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In early Italian Opera, from the 1600’s until about 1800, many operatic roles were written for castrati. Recently more men have been trained as countertenors to sing these roles, however it is often women who take on these ‘breeches roles’ in the place of castrati.

From the end of the eighteenth century, when composition for castrati had declined, male operatic roles continued to be written for high voices. Thus, it was intended that a woman should dress up as a man to play these characters. It is important to note, that the quality of the voices and music has always come before realism in opera.

Italian castrato Francesco Bernardi Senasino (1686- 1758) Senesino was closely associated with Handel & sung 17 of his lead roles an

Italian castrato Francesco Bernardi Senesino (1686- 1758). Senesino was closely associated with Handel and sung 17 of his lead roles.

Travesti in Italian means disguised and Travesty applies to roles sung by the opposite sex. This term can therefore also apply to ‘skirt roles’, whereby a man sings a female role.

A long list of lead figures in operas are known as ‘breeches roles’ (‘travesti’ or ‘hosenrolle’) .

Here are some of the most well known Travesty roles in opera.

Octavian Der Rosenkavalier, Richard Strauss

Octavian, young lover of the Feldmarschallin Marie Thérèse, is written as a soprano/mezzo-soprano breeches part. Typical of a breeches role, Octavian must disguise as a woman to hide his identity and involvement with Marie Thérèse.

Christa Ludwig as Octavian

Christa Ludwig as Octavian

Romeo I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Donizetti

When assessing the singers for I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Bellini wasn’t particularly impressed with the tenor. However he admired the talents of mezzo-soprano Giuditta Grisi, so he decided to cast Grisi as Romeo in a breeches role.                                                                   

Anna Netrebko and Elina Garanca as Romeo & Julliet, ROH 2009

Anna Netrebko and Elina Garanca as Romeo & Julliet, ROH 2009

Cherubino, Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart

Cherubino is an adolescent boy and the counts page. As many breeches roles, Cherubino is played by a mezzo-soprano. Similarly to Der Rosenkavalier’s Octavian, Cherubino must disguise himself as a girl. He is a womaniser and woos both Susanna (engaged to Figaro) and Countess Almaviva (married to Count Almaviva).

Other breeches roles in Mozart’s operas, include Sesto and Annino in La clemenza di Tito,  Idamante in Idomeneo and Amintas in Il re pastore.

Joyce DiDonato as Cherubino at the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Joyce DiDonato as Cherubino at the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Composers chose for male characters to be played by women, due to the sound characteristics of their voices and their physique. Female figures are particularly suited to being cast as young boys, as these roles require narrow physiques and light, clear voices. Although today, it is of course perfectly acceptable for women to perform on stage, in the nineteenth century, woman who went on stage were dishonored and had a lower status. Thus, there were cases of women dressing up, pretending to be a castrati men in order to avoid this. Today’s interest and media focus on gender fluidity suggests that there is great scope for opera to flourish, as modern audiences continue to be fascinated by gender roles.

(Written on November 12, 2015 )

Farinelli is perhaps the most well known castrato singer and the new West- End production of Farinelli and the King brings his story back to life for the stage.

Between the 17th and early 20th centuries, many castrati became famous. Indeed, they were the darlings of the opera house; they played prestigious male and female lead roles, and classical composers wrote music specifically for castrati voices.

It is believed the practice was started around 1500, and the number of castrati declined during the 19th century.

Women were banned from the Vatican choir and much church music was written for high voices, therefore castrati were often employed. The unique voice of a castrato combined the pure sound of a boy soprano with the lung capacity of an adult male.

Castrati occupied a middle-ground between male and female, biologically they were male but psychologically and socially they weren’t considered to be men. They were forbidden from marrying, becoming priests or holding political posts.

Alessandro Moreschi was the Church’s last castrato singer, he died in 1922.

Here Alessandro Moreschi sings “Preghiera” by Francesco Paolo Tosti, recorded in the Sistine Chapel in 1902.

(Written on October 19, 2015 )

If you saw ‘Your Call…’ Part 1 in last year’s Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival you’re in for many surprises this year when you see the complete work. Clocking in at about 55 minutes, ‘Your Call…’ has undergone major transformations.

The biggest and most obvious change is the addition of a second Mezzo Soprano. American mezzo Hai-Ting Chinn joins the cast as a second iteration of ‘The Woman.’ Splitting one character between two performers is a reflection on the unreliability of online identity and the ways we can shape our online image, enhancing or subverting reality.

DSCF9417You’ll hear a lot of new music in the complete ‘Your Call…’ Having the second voice much more than doubles the musical possibilities. The second voice enriches and deepens the musical texture in a very dramatic way. Both in speaking and singing they share lines, even splitting individual sentences between them as well as singing together.

The character of ‘The Woman’ has a relationship to technology that is very intense. Her reliance on technology and fear of human-social interactions overwhelm her existence. And we get the sense that she wouldn’t have it any other way. Over and over again she answers a phone, listens and replies, “Oh no, no, no. You’re confusing this one with the other one.” This becomes a real issue for The Woman. Her only interaction with another human always seems to go wrong. She repeatedly retreats to the safety of her phone, even singing, “A friend you can mute is a friend forever.”

Fundamental elements of communication are getting a deeper look as well. The set and props are made of circles, squares and triangles – fundamental elements of visual communication. Made of Boxes, along with many many megaphones, you’ll see circles (end of a megaphone), squares (boxes), and triangles (megaphones on end). The vowels, a, e, i, o, u, fundamental elements of aural communication, are both spoken and sung as well as being presented in sign language and semaphore signals. And then there are the phones, old and new, big and small, everywhere


S-O-S, the universal signal of distress is a recurring refrain, woven throughout ‘Your Call…’ in Morse code, semaphore signals, sign language and within the score itself. Is this an unconscious cry for help? On the surface she doesn’t appear to want any help. Is this a manifestation of concern from the synthetic voices who see how her over-reliance on technology has taken over her external life? Only The Woman knows for sure.

There is a darkness in ‘Your Call…’ that is juxtaposed with broad physical comedy. We hope that you’ll find it as funny as it is disturbing. The character of The Woman makes everyday gestures into a language of their own. She is clearly unaware that she is expressing herself with her body. She doesn’t need to since her only meaningful relationships are online.


The difference between the internal and external is accentuated throughout the new version of ‘Your Call…’ Spoken text is external, an increasingly desperate attempt to understand and be understood. Sung text is internal, fragmented, jumping randomly from thought to thought. The theatrical ‘fourth wall’ is repeatedly shattered in the performance, always with spoken text. What’s said needs to be heard. What’s sung is bouncing around inside her head.

Overall the new ‘Your Call…’ is bigger, funnier, darker, and more thought provoking. It’s a wild ride across a theatrical landscape that starts inside ‘The Woman’s’ head, weaves its way through the internet and lands on the floor of King’s Place, Hall 2.

Oh, and we’ll ask you to please mute your phones (we’ll be friends forever) but please do Tweet with the hashtag #ycopera during the show. We’ll be doing that from the stage and we want you all to be in on the fun. Hope to see you there, 8 – 9 August!

Lisa J. Coates & Kevin Jones


(Written on July 29, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Peter Cropper, leader of the Lindsay Quartet, has died aged 69. Ji Young Lim has taken first prize in the 2015 Queen Elisabeth competition and Anna Netrebko speaks to the Guardian about her past, her love of Justin Bieber, and why she doesn’t listen to music at home.


Facing the music: Anna Netrebko

The Russian soprano reveals her shady past, a love of Justin Bieber, and why she doesn’t listen to music at home


How can opera get out of its hole?

Striking a balance between a posh setting and a fun atmosphere, Opera Holland Park might well have come up with the future of opera, says Rupert Christiansen

The Times

Yannick Nézet-Séguin: Mighty Mouse is saving the Philadelphia Orchestra

How do you fix a broken orchestra? The Philadelphia Orchestra sent for Mighty Mouse. It’s the nickname the mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato has affectionately given the French-Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and you can see why it stuck.

Classic FM

John Suchet’s tribute to Peter Cropper, leader of the Lindsay Quartet, who has died aged 69

The leader of the world-famous Lindsay Quartet, and pioneer of Sheffield’s Music in the Round festival, has died suddenly. Here, his friend and old school colleague, John Suchet, pays tribute to a unique musical talent.

Classical Music Magazine

Ji Young Lim wins 2015 Queen Elisabeth competition

Ji Young Lim has taken first prize in the 2015 Queen Elisabeth competition. She receives a cash prize of €25,000, a number of international engagements, and the loan of the ‘Huggins’ Stradivarius violin for four years.

Epoch Times

Frauenduo führt Akademie der Künste in Berlin – Ende der “Männerherrschaft”

Mehr als 300 Jahre hatten die Männer das Sagen – jetzt wird die renommierte Akademie der Künste in Berlin erstmals von Frauen geführt.

Preisträger der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung ausgezeichnet

Bei einem musikalischen Festakt im Herkulessaal der Residenz München hat Michael Krüger, Präsident der Akademie der Schönen Künste und Vorsitzender des Stiftungsrates der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, den diesjährigen Hauptpreis an den Dirigenten und Pianisten Christoph Eschenbach verliehen.

Musik express

Berlin Festival 2015: Zu Gast im elektronischen Großstadtzirkus

“Berlin in a nutshell” könnte die Unterzeile des Berlin Festivals lauten – die Macher des Drei-Tage-Spektakels können zufrieden sein, denn bei den Besuchern kam der künstliche Großstadtzirkus gut an.

Musik Heute

Oper über Nahost-Konflikt in Frankfurt uraufgeführt

Eine Oper über den Nahost-Konflikt ist am Sonntagabend in Frankfurt uraufgeführt worden

Le Monde

Les Nuits de Fourvière fêtent leur soixante-dixième édition

Pour leur 70e édition, qui commence à Lyon le 2 juin, Les Nuits de Fourvière vont fêter plus qu’un simple anniversaire : la métamorphose d’un festival de taille moyenne, vaillant mais limité dans ses moyens, en un événement qui compte, à la fois en France et en Europe.    


Corinne Morris: Concert for victims was a great success. Over £3500 were raised during the evening. A BIG THANK YOU to all supporters!

Jessica Duchen: And meanwhile…ten things not to say to a music critic.

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Peter Cropper, leader of the Lindsay Quartet, has died aged 69. Photo: Hanya Chlala/ArenaPAL

(Written on June 1, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote reflects on the difficulties of playing male roles. Another singer, Sarah Brightman has cancelled her trip to the International Space Station whilst the Beatles are to become part of the Music GCSE for the first time. Danielle De Niese talks of her plans to return to work after having a baby. Elsewhere, cellist Joel Krosnick is to leave the Juilliard String Quartet after 42 seasons.

The Guardian

Alice Coote: My life as a man

Ahead of her solo Brighton festival appearance showcasing Handel’s gender-bending operatic writing, mezzo-soprano Alice Coote reflects on the complexities of a creative life playing ‘breeches’ roles.

The Telegraph

Sarah Brightman cancels trip to the International Space Station

Phantom of the Opera star halts her plans to sing in space

Let It B*: Beatles songs to be part of Music GCSE for the first time

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band will be part of the new GCSE, designed by exam board AQA

The Independent

Soprano Danielle de Niese: ‘I’m not the first singer to go back to work after having a baby’

De Niese and her husband, the Glyndebourne owner, Gus Christie, are expecting their first child at the end of this month.

The Strad

Cellist Joel Krosnick to leave Juilliard String Quartet after 42 seasons

His replacement is University of Massachusetts professor Astrid Schween

New York Times

In Cleveland, Young and Old Keep Tempo of Life

At the Judson Manor residence for older people in Cleveland, music students get housing free in exchange for playing concerts for their neighbors. Both camps agree: It’s a steal.


Placido Domingo Cancels May 23 Performance with Conchita Wurst Due to ‘Health Problems’

They went on to say that Domingo will be replaced by none other than the Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez.

Irish Times

John O’Conor’s 30-year competitive edge

O’Conor has done what many people thought impossible by putting Dublin on the piano map via the Dublin International Piano Competition. But now he worries for its future.


Classical Music ‏@ClassicalMusic_: Bath International Music Festiva appoints James Waters and David Jones joint artistic directors …

Ed Vaizey ‏@edvaizey : Congratulations @RCAeducation – ranked best #art school in the world. Great news for UK #CreativeIndustries  @artnet

Halle Orchestra ‏@the_halle : You can now follow @the_halle on #Instagram too for insider photos & #competitions 

Sarah Brightman 14th May

Sarah Brightman. Photo: FanPop


(Written on May 14, 2015 )

We are very excited to be working with guitarist Maria Camahort. Having completed her musical studies in Barcelona and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Maria Camahort is now a regular on the performance scene the world over. She has performed in many important musical cities such as Madrid, London, St Petersburg, Warsaw and Kraków. Maria was also the recipient of the prestigious Guildhall Artist Fellowship 2010-2012, and, together with flautist Lucy Driver, was the winner of the Pro-Musicis France Award 2013.

Influenced by the likes of David Dolan, Zoran Dukic and John Parricelli, Maria has a specialist interest in chamber music and enjoys collaborating with other performers from other genres in creative ways. To date, she has worked with singers (The Voice of Strings), dancers (Tango Magnètic), jazz artists (Jamie McCredie) and musicals (The L5Y). She also appeared in a CNN interview with Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso in June 2012.

Her latest project continues this theme; The Maria Camahort Quintet was born in November 2011 out of the desire to increase the possibilities in chamber music. Maria plays the guitar and arranges the repertoire alongside four other talented musicians: Violeta García, voice and violin; Laura Ruhí-Vidal, soprano; Sergio Serra, cello; Pablo Domínguez, percussion and guitar. The Quintet has already performed at some of the top venues and festivals such as Kings Place and the Purcell Room. They are currently focusing on the Spanish musical tradition and this exploration has culminated in their first album, due to be released in June 2015. Entitled ‘Iberian Colours,’ the CD will be a representation of the vibrancy of Spain in sound: vibrant colours, earthy textures and foot-tapping rhythms. The Quintet will also be performing at the Buxton Festival and Arts in Action festival, both in July, and at the Barbican’s Milton Court in October.

Look out for ‘Maria Camahort Quintet: Iberian Colours’ on Convivium Records, digitally on iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify and physically by Harmonia Mundi UK, released on 1st June 2015. Keep up to-date with Maria, the Quintet and the album on her website and through Twitter.

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(Written on April 16, 2015 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Love songs are for girls

A history of love songs reveals their place at the forefront of social change but fails to do women justice, says Ivan Hewett

The Strad

Violin maker claims to have discovered the location of buried Nazi treasure

Cyril Whistler says he has cracked the code hidden in the score of Gottfried Federlein’s ‘Marsch-Impromptu’

Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra cancels US tour

The ensemble cites a government cut in its touring budget

Classical Music Magazine

Philip Borg-Wheeler: Why is Sibelius still a foreign language to so many?

This year marks the 150th anniversaries of two deeply original Nordic composers, Sibelius and Nielsen.

Richard Morris heads winners at Music Teacher Awards for Excellence

Richard Morris, the consultant and chairman of the Yehudi Menuhin School, has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.

Zeit Online

“Reden kostet nur Zeit”

Annäherung an den fabelhaften Dirigenten Kirill Petrenko, der sich an der Bayerischen Staatsoper erstmals mit Wagners “Ring” beweist.

Die Welt

Wenn Herr Fleischwurst sich für Mozart ausgibt

Albrecht Mayer ist der Star-Oboist der Berliner Philharmoniker. Aber die Solo-Stücke, die er spielt, muss er oft mühselig in staubigen Archiven suchen. Dabei stößt er manchmal auch auf Hochstapler.


Philharmonisch-Symphonisches Durcheinander in Seoul

Aus Korea, dem Land, aus dem die jungen Musiker scharenweise nasch Europa strömen und in allen Wettbewerben die meisten Kandidaten stellen, kommen schräge Töne: Das ‘Seoul Philharmonic’ wird im Streit zwischen seiner Ex-Managerin Park, den Verwaltungsangestellten und dem Chefdirigenten Myung Whun-Chung zerrissen.

Thomas Hengelbrock erhält Karajan Musikpreis

Im Rahmen einer Aufführung des Oratoriums „Elias“ von Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy am Samstag, 30. Januar 2016 findet die Preisverleihung statt.


Soprano Sarah Brightman Plans To Be First Diva To Sing on ISS Space Adventure, Spends $52 Million

Perhaps one of the world’s most famous sopranos, Sarah Brightman, announced a while back that on Sept. 1 she will be on board Soyuz flight TMA18M bound for the International Space Station hundreds of miles above Earth.


British Council Arts ‏@BritishArts : Music fans in London, attend this FREE event @SouthbankCentre to celebrate Nowruz (New Year for Iranians). 20 March: 

Opera North ‏@Opera_North : Ever heard of The Emerald Isle? It’s a comic 2 act opera by #ArthurSullivan! … #TriviaTuesday

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM : Eight composers, and eight treble clefs: 

Hilter-Schatz / MittenwaldFederlein’s Marsch-Impromptu’ score with highlighted annotations. Photo: The Strad

(Written on March 17, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Barbara Hannigan: no jacket required…

Who says women can’t be conductors? Well, quite a lot of men. So what has the famous soprano Barbara Hannigan learned since she picked up the baton – and started waving it in a (shock!) sleeveless dress?

The Strad

The Strad Sundays at London’s Barbican

The Strad marks its 125th anniversary by partnering with the LSO International Violin Festival

New York Youth Symphony rejects commissioned work over Nazi reference

The orchestra pulled the plug on a performance at Carnegie Hall when it was discovered the work contained the Nazi anthem

International Arts Manager

International funding news – March 2015

Seattle Symphony’s endowment has received a major boost through a donation of USD2.5M (€2.3M) from board chair Leslie Jackson Chihuly.

Classical Music Magazine

Deutsche Grammophon president Mark Wilkinson to leave for Universal in London

Mark Wilkinson, president of Deutsche Grammophon, is to move within Universal Music Group to become vice president of international strategy and artist development

Die Welt

Ist das Volk glücklich? Twitter weiß die Antwort

Wissenschaftler haben den Glücksgehalt von zehn Weltsprachen ermittelt. Bei Spanisch ist er am höchsten, bei Chinesisch am geringsten. Bald sollen nationale Stimmungsschwankungen live messbar sein.

Musik Heute

Rheingau Musik Preis 2015 an Andreas Scholl

Der Countertenor Andreas Scholl erhält den diesjährigen Rheingau Musik Preis. Mit der Ehrung würdige man Scholls Verdienste vor allem auf dem Gebiet der Barockmusik, teilte das Rheingau Musik Festival am Mittwoch mit.


Olga Neuwirth komponiert ‘Orlando’ im Auftrag der Wiener Staatsoper

Im Zuge des Schwerpunktes zu zeitgenössischer Musik, der in den nächsten Spielzeiten den Spielplan der Wiener Staatsoper prägen wird, hat Staatsoperndirektor Dominique Meyer für die nächsten fünf Spielzeiten fünf Kompositionsaufträge fixiert.

March is Chopin month at Carnegie Concert Series

Artistic Director Yashar Yaslowitz performs a series of concerts dedicated to the Life & Times of Frederic Chopin, featuring the complete Mazurkas, Nocturnes, Ballades, and other works.

Le Parisien

La soprano Sarah Brightman veut chanter dans l’espace 

La soprano britannique Sarah Brightman a annoncé mardi qu’elle comptait chanter cet automne dans l’espace, où elle doit devenir la huitième touriste à se rendre à bord de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS).


Music Education Expo @MusicEdExpo: Q&A with schools minister Nick Gibb MP starts at 10.40 in the Rhinegold Theatre. Tweet us your questions using #quiztheministers

ABRSM ‏@ABRSM : One of our examiners will be at our stand @MusicEdExpo today to answer your questions! Come say hi at stand C17! #MusicEdExpo

Classic FM ‏@ClassicFM : It’s Piazzolla and Chick Corea to get us in the mood this morning at the @RCMLatest #PresidentsVisit.


Barbara Hannigan. Photograph: Musacchio & Ianniello


(Written on March 12, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Donetsk opera house: tanks on the street but the show must go on

The city’s opera house remains open despite the dangers posed by the conflict between local separatists and Ukrainian forces

Facing the music: Martin Fröst

The clarinettist tells us about his musical tastes on and off the concert platform

The Strad

International Boris Goldstein Violin Competition responds to criticism

The event was accused of favouring students of its founder and jury chair, Zakhar Bron, writes Rebecca Schmid

Classical Music Magazine

Rattle appears London-bound despite unlikelihood of new concert hall

The prospects of London getting both a world-class concert hall and Sir Simon Rattle as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra look increasingly remote.

Classic FM

Beautiful art by great composers and musicians

Not content merely with creating beautiful music for us, some composers and performers were also talented visual artists. Here’s a selection of the best – from Mendelssohn to Mozart.


Öffnet den musikalischen Horizont

Kultur darf nicht der politischen Harmonie geopfert werden. Doch der Freistaat Bayern und die Stadt München haben mit ihrer Entscheidung zur Sanierung des Gasteigs genau dies getan. München braucht ein neues und kein renoviertes Konzerthaus.

Spiegel Online

Bassist Eberhard Weber: Im Schummerlicht zwischen Jazz und E-Musik

In seiner Biografie erzählt der Bassist Eberhard Weber “Eine deutsche Jazzgeschichte”. Seine neue Platte mixte der 75-Jährige aus früheren Aufnahmen. Denn nach einem Schlaganfall kann er sein Instrument nicht mehr spielen.


Dunkle Wolken über Dessau

Künstlerisch hat das Anhaltische Theater in den vergangenen Jahren vielerorts für Aufsehen gesorgt. Allein die Kulturpolitiker interessieren diese Erfolge wenig


Pizzicato’s Remy Franck Reelected President of ICMA

During their General Assembly in Leipzig, last weekend, the ICMA Jury members elected the ICMA Executive Board for the next three years.

Le Figaro

Victoire de la musique classique : les gagnants sont…

La soprano Sabine Devieilhe, silhouette gracile et voix aérienne, et le violoncelliste Edgar Moreau, 20 ans, ont remporté les précieux trophées , tandis que les «révélations» récompensaient le jeune claveciniste Jean Rondeau et le ténor Cyrille Dubois.

Le Parisien

Les compositeurs de musiques de films voudraient “relocaliser” en France

Les compositeurs de musique de films ont appelé lundi, dans un manifeste, à “relocaliser” en France les enregistrements pour l’audiovisuel qui, pour des questions de coûts, ont le plus souvent lieu en Europe de l’Est.


Classicalite @Classicalite: #BBC Launches the 2015 Inspire Young Composers’ Competition …

ClassicalToday @ClassicalToday: Record news: Warner buys another classical label

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Munich Philharmonie Photo: Sü

Munich Philharmonie
Photo: Sü

(Written on February 3, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

The playlist: experimental music – James Hoff, Richard Skelton, Pauline Oliveros and more

These unconventional artists and composers use everything from computer viruses to mud-crusted violins to create new sounds and reimagine masterpieces

Danish National Chamber Orchestra fights cuts by crowdfunding

Private donations and public support mean that this innovative orchestra will not be disbanded despite the loss of its state funding

Classical Music Magazine

Government publishes new GCSE, AS and A Level subject content

The Department for Education has published details of the subject content for the GCSEs, AS Levels and A Levels in music to be taught from autumn 2016.

Decca Classics signs soprano Aida Garifullina

Decca Classics has signed soprano Aida Garifullina on an ‘exclusive, multi-album contract’.

Classic FM

ABO conference: Vaizey ‘sick and tired’ of councils abandoning music

The Conservative minister was speaking at the opening session of the 30th conference of the Association of British Orchestras at the Sage Gateshead.

Zeit Online

Dirigent Eschenbach erhält Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikpreis

Christoph Eschenbach wird als Pianist und Dirigent ausgezeichnet.

Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin

»Sprache und Taten sind gefährlich, nicht Musik«

Darf man beim Singen weinen? Wie fühlt sich Überwältigung an? Kann Musik wirklich trösten? Ein Gespräch mit dem Bariton Christian Gerhaher, der ein weltweit gefeierter Star ist – und ein tiefgründiger Zweifler.

Deutschlandradio Kultur

Wiener Meister einer Zwischenepoche

Mit der “Wiener Klassik” werden Haydn, Mozart und Beethoven verbunden. Von den ungezählten Meistern zweiten Ranges ist seltener die Rede.

Codex Flores

Nott übenimmt Leitung des Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Jonathan Nott ist seit dem Jahr 2000 Chefdirigent der Bayerischen Staatsphilharmonie.


Hurrah: Danish Chamber Orchestra Is Kept Alive

Private donations and crowd funding were successful.


Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic : BBC announce Ten Pieces Prom as climax to the project: …

ABO @aborchestras:Second day of #abo15 kicks off with a musical moment before we look at what we can learn from sport.

The Stage ‏@TheStage : One in five showbiz professionals affected by mental health issues, survey finds 


Aida Garifullina. Photo: Decca Classics


(Written on January 29, 2015 )