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In today’s news Help Musicians UK and Women in Music have announced a partnership, and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition connects local students with world-class musicians. Tête à Tête have announced the programme for their 2017 summer festival, and Classic FM shares a video of a bear playing the piano!

The Strad

Violinist Benjamin Bowman named Metropolitan Opera Orchestra concertmaster

The American-Canadian violinist will share his role with current Met Orchestra concertmaster David Chan for an initial one-year term

Opera Now

Tête à Tête announces 2017 summer opera festival

Tête à Tête’s summer opera festival will include child-friendly operas, reality television in opera-form, and an albatross task force

Classical Music Magazine

Help Musicians UK and Women in Music announce partnership

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) and Women in Music (WIM) have announced a partnership as the latter organisation launches its first European chapters

Third Sector

Royal Opera House pension deficit more than doubled last year

According to its newest accounts, for the year to 28 August 2016, the pension liability went up from £16.9m to £35.7m

Classic FM

An actual BEAR broke into someone’s house and played piano

A bear broke into a house in Colorado and gave us his best Bearthoven impression

Texas Public Radio

This Van Cliburn Program Connects Students With Renowned Pianists And Classical Music

Organizers of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition bring world-class pianists to Fort Worth not only to compete on stage but also to introduce classical music to local students through the Adopt-A-Competitor program

Der Tagesspiegel

Isang Yuns 100. Geburtstag: Mit Tönen pinseln

Der koreanische Komponist Isang Yun hat Berlins Musikszene geprägt. Begegnung mit seinem Schüler Toshio Hosokawa, vor dem 100. Geburtstag

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Das Maschinenherz schlägt wieder

Konzertsaal, Theater, Museum, Jazzclub und Speisen mit Aussicht: Das von Jörg Friedrich entworfene Dresdner Kulturquartier „Kraftwerk Mitte“ gibt der Stadt ein neues Zentrum

Wiener Philharmoniker als Kreuzfahrt-Orchester

Wenn am 7. September die MS Artania in Bremerhaven die Leinen loslegt, sind große Namen mit an Bord: Franz Welser-Möst, Piotr Beczala, Wang Juanjuan und die Wiener Philharmoniker

El mundo

Ara Malikian: “La música clásica está estancada en un mundo cerrado”

El violinista recorre toda España y medio mundo con ‘La increíble gira del violín’, en la que cuenta la historia ‘personal’ de su instrumento


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(Written on June 8, 2017 )

This week Baritone John Brancy will be taking the spotlight in the first production of the Tobin Center’s first ever season!

Fantastic Mr Fox is the first of many productions to be staged at the Tobin Center and John will be performing the title role. Based on the children’s book by Roald Dahl with music by Tobias Picker, Fantastic Mr Fox is a 70-minute opera in three acts. There are no intervals but instead the acts are separated by entr’actes sung by a children’s chorus. Described as ‘an enchanting modern fable’ the opera tells the story of Mr Fox and his family and their everyday lives. However when Mr Fox steals one hen too many, the local farmers conspire to rid themselves of all foxes. John’s previous performances have shown his ‘impeccable timing, dynamic physicality and robust voice’ (Opera News) so San Antonio is in for a treat! Listen to John talk about Fantastic Mr Fox on Texas Public Radio here.

The Tobin Center is San Antonio’s newest world-class venue. It features a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose 1759-seat performance hall, a 250-seat studio theatre and an outdoor performance plaza. The main auditorium also has ‘flat-floor’ capability, which allows performances of all kinds to take place and an extension of the seat capacity to 2100. The acoustics of the hall can be altered to fit the performance and, due to sound insulation throughout, performances can run simultaneously in all of the center’s venues. The center will now be home to Opera San Antonio, as well as many other local performing arts organisations and youth groups.

Fantastic Mr Fox is being performed on 23rd and 26th-28th September at the Tobin Center. More information and tickets can be found here.


Photo: Kristin Hoebermann


(Written on September 22, 2014 )