12th December: RNCM Honorary Members, Goethe-Institut, Paris Opera strikes cost

Thursday 12th December 2019

RNCM announces new Fellows and Honorary Members

The Royal Northern College of Music’s Congregation of Awards took place on Tuesday 10 December 2019. Pianist Stephen Hough was awarded Companionship of the RNCM, the College’s highest honour, and Fellowships were awarded to double bassist Leon Bosch and soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn.
Honorary Membership was presented to Dame Colette Bowe, chair of the UK Banking Standards Board and former chair of ABRSM; Mike Emmerich, member of the RNCM and Manchester Camerata Board of Governors and founder director of Metro Dynamics; Alison Godlee, alumna of the Royal Manchester College of Music and co-founder of the Haworth Trust; and Ms Xu Jian, regional general manager of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province of Poly Theatre Network, general manager of the Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall, chairwoman of Beijing Capital Theatre Alliance and executive director of China Association of the Performing Arts and Beijing Association of the Performing Arts.

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Goethe-Institut warnt vor Abschottung

Das Goethe-Institut sorgt sich um das Deutschlandbild im Ausland. Abschottung und nationalistische Tendenzen bedrohen die Attraktivität für Wissenschaftler oder Fachkräfte.Der Präsident des Goethe-Instituts, Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, hat eindringlich vor Abschottung in Europa gewarnt. “Die europäische Kultur ist eine Migrationskultur”, sagte Lehmann am Dienstag in Berlin unter Hinweis auf den über Jahrhunderte immer wieder deutlich sichtbaren Austausch. “Es wäre bitter, wenn sich gegenseitige Abschottung, Gegnerschaft gegen das Fremde, Manipulation und nationalistische Tendenzen fortsetzen würden”, sagte Lehmann mit Blick auf entsprechende Entwicklungen in Deutschland. “Das ist eine Entwicklung, der das Goethe-Institut mit aller Macht entgegentritt.”

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The Goethe-Institut is concerned about the image of Germany abroad.

Demarcation and nationalist tendencies threaten the attractiveness of the country for scientists or professionals.The President of the Goethe-Institut, Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, has urgently warned against nationalist movements in Europe. “European culture is a culture of migration,” said Lehmann on Tuesday in Berlin, referring to the exchange between countries that has been highly visible over the centuries. “It would be bitter if mutual isolation, opposition to the foreign, manipulation and nationalistic tendencies continued,” said Lehmann with regard to the corresponding developments in Germany. “This is a development that the Goethe-Institut is facing with all its might.”

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Les grèves ont coûté 2,5 millions d’euros à l’Opéra de Paris en une semaine

Au total, quinze spectacles d’opéra et de ballet ont été annulés à l’Opéra Bastille et au Palais Garnier depuis le jeudi 5 décembre, date du début de la mobilisation contre la réforme des retraites. L’annulation d’un opéra comme Le Prince Igor à Bastille représente par exemple 358.000 euros en moyenne en billetterie perdue chaque soir, a précisé l’Opéra à l’AFP. L’Opéra et la Comédie Française sont les seules institutions culturelles concernées par la réforme. Le régime spécial de l’Opéra est un des plus anciens de France, puisqu’il date de 1698, sous Louis XIV. Fait inédit, plus d’une centaine de danseurs du Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris ont défilé jeudi dernier dans les rues. Une fois leur caisse spéciale (financée à moitié par l’Etat) supprimée, les danseurs craignent de voir disparaître leur pension alors qu’ils sont à la retraite à 42 ans.

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The strikes cost the Paris Opera €2.5 million in one week

A total of fifteen opera and ballet performances have been canceled at the Opéra Bastille and Palais Garnier since Thursday, December 5, the date on which the mobilization against the pension reform began. The cancellation of an opera such as Le Prince Igor in Bastille, for example, represents an average of €358,000 in lost tickets every night, the Opera told AFP. The Opera and the Comédie Française are the only cultural institutions concerned by the reform. The special regime of the Opera is one of the oldest in France, dating back to 1698, under Louis XIV. For the first time, more than a hundred dancers from the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris paraded through the streets last Thursday. Once their special fund (half financed by the State) is abolished, dancers fear that their pensions will disappear when they are 42 years old when they retire.

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