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Where Pappano goes next

We’ve been hearing for a while that Sir Antonio Pappano will not conduct Covent Garden into the 2020s. He has been music director for 15 years, is 57 years old and he tells the Times today that it could be time to move on. But where? Reports that he is being considered to succeed Kirill […]

Placido Domingo’s triumphal march dies in court

It was intended as a grand farewell to an opera career that has spanned half a century. But the singer has now acknowledged that the Aida production he wanted to take on a tour of international arenas this year band next is not going to happen. Yesterday, the organisers, Art & Entertainment LIVE GmbH, filed for […]

Welcome, Primephonic streaming!

Nice to be able to bring you some good news today. A new high-definition streaming service, designed specifically for classical music, is being launched in the UK and USA by Primephonic, and it serves to tackle several of the biggest...Show More Summary

To the jerk who shushed me in mid-concert

I’m sitting in the Berlin Philharmonie last night listening to Ravel’s Mother Goose, a piece that does not engage all of the brain cells, when I feel an urgent need to check who’s playing second flute. I turn the booklet page with barely a whisper. The guy next to me goes ‘shhh’ and touches me […]

Hawaii Friday Photo

Westernmost Bookstore in the United States Kauai, March, 2017

How do musicians know when we’ve made it

Our diarist Anthea Kreston left her idyllic smalltown life in the US last year to play in an international string quartet based in Berlin. While the quartet is on sabbatical, Andrea and her family have been reflecting on the meaning of it all. Some of her Curtis classmates have hit the headlines. Others live in […]

Karol Szymanowski: Stabat Mater & more from Warsaw

Karol Szymanowski Litany to the Virgin Mary, Stabat Mater, Symphony No. 3; Aleksandra Kurzak, Agnieszka Rehlis, Dmitry Korchak, Artur Rucinski, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Jacek Kaspszyk; Warner Classics Reviewed by Robert...Show More Summary

Primephonic launches its classical music streaming service

If you have ever tried to find a particular classical music recording on one of the standard streaming services, you will know how frustrating the process is because search facilities designed for popular songs are rarely suitable for classical music. Show More Summary


In the New York Times, Michael Cooper writes about the change of leadership at the LA Phil, noting that two superb candidates are already on the premises: Gail Samuel and Chad Smith. The board may be tempted to bring in...

Friday: Aaron Parks Trio Plays at Smalls

On Friday, June 16th from 7:30 to 10 at the New York jazz venue Smalls, pianist Aaron Parks celebrates the release of Find the Way, his second release on ECM as a leader (and third overall). On 2013’s Arborescence, Parks appeared on the label as a solo artist, crafting improvisations in a live setting that were gently sculpted but nevertheless stirring […]

An English singer makes the final round of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

The English soprano Louise Alder has won round three of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. She joins Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar and Anthony Clark Evans in Sunday’s final.  

In the bedroom with Beethoven

We are indebted to the soprano Katherine Cooper for an introduction to this unexpectedly challenging series. Since there is no repertoire specified on the cover, we assume it must be Infidelio. Do not miss, in the same series, Making Out to Mozart. With a magic flute, presumably.  

A seventh conductor cancels

Daniel Harding has pulled out of  The Rake’s Progress this summer at Aix-en-Provence with a wrist injury. The Norwegian Eivind Gullberg Jensen steps in. Harding’s is the seventh major cancellation this week.

Top 50 Classical Music Blogs award

I am pleased to say that Planet Hugill has been named as one of Feedspot Blog Reader's Top 50 Classical Music Blogs on the web. This award is in addition to our being named as one of the Top 25 Opera Blogs & Websites.

Half the singers at the Berlin Phil this Saturday will be refugees

The orchestra is putting on the premiere of Andrew Norman’s children’s opera, A Trip to the Moon. It involves vocal soloists, some young instrumentalists and a mixed adults and children’s choir. Half of the choir members will be refugees who arrived in Germany, mostly from the Middle East. Welcome to Berlin. (c) Monika Rittershaus/Berlin Phil

Slow burn opera: Saint-Saens Proserpine revived by Palazzetto Bru Zane

Saint-Saens Proserpine; Veronique Gens, Frederic Antoun, Jean Teitgen, Andrew Foster Williams, Marie-Adeline Henry, Munchener Rundfunkorchester, Ulf Schimer; Palazzetto Bru Zane / Ediciones Singulares Reviewed by Robert Hugill on June...Show More Summary

Unseen Diasporas: Yiddish Summer Weimar

Since 1999, the Yiddish Summer Weimar has been presenting the varied aspects of Yiddish culture as part of the Summer festival in Weimar. This year, from 15 July to 12 August 2017, under the title The Other Israel: "Seeing Unseen Diasporas",...Show More Summary

Looking Ahead: Cambridge Summer Music

Cambridge Summer Music presents the chance to hear fine music in some of Cambridge's iconic venues. The festival opens on 12 July 2017 with Stephen Cleobury conducting Mozart's Requiem in King's College Chapel. Between 12 and 29 July there are concerts in a wide range of college chapels, the Divinity School and West Road Concert Hall. Show More Summary

Which maestro has the most jobs?

Not a month goes by without the music director of one little-known North American orchestra taking the same post at another, and arranging to commute between them. This is a common occurrence. Less common nowadays is the phenomenon of a leading conductor holding several jobs in different countries. Herbert von Karajan held the record in […]

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