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In today’s news: Dubai and BBC Proms strike for the globalisation of classical music, Maestro Anton Coppolla (100) leads Opera Tampa in concert, finalists for Windsor Festival International String announced, Spotify signs new licensing deals, New Bedford Symphony Picks Israeli Conductor, an interview with Generalmusikdirektor of Deutschen Oper Berlin Donald Runnicles, and International Bach Academy will perform on Bach’s 332 birthday on next Tuesday. Wednesday was a big day for the New York Philharmonic, both onstage and in its offices, and Nottingham elementary school student Matthew Smith is dreaming of conducting his own orchestra.

The National

Dubai and BBC Proms strike a chord for the globalisation of classical music

In Nairobi, children kick a football down the street pretending to be Ronaldo. In London, K-pop is on MTV. And in an Abu Dhabi mall, a queue forms outside the latest bubble-­tea cafe. We have all become familiar with the continuous creep of globalisation. So it’s not surprising that, like other industries, classical music hasn’t been left behind.

Musicalchairs

100 Year Old Conductor, Maestro Anton Coppola to Lead Opera Tampa in Concert, 3/25

March 21, 2017 marks the 100th birthday of Maestro Anton Coppola, the conductor and composer whose career has spanned from singing in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus for the American premiere of Puccini’s Turandot at age 9 to – 91 years later – conducting his own an alternate ending for Puccini’s unfinished masterpiece, one of two new works to be premiered on March 25th at Coppola Conducts: 100 Years Young.

The Strad

Windsor Festival International String Competition names three finalists

The sixth Windsor Festival International String Competition has announced the three violinists selected to perform in tomorrow’s final, held in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle, UK.

Music Business Worldwide

Spotify to sign new licensing deals with major labels ‘within weeks’?

It’s been nearly two years since Spotify fell out of a long-term licensing deal with Universal Music Group.

Rhinegold

Britten-Pears Foundation appoints Sir Vernon Ellis as chair

The Britten–Pears Foundation has appointed Sir Vernon Ellis as its new chair. He will succeed Nick Prettejohn, who is to step down in early June after eight years in post.

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New Bedford Symphony Picks Israeli Conductor

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra (Massachusetts) has announced Yaniv Dinur as its new music director.

Der Tagesspiegel

„Wagner machte mich zu dem, der ich bin“

Abschied von Götz Friedrichs „Ring“: Donald Runnicles, Generalmusikdirektor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, über alte und neue Nibelungen, die Liebe zu Benjamin Britten und seine Vertragsverlängerung

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Das ist sehr sadistisch

Er spielt Beethoven und Strawinsky, nebenbei entwirft er Schuhe und Parfums. Theodor Currentzis gilt als Ausnahme unter den Dirigenten und reist mit eigenem Ensemble.

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„Mont Blanc der Kirchenmusik“

Am 21.3.2017 feiert Johann Sebastian Bach seinen 332. Geburtstag. Die Internationale Bachakademie begeht diesen Tag mit der Aufführung eines seiner bedeutendsten Werke, der „h-Moll-Messe“

The New York Times

New Concerto, New Leader: A Big Day at the New York Philharmonic

Wednesday was a big day for the New York Philharmonic, both onstage and in its offices.

WQXR.org

This 11-Year-Old British Boy is Set to Make his Conducting Debut (Video)

While his fellow 11-year-olds are playing video games or daring one another to eat stomach-churning food combinations, Nottingham elementary school student Matthew Smith is dreaming of conducting his own orchestra.

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Classical Music News  John Malkovich: ‘Politics has gone through a portal into an alternate universe’

klassik.com Haydn Bozen und Trient 2017 erhält 2,7 Millionen Euro

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(Written on March 17, 2017 )

In today’s news: a guide to newly opened Pierre-Boulez hall, a short profile of baritone Sir Bryn Terfell, and conductor Václav Luks is awarded Mozart Prize, the ICMA trophy revealed in Paris, Cheltenham festival programme for this year announced, New Order at Manchester international Festival, something different: Music tasting of Handel’s compositions, IGC winners 2017, Sirena Huang Awarded 1st Prize at NY Concert Artists Debut Auditions

The Guardian 

Opera for babies joins New Order at Manchester international festival

An opera for babies, Jane Horrocks singing about Lancashire’s cotton industry and New Order reworking their back catalogue with a 12-member synthesiser ensemble are some of the highlights of this summer’s Manchester international festival (MIF).

BBC News

Works to listen to after Handel’s Messiah

With 50-plus recordings, and thousands of performances every year, Handel’s Messiah is, without doubt, one of the most popular works ever written. But does its popularity overshadow other great music? Here are six similar works to explore…

Rhinegold

Cheltenham Festival 2017 programme announced

Highlights include performances by Bryn Terfel, the Hallé, Chineke! Orchestra, the CBSO with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, anniversary Monteverdi from I Fagiolini and Academy of Ancient Music, a new BBC Young Musician series including Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and the first outing of the Philharmonia’s Virtual Orchestra outside of London.

Pizzicato

New ICMA Trophy Revealed In Paris

Yesterday, with ICMA President Remy Franck attending, the new trophy of the International Classical Music Awards was revealed in Paris.

The Violin Channel 

Young Artist Sirena Huang Awarded 1st Prize at NY Concert Artists Debut Auditions

22 year old VC Young Artist Sirena Huang has been awarded 1st prize at the 2017 New York Concert Artists Worldwide Debut Auditions

The Strad

International Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists names 2017 prize winners

The tenth International Arthur Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists, which took place in Brussels, Belgium from 2 to 5 March, has named its 2017 category prize winners.

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Gibt es noch Karten?

Wer den neu eröffneten Saal sehen will, kann das noch im März tun. Auch für April gibt es Plätze. Für welche Veranstaltungen genau und worauf man sich bei einem Besuch einstellen sollte, verrät unser Autor

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Der sympathische Bösewicht von der britischen Insel

Für den Bariton Sir Bryn Terfel ist nur eine Sache wichtiger als die Musik: seine Familie

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Mozartpreis für böhmischen Entdecker

Der tschechische Cembalist und Dirigent Václav Luks erhält den Mozartpreis 2017 der Sächsischen Mozart-Gesellschaft.

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Meurig Bowen delivers stellar Cheltenham Music Festival To mark his 10TH anniversary as director

Commenting on this year’s Festival, Meurig Bowen said: “I am delighted to be celebrating ten years as director of Cheltenham Music Festival. Living here all this time, and culturally connected to the local community, I have come to appreciate Cheltenham’s many discrete, receptive and questioning audiences,…

Construction News

From opera singer to site manager

Having left the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2012, I began to take my first steps on the road to what promised to be a successful career as an opera singer.

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Sound and Music@soundandmusic: This weekend in Manchester – , curated by – Exciting!

klassik.com@klassikcom: Szene aus unvollendeter erklingt in London

 

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(Written on March 10, 2017 )

Classical News

In our classical news today, Lawrence Power appointed artistic director of the English Chamber Orchestra charitable trust, Richard Farnes takes on Wagner’s The Ring Cycle as his final assignment with Opera North and the Arts Council England faces renewed pressure over its funding of opera. Also, Isreaeli Cellist Daniel Hass wins Stulberg International String Competition and fifty percent of the Sex Worker’s Opera are actual sex workers.

Classical Music Magazine

Lawrence Power appointed artistic director of the English Chamber Orchestra charitable trust

Lawrence Power will become artistic director of the English Chamber Orchestra charitable trust from the 2016/17 season.

BBC News

Opera North’s Richard Farnes departs with The Ring

There can be few more challenging tasks as a conductor than taking on the whole of Wagner’s The Ring Cycle – but that is the one that has been handed to Richard Farnes for his final assignment at Opera North.

Mirror

Meet the stars of the Sex Worker’s Opera which features REAL working prostitutes

Fifty percent of the cast are made up of actual sex workers while the other half are friends of sex workers who are hoping to dissolve the stigma attached to the industry.

The Stage

Equity to ramp up pressure on opera funding in wake of ENO furore

Arts Council England is to face renewed pressure over its funding of opera, after performers called for increased efforts to protect the genre’s subsidy. The call, at Equity’s Annual Representative Conference, comes in the wake of the dispute at English National Opera, where earlier this year chorus members threatened to strike over cuts to their contracts, enacted by ENO management in response to a £5 million drop in subsidy from ACE.

The Strad

Cellist Daniel Hass wins Stulberg International String Competition

Israeli cellist Daniel Hass has won the 2016 Stulberg International String Competition in Kalamazoo, MI, US. The 18-year-old, who currently studies with Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School, received the gold medal, $6,000 and engagements with orchestras across America.

Classical Music Magazine

Applications open for Psappha’s Composing for Piano scheme

Composers are invited to submit their applications for Psappha’s Composing for Piano scheme. The programme is open to UK-based composers who have completed their first degree and/or left higher education within the last three years.

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Spanish Early Music Association Honours Jaap Schröder

Spanish Association of Early Music Groups (GEMA) announced the second edition of their Awards.

BR Klassik

Gotthold Schwarz wird Thomaskantor

Mehr als ein Jahr wurde gesucht, jetzt steht Gotthold Schwarz als neuer Thomaskantor fest: Schwarz hat den Thomanerchor bereits seit 2015 kommissarisch geleitet.

Musik heute

Bregenzer Festspiele: Drei Viertel der Karten bereits weg

Gut zwei Monate vor dem Start der Bregenzer Festspiele sind schon die meisten Tickets verkauft.

klassik.com

Milena Wilke gewinnt den Violinwettbewerb Ton und Erklärung

Die deutsche Geigerin Milena Wilke hat den ersten Preis des Violinwettbewerbs “Ton und Erklärung” gewonnen. Der erste Preis ist mit 10.000 Euro dotiert.

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NightingaleHammerson @NGHHammerson #celebratingartincarehomes introduction from Alastair and Chris having a great day

Opera North @Opera_North Beginning again… cycle 2 kicks off tonight with Das Rheingold!

Top Classical News @topcmnews Barihunk Benjamin Appl signs with Sony Classical

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(Written on May 24, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Itzhak Perlman pulls out of North Carolina concert over discriminatory transgender ‘bathroom law’, Members of the German Symphony Orchestra have been joined by more than 900 amateur musicians in a spontaneous concert at a Berlin mall & Ji Hwan Park, a luthier from South Korea, won the Grand Prix at this year’s International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Making Competition.

Classic FM

Itzhak Perlman pulls out of North Carolina concert over discriminatory transgender ‘bathroom law’

Itzhak Perlman has joined a burgeoning protest against ‘House Bill 2’, a law in the US state of North Carolina that has been widely criticised as discriminatory against transgender people by cancelling a planned performance with the North Carolina Symphony tonight.

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Huge flashmob orchestra fills Berlin shopping centre

Members of the German Symphony Orchestra have been joined by more than 900 amateur musicians in a spontaneous concert at a Berlin mall, entertaining hundreds of spectators.

The Strad

South Korean luthier wins Wieniawski International Violin Making Competition

Ji Hwan Park, a luthier from South Korea, won the Grand Prix and €20,000 at this year’s International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Making Competition. Held every five years in Poznań, Poland, the event is the oldest lutherie competition in the world.

The Spectator

Was Opera Rara justified in reviving Bellini’s first opera? Oh yes

First operas by composers who later became great or anyway expert in writing them tend to be at best of biographical interest, to be revived mainly for people who are interested to hear premonitions of the achievements that lay ahead.

SFCV

Baroque Flutist and Beatles Expert Set for Seminar on Fab Four

Stephen Schultz, Baroque flutist, 18th-century music specialist, and professor of music at Carnegie Mellon University, teaches a 15-week Beatles music history course at the private college in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which regularly draws over 200 students and has a lengthy waiting list.

BR-Klassik

Mit Gesang andere Religionen kennenlernen

“Stimmen der Religionen” ist das diesjährige Motto von “Musica Sacra”, dem interreligiösen Musikertreffen, das seit Freitag in Marktoberdorf stattfindet.

Musik heute

DOV fordert Erhalt des Europäischen Jugendorchesters

Die Deutsche Orchestervereinigung (DOV) hat vor einer Schließung des European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) gewarnt. Die Europäische Union wolle ihrem Jugendorchester die finanzielle Unterstützung entziehen.

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Deutsche Theater und Orchester: Künstler bekommen mehr Geld

Der Deutsche Bühnenverein als Arbeitgeberverband der Theater und Orchester hat sich am vergangenen Wochenende mit den Künstlergewerkschaften GDBA (Genossenschaft Deutscher Bühnen-Angehöriger), VdO (Vereinigung deutscher Opernchöre und Bühnentänzer) sowie DOV (Deutsche Orchestervereinigung) auf eine Gagensteigerung für die an den Stadttheatern, Staatstheatern und Landesbühnen beschäftigten künstlerischen Mitarbeiter verständigt.

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The New York Times @nytimes Itzhak Perlman cancels concert in North Carolina to take a stand against the state’s bathroom law

Top Classical News @topcmnews ‘Why we all love Florence Foster Jenkins’

Live Music Now @LiveMusicNowUK We’ve uploaded films from our conference on best practice in music outreach, supported by

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‘Loss will be significant,’ says North Carolina Symphony as Perlman joins boycott supported by Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr. Photograph: Classic FM

(Written on May 18, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, Kah Chun Wong wins the Bamberg Symphony’s Mahler Conducting Competition, a campaign has been launched to save the European Union Youth Orchestra and Scottish Opera might have a hit with its new Mikado.

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Masur Protégé wins Mahler Conducting Competition

Kah Chun Wong (*1986) from Singapore won First Prize at the Mahler Competition of the Bamberg Symphony.

EUYO

How can you help?

We are beginning a campaign to try to help safeguard a sustainable future of the European Union Youth Orchestra. If you would like to contribute to this campaign there are several ways to do so.

The Spectator

Scottish Opera could have a hit on its hands with this new Mikado

You have to be quite silly to take Gilbert and Sullivan seriously. But even sillier not to. G&S is still a litmus test for a particularly British type of operatic snobbery: ‘Is there a place for Gilbert and Sullivan in the 21st century?’ asked a Radio 3 presenter last year, about the time that ENO’s new Pirates of Penzance broke all audience records for live cinema relays in the UK.

BBC News

Michael Crawford ‘terrified’ ahead of West End return

Michael Crawford says he is “terrified” as he prepares to return to the West End stage for the first time in five years at the end of the month.

Classical Music Magazine

NAfME CEO steps down following remarks on diversity

The executive director and chief executive of the US-based National Association for Music Education Michael Butera stepped down on 11 May.

Kent Music announces technology-focused Project 14 course

Kent Music’s Orchestra ONE Project 14 course will take place 1-5 August at Maidstone’s Cornwallis Academy.

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Even Scarier Than The Book Or Movie: ‘The Shining’ Is Now An Opera

The Shining was Stephen King’s first hardback bestseller. Stanley Kubrick’s film version was listed by no less than Martin Scorcese as one of the scariest horror films ever made. Now, the story is an opera.

Musik heute

Christoph Eschenbach mit Brahms-Preis ausgezeichnet

Der Dirigent und Pianist Christoph Eschenbach ist am Donnerstagabend mit dem Brahms-Preis 2016 geehrt worden.

klassik.com

Querelen um Film über Florence Foster Jenkins

Die Sopranistin Julia Kogan beansprucht Rechte als Co-Autorin am Drehbuch der Neuverfilmung über das Leben von Florence Foster Jenkins.

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Maria Guleghina erlitt Lebensmittelvergiftung in Wladiwostok

Die in Luxemburg lebende russische Sopranistin Maria Guleghina musste nach einer in einem Restaurant in Wladiwostok erlittenen Lebensmittelvergiftung aus der ‘Tosca’-Produktion des Mariinsky Theaters in der am Nordpazifik gelegenen russischen Hafenstadt ausscheiden.

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Petroc Trelawny @PetrocTrelawny Bravo for what sounds like a triumphant last minute rescue job last night.From auditorium to stage

Top Classical News @topcmnews 

The Strad @TheStradMag Video: Guy Johnston talks about the moment his string snapped at the in 2000

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(Written on May 13, 2016 )

In today’s news, English National Opera unveils its masterplan for securing its future, a Russian Orchestra played in the ruins of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, and Sir James Galway receives honorary doctorate.

The Telegraph

English National Opera unveils plans for sex, silence and Hollywood stars

English National Opera has unveiled its masterplan to secure its future: more musicals, a tour to Blackpool, and “sex, sex, and more sex”.

The New York Times

Russian Orchestra Plays in Palmyra Ruins as Strikes Kill 28

A renowned Russian conductor led a triumphant concert on Thursday in the ruins of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, once terrorised by the Islamic State group, even as an airstrike on a refugee camp in the north left at least 28 people dead and dozens wounded, including many children.

Classical Music Magazine

Sir James Galway receives honorary doctorate

Birmingham City University has presented Sir James Galway with an honorary doctorate for his services to music. Sir James Galway was named Doctor of the University (DUniv) after a concert as part of his residency at Birmingham Conservatoire (part of Birmingham City University).

Inaugural winners of RPS duet prizes announced

18-year-old composer Freya Ireland and 16-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason each win a public recital/performance at a national music festival and £1,500 to support their musical development.

The Strad

Violinist/violist Matt Albert to head new University of Michigan Chamber Music department

The University of Michigan School of Music has appointed violinist/violist Matt Albert as the first chair of its new Department of Chamber Music, launched in autumn 2015.

Klassik heute

Semyon Bychkov leitet das Sommernachtskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker

Im einzigartigen Ambiente des Schönbrunner Schlossparks findet am Donnerstag, 26. Mai 2016 bei freiem Eintritt das alljährliche Sommernachtskonzert Schönbrunn der Wiener Philharmoniker statt.

Matthias Georg Kendlinger gründet zweites Orchester

Matthias Georg Kendlinger, Gründer der K&K Philharmoniker, wird im Mai 2016 ein zweites privat finanziertes Orchester ins Leben rufen: die K&K Symphoniker.

Musik Heute

“Musik der Hoffnung”: Gergijew gibt Konzert in Palmyra

Mit einem Sinfoniekonzert in der antiken Oasenstadt Palmyra hat Syriens enger Partner Russland demonstrativ seine Rolle in dem Bürgerkriegsland herausgestrichen. Für den Auftritt im römischen Amphitheater des Unesco-Weltkulturerbes war eigens das Orchester des St. Petersburger Mariinski-Theaters eingeflogen worden.

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Sky News @SkyNews A Russian orchestra has performed a classical music concert in the ruins of Palmyra

Classical Music @ClassicalMusic_ Geoff Parkin appointed as director of

New York Times Arts What can do to fill its empty seats? Our team of classical music critics and reporters have some ideas:

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Photograph: Tristram Kenton

(Written on May 6, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, a video of an opera singer performing during a scan revealed, NHS choir that beat Justin Bieber to the UK’s Christmas number one spot in 2015 signs film deal & Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage will be decorated with a giant lightning bolt in tribute to David Bowie.

The Telegraph

Real-time MRI captures incredible video of opera singer performing during scan

Researchers at the Freiburger Institute for Musician’s Medicine have revealed what really goes on inside an opera singer’s mouth when they perform.

BBC News

NHS choir signs film deal after topping chart at Christmas

The NHS choir that beat Justin Bieber to the UK’s Christmas number one spot in 2015 has signed a film deal to tell its story. The Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir beat the Canadian singer after he urged his 72 million Twitter followers to buy its charity single, A Bridge Over You.

Glastonbury to honour David Bowie and Prince

Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage will be decorated with a giant lightning bolt in tribute to David Bowie, organiser Emily Eavis has told the BBC. The metal sculpture, inspired by the sleeve for Bowie’s Aladdin Sane album, will hang above acts like Coldplay and Adele when they play the stage in June.

The Guardian

The best classical concerts and opera of summer 2016

Oedipus finally reaches Britain, there’s a Messiaen marathon in Suffolk, Opera North’s Ring hits the road – and John Luther Adams summons up a deluge.

The Strad

Banff International String Quartet Competition 2016 names 10 shortlisted ensembles

The 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition has named the 10 string quartets shortlisted to take part in its live rounds.

Classical Music Magazine

Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras announce plans to mark Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary

The ensembles will present L’Orfeo, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and L’incoronazione di Poppea in concert performances. They will also perform the Vespers at Basilica dei Frari, Venice, as well as working alongside musicologists and experts in Monteverdi during the anniversary year.

Roger Vignoles announced as accompanist for 2016 International Opera Awards

Roger Vignoles will be accompanist at the 2016 International Opera Awards ceremony, which will take place on 15 May at the Savoy Theatre. He will accompany Stuart Skelton, Anna Bonitatibus and a number of other past and present International Opera Awards finalists and winners.

The Spectator

Royal Opera’s Tannhäuser is one of the ugliest stagings I have set eyes on

Cursed, or perhaps blessed, with almost no visual memory at all, I had almost completely forgotten what the Royal Opera’s current Tannhäuser, directed by Tim Albery and with set designs by Michael Levine, looks like. Or perhaps it was the natural tendency to repress the memory of unpleasant experiences.

Klassik Heute

Dirigentenwettbewerb “The Mahler Competition” beginnt in Bamberg

Vom 6. bis 13. Mai 2016 veranstalten die Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie zum 5. Mal ihren Dirigentenwettbewerb The Mahler Competition. Der Wettbewerb ist ab der Hauptrunde am 9. Mai öffentlich. Der Eintritt zu den öffentlichen Runden in der Konzerthalle Bamberg ist frei.

Music Heute

Staatstheater Nürnberg: Neue Saison mit Wagner-Opern und Brahms-Konzerten

Die Nürnberger Oper eröffnet die Spielzeit 2016/17 mit Mussorgskis “Boris Godunow” in einer Neuinszenierung von Peter Konwitschny. Zusammen mit Generalmusikdirektor Marcus Bosch realisiert der 71-Jährige das Stück in der Urfassung von 1869, wie das Staatstheater am Mittwoch mitteilte.

Klassik.com

Ensemble Ludus instrumentalis gewinnt Förderpreis Alte Musik

Der Förderpreis Alte Musik, der von der Akademie für Alte Musik im Saarland und dem Saarländischen Rundfunk vergeben wird, geht in diesem Jahr an das in Köln beheimtate Ensemble Ludus Instrumentalis.

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IntArtsManager @IntArtsManager IAM’s editor is 1 of the 15 women to be selected for the first University Women in the Arts

Royal Opera House @RoyalOperaHouse Król Roger and Woolf Works nominated for South Bank Sky Arts Awards

Bernhard Neuhoff @BernhardNeuhoff Classical music sponsored by Pop stars: donates $ 25,000 to opera house via

EUYO @EUYOtweets Happy 10yr anniversary to our Partner . Looking forward to playing for our friends tonight.

Music News & Facts @musicnews_facts Today is the 28th birthday of a massively successful act and an outstanding singer/song-writer.

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(Written on May 5, 2016 )

Classical News

In our news today, after their artistic director resigned things are getting out of hand at Romanian national opera, stars lined up for the Jazz FM Awards celebrated in London last night and Apple Music revealed it had passed 13 million subscribers to its streaming service, closing the gap on market leader Spotify.

The Guardian

Romanian opera row intensifies as culture minister resigns

There is chaos at the Romanian national opera: a row that began when the ballet company’s Danish artistic director resigned has led to shows being cancelled, dancers refusing to perform, local artists protesting over pay for foreign stars and has even claimed a ministerial scalp.

Music Week

Stars line up for Jazz FM Awards

The highest achievers from the worlds of jazz, blues, soul and beyond have been honoured at the third annual Jazz FM Awards, which took place last night at a star-studded ceremony at the Bloomsbury Ballroom in London.

Apple Music UK subscriptions growth outpacing Spotify 

This morning, Apple Music revealed it had passed 13 million subscribers to its streaming service, closing the gap on market leader Spotify, which says it has more than 30 million.

Classical Music Magazine

#LoveOpera weekend to celebrate the art form

#LoveOpera weekend (6-8 May) will celebrate the range and quantity of live opera and music theatre around the UK.

The Strad

12th Lyon International Chamber Music Competition names prize winners

Duo Urba has won first prize at the 12th Lyon International Chamber Music Competition, this year dedicated to cello and piano. German cellist Marius Urba and Russian pianist Vita Kan receive €8,000 and concert opportunities in France and abroad.

The New York Times

Saluting Robert Shaw, a conductor of humanist spirituality

“I am not sure I ever have ‘heard’ Brahms’s ‘Requiem’ — strictly as a member of an audience,” the incomparable California-born choral conductor Robert Shaw wrote in 1997.

Pizzicato

Perlman and Argerich together for a new recording

In Paris, Itzhak Perlman and Martha Argerich just have recorded a new album, to be released late 2016 on Warner Classics.

Frankfurter Allgemeine

EU-Kommission kommt türkischen Zensurforderungen nicht nach

Der Beschreibungstext des Konzertprojektes „Aghet“ der Dresdner Sinfoniker ist trotz türkischer Proteste wieder unzensiert auf der Webseite der EU-Kommission zu lesen – allerdings mit einem Zusatz.

Der Tagesspiegel

Wie wir lachen wollen

Das kann ja heiter werden: Die Pläne des Staatstheaters Cottbus. Los gehen soll es mit einem musikalischen Familienfest.

El Pais

La Sinfónica de Euskadi reserva sus atriles a solistas de renombre

El violinista Zukerman y las hermanas pianistas Labèque participarán con la orquesta vasca.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Brave new season at Opera North

Conor Farrington  Enjoyed hearing ‘s on . Now listening to great recordings on her website

Black Dress Code @black_dresscode What’s your favourite piece from the first collection? We love the chiffon sleeves on the

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Photograph: The Arts Desk

(Written on April 28, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, Anna Netrebko surprisingly withdraws from singing at Royal Opera’s Norma, Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen to work with Metropolitan Opera, Google offers a virtual tour through the Sydney Opera House and Scottish Opera announces four productions and Philip Glass premiere as new season is unveiled.

The Guardian

Soprano Anna Netrebko withdraws from Royal Opera’s Norma

One of the world’s leading sopranos has pulled out of the Royal Opera’s autumn production of Norma because her “voice has evolved in a different direction”. Anna Netrebko released a statement on Tuesday giving her reasons for what the company admitted was a frustrating late withdrawal.

New York Times

Esa-Pekka Salonen brings his cool to New York’s music scene

He has held musical soirees at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He led the New York Philharmonic in Messiaen’s boffo “Turangalîla-Symphonie” in March at David Geffen Hall, where, a week later, Alan Gilbert conducted the New York premiere of his Dada piece, “Karawane.” Now he is next door, conducting Strauss’s “Elektra” at the Metropolitan Opera.

Herald Scotland

Scottish Opera announces four productions and Philip Glass premiere as new season unveiled

Four new productions, a collaboration with a leading theatre company and the first Scottish performance of a Puccini opera are part of Scottish Opera’s new season.

Mashable UK

Go backstage at the Sydney Opera House with Google’s virtual museum

On Wednesday, the building and the Google Cultural Institute, an initiative that hosts virtual museums from around the world, announced a new partnership that will see more than 1,000 of the House’s artefacts posted online.

Music Week

BBC Music Day to return in June

BBC Music has announced the full line-up of events for BBC Music Day 2016, which returns this year on Friday, June 3.

Classical Music Magazine

Warner Classics extends label distribution service

Warner Classics is to extend its global distribution and marketing infrastructure to third-party labels. EuroArts Music will be the first company to join forces with Warner Classics Label Services from 1 May.

Ralph Kirshbaum receives honorary degree

Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum is to be presented with an honorary doctorate in music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on 5 July. Kirshbaum’s career encompasses solo performance, chamber music, recording and pedagogy.

The Strad

Fresh from signing to Warner Classics, violinist Kyung Wha Chung to open Verbier Festival

Following the news earlier this month that Kyung Wha Chung has signed an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics, it has been announced that the violinist is to open the Verbier Festival on 22 July.

Der Tagesspiegel

Völkermord, bitte löschen

Die Türkei versucht die EU-Kulturpolitik zu kontrollieren – Auslöser ist ein Konzertprojekt der Dresdner Sinfoniker über den Genozid an den Armeniern.

neue musikzeitung

Erinnern, übermalen und neu gestalten

Der dänische Komponist Hans Abrahamsen im Porträt.

Das Orchester

Nachlass von Claudio Abbado kommt nach Berlin

Die Schenkung an die Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin/Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz umfasst eine umfangreiche Sammlung von Partituren, handschriftlichen Aufzeichnungen, Audio-/Video-Veröffentlichungen, musikwissenschaftlicher Literatur und Briefen.

El mundo

Con la vista en Brahms y Gernika

La BOS mirará al compositor alemán en una temporada que tendrá invitados como Eliahu Inbal.

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews Three Krenek operas to be staged in Frankfurt

Making Music England @MakingMusicENG Help put ‘A Choir in Every Care Home’

Sydney Opera House @SydOperaHouse Today we launch our Cultural Institute collection — 50 exhibits, 1000+ artefacts

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Photograph: Royal Opera

(Written on April 27, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, although China was once the world’s great hope for classical music, its smaller cities struggle to cultivate an interest in classical music, Sakari Oramo remains as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra announced Gavin Reid as the next chief executive.

The New York Times

China’s smaller cities struggle to cultivate an interest in classical music

After more than a decade as the world’s great hope for classical music, China is suffering growing pains. Audiences in many cities remain enthusiastic, virtuosos continue to multiply, and conservatories and concert halls keep mushrooming.

2 stars rejoin Bucharest Opera’s ballet company after clash

The crisis roiling the ballet company of the Bucharest National Opera in recent weeks rippled not only through the international dance world but through Romanian politics as well. And ultimately it was a government-brokered plan that paved the way for the return on Wednesday of the company’s two biggest stars: its artistic director, Johan Kobborg, and the dancer Alina Cojocaru, who both resigned this month after clashing with management over the direction of the company.

The Strad

2016 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition names three finalists

The Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition has named the three contestants selected to perform in the Finals, to be held over two nights on Thursday and Friday at the Odense Concert Hall in Denmark.

Classical-music.com

Sakari Oramo to continue with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra

Sakari Oramo has renewed his contract as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra until June 2020. The news was announced at the orchestra’s 2016/17 season launch at the Stockholm Concert Hall.

Guardian

Mayors from across London gather for evening of classical music in Walthamstow

Mayors from across London are gathering in the borough for a fundraising evening of classical music. The mayor of Waltham Forest, Cllr Saima Mahmud, is inviting mayors from every London borough to attend the Forest Philharmonic concert at Walthamstow Assembly Hall on Sunday.

Classical Music Magazine

Merola Opera Program establishes Brian Asawa Memorial Fund

San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program has established the Brian Asawa Memorial Fund.

Gavin Reid announced as new SCO chief executive

Gavin Reid has been announced as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s next chief executive. He will succeed Roy McEwan, who is stepping down after 23 years in the role.

klassik.com

Mozartpreis 2016 für Pianist Peter Rösel

Der Dresdner Pianist Peter Rösel erhält den Mozartpreis 2016 der Sächsischen Mozart-Gesellschaft. Damit soll das Schaffen des Pianisten, das sich durch eine kontinuierliche, kompetente und intensive Pflege der Klavierwerke von Wolfgang Amadé Mozart auszeichnet, gewürdigt werden.

Fono Forum

Junger Chinese aus Salzburg siegt in London

Gerade mal 17 Jahre jung und schon mit Preisen überhäuft: Ziyu He hat der Liste seiner Auszeichnungen den Gewinn des Menuhin-Wettbewerbs hinzugefügt.

Musik heute

ARD-Musikvermittlungsprojekt wird Crossover-Programm

Das Musikvermittlungsprojekt “Ein ARD-Konzert macht Schule” wird in diesem Jahr ein Crossover-Programm. Das WDR Funkhausorchester unter seinem Chefdirigenten Wayne Marshall werde “Die vier Jahreszeiten” von Antonio Vivaldi in einer “modernen Interpretation” aufführen.

El Mundo

José Miguel Fernández Sastrón, nuevo presidente de la SGAE

El compositor y músico José Miguel Fernández Sastrón ha sido elegido, por 17 votos frente a los 16 que ha recibido Antonio Meliveo Mena, por la Junta Directiva de la SGAE como nuevo presidente de la entidad de gestión de derechos.

Twitter

Classic FM @ClassicFM All morning in @’s show, music to say # – here’s John and Her Majesty in 2001!

The Vinyl Factory @TheVinylFactory .@ & London Electronic Orchestra return with new EP & video for ‘Shikoku’

Top Classical News @topcmnews Some Good Credit News for the Met Opera  #

wildkat-pr-china-classical-musicPhotograph: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

 

 

(Written on April 21, 2016 )