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In today’s news: Soprano Anna Netrebko Storms Salzburg Classical Music’s Summit, and Spotify launches in Thailand. Russian opera director Serebrennikow has been arrested, classical music festivals are in high demand, and Italy to pay tribute to earthquake victims with music compositions.

The Financial Times

Anna Netrebko Storms Salzburg, Classical Music’s Summit

SALZBURG, Austria — The curtain had just come down on Anna Netrebko’s highly anticipated debut as Verdi’s Aida here earlier this month. But her next performance was already beginning.

Teaching Drama

Mercury Theatre provides crèche

The Mercury Theatre of Colchester, Essex, has responded to feedback about accessibility for auditionees with caring responsibilities.

 Music Business Worldwide

Spotify launches in Thailand with subscription price of less than $4 a month

The company has this week launched both its ad-funded and premium services in Thailand. As a result, it’s now available in some 61 markets worldwide.

Pizzicato

Korean tenor wins Queen Sonja International Music Competition

The winner of this year’s Queen Sonja International Music Competition is tenor Seung Ju Bahg, a young talent from South Korea.

Klassik Heute

Künstlerresidenz von Daniel Hope in der Philharmonie Essen

Musiker, Autor, Moderator, Produzent: Der Geiger Daniel Hope ist eine der interessantesten Künstlerpersönlichkeiten der Gegenwart.

Musik Heute

Regisseur Serebrennikow festgenommen – Oper Stuttgart besorgt

Zwei Monate vor seiner geplanten Opernpremiere in Stuttgart ist der regierungskritische russische Theaterregisseur Kirill Serebrennikow in Moskau festgenommen worden.

Codex Flores

Klassik-Festivals erfreuen sich hoher Nachfrage

Laut der Deutschen Orchestervereinigung (DOV) erfreuen sich die sommerlichen Open-Air-, Festival- und Festspiel-Veranstaltungen klassischer Musik immer grösseren Zuspruchs.

France Musique

Italie : une création musicale pour exorciser le tremblement de terre de 2016

Un an après le tremblement de terre qui a fait près de 300 morts, l’Italie veut rendre hommage aux victimes et conjurer ses souvenirs.

Twitter

in 1913 Birth of Luis-Felipe Rivera.

The New York Times: Anna Netrebko poses for a selfie with a fan on the streets of Salzburg.

(Written on August 23, 2017 )

Classic FM

Vanessa Mae finishes last in giant slalom at Winter Olympics

Violinist Vanessa Mae has finished in last in the women’s giant slalom final in the Sochi Winter Olympics. Though she is a British national, Mae was competing for the Thai team through her Thai heritage on her father’s side, under the name Vanessa Vanakorn.

Guardian

BBC Radio 1 top 40 goes with the flow by including streaming plays

Station to follow shift in way young people consume music by integrating data from Spotify and other services into singles chart.

WISN (Milwaukee)

Man accused in Milwaukee Stradivarius theft pleads not guilty

The Milwaukee man accused in last month’s theft of a $5 million violin has pleaded not guilty.

Limelight Magazine

Australia’s lost symphonic treasures revealed

New book finds that Federation to 1960 was a veritable age of gold for the Aussie symphony.

Telegraph

Why are there so few women in contemporary music?

Ivan Hewett finds some surprising explanations to the inequality between the sexes in classical music.

Die Zeit

Zerbrochene Träume

Die Oper als Seismograf: Was an Madrids Teatro Real passiert, erzählt viel über ein Land in der Krise – und darüber, wie man aus künstlerischen Erfolgen Stricke dreht.

Classic FM

Classic FM

 

 

(Written on February 19, 2014 )

Guardian

Claudio Abbado dies aged 80

Claudio Abbado, one of the most acclaimed conductors of our age, has died aged 80. The Italian conductor has been in ill health for several months and has not conducted in public since last summer.

Daily Mail

Royal Opera House unveils rare collection of photos featuring Victorian dancers and singing stars of the early 20th century

A collection of pictures all dating from 1890 to 1914 and belonging to Gwladys Robinson, Lady de Grey, have been released by the Royal Opera House. She left the photos to the Opera House following her death in 1917.

Rocket News 24

Japan Airlines offers free guitar boxes to ease travelling musicians’ worries

As well as offering smaller cases for instruments such as guitars and flutes, Japan Airlines (JAL) has begun lending out a protective cases for guitars, to protect them in the hold as they are too big for the plane.

Telegraph

Vanessa Mae to ski for Thailand at the Winter Olympics

British violinist Vanessa-Mae has fulfilled her long-term ambiltion to qualify for the Winter Olympics. At this year’s Sochi games, she will be racing for Thailand, where her father was born.

The Belfast Telegraph

Lying music teacher defrauded children using fake piano exams

A music teacher who put children through fake piano exams has admitted 16 charges of fraud.

Neue Musikzeitung

Figaro und Ich – Ein Sänger und seine Rolle

Bart abrasieren, Perücke aufsetzen und Kostüm anziehen – das alles sind Dinge, die Sängerinnen und Sänger dabei helfen, in ihre jeweilige Rolle zu finden. Allerdings gehört hierzu noch viel mehr als solche bloßen Äußerlichkeiten…

The Guardian

The Guardian

(Written on January 20, 2014 )

BBC News

Elephant orchestra: Can animals make real music?

According to its creators, this elephant ensemble in Thailand demonstrates that animals can make real music.

Independent

Sir John Tavener dies age 69

Tributes paid to the composer who pioneered ‘new’ classical music.

New York Times

Where have all the sopranos gone?

Some scholars say that in Bach’s day boy’s voices didn’t change until age 17. The ever earlier onset of puberty is changing the face of boy’s choirs.

Gramophone

Moves at the top of music publishers Schott

Sally Groves, the long-standing and greatly respected Creative Director of Schott, the music publisher, will retire next year and will be replaced by Sam Rigby.

Classic FM Online

First Music Teacher of the year award winners announced

The first winners of the Music Teacher of the Year Awards have been announced at the Music For Youth Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.

Pianist on trial for noise pollution and psychological damage

A Spanish concert pianist is currently on trial after her neighbour accused her practicing regime of causing noise pollution and psychological damage.

BBC Music Magazine

Aberdeen lecturer seeks people to hum a tune

A lecturer at the University of Aberdeen is asking 500 people in the city to hum a tune which brings back a childhood memory. The project, ‘Aberdeen Humming’, is being run by Dr Suk-Jun Kim, a lecturer in electroacoustic music and sound art.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Ein offener Brief von hundertsechzig Dirigenten

„Künstlerisch unsinnig, ökonomisch mindestens fragwürdig, ein kulturpolitischer Offenbarungseid“: In einem offenen Brief an den SWR-Intendanten protestieren 160 Dirigenten gegen die Fusion der Orchester.

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on November 13, 2013 )