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The Guardian

Composers on their premieres: ‘This is the point where one has to let go’

The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group has helped music lovers fund commissions through its Sound Investment scheme for almost 30 years. Ahead of their 75th commission, leading composers recall the nerves – and joy – of hearing their works come to life for the first time

The Independent

As ‘The Indian Queen’ opens, can Peter Sellars save the ENO?

As Purcell’s ‘The Indian Queen’ opens, Jessica Duchen meets the man on a mission to save an opera company in crisis

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015 finalists announced

20 singers from 15 different countries will compete in June

Philharmonia Orchestra signs £500k sponsorship with Chinese firewater manufacturer

The Philharmonia Orchestra has signed a five-year, £500,000 sponsorship deal with Chinese alcoholic beverage producer Wuliangye.

Classic FM

David Mellor on new London concert hall: ‘a power-play by Simon Rattle’

David Mellor has weighed in on the debate over whether London needs a new concert hall in a conversation with ex-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone on LBC.


Ruhrtriennale präsentiert Programm 2015

Im ersten Jahr unter der künstlerischen Leitung des Theatermachers Johan Simons bringt die Ruhrtriennale vom 14. August bis 26. September 2015 zahlreiche internationale KünstlerInnen in die Metropole Ruhr.

Komponist Charles Kálmán ist tot

Sohn des Operettenkomponisten Emmerich Kálmán wurde 85 Jahre alt.

Musik Heute

Einreichungen für ECHO Klassik starten

Ab sofort können Tonträgerhersteller ihre besten Produktionen bei der Deutschen Phono-Akademie vorschlagen, teilte der Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) am Montag in Berlin mit.

Codex Flores

Stiftung Händel-Haus erwirbt mutmassliches Händel-Porträt

Die Stiftung Händel-Haus hat ein Porträt ersteigert, das nach ersten Untersuchungen mit grosser Wahrscheinlichkeit Georg Friedrich Händel darstellt.


Huge Investment To Renovate Sydney Opera’s Concert Hall

$202 million (€140 million) will be invested towards the renewal of the Sydney Opera House and specifically its largest theatre, the Concert Hall.

New Award For Conductors Named After Julius Rudel

The Mannes Orchestra at the Mannes College the New School for Music, announced the creation of a Julius Rudel Award for Conducting Studies, named after the American conductor who died in June 2014 at the age 93.

El Mundo

Mortier, sos Gardel

Un libro recopila las ‘Reflexiones sobre la ópera, el arte y la política’ de la mejor y más radical mente que se haya dedicado a la ópera en su generación.


Classical Today @ClassicalToday: Heartbroken Frank Peter Zimmerman Surrenders ‘Lady Inchiquin’ Strad to Financial Controllers

Classical:NEXT @ClassicalNEXT: RT @ruthmackenzie: “@hollandfestival: The programme 2015 has been announced. Featuring Anna Calvi in 12 Hour Prom. ” @klassikcom: Überbrückungskredit für Salzburger Festspiele  #Musikfestival #Kulturmanagement #Kulturpolitik

ECHO Klassik Photo: Monique Wuestenhagen / BVMI

ECHO Klassik
Photo: Monique Wuestenhagen / BVMI

(Written on February 25, 2015 )

Classical News


Tim Ashley’s opera guide: phantasmagorias and fairytales

Tim Ashley selects five operas full of magic and mystery and tracks down the best productions available to watch complete on YouTube


Michael Kennedy, world authority on classical music, dies aged 88

The former Telegraph classical music critic has died aged 88

Classical review of 2014: is Europe losing its grip?

This year marked a shift in power relations within classical music, says Ivan Hewett


Classical and opera highlights of 2015: Bellini, Monteverdi and The Indian Queen

Your guide to the year’s most exciting concerts and operas

Classic FM

New Year honours list: big names of classical music recognised

Classical music luminaries have been recognised for their contribution to the arts. Classic FM spoke to Jude Kelly, one of those honoured.

Zeit Online

Das Dionysos-Prinzip

Mit Emphase und Drill hat sich der griechische Dirigent Teodor Currentzis in Perm am Ural ein Opernimperium erschaffen, von dem die restliche Musikwelt so einiges lernen könnte.

Daniel Barenboim: Vom Blitz getroffen

Zuschauerin fotografiert mehrfach, Künstler bricht Auffführung vorrübergehend ab


Berliner Philharmoniker blicken auf ein erfolgreiches Jahr zurück

Die Berliner Philharmoniker haben allen Grund zufrieden zu sein: Konstant hohe Auslastungszahlen ließen das Wirtschaftsjahr 2014 erfolgreich werden.

Musik Heute

Deutsche Oper Berlin mit stabiler Jahresbilanz

Die Deutsche Oper Berlin hat im ablaufenden Jahr eine Auslastung von 82 Prozent erreicht.


Paris Châtelet To Close For 18 Months In 2015

The City of Paris will refurbish both the Théâtre de la Ville and the Théatre du Châtelet and close the houses for 18 to 24 months at the end of the season 2015/16.

El Mundo

Como siempre, como nunca

James Levine se sobrepone a los problemas de salud y cruza el umbral de las 2.500 funciones operísticas en el Met


Classic FM @ClassicFM: 15 great musicians who died in 2014 

BBC World Service @bbcworldservice: A Stradivarius violin’s journey through the lives of geniuses, dictators, refugees and thieves 

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse: Did you know we sold 27k student tickets last Season? Find out more about our outreach work here: … #ROH12days

Michael KennedyJournalist and former Telegraph music critic Michael Kennedy. Photo: Telegraph

(Written on January 2, 2015 )