14th July: Jon Vickers, Glyndebourne marks Shakespeare’s death, Sollazzo Ensemble win YEMF

Tuesday 14th July 2015

Classical News

In today’s news Jon Vickers dies, Glyndebourne Festival plans to mark Shakespeare’s death and Sollazzo Ensemble win YEMF Young Artist Competition.

The Guardian

Mendelssohn’s missing opera: the course of true love was never smooth

He worshipped Shakespeare, and Mendelssohn’s incidental music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream is among the most perfect musical responses to any of his plays – so why did Mendelssohn never write a complete Shakespearean opera?

Classic FM

Opera legend Jon Vickers dies, aged 88

Imposing Canadian tenor stormed the world’s stages in heroic roles.

Classical Music Magazine

Glyndebourne to mark Shakespeare anniversary in 2016 and 2017

The 2016 Glyndebourne Festival will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with productions of two operas based on his work: Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Sollazzo Ensemble win YEMF Young Artist Competition

The Sollazzo Ensemble has won the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition. They received a cash prize of £1,000, opportunities to work with Radio 3, a performance in the 2016 York Early Music Festival, and a CD recording produced by Linn Records.

British Library

Recording discovered of 1938 world premiere performance of Britten Piano Concerto

For his first appearance at the Proms, the twenty-four year old Benjamin Britten gave the premiere of his Piano Concerto Op. 13 on 11th August 1938.

Der Tagesspiegel

Der Wind hat mir ein Lied erzählt

Zwei deutsche Frauen leiten die wichtigsten Festivals im österreichischen Burgenland in Mörbisch und St. Margarethen – und trotzen bei ihren Premieren widrigen Bedingungen.


Stuttgarter Oper: Leitlinien für Sanierung verabschiedet

Die Sanierungspläne für die Oper Stuttgart nehmen Gestalt an. Erste Leitlinien verabschiedete der Verwaltungsrat der Stuttgarter Staatstheater am Montag.


Österreichischer Tenor Josef Hopferwieser ist tot

Der österreichische Kammersänger Josef Hopferwieser ist im Alter von 77 Jahren in seiner Heimatstadt Graz gestorben. Dies teilte die Wiener Staatsoper mit, an der Hopferwieser über viele Jahre als Ensemblemitglied wirkte.

The Washington Post

Jon Vickers, acclaimed Canadian operatic tenor, dies at 88

Jon Vickers, a Canadian tenor whose voice — titanic and yet delicate — was regarded as one of the finest sounds to fill an opera house in the past half-century, died July 10 in Ontario, Canada. He was 88.

Le Monde

La garde républicaine escorte Branford Marsalis à Strasbourg

Plus de 2 000 saxophonistes sur les places de Strasbourg, les marches de la cathédrale, dans les rues, les winstub, les salles, le conservatoire, le Palais des congrès, la Maison de la musique et de la danse, partout…


Classical Music @ClassicalMusic: @marinalsop is to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba in a historic concert later this year

Rich Mix @RichMixLondon: Looking forward to seeing students from @cmsounds take the stage @ tonight’s Music Space Live!

Classic FM @ClassicFM: Coming up with @johnsuchet1: Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 as you’ve never heard it before!


Jon Vickers dies
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