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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 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classic FM reports how heartbreak caused Tenor Stephen Costello to lose his voice just before going on stage, The Strad announces six finalists of the 2015 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, and Graham Keeley discusses unborn babies’ remarkable response to music

The Strad 

2015 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover names six finalists

The violinists will each perform a substantial concerto on 8 and 9 October before the winner of the €50,000 first prize is announced

BBC Music Magazine

From Bach to Bakes 

Hilary Hahn and Alexandra Dariescu on the art of cake-making…

Classic FM

Heartbreak made this singer lose his voice moments before going on stage 

Tenor Stephen Costello found he was unable to sing moments before performing Verdi’s La Traviata in New York. It was a side-effect of his separation from his wife, Ailyn Perez

The Times

Foetuses can dance to music at 16 weeks

The soothing tones of Mozart or Bach and the operatic rock of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody make foetuses as young as 16 weeks “dance” in the womb, a study has found


New York Has A New Venue For Contemporary Music

The brand-new concert hall, a place for exploration and discovery has fulfilled the goal to be a place where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike


Er ist ein Mann des Understatements, der sympathischen Zurückhaltung. So gewaltig seine Gaben am Klavier auch sind und so sehr er das Publikum mitzureißen vermag, so still, besonnen und überlegt ist der Mensch Maurizio Pollini


Edita Gruberova als Anna Bolena an der Wiener Staatsoper

Kammersängerin Edita Gruberova, die im Februar ihr 45jähriges Bühnenjubiläum an der Wiener Staatsoper feierte, kehrt am Freitag, 9. Oktober 2015 in der Titelpartie von Donizettis Anna Bolena zurück auf die Bühne des Hauses am Ring

El Pais

Santiago inaugura el primer museo dedicado a la cantautora y artista, creadora de himnos como ‘Gracias a la vida


BBC Music Magazine: @MusicMagazine What is the best setting of poetry by a composer? #NationalPoetryDay

Arts Professional: @ArtsPro #APNews: New ‘Culture Zone’ to open at £22m conference centre in Cambridge

Arts Council England: @ace_national ICYMI: New Artsmark Award & website now open. Made by & for schools to deliver high quality arts & culture provision

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Amalia Hall (New Zealand)
The Strad

(Written on October 8, 2015 )

Classical news

In today’s news, The Strad announces Austin Huntington as the new principal cellist at the Indianapolis Symphony, and Classic FM reports on a huge retro NES console that turns into a piano. Also, composer Giya Kancheli turns 80 and France Musique lists the craziest opera productions.

The Times

Richard Morrison: Radio 3’s defenders want to turn the clock back. They’re wrong

Is Radio 3 endangered? That’s the impression given by a letter to The Times on Saturday from 17 mostly eminent British composers.

The Telegraph

Can classical music ever be funny?

Classical music is not normally the place we turn to when we’re in need of a laugh.

Classical Music Magazine

Lottery revenues boost ACE income

Lottery revenues more than compensated for a drop in Arts Council England’s grant-in-aid last year, with record ticket sales and a one-off lump sum meaning that total income rose by almost 6%.

The Strad

Indianapolis Symphony appoints 21-year-old Austin Huntington as principal cellist

The former child prodigy begins playing full-time with the orchestra in January 2016

Classic FM

Someone made a piano in the shape of a classic Nintendo console and played Mario music on it

Is there a better way to use technology than turning a piano into a huge retro NES console and then playing a medley of Koji Kondo superhits on it?

BR Klassik

Giya Kancheli zum 80. Geburtstag: Die Stimme Georgiens

Wie der Este Arvo Pärt oder die Russin Sofia Gubaidulina zählt Giya Kancheli zu einer Reihe von Komponisten aus dem Osten, die nach der Wende von 1989 im Westen bekannt wurden und Kultstatus erlangten.

Juan Pérez Floristán gewinnt Santander-Klavierwettbewerb

Der spanische Pianist Juan Pérez Floristán hat den Internationalen Paloma O’Shea Santander Klavierwettbewerb gewonnen.

Größtes Open Air der Festspiele MV erneut komplett ausverkauft

18.000 Besucherströmten am Freitag und Samstag, den 7. und 8. August zum 21. „Kleinen Fest im großen Park“ in den Schlosspark von Ludwigslust.

Il Tirreno

Crollo sul palco del Pucciniano: ferito il tenore livornese Marco Voleri

Torre del Lago: incidente durante la rappresentazione di Turandot al Festival Pucciniano. Il cantante si è rotto una vertebra. Trasferito in ospedale a Livorno dovrà essere operato

France Musique

Quand les opéras s’inspirent des sujets les plus improbables

Avec la sortie d’un opéra sur la vie de Steve Jobs, il est grand temps de se (re)plonger sur les productions contemporaines les plus originales : florilège des opéras les plus improbables.

Twitter : Marco erleidet Wirbelbruch auf der Bühne

Sydney Opera House: New Satirists w/ at 2015 →

ClassicaliteStarz Rips the Band-Aid Off Ballet with ‘Flesh and Bone’ + More! –


Photo credit: Robbie Jack

(Written on August 10, 2015 )

Classical News

In today’s news Jon Vickers dies, Glyndebourne Festival plans to mark Shakespeare’s death and Sollazzo Ensemble win YEMF Young Artist Competition.

The Guardian

Mendelssohn’s missing opera: the course of true love was never smooth

He worshipped Shakespeare, and Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream is among the most perfect musical responses to any of his plays – so why did Mendelssohn never write a complete Shakespearean opera?

Classic FM

Opera legend Jon Vickers dies, aged 88

Imposing Canadian tenor stormed the world’s stages in heroic roles.

Classical Music Magazine

Glyndebourne to mark Shakespeare anniversary in 2016 and 2017

The 2016 Glyndebourne Festival will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with productions of two operas based on his work: Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Sollazzo Ensemble win YEMF Young Artist Competition

The Sollazzo Ensemble has won the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition. They received a cash prize of £1,000, opportunities to work with Radio 3, a performance in the 2016 York Early Music Festival, and a CD recording produced by Linn Records.

British Library

Recording discovered of 1938 world premiere performance of Britten Piano Concerto

For his first appearance at the Proms, the twenty-four year old Benjamin Britten gave the premiere of his Piano Concerto Op. 13 on 11th August 1938.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Wind hat mir ein Lied erzählt

Zwei deutsche Frauen leiten die wichtigsten Festivals im österreichischen Burgenland in Mörbisch und St. Margarethen – und trotzen bei ihren Premieren widrigen Bedingungen.


Stuttgarter Oper: Leitlinien für Sanierung verabschiedet

Die Sanierungspläne für die Oper Stuttgart nehmen Gestalt an. Erste Leitlinien verabschiedete der Verwaltungsrat der Stuttgarter Staatstheater am Montag.

Österreichischer Tenor Josef Hopferwieser ist tot

Der österreichische Kammersänger Josef Hopferwieser ist im Alter von 77 Jahren in seiner Heimatstadt Graz gestorben. Dies teilte die Wiener Staatsoper mit, an der Hopferwieser über viele Jahre als Ensemblemitglied wirkte.

The Washington Post

Jon Vickers, acclaimed Canadian operatic tenor, dies at 88

Jon Vickers, a Canadian tenor whose voice — titanic and yet delicate — was regarded as one of the finest sounds to fill an opera house in the past half-century, died July 10 in Ontario, Canada. He was 88.

Le Monde

La garde républicaine escorte Branford Marsalis à Strasbourg

Plus de 2 000 saxophonistes sur les places de Strasbourg, les marches de la cathédrale, dans les rues, les winstub, les salles, le conservatoire, le Palais des congrès, la Maison de la musique et de la danse, partout…


Classical Music @ClassicalMusic: @marinalsop is to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba in a historic concert later this year

Rich Mix @RichMixLondon: Looking forward to seeing students from @cmsounds take the stage @ tonight’s Music Space Live!

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Coming up with @johnsuchet1: Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 as you’ve never heard it before!


Jon Vickers dies
Photo: Classic FM

(Written on July 14, 2015 )

Classical News

The Guardian

Facing the music: Noah Stewart

Nat King Cole, Nina Simone and New York City – tenor Noah Stewart on his musical passions on and off the stage

The pitfalls and perks of playing a concert hall piano

The tone and touch of a piano might be terrific or terrible, so how does a performer prepare? Pianist Boris Giltburg describes the keyboard of his dreams

The Times

10 things to know about Simon Rattle’s new concert hall

As debate rages about whether London needs a new £200m venue to keep up with the best in Europe, Richard Morrison conducts his own feasibility study

The Strad

Frank Peter Zimmermann forced to hand back ‘Lady Inchiquin’ Stradivarius

The violinist, who turns 50 this Friday, is attempting to buy the instrument, which was previously on loan from failed bank WestLB AG

International Arts Manager

Digital marketing for the arts discussed in free session

The secrets of digital success are being shared at The Art of Digital, a free workshop aimed at arts organisations hosted by arts administration specialists Spektrix and digital agency AD.


Rattles Wunschkonzert

Diskussion um neue Tonhalle für London

Berliner Zeitung

Berliner Straßenchor feiert mit „Straßen-Carmina“ Premiere

Der Berliner Straßenchor ist ein Chor für Menschen ohne Wohnung, ohne Arbeit, Menschen mit Behinderung, Drogenabhängige oder Prostituierte.


Businessplan für Bonner Beethoven-Festspielhaus vorgestellt

Zwar ist noch nicht gewusst, welcher Architekt das Beethoven-Festspielhaus in Bonn bauen wird, aber der Bau, der komplett privat finanziert werden soll, hat jetzt bereits einen Businessplan, der die Wirtschaftlichkeit des Unternehmens voraussagt.


‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Whiplash’ Top Contenders at Oscars, Alexandre Desplat Wins Best Original Score

Now with the Oscars at a close, the results proved to be a normal get together of acting talent abound.


Composing The Folk Music Of A Made-Up Country

Composer Alexandre Desplat is competing against himself in this year’s Oscars: He’s up for two awards in the category of Best Original Score.


Intermusica ‏@IntermusicaLtd :@colincurrieperc & Pavel Haas Quartet at @wigmore_hall at the weekend – more photos here 

Bachtrack ‏@bachtrack : Strongly cast revival of Die Zauberflöte at @royaloperahouse @JanaiBrugger @tobyspence

Royal College Music @RCMLatest: Congrats to RCM pianist Luka Okrostsvaridze, chosen for the #TillettTrust‘s Young Artists’ Platform with a recital @wigmore_hall in December

NEWS 24th Piano

‘The finest pianos achieve the best results’ … Boris Giltburg. Photograph: Sasha Gusov

(Written on February 24, 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

KlassikInfo @Klassikinfo: KlassikInfo löscht sein Facebook-Konto aus Datenschutzgründen 

Munich Philharmonie Photo: Sü

Munich Philharmonie
Photo: Sü

(Written on February 3, 2015 )

WildKat PR are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting and innovative new scheme heralded by our founder Kathleen Alder. The Noted Innovation Fellowship focuses on providing support to talented 22-35 year olds with original ideas in the area of arts administration which will shake up, progress and lead the classical music industry and culture sector into the future; it needs more than just artists.

Whilst there are many funding opportunities dedicated to discovering and supporting new performing talent, Kathleen has recognised a clear need in the industry for financial support to be awarded to young professionals keen to make their mark behind-the-scenes. Currently, aspiring arts prodigies are most likely to be supported by those who have had over 20 years’ experience and although their experience is vital and appreciated, Kathleen believes there is much more untapped potential to attract fresh new talent.

As well as offering £3,500 to help implement the recipient’s idea, the Fellowship will provide industry opportunities and mentorship by some of the most high profile names working for prestigious organisations such as Executive Producer of Opus Arte/Royal Opera House Ben Pateman; Grammy award winning music producer Christopher Alder; and Suzanne Davidson, the Executive Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The list continues to grow. Alongside the standard prize winnings, the Fellowship will be customized around the individual and their idea in order to maximize their full potential.  With this Fellowship, Kathleen aims to educate and inspire a new generation of diverse and creative cultural leaders.

WildKat PR are excited for the talent that will emerge from this venture.

For application details, click here. The deadline is midnight (GMT) on 15th February 2015.

Kat1-11-590x260 Kathleen Alder. Photo: International Arts Manager 


(Written on January 13, 2015 )

Classical News


Wolfgang Rihm wins the Grawemeyer

$100,000 composing award honours the prolific 62-year-old musician

Classic FM

Alfie Boe to star in orchestral version of The Who’s Quadrophenia

Who guitarist Pete Townshend has announced that an orchestral version of his band’s seminal concept album Quadrophenia will be released, named Classic Quadrophenia, with tenor Alfie Boe taking the lead role.

Classical Music Magazine

British Composer Awards announced with nine going to first-timers ‒ and five to women

The British Composer Awards were announced last night in a ceremony at Goldsmiths’ Hall.

BBC Music Magazine

Exultate Singers perform our exclusive carol

Listen to the Bristol-based choir’s version of Thomas Hewitt Jones’s ‘Lullay, my liking’

The Strad

Double bassist and composer Alvin Brehm has died aged 89

The New York-born musician led an active career as a player, teacher, composer and administrator

Berliner Zeitung

Fête de la Musique bis 2017 gerettet

Seit die GEMA höhere Gebühren von den Organisatoren verlangte, stand die Finanzierung auf der Kippe.

Grawemeyer Award 2015 geht an Wolfgang Rihm

Auszeichnung ist mit rund 80.000 Euro dotiert

Ji-Yeong Mun gewinnt Genfer-Klavierwettbewerb

Südkoreanische Pianistin erhält Preisgeld von 20.000 Schweizer Franken

The New York Times

Another Opera Crisis Is Averted in Italy

Gianandrea Noseda Is to Stay at Teatro Regio in Turin

El Mundo

Cuando España descubrió el piano

El Museo del Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid ha hecho un hueco en sus salas para albergar una exposición peculiar que recorre la historia del piano en España, y en particular los 200 años de los ‘castizos’ pianos Hazen.


Sinfini Music ‏@SinfiniMusic: ★★★★☆ Love string quartets? Want to hear something new? Meet @Brooklyn_Rider @MercClassics 

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Is there equality in US orchestras? These are revealing graphics: 

IntArtsManager @IntArtsManager: Concours de Genève has awarded the CHF20,000 first prize in its piano discipline to 18-year-old Ji-Yeong Mun

jpmaestro-master675Gianandrea Noseda, music director of Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy, at this summer’s Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center. He had threatened to leave his company unless changes were made. Photo: Ruby Washington/The New York Times


(Written on December 3, 2014 )

Classical News


Enrico Caruso’s love letters have the passion of a Puccini opera

Previously unpublished private papers of Italian tenor chart the singer’s rise to fame and troubled personal life


Do negative reviews have a right to be forgotten by Google?

Classical pianist Dejan Lazic’s attempt to have a ‘mean-spirited’ review scrubbed from Google is misguided madness that could have dire consequences for us all

BBC News

Acker Bilk: Legendary jazz clarinettist dies aged 85

Clarinettist Acker Bilk, who personified the trad jazz revival of the 1950s and ’60s, has died after a lengthy illness at the age of 85.


Suzuki’s youth revisited

When American violinist Mark O’Connor accused Shinichi Suzuki to have lied about his education, he did not hesitate to calling that ”the biggest fraud in music history”.

Die Zeit

Schumanns Stachel

Sir Simon Rattle war nie ein Fan von Robert Schumann. Und doch erscheinen nun dessen vier Sinfonien auf dem hauseigenen Label der Berliner Philharmoniker.

Protest gegen kulturfeindliche Positionen der spanischen Regierung

Jordi Savall weist Nationalen Spanischen Musikpreis zurück


Neuer Saal für BR-Orchester?

Der Gasteig, Münchens großes Kulturzentrum und Heimstätte der Münchner Philharmoniker, muss saniert werden.

El País

„Mi decisión nada tiene que ver von el derecho a decidir.“

Jordi Savall explicó aver los motivos que le han llevado a rechazar el Premio Nacional de Música, en la modalidad de interpretación , concedido por el Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte.

The New York Times

Honoring Lorin Maazel in New York

An array of musicians paid tribute, and played tributes, on Friday to Lorin Maazel, the conductor who died in July at the age of 84 after a 75-year career in music that saw him grow from child prodigy to elder statesmen, as friends and relatives shared memories of his life.


Wigmore Hall @wigmore_hall: Don’t miss pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk perform Schumann and Brahms at 1pm, broadcast live from WH on @BBCRadio3 

Hyperion Records ‏@hyperionrecords: A fascinating interview with @MahanEsfahani by @PrestoClassical on the day his new Rameau is released

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Here’s your chance to talk ballet with Deborah Bull in our live web chat:  @bullDeborah

_78705370_bilkAcker Bilk. Photo: BBC News Arts and Entertainment

(Written on November 3, 2014 )

Classical News

The Telegraph

Jazz is not just for us old swingers

Sebastian Coe, vice-president of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, writes about the emerging young jazz scene.



The great Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi has died

On the 26th July one of the great Italian tenors, Carlo Bergonzi, passed away at the age of 90.


The Telegraph

Tête à Tête Opera Festival: ‘invigorating’

The festival, this year housed at Central St Martin’s art school, runs until 3rd August.


The Telegraph

BBC Prom 13, CBeebies Prom, review: ‘uninspired’

The Proms opened their doors to the youngest ever audience at the first CBeebies Prom.


Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Panne bei Festspielen in Bayreuth: Gäste aus dem Saal geschickt 

Der erste Akt dauert nicht einmal zwanzig Minuten: Wegen einer technischen Panne muss die Premiere der Bayreuther Festspiele unterbrochen und der Saal geräumt werden. Die Gäste genießen derweil ein frühes Glas Rotwein.


Die Welt

Wer kommt? Der Fünfjahresplan von Bayreuth

Weil es bei den Bayreuther Festspielen 2014 keine Neuinszenierung gab, fokussiert sich die Leitung auf die Folgejahre. Eine Übersicht, was Katharina Wagner plant und wer 2019 “Tannhäuser” inszeniert.


Die Welt

Zu Besuch beim Phantom der Oper

Kirill Petrenko ist einer der begehrtesten Dirigenten der Welt. Er macht sich rar: Keine CDs, keine Interviews. Jetzt tritt er bei den Bayreuther Festspielen auf. Eine Annäherung im Orchestergraben.



„Ein Artist auf der Tuba!“

Der Tubist Andreas Martin Hofmeir hört und kommentiert CDs von Kollegen, ohne dass er erfährt, wer spielt


Le Monde

Le Festival d’Avignon a évité la catastrophe

Perturbée par les grèves et la météo, artistiquement inégale : première édition en dents de scie pour Olivier Py.




ClassicFM: @ClassicFM Are concert halls and opera houses unwelcoming?

The Classical Source: @ClassicalSource News: YouTube’s first-ever classical music star puts the power in the audience’s hands at #BRISTOLPROMS 2014

Mark Pullinger: @larkingrumple Orchestra strike throws revival of Rome Opera House into turmoil

ClassicFM: @ClassicFM We’re at the @bristololdvic this week for the amazing #BristolProms – more about all that’s happening here:

London Symphony Orchestra: @Londonsymphony We’re looking for a Technical and Stage Assistant for our venue @LSOstlukes. Think you fit the bill? 




DW, R.Fulker

DW, R.Fulker


(Written on July 28, 2014 )