30th September: ABRSM launches new remotely-assessed performance exam, Esposito appointed as Bavarian chamber singer, COVID outbreak forces Rouen Opera to cancel Tannhäuser production

Wednesday 30th September 2020

New remotely-assessed exam places performance skills at the centre

The ABRSM has announced the launch of a ‘landmark’ exam which marks students entirely on their performance of their chosen music. 

Candidates will submit videos of their performances, which will then be assessed on how they are brought to life, taking communication, interpretation and storytelling into account. Players will have the freedom to choose where to record, and with whom, offering flexibility and accessibility. Three pieces or songs will be selected by the candidate from a list, while the fourth piece is entirely their choice.

The Performance Grade, a regulated qualification, is available at Grades 1 to 8 and carries the same value as traditional Practical Grades. Students are able to switch between Practical and Performance Grades as they progress and will be awarded the same UCAS points for the new exams at Grades 6 to 8 as they would have received for Practical Grades.

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Bassbariton Alex Esposito zum Bayerischen Kammersänger ernannt

Der italienische Bassbariton Alex Esposito ist zum Bayerischen Kammersänger ernannt worden. Das teilte das Kunstministerium am Dienstag, 29. September, in München mit. Die Ehre überbrachte ihm Minister Bernd Sibler (CSU) am Abend zuvor nach der Aufführung von Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts “La nozze di Figaro” in der Bayerischen Staatsoper. Dort gab der Künstler 2009 sein Hausdebüt als Leporello in “Don Giovanni”.

Danach stand der Sänger an fast 200 Abenden auf der Bühne des Münchner Nationaltheaters, unter anderem in “La Cenerentola”, “Die Zauberflöte”, “Lucrezia Borgia” und “L’elisir d’amore”.


Bass baritone Alex Esposito appointed Bavarian chamber singer

The Italian bass baritone Alex Esposito has been appointed Bavarian chamber singer. This was announced by the Ministry of Art in Munich on Tuesday, 29 September. Minister Bernd Sibler (CSU) presented him with the honour the evening before after the performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “La nozze di Figaro” at the Bavarian State Opera. There the artist made his house debut in 2009 as a leporello in “Don Giovanni”.

Afterwards, the singer appeared on the stage of the Munich National Theatre on almost 200 evenings, including in “La Cenerentola”, “Die Zauberflöte”, “Lucrezia Borgia” and “L’elisir d’amore”.

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Nouveau cas de covid-19 à l’Opéra de Rouen qui annule sa production de Tannhäuser

Après la première représentation, ce sont les deux suivantes qui font les frais de la crise sanitaire.

Décidément, le sort s’acharne sur la nouvelle production du Tannhäuser de Wagner à l’Opéra de Rouen. De nombreuses précautions avaient été pourtant prises, le directeur Loïc Lachenal ayant notamment fait le choix spectaculaire d’aménager au parterre un vaste plateau de 200 mètres carrés pour y installer l’orchestre, afin de respecter les distanciations physiques entre les musiciens. Las, quelques jours avant la fin des répétitions, un cas de covid-19 était diagnostiqué parmi les solistes, obligeant à annuler la répétition générale et la première représentation.

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New case of covid-19 at the Rouen Opera cancelling its production of Tannhäuser

After the first performance, it is the next two that suffer from the health crisis.

Fate decidedly turned against the new production of Wagner’s Tannhäuser at the Rouen Opera. Many precautions had nevertheless been taken, the director Loïc Lachenal having made the spectacular choice to set up a vast 200 square metre stage on the floor to house the orchestra, in order to respect the physical distances between the musicians. A few days before the end of the rehearsals, a case of covid-19 was diagnosed among the soloists, forcing the cancellation of the dress rehearsal and the first performance.

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