6th August: Hoaxes, Robberies and Lookalikes

Monday 6th August 2012

The Telegraph

Theatre director Michael Attenborough is no fan of modern opera

Michael Attenborough, the son of Lord Attenborough, says modern opera ‘studiously avoids anything so old-fashioned as melody or emotion’

Arts Journal– Slipped Disc 

Mihaela: the final rites, the first obituary

Funeral arrangements have been published for Mihaela Ursuleasa who died last week in Vienna, at the age of 33.

Gergiev is victim of Pussy Riot hoax 

A Russian news site reports that Valery Gergiev last night publicly threatened to quit as head of the Maryinsky Theatre unless the girl-band Pussy Riot trial defendants were released.

Legendary Bow Maker has died 

Giovanni Lucchi, the favoured bow-maker for Mstislav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zukerman and many more, has died in Cremona, aged 69.

Classic FM  

Pavarotti lookalike refused bankcard 

A professional Pavarotti lookalike has been refused a personalized bank card because he looks too much like the star.

$50K Violin stolen from Vancouver car park 

The Joseph Nadotti Fecit violin from 1772 was taken from student’s minivan while she shopped.

Gautier Capuçon talks Saint-Saëns and holidays

Cellist talks to Classic FM from the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.