18th May: Karita Mattila, Falstaff and the Cunning Little Vixen

Friday 18th May 2012

The Telegraph

Tallis Scholars: at the cutting edge of discovery

Tallis Scholar founder Peter Phillips says there are still great Renaissance masterworks waiting to be brought back to life.

The Guardian

The Cunning Little Vixen brings animal magic to Glyndebourne

With its cast of bloodthirsty foxes, lazy hens and mischievous frogs, Janácek’s opera is joy – and a powerful reminder of the force of nature.

Classical Music Magazine

Catalyst Arts fund: music organisation to invest in development

Nearly £4.5m has been allocated to UK music organisations as part of Arts Council England’s Catalyst Arts scheme, announced today.

NY Times

Mattila Bows Out From Met Production

Karita Mattila, the Finnish soprano, has dropped out of a new production of Verdi’s “Ballo in Maschera” at the Metropolitan Opera planned for next season.

LA Times

Piano and flute in India, where the sitar is king

There’s a growing interest in the music of Beethoven, Bach and Co. in the country. The Delhi School of Music is among the institutions that feed this thirst for the Western classical genre.

ArtsJournal – Slipped disc

Pavarotti’s Machiavelli has died

Herbert Breslin, who masterminded Luciano Pavarotti’s career and made sure it triumphed above all others, died today in Nice, France.


No place for boorish boos at sumptuous new Falstaff

The reaction of sections of the audience at Tuesday night’s unveiling of a brand new Falstaff at the Royal Opera House was uncalled for, unjustified – and boorish.