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American opera star takes on “America’s answer to opera.”

Renée Fleming will try her hand at a Broadway musical — on Broadway.

Munich soloist: I turn down dates with Gergiev

The Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili, who lives in Munich and is a German citizen, makes no secret of her political differences with the city’s music director. In an interview with Merkur, Batiashvili says Gergiev has learned to expect opposition from artists who resent his support for Vladimir Putin. ‘I have turned down concert offers with […]

Just in: Welsh mourn a loyal tenor

From Welsh National Opera: It is with the profoundest sadness that we inform you that Paul Gyton, tenor of 40 years with the Chorus, passed away in the early hours of 18 April. Only last week we celebrated his years of service with the Company, an acknowledgement which meant a tremendous amount to Paul, particularly […]

Youth orchestra abolishes sheet music

From a press release: As students arrive for this year’s Yorkshire Young Sinfonia (YYS) course and concert with Ray Chen, one thing will be missing … all the sheet music. Thanks to the music app Newzik, students will be met by a room filled with iPads. The use of digital technology instead of traditional sheet […]

Chethams in ‘exceptional health’, says new head

Helen Pidd, the Guardian’s northern editor, has written an immaculate piece about the private music school’s bid to reinvent itself with a new head and a new concert hall after four years coping with historic allegations of student abuse. Alun Jones, the new head, says: ‘I have inherited a school in exceptional health, always looking […]

Hot shot: Hollywood star is a Parsifal fan

Our mole at the Vienna State Opera spotted Oscar winner Nicholas Cage enjoying an Easter performance of Parsifal (eat your heart out, Perez Hilton). Not many film actors have the Sitzfleisch for Wagner.

Easter rising: Rattle to revisit Parsifal

It is twenty years since Sir Simon Rattle took up Wagner’s last opera and made it his first in the UK. Baden-Baden has announced he will conduct a new Dieter Dorn production next Easter, his final residency at the festival with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Death of a popular Verdi soprano, 79

The Italian soprano Rita Orlandi, who was billed as Orlandi-Malaspina after her marriage to the bass Massimiliano Malaspino, died in Milan on April 8. Originally from Bologna, she made her 1963 debut in Giovanna d’Arco, reached La Scala three years later in Forza and specialised throughout her international career in Verdi roles, though she also sang […]

Kenneth Leighton: The Complete Organ Works

Kenneth Leighton organ works; Stephen Farr, John Butt, Nicky Spence, Chloe Hanslip; Resonus Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Apr 10 2017 Star rating: 4.0 An important and highly involving survey of all of Leighton's music for solo...Show More Summary

La Seine Musicale launches

La Seine Musicale New concert halls seem to continue coming thick and fast. Paris's latest hall opens on 22 April 2017, the 1100-seater auditorium which is part of La Seine Musicale, the new concert venue on L'Ile de Seguin. La Seine...Show More Summary

A first Strauss and a new Mascagni: Opera Holland Park in 2018

Anne Sophie Duprels as Iris and Noah Stewart as Osaka in Mascagni's Iris at Opera Holland Park 2016 (Photo Robert Workman) Opera Holland Park, taking advantage of its new found independence, is able to reveal more of the company's advanced planning. Show More Summary

Concern as Dmitry Hvorostovsky cancels Dublin

The Russian baritone has pulled out of his upcoming Dublin date ‘due to a change in the schedule for his cancer treatments.’ The hall website says: ‘Please note that the upcoming concert by baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky with pianist Ivari Ilja scheduled for Saturday, 29th April 2017 at the National Concert Hall has been cancelled.’ Hvorostovsky […]

Maurizio Pollini has had a bad fall

We reported earlier this week that Martha Argerich is replacing the Italian pianist at Aix. Apparently, he has suffered a nasty fall and will be out of action for at least a month.

Rising US soprano collects third major award

Nadine Sierra, 28, tonight won the 2017 Richard Tucker Award, which carries a $50,000 cash prize and buckets of prestige. She has already won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and the Marilyn Horne Competition. She is presently singing Lucia di Lammemoor in Venice. photo: Merri Cyr

Bayreuth mourns a German tenor

Manfred Jung died in Essen on April 14 at the age of 76. Hired by Hervert von Karajan for the 1975 Salzburg Easter Festival, he sang Siegfried in Götterdämmerung in Bayreuth’s centennial Ring, and went on to appear on many world sta...

Breaking: Music director walks out on Opera North

We’re hearing that Alexander Markovic has resigned from Opera North. He was appointed in February last year and started work, very promisingly this season. Here’s what the company is saying: Richard Mantle, General Director of Opera North, has announced that he has today accepted the resignation of Aleksandar Markovic as the Company’s Music Director. Mr Markovic […]

The Flying Tenor

Says a cast change announcement from the Met: AJ Glueckert will make his Met debut as Erik in Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer and will sing the role in the first four performances of the opera at the Met this season on April 25, 29matinee, May 4, and 8. Show More Summary

A wonderful 90th birthday present: John Joubert's 'Jane Eyre' finally reaches CD

John Joubert Jane Eyre; April Fredrick, David Stout, Clare McCaldin, Mark Milhofer, Gwion Thomas, English Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Woods; SOMM Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 30 2017 Star rating: 4.5 A labour of love, a terrific performance of Joubert's romantic opera John Joubert is quite a prolific composer. Show More Summary

Leeds Lieder - a weekend of song

Leeds Lieder opens its doors for another festival on 21 April 2017, with baritone Simon Keenlyside and pianist Joseph Middleton (director of the festival) in Schubert's Schwanengesang, some of RVW's Songs of Travel and songs by Sibelius. Show More Summary

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