Fast forward to 3:30 for the firing. The singer, Emin, is the son of Aras Agalarov, a Russian real estate developer who co-produced the 2013 Moscow Miss Universe show with the US president-elect.
Houston Grand Opera, announcing its new season, claims to be the first major US opera house to be staging Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story: West Side Story: Francesca Zambello directs first major American opera house presentationShow More Summary
ECM are releasing a set of Mieczys?aw Weinberg chamber symphonies with Gidon Kremer and friends, recorded in Vienna and Riga in June 2015. The conductor is Mirga Gražinyt?-Tyla, music director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. We think this may be her record debut.
Joyce DiDonato, unwell, has withdrawn from the all-opera alternative inauguration next week. A replacement will shortly be announced.
At one in the morning on February 3, 1959, Buddy Holly and his tour band stood around a small plane at Clear Lake, Iowa, trying to decide who would fly to the next venue and who would have to take the rattly, cold bus. Guitarist Tommy Allsup lost a coin toss to teenage star Ritchie Valens, […]
Steve Reich The ECM Recordings Steve Reich and Musicians ECM New Series 3xCD 2540-42 After a series of one-off studio recordings for a variety of labels, composer Steve Reich found his first label “home” with ECM Recordings (his second, Nonesuch, came after this triptych of recordings). Then known primarily as a jazz label, with […]
Mid-Wales Opera, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), and the Academy of Ancient Music are joining forces for a production of Handel's Semele which will tour Wales from 8 February 2016. The cast and orchestra will combine...Show More Summary
Mingus Mingus Mingus I Am Three Leo Records CD LR 752 The trio I Am Three, consisting of alto saxophonist Silke Eberhard, trumpeter Nikolaus Neuser, and drummer Christian Marien, interpret compositions by the late Charles Mingus on their debut release for Leo Records (Eberhard has previously recorded for the label with different configurations). Mingus is, […]
Rupert Lev Prokofiev was a gifted young Englishman who suffered from Ataxia-Telangiectasia, a neurodegenerative disorder that strikes in childhood and limits life expectancy to the teens. Rupert, a grandson of the great composer, was 31 when he died on January 2. His funeral will take place on Tuesday in Greenwich. Details here. Donations can be made […]
Glen Roven conducted both inauguration concerts for President Bill Clinton and was on standby to repeat the honour for Hillary. When that dream failed, he decided to set two of Hillary’s speeches to music and have them performed by some of the leading names in opera on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Here’s what […]
Detroit’s musicians have agreed a new deal eight months ahead of target. It looks good on both sides: Musicians’ base pay will rise over four years from $91,259 now to $96,096 in 2020. They will also get an extra payment so they don’t have to sign on for the dole during 10 nonperformance weeks. In […]
Musicians of the Royal Danish Orchestra in Copenhagen have volunteered to cut their wages by ten percent in order to save the threatened jobs of several colleagues. The opera house’s artistic director Sven Müller resigned last week over budget cuts.
An opera, The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing, composed by Justine F. Chen with a libretto by David Simpatico, opens tomorrow in New York. Shawn E Milnes reports: David Simpatico, librettist for The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing explained, “One of the things I had trouble with, the film (The Imitation Game) and […]
There are 9.02 million children in rural China whose parents leave home to work in the cities, depositing the children mostly in the care of grandparents. The so-called ‘left-behind’ children are seen as a growing social issue. Lang Lang has given a fund-raising concert to help improve their situation and has pledged to do more. Read […]
The French contralto-turned-conductor has been named principal guest conductor in Dublin with the RTE Symphony Orchestra, starting next season. Stutzmann, 51, made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra last month. She is agented by AskonasHolt.
Opera North - Mati Turi as Siegfried in Gotterdammerung Photo credit: Clive Barda In an era of stagnant or dwindling government funding, Opera North has become adept at making a little go a long way, creating striking seasons, bringing...Show More Summary
Scottish Opera’s head of casting replaces the departing John McMurray. press release: English National Opera has appointed Michelle Williams as Head of Casting from 6 March 2017. Bob Holland, formerly Programming Director, will take on a new role as Creative Associate and Producer with immediate effect. Reporting to ENO’s Artistic Director, Daniel Kramer, and working […]
The jazz singer, whose biggest hit was The Lady is a Tramp, has died in Vegas. He used to say he owed his success to his father, who owned a record store in Philadelphia and wrote opera reviews for the papers.
It’s a day of maestro departures. Lan Shui has told Singapore he’s stepping down after 20 years. Robert Moody told one of his two US orchestras that ten years was an ideal term. He’s leaving after 13. The Italian Andrea Sanguineti is quitting Saxony after just five years. There’s no apparent friction in any of […]
The great Russian baritone has been informed of the death, aged 93, of Yekaterina Yoffel, his teacher for five years at the Krasnoyarsk School of Arts in Siberia, where he was born. It was she who defined his voice as a baritone. Raised at home by a maternal grandmother, he acknowledged Yoffel (also spelled Iofel) as his greatest […]