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David Garrett files lawsuit against his pornstar ex

The German concert violinist, who is being sued for $12 million by his former girlfriend Ashley Youdan, has filed a countersuit of $10 million. She claimed physical and mental abuse. Garrett claims that Youdan, professionally known as Kendall Karson, had been threatening him with extortion. Case details in the New York Post. The nub of his […]

Law deal: Serge Dorny wins a likely million for unfair dismissal

23 minutes agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The appeals court in Dresden has overturned a previous ruling and decided that Serge Dorny, director of the Lyon Opera, was unfairly dismissed by the Semper Opera in February 2014 before he could begin the job. The reason for his dismissal, Dorny said, was a conflict with the music director Christian Thielemann. Dorny is likely […]

How many operas do you have to sing to earn a living?

Jeff Gwaltney is an operatic tenor who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. A Domingo protégé at Washington National Opera, he gets roles all over the US and frequently in the UK. At 33 people ask him: is this a living?   Read on here. h/t: SexiSoprano.  

Scots principal heads for Louisville

Julia Noone, recently an Associate Principal with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, has been named Assistant Concertmaster of the Louisville Orchestra. Julia will share front-desk duties with the new concertmaster, Gabriel Lefkowitz.     Louisville is seriously upgrading.

Aspen has its first Brit conductor

George Henry Jackson, 29, attended the Aspen Festival’s 2014 Conducting Academy class and won a prize. That brought him back in 2015, when he claimed the Aspen Conducting Prize. This summer he is the festival’s assistant conductor, the first UK artist in that coveted role.  

Just in: Munich cancels open-air opera due to situation

The Bavarian State Opera has called off Sunday’s free open-air transmission of Meistersinger in  Max-Joseph-Platz. ‘It’s not the right moment for such a summer’s day event when there has been mourning so close by,’ said intendant Nikolaus Bachler.

Living the life of Pal Joey

Chicago pianist Lori Kaufman was among those taking part in Tanglewood’s farewell to Joseph Silverstein, much-loved concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and, later, music director of the Utah Symphony. Joey, who died last November, aged 83, Joey was always so much more than the sum of his titles. Lori writes:   Over 700 close […]

Meet Cecilia Bartoli, opera's Renaissance woman

My interview with Cecilia Bartoli at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival appeared in the i yesterday. They don't put everything online, so here it is, below the picture. Cecilia Bartoli as Maria 1. © Salzburger Festspiele / Silvia Lelli It is almost impossible not to love Cecilia Bartoli: the Italian mezzo-soprano is a singer with a magic edge. Show More Summary

ANU’s head rolls (again)

The Australian National University’s much-troubled School of Music has named a new interim head. (Again.) Professor Malcolm Gillies will take charge for six months while a permanent head is sought. (Again.) His predecessor, acting head Royston Gustavson ‘left the position unexpectedly earlier this month’. Show More Summary

Bayreuth’s rat man attacks Katharina Wagner’s lack of vision

The eminent director Hans Neuenfels, who dressed up his chorus as rats in Bayreuth’s celebrated 2010 production Lohengrin, has spoken out over ‘multiple failures’ at the Wagner festival. He accused Katharina Wagner, now in sole command, of failing to maintain standards. There were ‘no artistic visions and sensations any more.’ He went on to accuse […]

Wimbledon Music Festival 2016

This year's Wimbledon Music Festival runs from 12 to 27 November 2017 with a whole variety of musical events in and around Wimbledon including St John's Church, Spencer Hill, Trinity Church, Mansel Road, Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill and Wimbledon Synagogue. Show More Summary

Marni Nixon: Artists will do things for nothing to keep the art alive

The celebrated Hollywood dubbing singer, who died this weekend aged 86, was a classically trained artist who attended classes with Lotte Lehmann and calimed to be among the first on the West Coast to sing Charles Ives. In an interview with Bruce Duffie, transcribed by Una Barry, Marni Nixon reflects on the future of opera: BD:    […]

Watch: Five year-old plays Mozart piano concerto

Evan Duy Quoc Le, known as Evan Le,  was born to Vietnamese parents on May 31st, 2011 in Torrance, California. He had his first piano lesson a year ago and can now get through the first movement of Mozart’s eighth piano concerto, K246.   Not just at home, either. Here’s his first orchestral performance, posted […]

Critical bloodbath? First verdicts on Bayreuth’s IS-themed Parsifal

After all the fuss and hyper-security, the festival’s opening night was loudly cheered – with exceptional ovations for Bayreuth favourite Klaus Florian Vogt in the title role and for conductor Hartmut Haenchen, who stepped in at three week’s notice for a disaffected Andris Nelsons. Musically, most agreed, the performance was of the highest quality. But […]

200th birthday Barber at the Proms

Björn Bürger & Danielle de Niese in Rossini's Il barbiere di Sivigla at Glyndebourne - photo Bill Cooper Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia; Danielle de Niese, Taylor Stayton, Björn Bürger, Alessandro Corbelli, London Philharmonic Orchestra,...Show More Summary

The Elisabeth Schwarzkopf of Movie Musicals

Starting as a teenager in the late 1940s and continuing for the next two decades, Ms. Nixon lent her crystalline soprano to some 50 films, sometimes contributing just a line or two of song — sometimes just a single, seamless note — that...Show More Summary

Sicklist: Young maestro, 26, gets break at Verbier

22 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Marc Minkowski has fallen sick. He’s replaced tomorrow night by a young Swiss, Lorenzo Viotti, in an odd concert of Rodrigo and Turina. Lorenzo, who won last year’s Salzburg Conducting contest, is son of the late conductor Marcello Viotti.

Marni Nixon, dubbing singer, performs Webern

23 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

She covered Deborah Kerr’s singing voice in The King and I and Audrey Hepburn’s in My Fair Lady. But here’s how good Marni really was: bareback Webern with Robert Craft at the piano. So beautiful. Marni Nixon died on Sunday, aged 86. Her first husband was Ernest Gold, composer of the Exodus theme.

Placido Domingo: I’d like to sing Amfortas

In a new interview with ForumOpera, the reborn baritone says he’s eyeing up Parsifal: Je voudrais chanter Amfortas. Je vais examiner Mandryka dans Arabella de Strauss. Peut-être d’autres rôles d’autres compositeurs… More here.

Chicago mourns Reiner man

Hired by Fritz Reiner in 1954, the violinist Edgar Muenzer played 47 years in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra until his retirement in 2001. He liked to conduct and, with his wife Nancy, founded the award-winning Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, where his son, Victor, is the present music director. Edgar Muenzer, Chicago stalwart, died on Friday […]

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