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In today’s news: a Wagner production in the spotlight of RPS Awards, Johnny Depp’s likeness with an old Chinese legend and a Classical Music Award for a ‘raving’ orchestra. Nicolas Collon becomes first guest conductor of Cologne, and Nike Wagner won’t lead the Bayreuther Festspiele. Jonas Kaufmann sings Othello for the first time, and Jerry Goldsmith is being honoured with Hollywood Star.

The Guardian

Royal Philharmonic Society Awards: Wagner Production steals Show

Opera North wins for its acclaimed stagings of Wagner’s Ring Cycle on an encouraging night for companies based outside London

The Strad

Sphinx Organization awards over $180,000 in MPower Artist Grants

The Detroit-based body has awarded amounts ranging from $1,000 to over $38,000 to 15 alumni of Sphinx programmes.

The Violin Channel

PlayPart.co.uk Annual Subscription Winners announced!

And the winners are in! The following 10 lucky VC members will each be receiving a PartPlay.co.uk annual subscription

BBC News

The Orchestra that won a Top Classical Music Award – for raving

An orchestra that has tripled its audience by playing less Beethoven and Mozart and more New Order and 808 State has won a major classical music award.

Classical Music Magazine

Winners of RPS Music Awards 2017 revealed

The winners of the Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS) Music Awards 2017 were announced in a ceremony at London’s Brewery on 9 May.

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Nicholas Collon wird erster Gastdirigent in Köln

Ab der Saison 2017/18 ist der 1983 geborene Brite Nicholas Collon Erster Gastdirigent des von François-Xavier Roth geleiteten Gürzenich-Orchesters in Köln.

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Nike Wagner verzichtet auf Festspielleitung

In einem Interview mit der “Rheinischen Post” sagte sie, auch Träume kämen irgendwann an ein Ende. Außerdem empfinde sie es als “grottenlangweilig”, immer nur Wagner zu machen.

Klassik Heute

Jonas Kaufmann gibt sein Rollendebüt als “Otello”

Der internationale Opern-Superstar Jonas Kaufmann übernimmt die Hauptrolle in der brandneuen Otello-Produktion der Royal Opera.

NPR

Jerry Goldsmith, ‘The Composer’s Composer,’ honored with Hollywood Star

Composer Jerry Goldsmith, shown in 2000, wrote the scores for more than 200 films over a 50-year career.

South China Morning Post

What Johnny Depp, Chow Yun-fat and a Hong Kong pirate legend have in common

Cheung Po Tsai, who inspired Chow Yun-fat’s character in Pirates of the Caribbean 3, was captured by a pirate couple, was lover to both, and took over their fleet before joining the imperial navy, as a Hong Kong exhibition recalls.

The Washington Post

A pathbreaking conductor at U-Md. charts a new course

James Ross is taking over as music director of the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès in Spain.

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(Written on May 10, 2017 )

In today’s news: interview with Miriam Margolyes, more young talent for the Salzburg Festival and listen to Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto. Aleksandra Markovic announced as the new director of Opera North. ‘Paris – a celebration of life’ is the motto of the new ‘classic con brio festival’. Wagner-Tenor Manfred Jung dies aged 76, and Ingo Metzmacher conducts ‘Lady Macbeth of Mzensk’ at the Vienna Opera. Larry Rachleff conducts in his last concert as music director of the RI Philharmonic, and after coming out – a russian violinist’s new reality.

Telegraph

Miriam Margolyes interview: ‘It’s good to shock, it shakes people up a bit’ 

Actress Miriam Margolyes is famous for being outspoken – but even so, she still manages to take Chris Harvey by surprise

Rhinegold

Salzburg Festival doubles number of youth subscriptions

The Salzburg Festival is to double the number of youth subscriptions in 2017 as a result of high demand.

Classic FM

A detailed guide to Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto

Pianist Simon Trpčeski is performing this Romantic colossus at Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall tonight. Ahead of his performance, we asked him to talk us through the great work.

The Violin Channel

Yumi Saiki – ‘Deux Sillages Ⅱ’ for String Quartet

Last month’s world premiere performance of acclaimed Japanese composer Yumi Saiki’s ‘Deux Sillages Ⅱ’ for String Quartet

Concerti

Paris – ein Fest fürs Leben

„Paris – ein Fest fürs Leben“ lautet das Motto des diesjährigen „classic con brio“-Festivals des Schlossverein Osnabrück e.V., in Anlehnung an das gleichnamige Buch von Ernest Hemingway, der darin liebevoll das Paris der Zwanzigerjahre als Rückzugsort vieler Künstler und Literaten beschreibt.

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Manfred Jung ist tot

Jung war für seine Wagner Rollen bekannt, weil er als einer der wenigen alle Tenorpartien in Richard Wagners “Ring des Nibelungen” gesungen hatte.

Klassik heute

Ingo Metzmacher leitet “Lady Macbeth von Mzensk” an der Wiener Staatsoper

Schostakowitschs Lady Macbeth von Mzensk steht ab Samstag, 22. April 2017 wieder auf dem Spielplan der Wiener Staatsoper.

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After coming out as gay, a russian violinist’s new reality

A 23-year-old, Russian-born violinist named Artem Kolesov is capturing international attention after posting a YouTube video in which he comes out as gay.

Broadwayworld

Larry Rachleff conducts final concert as music director of the RI Philharmonic, 5/6

Larry Rachleff’s final concert as Music Director with the RI Philharmonic on Saturday, May 6 at 7pm is almost sold out.

South China Morning Post

How jazz borrowed improvisation from classical music, and pianist Gabriela Montero who’s on a mission to take it back

Ahead of her concert in Hong Kong, musician talks about spontaneous composition, how jazz took it up in the 20th century, and her mission to bring it back into classical music

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Aleksandra Markovic Resigns As Music Director Of Opera North

Richard Mantle, General Director of the Leeds based Opera North, has announced that he has accepted the resignation of Serbian conductor Aleksandar Markovic, 41, as the Company’s Music Director, a position he took up in September 2016.

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(Written on April 19, 2017 )

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In today’s news: Berlin State Opera’s Festtage 2018 are already in the planning stage, a portrait of Claudio Monteverdi in honour of his 450th birthday in May, and Antonio Vivaldis scripts are exhibited in Turin’s University Library. Renée Fleming is not retiring from opera, and Yuja Wang defends her right to wear what she likes during piano concerts. Leading French bow maker Bernard Millant has died aged 87 and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra plays Brahms and Beethoven with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Standard

Opera fans’ fury as audience members are given free rein to use mobile phones

Opera enthusiasts have slammed Britain’s most prestigious opera venue for failing to stop members of the audience from using their mobile phones.

BBC 

Olivier Awards: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child wins record nine prizes

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won a record-breaking nine prizes at the Olivier Awards, the biggest event in the UK theatrical calendar.

The Strad

Leading French bow maker Bernard Millant has died aged 87

Descended from a long line of French luthiers, Millant produced bows based on his own design and was the author of the definitive book on French bows.

Rhinegold

Music at Paxton 2017

The chamber music festival takes place in Paxton House, on the banks of the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders.

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New releases: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra plays Brahms and Beethoven with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

Bernard Haitink first conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1956, serving as its chief conductor from 1961-1988, and the orchestra appointed him honorary conductor in 1999.

Die Berliner Morgenpost

Sanierte Staatsoper: Festtage 2018 mit Wagner und Verdi

Vor der Wiedereröffnung der Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden planen Generalmusikdirektor Daniel Barenboim und Intendant Jürgen Flimm bereits die Festtage für kommendes Jahr im sanierten Haus

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Der Revolutionär

Claudio Monteverdi, dessen Geburtstag sich im Mai zum 450. Mal jährt, hat mit radikalen Erneuerungen die Musikgeschichte in neue Bahnen gelenkt

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Vivaldi-Manuskripte in Turiner Universitätsbibliothek ausgestellt

Ausstellung thematisiert Antonio Vivaldis Wirken in Wien

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Beethoven Festival Warschau: Überraschung mit dem Nowowiejski-Orchester

Polen hat ein überaus reiches und niveauvolles Musikleben, von dem außerhalb Polens kaum etwas bekannt ist.

The Guardian

Yuja Wang: ‘If the music is beautiful and sensual, why not dress to fit?’

The Chinese piano prodigy takes no prisoners. She embraces Brahms and Beethoven as fiercely as she defends her right to wear what she likes

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Hold Up! Renée Fleming Is Not Retiring From Opera

“Rosenkavalier may well be her farewell to staged opera. She will sing her final performance on the afternoon of Saturday, May 13.” The key word here is “may.” Truth be told, Fleming has no plans to quit opera at all.

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(Written on April 10, 2017 )

In today’s news, The National Endowment for Music aims to support pupils’ musical ability by donating £1 million to the Arts Council of Wales to aid after-school music services that were affected by cuts. Frank Ocean tackles the topic of artist ownership at the Grammy’s, and the Welsh National Opera is to establish a fully integrated international opera school at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Valentin Uryupin wins Sir Georg Solti Conducting Competition, and Anne Midgette takes a look at the relevance of opera in correlation with the modern human psyche.

BBC

£1m endowment fund for children to take up music

A new £1m fund to encourage children to become musicians has been announced by the Welsh Government.

The Washington Post

How to survive the next four years on social media? Opera can help.

We are living in operatic times. Forget what you’ve heard about opera being remote and elitist. Opera is also the art form that, perhaps more than any other, specializes in heightened emotion, and in finding ways to communicate it. And heightened emotion, and big feelings, are the order of the day, everywhere you look.

The Guardian

Facing the music: conductor Daniele Rustioni

From a teenage obsession with Wagner to the inspirational Giulini and the daily necessity of Bach, the conductor shares his musical passions

Music Business Worldwide

FRANK OCEAN LETS RIP AT THE GRAMMYS. AND REALLY, WHO CAN BLAME HIM?

In the coming days, we’ll ponder what this means for the future of artist empowerment and the ultimate fate of major record companies.

Rhinegold

RWCMD and WNO to launch opera school

Welsh National Opera (WNO) is to establish a fully integrated international opera school at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), enabling emerging artists to receive teaching from the College’s staff, members of WNO and leading figures from the wider opera world.

The New York Times

Adele Dominates the Grammys; Beyoncé Stops the Show

Adele swept the 59th annual Grammy Awards with her album “25,” an enormous hit around the world, in a night that shut out Beyoncé from the major awards and also featured reverent tributes and, at times, pointed political commentary.

Die Zeit

Die anderen nannten es Singen

Er hatte die wohl kühnste, unglaublichste Stimme des Jazz: Al Jarreau zeigte den Deutschen das Scatten und sie liebten ihn dafür. Ein Nachruf.

Klassik

Valentin Uryupin gewinnt Sir Georg Solti Dirigentenwettbewerb

Der russische Dirigent Valentin Uryupin hat den ersten Preis beim 8. Dirigentenwettbewerb Sir Georg Solti in Frankfurt am Main gewonnen. Die Auszeichnung für den 31-Jährigen ist mit 15.000 dotiert.
Musik heute

Grammy für deutsche Sopranistin Dorothea Röschmann

Die 49-Jährige erhielt den Musikpreis am Montag in Los Angeles für ihr Liederalbum “Schumann & Berg”, aufgenommen mit der britisch-japanischen Pianistin Mitsuko Uchida.

NRK

Universal kjøper rettigheter til Prince

Plateselskapet Universal har kjøpt rettighetene til flere av Prince sine album. I avtalen skal selskapet også få tilgang til materiale som ikke har vært utgitt.

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Classical Music News Jonas Kaufmann ends London residency with second cancellation
Classic FM  John Williams won his 23rd Grammy Award, and they played the wrong music.
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(Written on February 13, 2017 )

Classical News

In our news today, Musical Futures’ CEO Abigail D’Amore is undertaking a ‘pianothon’ to raise money for the charity, first staged Wagner production comes to Singapore, and the new boutique festival Camper Calling takes place at Ragley Hall over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Also, Lincoln Trio honours its families’ national origins on a highly personal new album of substantial 20th-century piano trios, and Andris Nelsons will lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in its traditional season-ending performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in place of recuperating Christoph von Dohnányi.

Classical Music Magazine

Musical Futures CEO to undertake 12-hour ‘pianothon’

Musical Futures CEO Abigail D’Amore is undertaking a ‘pianothon’ to raise money for the charity. D’Amore will perform for 12 hours in the Yamaha Store on London’s Wardour Street on 1 September.

First staged Wagner production comes to Singapore

A forthcoming production of The Flying Dutchman will be the first performance of a fully-staged opera by Wagner in Singapore. The production will take place at the Victoria Theatre from 23 to 30 October.

The Telegraph

Warning: this opera may cause offence

Is the operatic world becoming more risk-averse? Cautious signals from Covent Garden and now this summer’s Edinburgh International Festival would seem to suggest it is.

Music Week

New boutique festival coming to the midlands

ABC, the Magic Numbers, The Hoosiers, Toploader, Alcester’s Jack Blackman and Dodgy  are among the first run of acts to be confirmed to appear at the upcoming Camper Calling event – a new boutique festival set to take place at Ragley Hall over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Music News

Joseph Gordon-Levitt busks in subway station

Joseph Gordon-Levitt thrilled fans with his musical skills when he turned busker in a subway station as part of a new promo for his production company hitRECord.

Broadwayworld

Lincoln Trio Honors Ancestry with Works by English, Armenian and Swiss Composers

Celebrated Chicago chamber ensemble Lincoln Trio honors its families’ national origins on a highly personal new album of substantial 20th-century piano trios by composers from England, Armenia, and Switzerland.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer

Nelsons To Replace Recuperating Dohnányi

Music Director Andris Nelsons will lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra in its now traditional season-ending performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 on Sunday, August 28th, at 2:30 p.m. in place of 86-year-old Christoph von Dohnányi, who had cataract surgery earlier in the summer.

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Barenboim startet Youtube-Kanal – „Für Musik begeistern“

Der Dirigent und Pianist Daniel Barenboim (73) hat einen eigenen Youtube-Kanal gestartet. In kurzen Videofilmen will er am Klavier seine Lieblingsstücke vorstellen, musikalische Grundbegriffe erklären und zu wichtigen aktuellen Themen Stellung nehmen.

Musik heute

Festival Young Euro Classic erwartet Top-Jugendorchester

Einige der besten Jugendorchester aus Europa und der Welt erwartet das Festival “Young Euro Classic” ab kommenden Mittwoch in Berlin. Erstmals treten das European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), das Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchester und das Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester innerhalb einer Spielzeit auf.

Klassik heute

Tonhalle Düsseldorf baut Familienprogramme aus

Ab der kommenden Spielzeit kooperieren die Tonhalle Düsseldorf und der ARAG Konzern für die Ausweitung des Angebots der Kleinen Tonhalle. Damit verbunden sind insbesondere fast doppelt so viele Veranstaltungen für Kinder bis drei Jahren.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory to Merge

BBC Radio 3 @BBCRadio3 A real from : sings The Last Rose of Summer.

klassik.com @klassikcom Italienischer Verdienstorden für Salzburger Festspielpräsidentin Helga Rabl-Stadler

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Musical Futures CEO Abigail D’Amore is undertaking a ‘pianothon’ to raise money for the charity. Credit: Classical Music Magazine

(Written on August 15, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, violinist Nicola Benedetti treats classical music like broccoli, The Catskill High Peaks Festival brings together renowned musicians, pedagogues and international students, and The New York Times reports on an orchestral concert to benefit the Black Lives Matter movement. Also, the international competition “Das Lied” will be held in Heidelberg in 2017, and the BBC Proms joins forces with 59 Productions and cellist Sol Gabetta to create a new film.

The Telegraph

Nicola Benedetti: Treat classical music like broccoli

The establishment has spent years trying to make classical music cool, enticing a new generation with a series of well-meaning projects. But the solution to teaching children to love classical music could be much simpler: sit them down and make them listen.

The Times

They can be Heroes, just for one Prom

The musicians Marc Almond, John Cale and Laura Mvula are to lead a tribute to David Bowie at a late-night Prom.

Classical Music Magazine

BBC Proms mark cello focus with short film

The BBC Proms has joined forces with 59 Productions and cellist Sol Gabetta to create a new film.

Broadwayworld

Bridge Street Theatre to Host Catskill High Peaks Festival’s „Music from High Peaks“

Renowned faculty and international rising young artists from the Catskill High Peaks Festival fill Bridge Street Theatre’s newly refurbished performance space with an exuberant display of virtuosity and talent.

The New York Times

For Black Lives Matter, Classical Music Steps In

In the wake of last week’s shootings, an orchestral concert to benefit the Black Lives Matter movement, scheduled for Wednesday night at the Cooper Union, has become tragically timely.

The Washington Post

Songwriting team hopes to soon have its Cinderella moment at the Broadway ball

The musical theater writing duo of Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler would like to clear up a common misconception about their most popular song: “Taylor the Latte Boy” is not an anthem of unrequited love.

The Strad

5 ways to improve playing in thirds

Tips for hand position, bow distribution and intonation from The Strad Archive.

Klassik heute

Bund fördert Barenboim-Said Aklademie

Die Staatsministerin für Kultur und Medien, Monika Grütters, fördert den Bau der Barenboim-Said Akademie für junge Musiker aus dem Nahen Osten mit 20 Millionen Euro. Auch die Betriebskosten sollen künftig vom Bund aus dem Haushalt der Kulturstaatsministerin finanziert werden.

Internationaler Wettbewerb “Das Lied” ab 2017 in Heidelberg

Der 2009 von Gesangslegende Thomas Quasthoff ins Leben gerufene Internationale Wettbewerb „Das Lied“ findet vom 28. Februar bis zum 4. März 2017 erstmals in Heidelberg statt.

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Harte Zeiten für Bayreuth-Besucher

Das Bayreuther Festspielhaus verfügt über die vermutlich unbequemsten Opernsitze der Welt. Fünf Stunden Wagner werden hier schnell zu einer Herausforderung für Rücken und Beine, selbst für ausgesprochene Fans des Meisters.

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Top Classical News @topcmnews Facing the music: Richard Tognetti

klassik.com @klassikcom Strenge Vorgaben für Zuschauer der Bayreuther Festspiele

neue musikzeitung @musikzeitung 7548 Musiker versuchen als ein den Rekord: Frankfurt/Main – Klassische

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Nicola Benedetti photographed at the University of Edinburgh. Credit: Getty

(Written on July 11, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the story behind the architectural battle of the Sydney Opera House is to become a movie, new composer-in-residence for Opera Philadelphia and the 2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports released next week. Also, J. Reilly Lewis dies at 71 and philharmonie.tv Cologne awarded with Eco Internet Award.

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Architectural Battle For The Sydney Opera House To Become A Movie

Today the Opera house in Sydney is considered as one of the most iconic buildings in the world. Yet, the project’s genesis was tough and dramatic, since Danish architect Jorn Utzon upset Australia’s conservative architectural scene after winning the competition to design the building.

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New composer-in-residence for Opera Philadelphia

A recent Curtis Institute of Music graduate is a new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Rene Orth, 30, is the sixth composer to go through the program, starting her term June 1.

Classicalite

J. Reilly Lewis, Washington Metro Area Concertmaster & Organist, Dies at 71

Lewis, a prominent authority on Bach, founded the Washington Bach Consort and served as music leader at Clarendon United Methodist Church for over 40 years. Also music director of the Cathedral Choral Society, Reilly was a one of the most important musicians in the Washington classical music scene.

The Guardian

The rebuilt Snape Maltings: Britten’s artistic dream rises again

No one thinks they are going to sit the Queen on a packing-case when she opens the rebuilt Maltings Concert Hall less than a month from now, but completion of the work is touch and go.

Orpheus for the age of Trump: Anaïs Mitchell on her folk opera Hadestown

Mitchell’s hit off-Broadway show about a tyrannical billionaire building a wall to ‘keep out the enemy’ was written in 2006 but could hardly be more topical. The folk singer discusses retelling an ancient myth at a time of ‘political horror’

Adaptistration

Orchestra Compensation Reports Are Right Around The Corner

Next week is the beginning of the 2016 Orchestra Compensation Reports, an annual series that examines the compensation trends among orchestra executives, music directors and concertmasters, at more than 65 professional U.S. orchestras.

The Telegraph

The return of Rossini: watch a live stream of Glyndebourne’s The Barber of Seville

Watch Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) by Rossini for free on the Telegraphwebsite, from next week. The opera will be streamed live from 6.30pm on Tuesday June 21, and is available on demand for the following seven days.

The Strad

Cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

The musician, who survived the Holocaust, joins fellow performers Paul Lewis and Alison Balsom on the list.

Classical Music Magazine

Small and regional arts organisations testify to funding difficulties

Representatives of small and regional arts organisations have submitted evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee about the funding difficulties which they face. Prompted by complaints that ‘London has long received a disproportionate share of arts funding’ at a previous investigation into the work of Arts Council England, the Countries of Culture inquiry is examining funding opportunities for cultural organisations in the regions.

The Times

Opera: The Cunning Little Vixen at Glyndebourne

Janácek takes just 90 minutes to tell the story of his Vixen, from cub years to marriage, motherhood to sudden death. At Glyndebourne that means the dinner interval is actually longer than the opera (chicken and rabbit, both scoffed by the leading lady, would make good hamper options).

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SPD will Künstlersozialabgabe senken

Nach Plänen der Bundesministerin für Arbeit und Soziales, Andrea Nahles (SPD), soll die Künstlersozialabgabe sinken.

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Eco Internet Award für philharmonie.tv

Das Kölner Konzertportal philharmonie.tv ist mit dem eco Internet Award des eco Verbands der Internetwirtschaft e. V. ausgezeichnet worden.

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Singpause – Das große Singen für Tausende Kinder

Mit der Düsseldorfer «Singpause» haben Zehntausende Grundschüler nebenbei in ihrer Schulzeit nicht nur singen, sondern auch Noten lesen gelernt. Das erfolgreiche Bildungsprojekt lässt andere Städte aufhorchen.

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Limelight Magazine @LimelightEd Wagnerian tenor Alberto Remedios has passed away aged 81

Rene Orth, 30, is the new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Photo credit: Andrew Bogard

Rene Orth, 30, is the new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Photo credit: Andrew Bogard

(Written on June 15, 2016 )

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.

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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.

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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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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, Met Opera understudy Francesco Anile steps in and gives performance of a lifetime as lead tenor loses his voice, sales up 14% year-on-year for Record Store Day, New York Festival of Song to premiere Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women and Motley Crue co-founder Nikki Sixx has launched a campaign asking Google to pay musicians more money when their videos appear on YouTube.

Daily Mail

The show must go on! Understudy gets last-minute big break at Met Opera when lead tenor loses his voice – so jumps on stage in jeans and sneakers and gives performance of a lifetime

It is a role of a lifetime. But when one understudy finally got his big break at the Metropolitan Opera he wasn’t expecting it to be while wearing his old jeans and sneakers.

Music Week

Retailers celebrate another successful Record Store Day

Preliminary figures show that this year’s Record Store Day was a hit, with sales up 14% year-on-year – and retailers seemed to agree that the vinyl revival isn’t going anywhere. While singles sales were down 2%, LPs were up 35% year-on-year, and the annual celebration bled into the following sales week as well.

BBC News

Nikki Sixx to YouTube: ‘Do the right thing’

Motley Crue co-founder Nikki Sixx has launched a campaign asking Google to pay musicians more money when their videos appear on YouTube. The bass player is urging Google to remember its former slogan – “Don’t be evil” – in its dealings with artists.

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NYFOS to premiere Compositora: Songs by Latin American women at Merkin Hall

New York Festival of Song rounds out its Mainstage season on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 with Compositora: Songs by Latin American Women, a fascinating program that showcases the prodigious accomplishments of Latina composers.

ArtsJournal

A German orchestra goes up against Turkey in row over a term for genocide

Turkey’s delegation to the European Union demanded the European Commission withdraw 200,000 euros ($224,500) in funding for the concert.

South China Morning Post

Mei Baojiu: China’s renowned Peking opera master dies aged 82

Youngest son of Peking opera legend Mei Lanfang was devoted to his art, considering it his lifetime mission to pass it on to the younger generation.

Classical Music Magazine

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation awards £15,000 to Wiltshire Music Centre

The grant, which will be distributed across three years, will go towards the centre’s programme of master-classes, workshops, concerts and artist residencies for young musicians in the region.

Der Tagesspiegel

Als Kolibri durch den Saal schweben

Berlins Orchester lassen sich viel einfallen, um neues Publikum zu gewinnen. Das Konzerthaus setzt auf virtuelle Realität – mittels einer speziellen Brille.

KlassikAkzente

Mit Wagner im Kino: Live-Übertragung aus der Berliner Philharmonie mit Andris Nelsons

Wenn Andris Nelsons am 29. April gemeinsam mit den Berliner Philharmonikern Musik von Wagner und Bruckner zum Klingen bringt, kann man das Konzert in vielen Kinosälen in Deutschland live mitverfolgen.

Pizzicato

Antonini wird Erster Gastdirigent beim Mozarteumorchester

Seit eineinhalb Jahren sucht das Mozarteumorchester Salzburg erfolglos nach einem Nachfolger für den im Sommer d.J. scheidenden Chefdirigenten Ivor Bolton.

Francemusique

Nouvelle polémique quant à l’utilisation des animaux à l’opéra

L’opéra Allemand sur le Rhin (Deutche Oper am Rhein) a été contraint d’annuler le contrat de l’un de ses acteurs principaux : le coq du « Coq d’or » de Rimski-Korsakov en raison d’une décision de l’Office Vétérinaire.

El Pais

La música activa el cerebro de los bebés

Investigadores de EE UU vinculan la detección de patrones musicales con el aprendizaje del habla

Twitter

Top Classical News @topcmnews Osvaldo Golijov Headlines Spoleto USA Chamber Music Program

Black Dress Code @black_dresscode Wonderful film on Eleonore Schoenfeld She inspired our elegant palazzo trousers

Kate Simko @Kate_Simko  advice I’d give to myself.. ArtsProfessional Magazine

Photograph: UIG via Getty Images

(Written on April 26, 2016 )

Classical News

In today’s news, the German cabinet deciding on a reform of copyright law to secure artist’s fair payment. Also, Vienna opera places composition commissions, first looks on Zimmer’s soundtrack for Batman v Superman, WNO announces new chair & more

Classic FM

Hear an exclusive track from the Batman v Superman soundtrack

We’ve got an exclusive first look at Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Enjoy ‘Do You Bleed’ right now! Read more at http://www.classicfm.com/composers/zimmer/news/batman-v-superman-soundtrack-do-you-bleed/#8MIm526H3B6f5ZPv.99

Classical Music Magazine

WNO announces new chair

Welsh National Opera has appointed Mark Molyneux as its next chair of the board of directors. He succeeds Geraint Talfan Davies, who steps down in July after 10 years in the post.

Classical Music Magazine

Vuillaume ‘Evangelists’ quartet sell for record amount

A quartet of instruments made by the luthier Jean Baptiste Vuillaume sold at auction for £960,000 on 15 March.

The Strad

City of Birmingham Symphony names Kate Suthers second violin section leader

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has appointed Kate Suthers as its section leader second violin from May 2016

NMZ

Jazzstudie 2016: Viele Jazzmusiker können von Gagen nicht leben

Viele Jazzmusiker in Deutschland können nach Einschätzung eines Berufsverbands allein von ihren Gagen nicht leben

Golem.de

Regierung beschließt Gesetzentwurf für “faire Beteiligung”

Das Bundeskabinett hat eine Reform des Urhebervertragsrechts beschlossen. Die Urheber werfen Justizminister Maas vor, seine ursprünglichen Pläne verwässert zu haben

Die Presse

Staatsoper: Staudt schreibt Auftragsoper “Die Weiden”

Die Oper von Johannes Maria Staud und dem Dresdner Librettisten Durs Grünbein wird „eine Expedition ins Herz Europas“

The Strad

London’s Royal College of Music receives rare Gagliano violin in its original Baroque set-up

The Royal College of Music in London has been gifted a 1758 Nicolò Gagliano violin on permanent loan from an anonymous charitable benefactor

Deutsche Welle

How European exile composers created the sounds of Hollywood

World-renowned violinist Daniel Hope uncovered dusty letters and compositions scribbled on scraps of paper for “The Sounds of Hollywood,” a book and a CD on Jewish immigrant composers who fled to Hollywood in the 1930s

Twitter

BR KLASSIKAusstellung in : und der Germanenkult in üppigen Gemälden

Deutsche Grammophon Last night we had such a wonderful & unique SLEEP with . See you tonight again!

ARTEFAKT Kultur Seit Jahrzehnten ist der Star-Bariton Thomas Hampson rund um den Globus unterwegs

Photograph: DW / H. Mund

Photograph: DW / H. Mund

 

 

 

 

 

(Written on March 17, 2016 )