"Opera," said the Canadian tenor Jon Vickers once in an interview, "is not entertainment." For entertainment, he explained, he would far rather watch My Fair Lady. Opera had to go deeper. It was deeper, or it was nothing.
BBC Music Magazine has announced its annual awards, voted on by the public and some by a jury of critics. The big winner was the cellist Alisa Weilerstein, whose recording of the Elgar and the Carter cello concertos with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim won Recording of the Year, as well as the Concerto Award
The venerable Opera magazine has announced the winners of its still-rather-new annual awards, the "Operas" (think Oscars but with more singing and a smaller budget). Since Opera has been the bible for international opera reviews for many decades, it's a nice idea and one that makes sense. It would be nice to be able to post Opera reviews for all of the winners, or sound clips from recent productions from them all, and maybe that's something the organizers can look at next year.
Some interesting statistics, yes, from the U.K.-based music website Bachtrack. Every year, they compile the stats from the events they have listed, and the list for 2013 has Valery Gergiev as the world's busiest conductor. Andris Nelsons comes second.
The 'H.M.S. Indomitable' will be sailing across the Atlantic early in 2014, as Glyndebourne's much-admired production of Benjamin Britten's 'Billy Budd' heads for the US. The staging, by Michael Grandage, will play at BAM from Feb. 7 through Feb. 13.
With the number of opera companies, theater troupes, ballets corps and orchestras now launching their own cinecast services, one could almost launch a dedicated chain of cinemas--showing nothing but high arts events. The latest to join the Met, Glyndebourne, Teatro Real in Madrid, the Berlin Philharmonic, Covent Garden and so many others is English National Opera. Their initiative, called ENO Screen, will launch in spring 2014.
It does sound a contradiction in terms, doesn't it? But if theater can have the famous "Pinter pause," so music can have its silences.
How to pluck just five books from libraries and libraries of writing about music? Just close your eyes, and decide which seem obvious. These seem obvious to me...
He's 75, so René Kollo has decided that enough is enough. Wagner tenors--real, top-quality Wagner tenors--are few enough in number that when one decides to retire, it doesn't go unnoticed.
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will present the U.S. première of Bruce Adolphe’s 'Do You Dream In Color?' Blind mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin will sing this work with the LACO on October 19 and 20.
The New World Symphony presents the premiere of a new work for video and orchestra in its state-of-the-art multimedia venue.
So, in an effort to keep all you Classicalites abreast of each and every situation, we'll be trawling the web for the best headlines--those stories, those people making the biggest waves.
Sad news from the opera world. Richard Angas, one of the leading British basses of his generation has died. Halfway through a rehearsal at English National Opera of Britten's Peter Grimes, he collapsed and was rushed to hospital, where he passed away.
It's always nice to get something for nothing, especially something as enriching as great music. And outreach projects increasingly mean that there are amazing freebies to be had. We've collated five of the best current and upcoming offers for you.
And now, fans of Ralph Vaughan Williams--with Elgar, the most venerated English composer pre-Britten and post-Purcell--have their own shrine to visit. The U.K.'s National Trust has finally opened Leith Hill Place, the Surrey home where RVW (as he is affectionately known to his admirers) was born.