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In today’s news: why Wagner’s Die Meistersinger strikes a chord in the age of Brexit, and classical music schow hits wrong note in ‘extravagance’ row.  Apple Music partners with Royal College of  Music. Conductor Ton Koopman as a guest of Berlin’s Orchestra Academy, and Dresden rebuilds an arts centre. A portrait of pianist Gerhard Oppitz, and a guide to 2017’s bold, inventive Oscar’s Music, and the artistic director of English National Opera is the “wrong man for the job.”

The Guardian

Why Wagner’s Die Meistersinger strikes a chord in the age of Brexit

Embraced by the Nazis, Wagner’s operatic masterpiece has long been shrouded in controversy. Its debate about cultural unity is now more relevant than ever

Birmingham Mail

Classical music show hits wrong note in ‘extravagance’ row

A £100,000 subsidised summer outdoor classical music concert in Sutton Park has been branded a costly vanity project by opposition councillors.

Music Week

Apple Music partners with Royal College of Music for classical playlist curation

The first playlist is designed to highlight the RCM’s prestigious history, featuring works from British composers linked with the conservatoire, including Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, along with some of the famed musical manuscripts in its collection.

Der Tagesspiegel

Entdecker bei der Arbeit

Ein aufschlussreicher Abend mit dem Dirigenten Ton Koopman und den jungen Musikerinnen und Musikern der Orchesterakademie.

Dresden kann auch anders

Das ehemalige Kraftwerk Mitte ist zum Kulturzentrum geworden. Auch die Staatsoperette residiert jetzt hier.

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Pilot mit Bodenhaftung

Kaum ein Pianist beherrscht ein so großes Repertoire so formvollendet wie Gerhard Oppitz. Nur eine Sache liegt ihm nicht: Eitelkeit

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The Ones Who Dream: A Guide To 2017’s Bold, Inventive Oscars Music

When it comes to music, the Oscars often get it wrong. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tends to wobble in the Best Score category, nominating old hands with familiar names but frequently rewarding strangers who emerge out of left field and then disappear from the scene

The Times

Poisoned ENO is run by the wrong people, says top tenor

The artistic director of English National Opera is the “wrong man for the job” and its chief executive is out of her depth, according to one of its most prominent performers

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(Written on February 27, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, members of Royal Albert Hall have been criticised by reselling unwanted tickets using sites such as Viagogo and StubHub for a profit, instead of returning the tickets to the hall’s official ticket system. Bogdan Roscic has been appointed as the Vienna State Opera’s next director from 2020 and New York’s Metropolitan Opera has cancelled a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino by the Catalan director Calixto Bieito. Germany saw music sales increase over 2% last year, with vinyls and paid streaming being the largest contributors.

Classical Music Magazine

Royal Albert Hall members criticised for reselling tickets

Royal Albert Hall members have been criticised by a former president for reselling tickets outside of the hall’s official ticket return system.

Opera Now Magazine

Vienna State Opera appoints new boss

Bogdan Roscic has been appointed as the Vienna State Opera’s next director from 2020. Roscic, a senior executive in the recording industry, was considered an outsider for one of opera’s most coveted positions since he has no experience of running an opera house.

Met cancels Bieito production

In what has been described as a ‘cost-cutting measure’, New York’s Metropolitan Opera has announced that it has cancelled a new production of Verdi’s La forza del destino by the Catalan director Calixto Bieito.

Opera by 11-year-old receives ovation in Vienna

An 11-year-old British composer Alma Deutscher has received a standing ovation in Vienna for the premiere of her opera, Cinderella.

The New York Times

100 Years of New York Philharmonic Milestones, by the Earful

It was 100 years ago this Friday — on Jan. 20, 1917 — that the New York Philharmonic cut its first record.

The Washington Post

American music for an inaugural week

The National Symphony Orchestra is getting better at connecting to the world outside its doors. On Thursday night, the day before the inauguration, Gianandrea Noseda, its music director designate, led an all-American, presidentially focused program, including Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” and suites from John Williams’s scores to “Lincoln” and “JFK.”

Klassik.com

US-amerikanische Sopranistin Roberta Peters gestorben

Die US-amerikanische Sopranistin Roberta Peters ist tot. Nach Angaben ihrer Familie starb die Sängerin im Alter von 86 Jahren an den Folgen einer Parkinson-Erkrankung.

Musik Heute

Ádám Fischer wird Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper

Der ungarische Dirigent Ádám Fischer (67) wird Ehrenmitglied der Wiener Staatsoper. Das teilte das Haus am Donnerstag mit. Die Ernennung soll am 26. Januar nach einer Aufführung von Mozarts “Don Giovanni” erfolgen.

Musikexpress

Vinyl-Umsatz steigt auch in Deutschland auf höchsten Wert seit 25 Jahren

Der deutsche Musikmarkt ist im vergangenen Jahr um über zwei Prozent gewachsen. Vor allem bezahltes Musikstreaming (+73%) und Vinylverkäufe (+41%) konnten zulegen, während für CDs (-9,6%) und Downloads (-19,4%) im Jahr 2016 weniger Geld ausgeben wurde als im Vorjahr.

Neue Musikzeitung

Generationswechsel bei Breitkopf & Härtel

Lieselotte Sievers, geschäftsführende Gesellschafterin, hat die Geschäftsführung des Musikverlages Breitkopf & Härtel an Sebastian Mohr und Nick Pfefferkorn übergeben

Le Figaro

Investiture de Donald Trump: comment les stars américaines lui ont tourné le dos

Douche froide pour le nouveau président américain. Il imaginait son arrivée sur les marches du Capitole comme une intronisation à paillettes, avec stars à gogo et tubes à sa (dé)mesure… Le magnat de l’immobilier a vite déchanté. Retour sur la très laborieuse organisation de cette cérémonie.

France musique

La programmation du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2017 dévoilée

Sur son site internet, le Festival d’Aix-en-Provence a publié le programme de sa prochaine édition. Et cette année encore, création mondiale, Mozart, et de grands noms du monde lyrique s’y croiseront.

El Mundo

Más de cien Grammys para el ADDA

Claro y conciso, el presidente de la Diputación de Alicante, César Sánchez, resaltó esta cifra durante la presentación de la programación estival del Adda y de la temporada sinfónica 2017-2018 en la feria Fitur de Madrid.

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Music History @today_classical  in 2014 Death of Italian Claudio in Milan.

Music History @today_classical  in 1855 Birth of French Amedee-Ernest

BR_KLASSIK @BR_KLASSIK Die Stimme von ist zurück! Gestern in “Lohengrin” an der . Freude und Applaus!

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Photo: New York MET Opera/ Rhinegold

(Written on January 20, 2017 )

Classical News

In today’s classical news, renowned violinist Andre Rieu announces his rescheduled UK tour dates with the Johann Strauss Orchestra, and David Robertson will step down as Music Director for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra after their 2018-19 season. Donald Trump denies asking world-famous Tenor Andrea Bocelli to sing at his inauguration, after Bocelli backed out due to pressure from fans. Also, read about one of the world’s top harpsichordists, Zuzana Ruzickova, who endured three concentration camps in World War Two and was persecuted by the Communists in Czechoslovakia.

The Violin Channel

Saddened Andre Rieu Announces New UK Arena Tour Dates

Violinist Andre Rieu has today announced his rescheduled UK tour dates -after a member of his orchestra this week suffering a heart attack.

Pizzicato

Robertson To Leave St. Louis Symphony in 2019

David Robertson, 58, will leave his post as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra after the 2018-19 symphony season.

Trump Says He Never Asked Bocelli To Sing

A Trump Inauguration Manager said on CNBC that would-be tenor Andrea Bocelli was never asked to sing at the feast. The denial came after Bocelli apparently refused to sing at this show due to pressure from fans.

WQXR

You Haven’t Seen A Cloud Play a Piano Until Now

All of these musical feats share the skies as inspiration, but artist David Bowen is taking more literal approach to the weather in music. The weather has long fascinated Bowen and his recent project answers a related question: What if a cloud could play the piano?

BBC News

The ‘miraculous’ life of Zuzana Ruzickova

Zuzana Ruzickova endured three concentration camps in World War Two, including Auschwitz, and was persecuted by the Communists in Czechoslovakia in the years that followed. But not only did she survive, she also went on to become one of the world’s leading harpsichordists.

Can video game music be ‘classical’?

Listen to BBC Newshour, where they discussed The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing music from the Pokemon console games in London, which is the latest example of top classical musicians playing music from video games.

The Strad

Düsseldorf concert delayed because musicians are locked in the dressing room

The performers of the Breslau Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum were ultimately freed by the combined efforts of porter, caretaker and fellow musicians.

Klassik.com

Rundfunkbeitrag in Österreich steigt

Der Stiftungsrat des Österreichischen Rundfunks hat eine Erhöhung des Rundfunkbeitrages um 6,5 Prozent beschlossen. Die höheren Abgaben werden ab Mai 2017 fällig.

Komponist Karel Husa ist tot

Der US-amerikanische Komponist Karel Husa ist tot. Er starb Mitte letzter Woche im Alter von 95 Jahren in Apex, North Carolina. Husa war gebürtiger Tscheche, studierte unter anderem bei Arthur Honegger sowie Nadia Boulanger und emigrierte 1954 in die Vereinigten Staaten.

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Verträge über künftige Theaterfinanzierung unter Dach und Fach

Nach monatelangen Debatten und Verhandlungen sind die Verträge über die Finanzierung der Thüringer Theater und Orchester – Theater Eisenach und Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach – bis 2021 unter Dach und Fach.

BR Klassik

Bogdan Roscic folgt auf Dominique Meyer

Der Musikmanager Bogdan Roscic wird ab 2020 neuer Direktor der Wiener Staatsoper. Das teilte Österreichs Kulturminister Thomas Drozda am Mittwoch in Wien mit. Eine Personalentscheidung, die eine Öffnung des Hauses signalisiert.

Musik Heute

Anja Harteros singt nicht bei Elbphilharmonie-Eröffnung

Die Sopranistin Anja Harteros wird nicht bei den Eröffnungskonzerten der Hamburger Elbphilharmonie singen. Als Ersatz habe man die schwedische Opern- und Konzertsängerin Camilla Tilling gewinnen können.

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Music History @today_classical #Today in 1888 FP of J. #Brahms‘ Violin Sonata No. 3 in d, Op. 108, in Budapest. #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

DW – Culture @dw_culture Mourning with #Berlin: Nine famous songs of sadness and the stories behind them http://dw.com/p/2Ubm1?maca=en-tco-dw …

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical Andrew Clements’ top 10 classical CDs of 2016 https://t.co/IA0JXxGbEq

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Photo from The Violin Channel

(Written on December 21, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Pierre Audi has been named the next director of the Aix-en-Provence Festival in southern France, Kip Winger, known for his late 1980s rock anthems, announces a new classical album, and tenor Nicky Spence talks about his musical love on and off the stage. Also, new free Apps for band success are presented by Digital Music News, and the classical music industry reacts to Brexit.

Classicalite

Crested Butte Music Festival Dazzles in Colorado for 20th Season This Summer

This summer marks the 20th season of Colorado’s Crested Butte Musical Festival, a genre-spanning arts celebration featuring a diverse crop of performers in music, dance and opera.

The Guardian

Facing the music: tenor Nicky Spence

From Adès, Janáček, Berg and Big Tom to bottomless teddies and human fridges – the Scottish tenor talks about his musical loves on and off the stage.

Classical Music Magazine

Opera stars take to their bikes forSongCycle

Tenor Nicky Spence has enlisted some of the UK’s brightest singing stars for SongCycle, a 500-mile cycle marathon from Glasgow to London that aims to raise £25,000 in aid of Help Musicians UK (HMUK).

Classic FM

‘I see no specific grounds for optimism’: the classical music industry reacts to Brexit

After yesterday’s referendum, it’s been confirmed that Britain will leave the European Union. But what will be the consequences for the arts? Here are the reactions of musicians and music bosses.

The Times

Brexit, Bowie, music and mud

Companionship and reflection were more important at Glastonbury this year as revellers and musicians paid tribute to Bowie, Prince and Jo Cox.

Farewell to David, a goliath of American opera

Our critic reviews a star-studded gala celebrating the life’s work of David Gockley, who is retiring as general director of the San Francisco Opera

BBC News

Search for founder of Nottingham Symphony Orchestra’s wedding march

The granddaughter of a composer, who founded the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra, is searching for a wedding march he wrote in 1955.

The New York Times

Another Title for Pierre Audi: Director of Aix-en-Provence Festival

Some interesting opera may be ahead for New York. Pierre Audi, who recently became the artistic director of the Park Avenue Armory, has been named the next director of the Aix-en-Provence Festival in southern France, the festival announced on Friday.

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Kip Winger Explores His Classical Side

The band Winger is perhaps best remembered for its late 1980s rock anthems, like “Seventeen.” Kip Winger, the group’s lead singer and bassist, held onto his rock roots, but lately he’s revealed another side: The genre of his new album is classical.

The Telegraph

An opera at seven, a concerto at nine: meet Britain’s reluctant heir to Mozart

Alma Deutscher wrote her first opera at seven, and a violin concerto at nine. Elizabeth Grice meets a musical prodigy

Daily Mail

Your next adventure: Spend a delightful night at the opera in Milan, Verona and Stockholm

You don’t have to be an opera buff to enjoy a night of music that makes your spirits soar. These breaks include tickets to dazzling performances at extraordinary places.

klassik.com

Protestmarsch gegen Mittelkürzungen am Theater Hagen

Dem Aufruf von Kulturschaffenden und Gewerkschaften, in Hagen zu einem sogenannten Theater-Marsch als Protestaktion gegen die geplanten Kürzungen im Kulturetat der Stadt Hagen zusammenzukommen, sind lokalen Medienberichten zufolge 700 Demonstranten gefolgt.

Klassik heute

Internationales Telemannstädte-Netzwerk gegründet

Die Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Monika Grütters, übernimmt über das zur Vorbereitung des Telemannjahres 2017 gegründete Telemannststädte-Netzwerk die Schirmherrschaft.

BR KLASSIK

Trauer um früheren Direktor des Münchner Rundfunkorchesters

Wie BR-KLASSIK aus Kreisen der Familie erfuhr, ist der tschechisch-deutsche Dirigent und langjährige Direktor des Münchner Rundfunkorchesters Jaroslav Opela am Samstag im Alter von 81 Jahren nach kurzer schwerer Krankheit verstorben.

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Digital Music News @digitalmusicnws 10 Free Apps That Will Transform Your Band’s Success http://bit.ly/28YEElp

Top Classical News @topcmnews Comic take on classical music – Igudesman & Joo

WDR 3 @wdr3 Britischer Kulturverband warnt vor Folgen des Brexit

A little Mozart: Alma Deutscher wrote her first opera at seven, and a violin concerto at nine. Photo credit: Anna Huix

A little Mozart: Alma Deutscher wrote her first opera at seven, and a violin concerto at nine. Photo credit: Anna Huix

(Written on June 27, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Classical Music Magazine has an exclusive video insight on Errollyn Wallen, two choirs meet in a bar and belt out Ave Maria and Renaud Capuçon facing the music. Also, Nadia Sirota’s mission is to prove classical music is not dead

Classical Music Magazine

Exclusive video insight: Errollyn Wallen

In this exclusive video, Errollyn Wallen talks to Max Reinhardt and cellist Matthew Sharp about her new album PHOTOGRAPHY

Classical fm

Two awesome choirs bumped into each other in a bar and this incredible performance just happened

Like the beginning of a joke, but better: two top-flight choirs walked into a bar, and belted out this classic Ave Maria

The Guardian

Facing the music: Renaud Capuçon

Mahler, Brel, Brahms and Woody Allen – the violinist reveals the music and musicians that inspire him

Ottawa Citizen

New music evangelist: Nadia Sirota’s mission is to prove classical music is not dead

She crusades for new and old “classical” music. It is a labour of intense love

Die Zeit

Frau General lässt bitten

Vor einem Jahr stand der Geiger Frank Peter Zimmermann plötzlich ohne seine Stradivari da. Jetzt hat er eine neue

Der Tagesspiegel

Sachsen soll besser klingen

Der Dresdner Kulturpalast wandelt sich bis 2017 zum international konkurrenzfähigen Konzertsaal. Bislang liegt der Umbau tatsächlich im Kosten- und Zeitplan

NMZ

Komponieren ist Handwerk – Absolute Beginners

Wie unterrichtet man eigentlich Komposition? Was passiert in einer Kompositionsstunde?

La Vanguardia

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Fallece el crítico musical Carlos Gómez Amat

La música española pierde a una figura de gran calidad científica, artística y humana

The New York Times

Grammys Tend to Focus on Heroics in Singling Out the Jazz Solo

A friend who edits a monthly jazz magazine tells me that nearly 5,000 new jazz records were sent in his direction last year. That’s not all of the new jazz albums made around the world in 2015, but a decent percentage of them

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Music History@today_classical #Today in 1912 Birth of #soprano Ilona #Steingruber #MusicHistory #classicalmusic

The Swingles@swinglesingers We have a new tenor! Please welcome Jon Smith (@jonsmithmusic_) to The Swingles family 🙂 http://www.theswingles.co.uk/blog/2016/2/8/we-have-a-new-tenor

BBC Music Magazine@MusicMagazine Emmanuelle Bertrand plays Debussy’s Sonata for Cello + Piano in our free download this week. http://www.classical-music.com/free-download/free-download-prologue-debussys-sonata-cello-and-piano

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(Written on February 8, 2016 )

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

Pizzicato 

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

KlassikAkzente

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

Klassik-Heute

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

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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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(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.

Klavier.de

Juan Pérez Floristán gewinnt Santander-Klavierwettbewerb

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

Kulturport.de

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.

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Sydney Opera House: New Satirists w/ at 2015 →

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

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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.

Musik-heute

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.

Klassik.com

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…

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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!

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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.

Süddeutsche.de

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.

pizzicato

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.

Classicalite

‘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.

nprmusic

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.

Twitter

Intermusica ‏@IntermusicaLtd :@colincurrieperc & Pavel Haas Quartet at @wigmore_hall at the weekend – more photos here http://ow.ly/Jz1OS 

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 )