17th July: first night of the Proms, auto-translating glasses, Alan Curtis dies

Friday 17th July 2015

Classical News

In today’s news, Ivan Hewett reports on the problem with the opening night of the Proms, auto-translating opera glasses are tested out in Avignon and Alan Curtis dies.

The Telegraph

The problem with the First Night of the Proms

It’s the world’s greatest music festival – so why does it always get off to such a shoddy start, asks Ivan Hewett

The Guardian

Dadaville at the First Night of the Proms – and six great Proms premieres

In the spirit of the concert series’ opening night, Tom Service honours the long tradition of presenting new music at the Proms

Classical Music Magazine

Auto-translating opera glasses trialled at Avignon

The world’s first auto-translating opera glasses made their debut at this year’s Avignon Festival.

Alan Curtis, scholar, conductor and harpsichordist, dies aged 80

The American scholar, conductor and harpsichordist Alan Curtis (17 November 1934 – 15 July 2015) has died aged 80.

Classic FM

Sharks are a little less scary thanks to Joshua Bell and the London Symphony Orchestra

In an effort to boost the image of these endangered animals, the Discovery channel has commissioned a new piece of music to represent sharks – dialling down the terror and dialling up the majesty.

Die Zeit

Von Wölfen und Menschen

Die Wunderdunkelheit der Seele. Der schottische Installationskünstler Douglas Gordon zeigt mit “Neck of the Woods” Musiktheater in Manchester.

Klassik Akzent

Klassische Ouvertüren – Große Dirigenten der Wiener Philharmoniker

Die Wiener Philharmoniker sind eines der vornehmsten Orchester Europas. Jetzt legt Decca ein klassisches Album des Traditionsorchesters neu auf: bedeutende Ouvertüren von Mozart, Beethoven und Schubert.

Die Welt

Oper Frankfurt beendet Spielzeit mit Rekordergebnis

In der Saison 2014/15 hat die Oper Frankfurt/Main für rund 7,5 Millionen Euro Eintrittskartenverkauft, teilte das Opernhaus gestern mit.

Il Messaggero

Verdi, 82 lettere del maestro salvate grazie alle donazioni: rischiavano di andare perdute

«Caro Arrivabene, ieri sera Aida benissimo, esecuzione d’insieme e di parti buonissimo, mise en scène, idem, Stolz e Pandolfini benissimo, Waldman bene… Il pubblico le ha fatto buon viso.

San Francisco Classical Voice

Summertime and Musicals Are Easy (But with Substance) 

The season of musicals has arrived with a vengeance. Here we are taking a look at just two productions opening this week for long runs, one riding on Stephen Sondheim’s illuminating/devastating lyrics, the other a West End-Broadway sensation on tour.


Maria Camahort @mariacamahort: Back home after two gigs with the quintet and at @ArtinAction1 !!! Great place to spend the day!! 🙂

Your Call… @yourcallopera Lisa waiting for the train to the first day of rehearsals – not long until the performances @teteateteopera!

The Amati Magazine @AmatiMagazine: …and @RichardBratby‘s visit to Newark became our most-viewed piece EVER in just three days.

First night of the Proms...The First Night of the Proms 2009 in the Royal Albert Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 17, 2009. Photo credit should read: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Opening night at the Proms

Photo: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire