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Headless Scots reach flailing for Sir Tom

The last music director quit without notice seven months ago.They haven’t been able to find another. So Scottish Opera have asked the venerable baritone Sir Thomas Allen to assist in the search. Announcement follows.   We wanted our online fans to be the first to know that we’ve appointed world-famous baritone Sir Thomas Allen as […]

ENO goes for role reversal

English National Opera today appointed a new executive director. Not a chief executive with equal rank to the artistic director and the right of veto but a new position, one rung down, that leaves John Berry alone in the driving seat and exposed to the consequences of his often radical choices. That’s a healthier set-up, […]

Old violins vs new: the full video and scientific paper

No more speculation. The instrument maker Andreas Hudelmayer has posted both videos of the Paris Experiment and the scholarly paper, ‘Soloist evaluations of six Old Italian and six new violins,’ for serious study and evaluation. Click here for the long read.

A third music stpre shuts in Manhattan

Rizzoli…. Klavierhaus…. now J&R Music and Electronics downtown (I bought lots of CDs there) is shutting shop after 43 years so the developers can get wrecking. That’s three in a week. Will it never stop? Brian Wise has the grim stor...

Heard the 2014 World Cup anthem?

Nessun dorma, it ain’t… Pitbull and J-Lo are the performers.

Simone Young asks Hamburgers to pick her farewell concert

The accomplished Australian is stepping down after ten years as Generalmusikdirektor. ‘All these years, they’ve had to listen to what I wanted to perform,’ she announced at the presentation of her final season. ‘Now, let the Hamburgers choose.’

A cherished cellist in an old master quartet

We regret to report the death of Marc Johnson, cellist of the Vermeer Quartet. A student of Janos Starker and Josef Gingold, Marc played 35 years in the quartet until its disbandment in 2007. They toured five continents and recorded major repertoire, including the complete Beethoven set on Teldec. They also premiered works by Ezra Laderman, […]

Meet...Tara Erraught

Rising star alert: Irish mezzo Tara Erraught is giving her London debut recital at the Wigmore Hall on Sunday afternoon. She is then singing Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at Glyndebourne. I've been following her career for a good few...Show More Summary

The Judgement of Paris

The year is 1700, the cause of opera sung in English seems to have stalled. Henry Purcell has been dead for 5 years and the score of his Fairy Queen lost so no further performances possible. His other semi-operas continue to be performed and Dido and Aeneas would be dismembered for inclusion into a play. Show More Summary

In case you missed it - March on Planet Hugill

Musical March March started in prison as we visited HMP and YOU Bronzefield for Pimlico Opera's terrific production of Sister Act, performed largely with a cast of prisoners. Still in a music theatre vein, we went to the Rosemary Branch Theatre to hear the premiere of Riptide: The Slasher Musical by Mark and Simon Nathan. Show More Summary

Celebrating 200 years with a world premiere

The Old Sunday School Macclesfield Heritage Centre On Saturday April 12 2014 the Northern Chamber Orchestra is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Macclesfield Heritage Centre with a concert which includes the world premiere of Adam Gorb's A Celebration! written specially for the occasion. Show More Summary

Totally Distracted!

With our daughter's wedding coming up this weekend (is it time to go yet?), Michael and I are both totally distracted. Somehow listening to this fabulous recording from 1967 of Anshel Brusilow conducting the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia...Show More Summary

German opera chief quits over 3m cuts

Axel Köhler has quit as iintendant of Halle Opera after having 3 million Euros slashed from his purse and being ordered to cut 113 jobs. Here’s his letter.

Baritone is in hospital after accident in Boheme

Peter McGillivray is undergoing surgery today after a freak accident during a performance of Boheme at Manitoba Opera. Here’s his account: For the benefit of those in more easterly time zones, a short note to let you know that I’m in hospital in Winnipeg this morning awaiting orthopaedic surgery to reattach my tendon to my […]

The Roerich cornerstone

The Master Apartments, 310 Riverside Drive.

A Polish bass-baritone has departed

Arkadiusz Burski has died in Switzerland, where he was taught for 20 and founded the Polmusic agency. Before that, he performed widely in Poland and Italy. The death was announced on his facebook site.

Jonas Kaufmann: My marriage is over

There had been rumours around for a while that all was not well chez Kaufmann. Now he’s confirmed the split on his site: Separation Margarete Joswig and Jonas Kaufmann would like to communicate hereby that they have separated.   Very sad. Many thought them the perfect pair.

Slipped Disc is on the move

In the past two days, more than 248,200 people from all over the world arrived to read stories on Slipped Disc. Over the past six months, the site has averaged over a million readers a month, and rising. We are amazed and grateful for your interest. These statistics represent a community above and beyond anything […]

Save a life: support this label chief

Rebecca Allen, head of Decca, is running in Sunday’s London Marathon. She has told us why before. Here’s how, and it hurts. Make it worth Becky’s while by giving generously to Macmillan Cancer Support. Match Slipped Disc’s gift. Please.     So my last run in the build up to The 2014 London Marathon has […]

Just in: Vienna Philharmonic wins $1 million Birgit Nilsson prize

The 2014 award, worth 6.9 million Swedish krona, has gone to a woman-averse orch the diva used to admire. Not the most sensitive of selections.

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