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Ravi Shankar's only opera brought to the stage in 2017

David Murphy with Anoushka & Sukanaya Shankar (Ravi Shankar's daughter & wife) photo Sim Canetty Clarke Ravi Shankar's only opera Sukanaya will receive its world premiere as part of a UK tour presented by the Royal Opera, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Curve. Show More Summary

Germany founds a national doctors orchestra

What does your physician do to relieve stress? Plays the cello. In Germany, the doctors have joined up into a Bundesärztekammerphilharmonie. Opening concert in Hamburg, October 3. Works by Alberic Magnard, Marko Mihevc and Jean Sibelius, themed ‘An das Leben’. Photo: Matthew Brunwasser

Britten’s nephew, Pears’s niece, have died

From the BrittenPears.org: Alan Britten, president of the Friends of Aldeburgh, has died at 78. During a career in the oil industry, he rose to become Vice-President for Mobil Europe. Susan (Sue) Phipps, another lifelong Aldeburgh supporter, has died at 85. Sue was the daughter of Peter Pears’s elder brother Arthur. Her husband, Jack Phipps, was […]

The challenge of presenting ‘African American music’: First, define it.

The challenge of the Oprah Winfrey Theater at the NMAAHC: Is music art first, or artifact?

Shame: International orch goes crowdfunding to buy new clarinets

The Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse used to be the pride of French orchestras, widely held to be superior to any Paris ensemble.     But Toulouse has fallen on hard times and, despite lavish state and city funding, has been forced to go begging online for money to renew its ageing stock of […]

The football player who gave it up to sing opera

Our bass pal, Morris Robinson. When he talks about ‘NFL standards’, I’m hearing ‘Vienna Phil’…

ENO turns in despair to the movies

English National Opera, unable to afford much by way of new productions, is imitating some of the London orchestras by running a movie at the Coliseum with live orchestral soundtrack. The point? To keep the orchestra employed and the house from going dark. Details here.  

Gucci’s corruption of Mahler’s Adagietto

An Italian, Guchino Visconti, brought Gustav Mahler to media attention by using the Adagietto from his fifth symphony as the theme music for his film Death in Venice, in 1971. It was perfectly suited to the film’s themes of love and death and it reflected the fact that Thomas Mann had modelled its central character, […]

Leonard Cohen calls in the synagogue cantor

The balladeer, conspicuously frail and 82 today, has heen working with the cantor and chorus of Montreal’s Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue for the opening track of his new single, You Want it Darker, also out today. The refrain he sings is: ‘Hineni Hineni; I’m ready, my Lord.’ Make of that what you will. Canton Gideon Zelermyer says: […]

Hollywood’s #1 cellist creates album for ‘superhuman’ wife with MS

The Swiss cellist Martin Tillman has been the go-to soloist for Hans Zimmer and other blockbuster composers for more than 30 years. Now he has composed an album of his own, a tribute to his wife, Eva, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis. ‘The feeling came from desperation, sadness, the shock of the diagnosis and from […]

Netrebko and Hvorostovsky to make Bolshoi debuts

Neither has ever sung in a staged opera in Moscow. That’s about to change. Anna Netrebko will open in Manon Lescat at the Bolshoi in October 16. Dmitri Hvorostovsky will appear in Don Carlos in December. The Bolshoi chief Vladimir Urin has said that other world-renowned Russian singers are planning to work with the company, […]

Sir James Galway takes a health check

He tells the Deadly Fail: Last year my weight reached over 13st and I’m 5ft 4in tall. Tests showed the arteries around my heart had clogged up. I had a couple of stents inserted in April to prop them open, but was told to lose weight for my health. The one thing that worked for […]

Rudolf Barshai’s legacy returns to Moscow

The eminent violist and conductor, founder of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, fled the Soviet Union in 1977 and went on to head orchestras in Israel, Canada, France and Germany. Barshai died in Switzerland in 2010. Now his widow, Elena, will deposit his music archive at the Moscow Conservatoire in a ceremony next week.

Death of a much-recorded Russian music director, 79

Founder of two major Russian symphony orchestras, in Volgograd and Ulyanovsk, Edward Serov was a runner-up in the first Herbert von Karajan conducting competition. After a term as assistant to Yevgeny Mravinsky at the Leningrad Philharmonic, he became chief conductor of the city’s chamber orchestra, from 1974 to 1985. Abroad, Serov was music director in Odense, […]

London: City of Song

Tomorrow night (22 September 2016) the concert London: City of Song at Bush Hall, celebrates every aspect of London's vibrant street-scape in words and music. Soprano Joanna Songi and baritone Jerome Knox are joined by pianist NigelShow More Summary

Pils in our time

The Bamberg Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1946 by German musicians who had been ruthlessly expelled from liberated Czechoslovakia (most were members of the German Philharmonic Orchestra of Prague). This weekend, Bamberg instals a new chief conductor, Jakub Hrusa. He’s Czech. Cheers.

John Beard: Handel's Tenor, the exhibition

Thomas Hudson - John Beard as Macheath, 1743 John Beard: Handel's Tenor; Handel and Hendrix in London Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Sep 20 2016 The lively life & career of the 18th century tenor John Beard, told via a sequence of telling...Show More Summary

Best opera poster of the season

Cosi updated to the First World War. Brilliant art.

The Art of the Obbligato

Eleanor Minney- photo Colourwhite Photography The Italian word obbligato (from the verb obligare 'to oblige') in baroque classical music implies an instrumental part which is somehow indispensable to the performance, so in baroque arias...Show More Summary

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