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In today’s news: Composers tell Neil Fisher how to write a contemporary opera, a new community production by Howard Moody will premiere at Glyndebourne, and the Cumnock Tryst Festival returns this October. The Singapore Symphony Orchestra looks to the future. A historic piano collection is expected to sell for£1 million. Fabio Luisi will take over the Dallas Symphony, a portrait of an all men’s choir looking for a new director, the opening of the Munich Biennale. The ballet of the Dresden Semperoper wins the Taurus award. A portrait of Mai Khoi and her political resistance and a piece on instrument luthiers.

The Times

Ask for help, don’t annoy the audience, and it’s no use trying to be funny

With a spate of new operas premiering this summer, composers tell Neil Fisher how to get it right (they hope).


Agreed – a new community opera for 2019

A new large-scale community opera by Howard Moody will premiere on the main stage at Glyndebourne in March 2019.


James MacMillan’s Cumnock Tryst festival programme announced

The Cumnock Tryst festival, created and run by Sir James MacMillan, returns for its 5th year this October.


Looking to history and innovating for the future: Singapore Symphony’s 40th anniversary season

In 2018/19, Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) celebrates its 40th Anniversary Season. Lan Shui will step down after a very successful 22-year relationship with the orchestra, in which he raised the profile of the ensemble significantly through touring and recordings (a search for his successor is underway).

Historic piano collection could fetch £1 million at auction

More than 110 pianos owned by classical music enthusiast Charles Colt are tipped to sell for a seven-figure sum. A collection that started with a £6 piano could soon sell for £1 million at an auction.

New York Times

Fabio Luisi Will Follow Jaap van Zweden as Conductor in Dallas

The maestro pipeline between Dallas and New York is now flowing in both directions. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra announced on Monday that it has chosen a successor to Jaap van Zweden, who built its reputation over the past decade and takes the helm of the New York Philharmonic next season.

Süddeutsche Zeitung

Dümpeln ohne Frauen und Dirigent

Das Willkommen auf der Homepage gibt die Ausrichtung gleich bündig wieder. Ausdrücklich begrüßt werden dort die “Sehr geehrten Herren”.

BR Klassik

Berührend komisch und Laut-Aggressiv

Wer an diesem Wochenende alle Premieren der Münchener Biennale besuchen wollte, musste eine logistische Meisterleistung vollbringen – Uraufführung folgte auf Uraufführung.

Semperoper Dresden: Europäischer Kulturpreis Taurus für Ballett

Das Ballett der Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden ist am vergangenen Wochenende mit dem Europäischen Kulturpreis “Taurus” geehrt worden.

Le Monde

Mai Khoi, la voix de la dissidence du Vietnam

Sur scène, son visage pâle se découpe dans l’ombre. Armée de sa guitare, accompagnée d’envoûtantes percussions et d’un saxophone, elle chante, dans un crescendo presque dissonant : « A l’intérieur ; tu as le temps de penser, tu as le temps de te repentir, de regretter (…) d’avoir été un traître à la nation, de maintenir le peuple dans le noir et de l’oppresser. »

France musique

Un alto dérobé au salon Musicora

Le salon Musicora, qui se tenait ce week-end à Paris, se termine sur une fausse note.


Sir James MacMillan at the 2014 festival © Robin Mitchell

(Written on June 5, 2018 )


Music in higher education: What is it worth? 

Education and arts leaders discuss the value of music within the current economically-charged debate on UK education


Iceland faces massive reduction of classical, jazz and world music broadcasting

Iceland’s state broadcaster Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV) announced the departure of 60 staff on Thursday – 20 per cent of its already-trimmed workforce – and unveiled severe cuts to programming which some insiders believe could see an end to broadcasts of classical music and jazz. Just under half of the corporation’s music staff were told they no longer had jobs last week and some were told to leave immediately.

Frank Gehry to build a hall to honour Gustavo Dudamel

The American architect Frank Gehry, whose work includes Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, is to build a performance space to honour conductor Gustavo Dudamel. The Hall, La Sala Dudamel, will be built in Dudamel’s hometown of Barquisimeto in Venezuela.

Japanese orchestra to bring classical music to Hanoi

Japan’s AUN J Classical Orchestra will perform in Vietnam’s capital next week on an initiative by the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam.

Huffington Post

Classical Music 101: Epilogue

Classical music is changing, not dying: John Mauceri discusses the ‘two traditions’ of classical, and why we should embrace film music.

The Telegraph

Why English National Opera should try to please the public more

English National Opera should stop tarting about with fancy concepts and start to play it straight, says Rupert Christiansen.

Die Welt

Die Welt wird wieder eine Scheibe

Von wegen iTunes: In Brooklyn eröffnet ein Laden für Schallplatten. Die Filiale der legendären Firma Rough Trade ist in New York die größte ihrer Art. Ein Besuch aus schierer Verblüffung







(Written on December 3, 2013 )