1st November: ‘Performing Global Warming,’ new ‘Universal Music Classics’ label and 9 year old opera singer wows Holland’s got talent

Friday 1st November 2013

New York Times

Performing Global Warming

Two students of global warming with a love of music explore the role of the arts in engaging the public on subtle environmental changes.

Work by Britten Resurfaces at American Ballet Theatre

A Benjamin Britten orchestration of Chopin piano music that was believed to be lost will re-enter the repertory on Friday night when American Ballet Theater uses it for its performance of Michel Fokine’s “Les Sylphides” at the David H. Koch Theater.


Radio 3 breakfast show to be presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

Presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch is moving to host other classical and choral programmes. Clemency Burton-Hill, will takeover the weekday breakfast show on 2 December, alternating the morning shifts with Petroc Trelawny.

Amira Willighagen, nine, sings opera and stuns Holland’s Got Talent judges

Girl who performed O Mio Babbino Caro says she taught herself to sing with YouTube tutorials.


Alexander Shelley named music director designate of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra

The thirty four year old UK conductor succeeds Pinchas Zukerman as music director in September 2015.

Universal Music USA launches revitalised Universal Music Classics

Universal Music Group is embarking on a ‘revitalised commitment’ to its classical department by launching Universal Music Classics. Formerly the Decca Label Group, the new Universal Music Classics encompasses Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Mercury Classics and Panorama imprints.

BBC News

How did ancient greek music sound? 

The music of ancient Greece, unheard for thousands of years, is being brought back to life by Armand D’Angour, a musician and tutor in classics at Oxford University.

The Star (Canada)

Boys breaking ballet stereotypes

Canada’s National Ballet School has the highest percentage of boys enrolling in its history.


Too many orchestras in North America?

The lack of funding for orchestras and opera companies may be raising the question of whether North America has too many of them – or whether, as with other institutions, there should be more streamlining and consolidations.

Der Tagesspiegel

Schön ist’s im Schillertheater

Die Sanierung der Staatsoper wird zur Endlos-Saga. Aber Intendant Jürgen Flimm findet immer einen Grund zur Freude. Wir haben ihn in seiner Räuberhöhle im Schillertheater besucht.