Classical Music News – Jessica Duchen, Margret Atwood, Paris Opera.

Wednesday 16th November 2011

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.

The Financial Times

La Forza del Destino, Paris Opera (Bastille)

American baritone Leonard Warren collapsed and died during a performance of La forza del destino at the Metropolitan Opera in 1960. Pavarotti is said to have avoided singing it on stage because of its supposed curse. The opera world is still full of such superstition but the real curse afflicting the work is its impossible libretto.

The New York Times

Margaret Atwood Named Mentor in Rolex Arts Program

The Canadian author Margaret Atwood and the French theater director Patrice Chéreau are among the six artists who will serve as mentors in dance, film, literature, music, theater and visual arts as part of a program sponsored by Rolex.

Jessica Duchen’s Classical Music Blog

A Lang Way to Go

Calling all keen pianists: wanna go to New York?


World Citizen pianist Sourikova’s musical Journey.

Russian-born pianist Katya Sourikova is gaining a growing following in Europe with her brand of jazz shaped by years of classical training.


Ilminster music organisation looking for help

CHANCE for a youngster to gain some work experience with an Ilminster music charity has become available this week.