classical Music Magazine

Where will Darren Henley and Peter Bazalgette take ACE?

When the news came through of Darren Henley’s appointment as chief executive of Arts Council England, cries of ‘of course’ could be heard across the country.

Die Welt

Hacker tun es für die Sache, die Medien für Geld

Sony-Leaks ist kein stolzer Moment für Hollywood. Auch ich bin Opfer der Cyber-Kriminellen. Noch skandalöser als ihre Tat ist aber das Verhalten der Medien. Eine Philippika von Aaron Sorkin.

Musik Heute

Liszt-Klavierwettbewerb Weimar – Bayreuth nimmt Bewerbungen an

Der Wettbewerb findet vom 20. Oktober bis 01. November 2015 statt. Anmeldeschluss ist der 20. Juli 2015.

WDR startet Wettbewerb für Amateur-Chöre

Der Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR) veranstaltet im kommenden Jahr erstmals einen Wettbewerb für Amateur-Chöre aus Nordrhein-Westfalen.

KulturPort.De

Neue Musik für alte Filme: Neuvertonung von historischen Stummfilmen aus der Sammlung des DB Museums

In der Filmsammlung des DB Museums schlummern wahre Schätze der Reichsbahn-Filmstelle aus den 1920er-Jahren.

The Washington Post

Just Asking: Opera singer Soloman Howard on the football field vs. the stage

The rising star explains how emotional opera can be.

Pizzicato

New Hope For A New York City Opera Renaissance

In March 2015 New York will celebrate the career of conductor Julius Rudel (+ June 26, 2014) and his contribution to the closed New York City Opera as principal conductor and director for 22 years from 1957 to 1979.

Twitter

EnglishNationalOpera@E_N_O: #ENOGoldenWest and #ENOCellini have made the top 2 spots in @TelegraphOpera Top 5 Operas of 2014! http://ow.ly/G9LfN 

Music Education UK@MusicEdUK: £75m to be distributed to music hubs in 2015/6:  http://bit.ly/1CaxX2w 

Gdn Culture Pros@GdnCulturePros: Miss this yesterday? Access to music should be every child’s basic right, says singer-songwriter http://bit.ly/1r5YbSM  #musiced

pierre-boulez-1348074034-article-2Pierre Boulez. Photo: Classic FM

(Written on December 19, 2014 )

Last night, the 7th December 2014, the WildKat PR team had the pleasure of attending our client, mandolin player Avi Avital‘s concert with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with its wooden structure and beautiful gold patterned backdrop perfectly complimented the mainly baroque programme whilst the candlelight atmosphere added to the sound of the mandolin and harpsichord and transported us back to the world of stately court dances and Shakespeare. All that was missing was the fashion of the day.

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The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Photocredit: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

There was a clear camaraderie and friendship between Avi and Mahan with plenty of knowing looks during the pieces, hugs during applause and banter inbetween pieces. One exchange was particularly amusing with Mahan, whilst Avi was re-tuning, commenting: ‘you only have six strings, you should try a hundred!’ Indeed, both mandolin and harpsichord performed centre stage solos but were equal partners when playing together. It was clear why Avi has been described by The New York Times as having ‘stunning agility;’ I was sure he was going to break a string during the first Allegro of Scarlatti’s Sonata for Mandolin and Basso Continuo in D minor (K90). Similarly, according to Mahan’s twitter page (@MahanEsfahani)  he has been described by the BBC as a ‘harpsichord ninja.’ I’m sure the whole audience can affirm that; he made the instrument sound elegant and sophisticated whilst driving the tempo.

A particular highlight for me was Beethoven’s Andante Con Variazioni, D-Dur WoO 44/2 for mandolin and harpsichord. When I first saw this on the programme I was intrigued as I was unaware that Beethoven wrote for such instruments. Avi and Mahan told us that Beethoven had indeed composed four Sonatinas for mandolin and harpsichord and a recently discovered letter, penned by the composer himself, had revealed that they were intended as a love poem to his nineteen-year-old crush. Beethoven and the lucky lady would have played the music together as an act of intimacy in a society with rigid restrictions on the interactions between men and women. Knowing the story behind the work, we were able to hear the ‘flirtations’ between the instruments as both showed off in an attempt to impress the other.

Another noteworthy moment was Avi’s own and (he admits) only composition Kedma. Meaning, ‘Eastwards’ or ‘towards the orient’ in Hebrew, Kedma certainly conjured up exotic scenes through the sound of the mandolin itself, pentatonic influences and dissonant chords. This was all to the thrill of the audience, one of whom shouted: ‘when is the premier of opus 2?’

All in all, we had a very musical and informative afternoon with two of the best musicians in the world. WildKat PR looks forward to more.

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Avi Avital and Mahan Esfahani at the Bristol Proms 2014. Photo: SWNS found at Universal.de

 

 

(Written on December 8, 2014 )

Forget overpriced drinks and crowded bars – why not spend New Year’s Eve at one of the many exciting concerts on offer in London?  WildKat PR have found the best concerts to celebrate the transition into the New Year.  Take your pick and enjoy!

What? Berliner Philharmoniker Gala Concert

Where? Barbican

When? 31st December 2010, 4.15pm (click to book tickets)

In this New Year’s Eve celebration, the Berliner Philharmoniker Gala Concert will be transmitted live from Berlin to the Barbican!  The Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the orchestra in works by Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Bizet and de Falla.  The acclaimed mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca will join the orchestra in this exciting concert.  Full price tickets cost £25, concession tickets cost  £20 and tickets are even cheaper for Barbican Members at £17.50.  After the concert, you can enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco and a three-course meal at Searcys for £45.  Click on the links above for more information.


What? Madam Butterfly

Where? King’s Head Theatre, Islington

When? 31st December 2010, 5pm (click to book tickets)

OperaUpClose are bringing more Puccini in the pub to new audiences!  By bringing opera out of its traditional venue, this innovative opera company are ‘leading an artistic revolution’, according to the Sunday Times.  After the company’s success with La Boheme, OperaUpClose have continued to modernise and update operatic works through radical interpretations.  This version of Madam Butterfly is brought right up to date to present-day Bangkok, directed by OperaUpClose artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher.  Tickets cost just £15.30.


What? Viennese New Year’s Eve Gala

Where? Barbican

When? 31st December 2010, 7.30pm (click to book tickets)

You might just be able to make this concert after the Barbican’s earlier Berliner Philharmoniker Gala Concert at 4.15pm.  The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be led from the violin by John Georgiadis in this evening of Viennese music.  Famous waltzes and polkas to be performed will include Johann Strauss’ ‘Blue Danube Waltz’ and ‘Champagne Polka’.  The soprano Gail Pearson will also join the RPO in this exciting, celebratory concert.  This concert has been a tradition at the Barbican for over 25 years!  Ticket prices range from £19.50-£42.50.


What? Winter Wassail

Where? Shakespeare’s Globe

When? 1st January 2011, 2pm and 5pm (click to book tickets)

This concert is on New Year’s Day itself: a celebratory musical occasion with the world-renowned early music ensemble Gabrieli Consort and Players.  The concert will feature a variety of music and poetry that has been used across the ages to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.  Gabrieli will present a choral programme inspired by the words of Shakespeare, Hardy and Chaucer.  According to Artistic Director Paul McCreesh, ‘Winter Wassail will be a crazy project, bringing all sorts of lively music from mid-winter festivals from the medieval to nineteenth-century into the open air – a real, mulled wine, musical celebration with a winter theme’.  Tickets range from £5 to £30.  It’s an open-air production, so wrap up warm!

(Written on December 20, 2010 )