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In today’s news: La Scala ushers send under-dressed audience members to H&M, Philharmonia announces 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake, and new research finds that a third of musicians suffer from eating disorders. Lutenist launches crowd funding for his new CD, and conductor stops half way through a performance to do some karaoke. Award for Lucia Alberti, Johannes Braun becomes Coburg’s first Kapellmeister, and Konzerthaus Berlin breaks visitor record.

Opera Now

La Scala ushers send under-dressed audience members to H&M

With Italy suffering one of its hottest summers in recent years, those attending performance at La Scala have been failing to observe the house’s dress code

Classical Music Magazine

Philharmonia announces 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake

The Philharmonia Orchestra has announced its 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake, which offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an original chamber work for a Philharmonia ensemble each year.

The Strad

New research finds a third of musicians suffer from eating disorders

The survey of over 300 instrumentalists, singers, composers and conductors found that stress, depression, anxiety and perfectionism are experienced at high levels throughout the profession.

Pizzicato

Paul Kieffer launches crowd funding for his new lute CD

American Lutenist Paul Kieffer (*1990) has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise money got his third CD of lute pieces that will be recorded in August.

Classic FM

A conductor stopped half way through a performance of Cinderella to do some karaoke

Conductor Vinicius Kattah decided to take a little break during a performance of Cinderella and treat the tech ops to some superb lip-sync

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Philharmonia announces 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake 

The Philharmonia Orchestra has announced its 2017/18 Composers’ Academy intake, which offers the opportunity for three talented emerging composers to write an original chamber work for a Philharmonia ensemble each year.

The Guardian

Daniel Barenboim calls for European unity in Proms speech 

Venerated pianist and conductor speaks out against nationalism and ‘isolationist tendencies’ at Royal Albert Hall concert.

Klassik Heute

Auszeichnung für Lucia Aliberti beim Classic Open Air in Berlin

Vom 20. bis 24. Juli 2017 verwandelt sich der Berliner Gendarmenmarkt wieder in die großartige Kulisse der Veranstaltungen des Classic Open Air-Festivals, bei dem alljährlich an fünf Abenden ein festliches Programm mit Stars der Oper, der Chor- und Orchesterszene, mit Pianisten und Jazz-Musikern stattfindet.

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Johannes Braun wird Erster Kapellmeister in Coburg

Die vakant gewordene Stelle des Ersten Kapellmeister am Landestheater Coburg wird mit Johannes Braun besetzt.

Klassik.com

Konzerthaus Berlin mit Besucherrekord in der Spielzeit 2016/17

Das Konzerthaus Berlin blickt auf eine erfolgreiche Spielzeit 2016/17 zurück. Die Bilanz der vergangenen Konzertsaison weist eigenen Angaben zufolge Rekordergebnisse aus

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Opera Now: La Scala

(Written on July 18, 2017 )

Founded in 1895, the BBC Proms are a big part of British culture and the 2017 season begins tonight. For eight weeks of the summer, daily classical music concerts take place at the Royal Albert Hall and other venues across London, including Cadogan Hall, Stage@The Dock and Wilton’s Music Hall.

The term Prom is short for promenade concert, and refers to the outdoor concerts of the 18th century where the audience were able to stroll around while the orchestra played. Since then, the concerts have moved inside and, in the context of the BBC Proms, promming refers to the popular tradition of queueing outside the Royal Albert Hall on the day of the concert for the chance to get a £6 ticket for the standing areas inside the hall. Will you be a “prommer” this summer? Click here for some helpful tips on how to become a Pro-Prommer this year!

Royal Albert Hall: BBC Proms 2017

With the opening of the BBC Proms 2017 tonight, the WildKat team have put together a list of their highlights for this year…

Prom 35, the John Wilson Orchestra performing Oklahoma, appears to be a particular favourite in the office this year due to the magical sound that the orchestra creates and the energy that radiates from them when they perform. Not strictly classical, this prom would be a great one to go to for those who are novice prommers. Not convinced? Let The Spectator’s Richard Bratby, along with John Wilson, tell you why Rodgers and Hammerstein should be taken as seriously as Beethoven.

Another popular choice is Prom 10 with the Aurora Orchestra. Last year the ensemble performed their first prom from memory and it was such a unique experience – every single member of the orchestra completely engaged with the music and the conductor. This year they are performing Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ from memory and we can’t wait.

If you are looking for a musical fusion, then Prom 41 is for you. It brings together Philip Glass and Ravi Shankar, combining Glass’s American Minimalism with Shankar’s sitar and the traditions of Hindustani classical music. The Britten Sinfonia and Karen Kamensek are joined by Shankar’s daughter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar.

The Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra makes its Proms debut this year and, since they are one of our clients, the WildKat team are very excited about it. They will be bringing works by two celebrated American composers and we are really looking forward to seeing everything come together.

Cincinatti Symphony Orchestra

Last but certainly not least, Prom 75 – The Last Night of the Proms! What’s not to love about a big party with classical music, waving flags, sing alongs and bobbing along to the Sailor’s Hornpipe?

(Written on July 14, 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 )

In today’s Classical News, The Leeds announces a piano festival, Classic FM try out the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new VR toy, and a music teacher arranges Ariana Grande in the wake of the Manchester attack. Plus a round-up of summer festivals from around the world, and an obituary of Jiri Belohlavek, who died yesterday aged 71.

International Piano

The Leeds announces annual piano festival

The Leeds International Piano Competition has announced a major partnership with the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, and a new annual piano festival.

Music Teacher

Teacher offers free Ariana Grande arrangement in wake of Manchester attack

Music teacher James Himsworth has arranged Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time’ for school children as a gesture of support for those affected by the Manchester bombing attack.

Classic FM

We tried out the Philharmonia Orchestra’s new virtual reality experience

The Philharmonia Orchestra, Classic FM’s Orchestra on Tour, is one of the most digital-savvy music ensembles out there – and now, thanks to their new VR toy, you can experience life in the orchestra.

New York Times

A Summer of Opera, Theatre and Music

A roundup of performing-arts festivals around the world from June through August.

Why Salzburg Is a Must-Visit for Classical Music

It has long been said that Austrians in general and Salzburgers specifically simply do not understand the obsession with the Oscar-winning film and Broadway musical “The Sound of Music,” which is set in Salzburg around the time of the Anschluss in 1938.

El Mundo

La Asamblea de Madrid insta al Gobierno a recuperar la financiación de las escuelas de música y danza

El Pleno de la Asamblea de Madrid aprobó hoy una proposición no de ley, en la que se insta al Gobierno regional a recuperar la financiación autonómica de las Escuelas Municipales de Música y Danza de la Comunidad de Madrid, en los niveles que tuvo en el año 2007, que garantice, por un lado, un marco estable de financiación para todos los municipios de la región, y que permita, por otro, el acceso universal a estas enseñanzas.

The Hindu Times

‘Classical music has to change’

A creative mind with a scholarly approach to music, Dr Prabha Atre says just because it’s classical, it doesn’t mean you cannot change things in it.

Musik Heute

Tschechischer Dirigent Jirí Belohlávek (71) gestorben

Der langjährige Chefdirigent der Tschechischen Philharmonie, Jirí Belohlávek, ist im Alter von 71 Jahren gestorben. Er habe in der Nacht zu Donnerstag den Kampf mit seiner schweren Krankheit verloren

Tagesspiegel

Placido Domingo feiert 50 Jahre Berlin-Debüt

Gala für das neue Ehrenmitglied: Placido Domingo wird von Daniel Barenboim und der Staatskapelle zu seinem 50. Berlin-Jubiläum gefeiert. 

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Genialer Glöckner

Der Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard liebt das Zeitgenössische und bekommt nun den Siemens-Musikpreis

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Music History  in 1909 Birth of British Robin
Classical Music News  NYCGB Auditions 2017: advance notice
Music History  in 1857 Birth of English and conductor Sir Edward William .
Image: The Leeds

(Written on June 2, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Andris Nelsons pulled out of conducting at Bayreuth Festival, Carole King makes stage return after 27 years & the Telegraph questions whether music festivals actually make enough money. Also, massive attacks after Hyde Park concert.

International Arts Manager

Nelsons backs out of Bayreuth

Andris Nelsons has pulled out of conducting Parsifal at this year’s Bayreuth Festival, just weeks before opening night. It is not the first time such off-stage drama has happened at Bayreuth, which has seen numerous squabbles among Wagner’s heirs who run it. As yet the exact reason for the cancellation is unclear.

The Telegraph

Do the growing number of music festivals actually make any money?

The people of Clitheroe are angry. Last week, two days before the start of Glastonbury, the news broke that their very own festival had been cancelled. The Summer Days festival, to be held at Clitheroe Castle, was due to start on Wednesday this week. Simply Red and Jools Holland were booked to headline the party and tickets were sold.

Massive Attack hit out at ‘racists and bigots’ following Brexit at London Hyde Park concert

The fallout from the EU referendum continued to stretch far beyond the political and economic arenas, as trip-hop pioneers Massive Attack hit back at the “racists and bigots” during a historic London festival set on Friday.

BBC News

Carole King makes UK stage return playing Tapestry in full

After a gap of 27 years, Carole King has returned to the UK stage to play her classic album Tapestry in full. For once, the British weather attempted to emulate the gauzy Californian heat in which the record was made, as King performed hits including I Feel The Earth Move and You’ve Got A Friend in the late-evening breeze.

The Guardian

A musical tour of Europe’s great cities: London

The tragic decision for the UK to leave the European Union has prompted us to undertake, with your help, a new series in which we celebrate the great cities of Europe through the music they have inspired.

The Seattle Times

Congress tells military bands the days of $11,000 flutes are numbered

The U.S. military has trumpeted its bands as a critical soft-power weapon, but in an era of budget cuts and troop reductions, Congress is signaling it may be time for one of the largest employers of musicians in the world to turn the music down.

klassik.com

Carl Orff-Preis für Christian von Gehren

Der Dirigent Christian von Gehren erhält den Carl Orff-Preis 2016. Von Gehren war Dirigent der Carl Orff-Festspiele in Andechs und habe in dieser Funktion “ausgezeichnete Arbeit geleistet und entscheidend zum musikalischen Niveau der Festspiele beitragen”, so das Vorstandsmitglied der Carl Orff-Stiftung Ute Hermann.

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Thielemann fleht Nelsons an, nach Bayreuth zurückzukommen

Nach der Andris Nelsons von den Bayreuther Festspielen ohne viel Federlesens zugestandenen Vertragsauflösung für den ‘Parsifal’ sucht man auf dem Grünen Hügel einen Ersatz. Laut deutschen Presseberichten hat der Musikdirektor der Festspiele, Christian Thielemann, Nelsons zur Rückkehr auf den Grünen Hügel aufgefordert.

BR KLASSIK

Salzburger Festspiele – Pleite beim Ticketverkauf: 900 Besucher stehen ohne Karten da

Für etwa 900 Besucher schlägt die Freude auf die Salzburger Festspiele kurz vor dem Start am 22. Juli in Stress um. Denn obwohl sie ihre Karten längst reserviert und bezahlt haben, bekommen sie sie nicht. Der Grund: Ihr Ticketbüro ist insolvent.

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„Best Edition” – Verleihung der Deutschen Musikeditionspreise 2016

Wie bereits in den vergangenen Jahren fand die Preisverleihung des Musikeditionspreises „Best Edition” im Rahmen der Frankfurter Musikmesse am Gemeinschaftsstand von neuer musikzeitung, Deutschlandfunk und Deutschem Musikrat statt.

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The Royal Opera @TheRoyalOpera What did you think of ? Opening night audience reviews (+/-): ^C

Classical Music News @CIassicalMusic Facing the music: Tenor Paul Appleby

New York Times Arts @nytimesarts House music in a Serbian fortess, an opera festival in Munich, rock in Bogotá and more arts to know about this week https://t.co/AuheOcShgk

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Photograph: Roger Cracknell / Alamy Stock photo

(Written on July 4, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Dartington International Summer School & Festival has announced the full programme of courses and concerts for 2016, and Harold Budd explains why he’s not scared to sound pretty. Also, The Guardian lists classical music’s highlights of the year, and BBC Store offers an exclusive 25% discount

The Guardian

Harold Budd: the ambient music master floats again

Returning to New York for a rare concert, the composer, whose work with Brian Eno helped shape ambient music, explains he’s not scared to sound pretty

BBC Music Magazine

Enjoy an exclusive 25% discount at BBC Store

We present the best of the BBC Store (according to us…)

Classical Music Magazine

Dartington International Summer School & Festival 2016

Dartington International Summer School & Festival has announced the full programme of courses and concerts for 2016

Sinfini

Sinfini Music on TV

Sinfini Music’s acclaimed animation of Bach’s First Prelude and Fugue from the Well-Tempered Clavier is now available to watch via a new TV app

The Guardian

The top 10 classical concerts and operas of 2015

Andris Nelsons and Simon Rattle led masterful surveys of Beethoven and Sibelius, the Proms made it great to stay up late, and opera brought moments both comic and surreal. Our combined critics list classical music’s highlights of the year

KlassikAkzente

Die Macht ist stark mit John Williams! – Diese Woche wird der Soundtrack zu “Star Wars: Das Erwachen der Macht” veröffentlicht

Einen Tag nach Kinostart des brandneuen Star Wars: Das Erwachen der Macht ist es soweit: Am 18. Dezember 2015 erscheint der originale Soundtrack zum Film aus der Feder der fünffach oscargekrönten Filmmusiklegende John Williams

NMZ

Fast eine Million Euro für zwei Kulturprojekte in Sachsen

Die Kulturstiftung des Bundes unterstützt zwei neue Projekte in Sachsen mit insgesamt rund 990 000 Euro

Klassik.com

Montserrat Caballé wegen Steuerbetrugs verurteilt

Die spanische Opernsängerin Montserrat Caballé (82) ist wegen Steuerhinterziehung zu einer Haftstrafe von sechs Monaten und einer Strafzahlung von 250.000 Euro verurteilt worden

El Mundo 

Alberto Urretxo: ‘La música clásica es la cultura popular

Es desde 1998 Trombón solista de la BOS además de profesor de Repertorio de Orquesta y Música de Cámara en el Conservatorio Superior de Euskadi

The New York Times 

The Operatic Tenor Juan Diego Flórez Shifts His Tone, and His Persona

Two decades into a starry operatic career, Mr. Flórez, at 42, is entering a new vocal phase: He is now singing the role of Edgardo in Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor,” more heroic than the bubbly coloratura characters that made him famous

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Arts Council EnglandGreat art & culture brings everyone together at . Even turkeys. Get colouring in!

Classic FM ‏Watch a horrible tuba selfie fail: (we know you want to)

PRS Foundation: Congrats to the latest round of artists funded by >>>

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Andris Nelsons with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Photograph: Andrew Fox/The Guardian

(Written on December 16, 2015 )

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WildKat PR is pleased to welcome Dartington Music: Summer School & Festival to its roster.

For 4 weeks each August, the Summer school and festival take over Dartington Estate in the South Devon countryside. During the day, the summer school offers courses ranging from jazz and opera, chamber and orchestral music, choral and early music, folk, poetry, world music and multimedia. These courses are tailored to participants of all ages and levels of ability.

In the evening, a concert series comprising over 80 performances is open to summer school attendees and the general public.

Renowned performers and teachers travel to Dartington from around the world to join this fantastic annual event. It has previously played host to composers and performers including Igor Stravinsky, Benjamin Britten, Alfred Brendel and Imogen Cooper – among many others.

Artistic Director Joanna MacGregor curates Dartingon’s cultural offering, and has broadened both the educational and performance sides since her inaugural festival in 2015. This diverse annual event now sits alongside the best summer schools and festivals in the world.

Full programme details for 2016 will be announced at the launch on the 14th December. Watch this space for the announcement!

https://www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/

(Written on November 6, 2015 )

Summer is always a busy time of year in the music world. With the Proms in full flow and festivals popping up everywhere, the past few weeks have been pretty busy for all of us here at WildKat PR too! We wanted to share with you select highlights of what we’ve been up to in our London and Berlin offices…

Festivals

One of the most exciting events we have been working on this summer is the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival. With over 100 performances, from Tim Benjamin‘s dark double-bill Life Stories to a flashmob in King’s Cross, it’s no wonder the festival was listed as number one on BBC Music Magazine’s Unmissable Events for August 2015.

Tete-a-Tete blog

Tête-à-Tête pop-up opera

Next came Grimeborn and Constella Ballet & Orchestra‘s Clown of Clowns – a circus-themed operatic and balletic spectacular featuring Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire followed by Leo Geyer‘s jazz-inspired Sideshows. Despite the tube strikes, we battled our way across London to the Arcola and are very glad we did, as this show received glowing reviews from audience members and journalists alike.

Clown of Clowns blog

Clown of Clowns, Arcola Theatre

We were lucky to have two clients performing at this year’s Wilderness Festival, Matthew Sharp and Avi Avital. Matthew’s performance with Opera North was exhilarating, featuring devils and fire dancers and Avi left the audience calling for an encore!

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Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park

Proms

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra has had a busy season at the BBC Proms this year. We were stunned to see the connection between the musicians and the wonderful Leif Ove Andsnes directing from the piano. It was also a very emotional evening since this was the last time they were performing the Beethoven journey together.

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Mahler Chamber Orchestra at BBC Proms. Credit: Paco Varoch

And the promming fun didn’t stop in London… We travelled down to the Bristol Proms to see the Sacconi Quartet in Heartfelt – an extraordinary production which allowed audience members to hold a robotic heart or ‘chestahedron’ and monitor the musicians’ heart rates as they performed.

Heartfelt blog

Sacconi Quartet ‘Heartfelt’ concert

We have also been making the most of £5 promming tickets and particularly enjoyed Prom 35, The Story of Swing – described by Rhian as one of the best concerts she’s ever been to!

Office News

And life inside the office has been almost as busy as our concert schedule!

With both the London and Berlin offices recruiting, it has been a month of advertising vacancies, reading CVs and interviewing. Now that the whole process is over, we are pleased to welcome new account manager Anja in Berlin and look forward to Victoria joining us next month.

We have been darting around, accompanying clients to In Tune, Resonance FM and London Live broadcasts, our new in-house photographer has been taking photos at events and we’ve run industry open sessions at Handel House and Guildhall.

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WildKat PR Industry Open Session at Handel House

We’ve also been travelling further afield, with Carolin in New York with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Sarah in Amsterdam with enoa and Olivia and Carolin off to Switzerland for the Gstaad Menuhin Festival.

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New York. Credit: Carolin Denz

It has been a summer of new beginnings, with new and returning clients David Pearl, Constella Ballet & Orchestra, Marina Baranova, Yijia Zhang, Nina Brazier, Katherine Bryan, JSL, Rachael Young, Ensemble Perpetuo, Damian Marhulets, Raymond Yiu, Anneleen Lenaerts and Hideko Udagawa.

We also celebrated the birth of two beautiful babies – Anna’s little girl Greta and Kat and Alan’s baby boy Charlie!

We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, so as always keep an eye on our blog and Twitter for updates!

All photos in this post (excluding credited images) were taken by in-house photographer Rhian Hughes.

(Written on August 20, 2015 )

Classical News

The Times

Adamski: The rave DJ who’s taken up waltzing

The cool dance of old Vienna has inspired DJ Adamski as pop stars turn to classical music for ideas, says Will Hodgkinson

Opera transforms victims’ final texts into a requiem for 9/11

The September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001 are the inspiration for a controversial work by English National Opera that opens next week.

The Telegraph

Alice Sara Ott: meet the hottest new talent in classical music

Alice Sara Ott gets a lot of attention for her looks and her quirks – but it is her unique musical personality that will keep her at the top

At Easter, the voice of Bach becomes the voice of God

The great composer offers a sense of solace to all those who seek out his Matthew or John Passion at this time of year

Classical Music Magazine

Obituary: Peter Katin (1930-2015)

Peter Katin, who died on 19 March at age 84, belonged to a generation of virtuoso pianists who tackled concertos as well as the sotto vocesalon intimacy of romantic keyboard works.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Jeder ist ein Medienkritiker

In den letzten Tagen konnte man den Eindruck gewinnen, dass die Medienwelt den Verstand verloren hat. Und obwohl die Erregungsmaschine in erwartbarster Weise funktionierte, wurde man doch das Gefühl nicht los, dass hier etwas ganz Neues passierte.

Die Welt

Rettet uns vor dem Kurator!

Frank Castorf soll noch bis 2017 seine Berliner Volksbühne leiten. Dann könnte nach dem Willen von Staatssekretär Tim Renner Chris Dercon, gegenwärtig Direktor der Londoner Tate Modern, übernehmen.

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Ein ‘Tosca-Engel’ von 25 Metern

Ein Bühnenbild der Superlative entsteht zurzeit im Steinbruch St. Margarethen (Österreich) für die Aufführungen von Puccinis ‘Tosca’ im Sommer. Ein 25 Meter hoher Engel wird das Bühnenbild beherrschen.

Concert Simulator Helps Musicians To Combat Stage Fright

The Royal College of Music, Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (Lugano), London-based creative design consultancy Studiohead, and Skyline Whitespace, one of the leading providers of custom modular stands in Europe, have developed a new performance simulator, complete with realistic back-stage and on-stage areas as well as an interactive virtual audience and audition panel.

The New York Times

Russian Theater Director Fired for Offending Christians

MOSCOW — In the latest skirmish between the Russian Orthodox Church and the cultural elite, the culture minister on Sunday fired the director of a Siberian theater who included a controversial interpretation of the life of Jesus in the Richard Wagner opera “Tannhauser.”

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Tarisio ‏@TarisioAuctions : Lots begin closing in 2 hours, at mid-day, for our March 2015 London Auction. Place your bids!

Royal Opera House ‏@RoyalOperaHouse : Student booking for Summer is now open via our site: http://www.roh.org.uk/seasons/2014-15/summer … Let us know if you need any help ^C

Handel House Museum ‏@HandelHouse #OnThisDay in 1697, the famous Italian diva, Faustina Bordoni, who sang for Handel was born in Venice, Italy

Bach News 30th March Bach. Photo: Alamy

(Written on March 30, 2015 )

With the voting currently open for the annual Classic FM Hall of Fame, we in the WildKat PR London office took some time to talk about our three choices and why we love them so much. Counted down over the Easter weekend, we’ll all definitely be tuning in to see where our favourites come! Alluding to the regular battle between Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto, we also did our own poll to see which would win. Watch our vlog to find out…

Make sure you cast your own vote here

(Written on February 13, 2015 )