25th August: Donizetti at Glyndebourne 2015, Bamberger Symphoniker at Musikfest Berlin & James Rhodes on mental illness and abuse

Monday 25th August 2014

Classical News


Why is opera so expensive? Well, no more than football

The issue of opera ticket prices is a heated one – but there are more factors at play than you think, says Rupert Christiansen

Glyndebourne 2015 hopes to bringe highbrow opera to the masses

Opera festival’s organisers say Donizetti’s Poliuto, written in 1838, will be staged at the annual performances, which have doubled their audiences this year

Classic FM

I’ve found the greatest living violinist: he’s from Siberia and he turns 40 this week

He’s the complete package: a consummate violin player with brilliant technique, energy and showmanship. And in an age that likes its popular artists to have a dramatic back story, he has triumphed over adversity.

The Independent

A role worth dying for

Swedish soprano Nina Stemme tells Jessica Duchen that playing the tragic Salome is one of her biggest challenges yet

James Rhodes

The concert pianist on mental illness and opening up about sexual abuse


Gier auf Neues

Labororchester und positiv musikantisch: Ein Porträt der Bamberger Symphoniker und ihres Dirigenten Jonathan Nott, die im September zum Musikfest Berlin kommen.

New York Times

Laura Kaminsky Named Composer in Residence at American Opera Projects

American Opera Projects, the adventurous Brooklyn company that has been commissioning, developing and staging new operas for a quarter century, has appointed Laura Kaminsky as its composer-in-residence, beginning Sept. 1, the company announced on Friday.


Two arrested in death of Chautauqua violinist

Late Wednesday afternoon, another orchestra member found Whitaker dead in the garage of her Titus Road house after she missed an appointment.



OperaSpace: @OperaSpace #IvanTheTerrible Born today 1530; musically immortalized by #Bizet #Prokofiev #RimskyKorsakov & #Gounod (unperformed)

The New York Times: @nytimes The streaming services from symphonies and operas makes one long for a Netflix for classical music http://nyti.ms/1wi2Zqb

edintfest: @edintfest The @SinfiniMusic Les Troyens opera strip is in @TheScotsman today with an interview with the artist! http://www.wow247.co.uk/blog/2014/08/20/les-troyens-how-to-turn-an-opera-into-a-comic-strip/ … #EdintFest ^N


Michael Trippel

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