It was alleged today that a city lawyer assaulted a fellow-ROH operagoer in a dispute over a woman’s coat. Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told that Matthew Feargrieve,… Read more "Hedge fund lawyer ‘punched Covent Garden operagoer’"
There was a symposium today at the Vienna Opera for its 1,000th performance of Der Rosenkavalier. Among those taking past were Christa Ludwig, Gundula Janowitz, Gwyneth Jones….… Read more "Which maestro did singers love best in Rosenkavalier?"
Teddy Abrams has signed a five-year extension with the Louisville Orchestra. He has been there since 2014. source https://slippedisc.com/2019/03/maestro-stays-louisville-keeps-teddy/
The Israeli veteran, 83, has been named principal conductor in Taiwan. He starts with the Taipei Symphony in August on a three-year deal. Past positions include: hr-Sinfonieorchester… Read more "Maestro move: New job for Eliahu Inbal"
The Bavarian State Opera has made it known that next week’s performance of Gaetano Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux will be the last chance to hear Edita Gruberova on… Read more "Diva, 72, will sing her final opera next week"
The celebrated cellist appeared with NY Philharmonic prez Deborah Borda at a Harvard talk-in. “We have a bigger purpose,” he said. “It’s never art for art’s sake,… Read more "Yo Yo Ma: Art for art’s sake is dead"
A message read out on the Symphony Hall picket line: ‘The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is a cultural jewel of the world. I would like to encourage the… Read more "Daniel Barenboim backs Chicago strikers"
Once the jewel of central Europe, the Prague Spring Festival has dwindled in the post-Communist era into something resembling irrelevance. Incompetence, cronyism, politics all played apart. This… Read more "A young Kafka takes control of Prague Spring"
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is ending its first season with Music Director Thomas Søndergård and Principal Guest Conductor Elim Chan showing a 12% audience spike in… Read more "New music director brings 12% audience boost"
The Radio 3 boss has been cutting into bedrock broadcasting. Open letter to Alan Davey, Controller, Radio 3 Don’t Cut BBC Late Junction and Jazz Now… Read more "British composers lay in to BBC Radio 3 chief"
The speaker of the US House of Representatives issued this statement tonight: ‘It is an honor to send my greetings to the men and women of the… Read more "Nancy Pelosi backs Chicago Symphony strikers"
The much-loved Libor Pesek is stepping down at 85 as music director of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held for 12 years. … Read more "Maestro move: Czechs elect successor to Libor Pesek"
Apart from the last-minute substitute professor, the tenor was under the weather and the baritone was six months late. First review here: On Monday night, the Met… Read more "So how was it for Iulia? First review of the Met’s sub-prime Tosca"
The Polish violist Barnaba Jan Poprawski won today’s audition for a viola section vacancy in the State Opera orchestra, gateway to the Vienna Philharmonic. Poprawki, 35, has… Read more "Vienna Opera appoints Polish viola"
The Estonian Kristiina Poska was today named chief conductor of the Flanders Symphony Orchestra in Belgium, in addition to her other new job as music director at… Read more "Maestra move: Basle chief takes second job"
We have been informed of the death of Viktor Moucka, cellist of the Vlach Quartet and its last surviving member. He was 93. The quartet played from… Read more "The last of a great quartet"
Jennifer Rowley called in sick for last night’s performance. Meet understudy Iulia Isaev, who made a last-minute Met debut. (Anybody there to see it?) Isaev has been… Read more "A Romanian professor saves the Met’s Tosca"
In a major setback for sovrintendente Alexander Pereira, the board of La Scala has refused to accept the membership of a Saudi minister and has given back… Read more "Breaking: La Scala gives back Saudi millions"
Message received: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association has canceled all self-presented concerts at Symphony Center from Wednesday, March 20 to Monday, March 25. The CSOA has canceled… Read more "Just in: Chicago cancels 2nd week of concerts"
We learn with sadness that Wolfgang Meyer died yesterday. The brother of Sabine Meyer, he was professor in Karlsruhe from 1989 until his death and director of… Read more "Death of an influential clarinet, 64"