30th August: Edinburgh Festival ends, fights at the opera & the world-first silent opera

Tuesday 30th August 2016

Classical News

In today’s news, the Edinburgh International Festival has closed with its annual fireworks concert, Stirling Orchestra tunes up for BBC competition All Together Now & fights at the opera in Cosi Fan Tutte. Also, Opera Australia and the Sydney Opera House are teaming up to create a world first: a “silent opera”.

BBC News

Annual fireworks concert closes Edinburgh festival

The Edinburgh International Festival has closed with its annual fireworks concert. More than four tonnes of explosives and 400,000 fireworks lit up the skies around Edinburgh Castle. The international festival has had its most successful year, taking more than £4m in ticket sales for the first time.

Stirling Orchestra tuning up for BBC competition challenge

Stirling Orchestra, which formed in 1983, is one of the five competitors in All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge. The four-part BBC4 series aims to find the UK’s top amateur orchestra. Stirling made it to the final five after 250 orchestras initially entered the competition by submitting videos.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Opera Australia and Sydney Opera House team up for world-first silent opera

Opera Australia and the Sydney Opera House are teaming up to create a world first: a “silent opera” performed live with full orchestra and opera chorus, and 3000 audience members listening on headphones.

The Telegraph

Another fight at the opera in Cosi Fan Tutte row over wages

It has already raised eyebrows over its portrayal of Africans subjected to brutality by Fascist troops. Critics questioned the taste of including scenes of rape and racial abuse by Mussolini’s soldiers during Italy’s 1930s subjugation of Eritrea in what is a much-loved 18th century opera.


St. Cecilia Music Center’s School of Music Ramps Up for the New Season

Hundreds of past and present students from elementary school level through senior aged adults agree that at St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) “Music Lives Here”. Starting in September, students with an interest in music are encouraged to try out for SCMC’s School of Music programs.


Owner forced to ban his guide dog from classical music concerts

A regular patron of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand has been forced to take the tough decision to leave his guide dog outside the concert hall.


Komponistin Isabel Mundry neues Mitglied der Akademie der Wissenschaften

Die Komponistin Isabel Mundry ist neues Mitglied der in Mainz ansässigen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur. Auf ihrer letzten Sitzung hat die Akademie Mundry als ordentliches Mitglied der Klasse der Literatur und Musik gewählt.

BR Klassik

Skandalreicher Sommer geht zu Ende

Verschärfte Sicherheitsmaßnahmen, ein überraschender Dirigentenwechsel und der Skandal um die neue “Parsifal”-Inszenierung standen im Fokus der diesjährigen Bayreuther Festspiele.


ARD Musikwettbewerb mit 199 Nachwuchskünstlern aus aller Welt

199 Nachwuchsmusiker kämpfen seit gestern drei Wochen lang um Preise des Internationalen Musikwettbewerbs der ARD. Künstler aus 44 Ländern treten in den Kategorien Kontrabass, Horn, Harfe und Streichquartett an.


Edinburgh Festival @edinburghfest [scotsman] Opera review: Gurrelieder, Usher Hall: This is how an Edinburgh International Festival programme o…

New York Times Arts @nytimesarts “I think to be believed, onstage or on screen, is the one hope that all actors share.” – Gene Wilder

Glyndebourne @glyndebourne Applications are invited for places in the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival Chorus:


Photograph: Edinburgh Festival