In cities around the world, classical music organizations are honoring the 12 victims of the terrorist attack against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The goal is to defend freedom of expression for all.
Acclaimed conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim has become the latest in a string of musicians to berate the audience from the stage. Angry at the audience for taking pictures, Barenboim slammed flash-happy fans at La Scala, Milan's prestigious opera house, as "badly educated.” The outburst came during a performance of Franz Schubert’s "D845 Sonata" where Barenboim, who was in his final week at La Scala, warned audiences — and one woman in particular — that he had asked several times for people not to take photographs during his performance and was beginning to lose his temper. "Madam, I am trying to give you my best, but you have no respect for it! Those who take photographs during concerts are badly educated,” he said. "I have asked at every concert. The first time nicely, but now it's serious.” After a round of applause, the 72-year-old Argentinian conductor and pianist returned to the sonata. Music fans are all too familiar with this behavior with a string of controversial lash-outs coming from musicians.
Jonas Kaufmann has had his bouts with the flu recently, but his latest endorsement of La Scala head honcho Alexander Pereira has proven well enough to stir up some controversy.
A public commemoration of the life of Maestro Claudio Abbado will be livestreamed from La Scala Opera House on Monday, January 27. Abbado, 80, passed away on Monday after a long illness.
There will be cheers and champagne today, after confirmation that Chailly will, in fact, take over in Milan come 2015.
Riccardo Muti will conduct the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in a program of Verdi, Martucci and Respighi at the Nobel Prize Concert on December 8.
Well, this might be the least surprising news story of the week. As Italian newspapers report, variously, that Riccardo Chailly or Fabio Luisi will be taking over at La Scala, Daniel Barenboim has announced that he will be leaving Italy's preeminent opera house early. He will now be stepping down at the start of 2015.
UPDATE: Now, Italy's La Reppublica is reporting that Genoese maestro Fabio Luisi--principal conductor of the Met since September 2011 (i.e. from whence James Levine withdrew)--may very well be the preferred candidate. Call it "commedia dell'errori."
If the mounties are known for always getting their man, the same is often decidedly untrue in the murky world of opera house politics. But at La Scala, Italy's premiere house, they have pulled one heck of a triumph out of the hat and, reports Italy's influential Corriere della Sera (no official announcement from Milan yet), persuaded Riccardo Chailly to take up the mantle when Daniel Barenboim leaves.
Soprano Pretty Yende grew up in Piet Retief, in a remote eastern province of South Africa. Her remarkable voice and passion for opera have brought her far, to the stages of La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera, and an enviable career performing in opera houses worldwide.
During his first long interview, Pope Francis revealed his tastes in music, art and literature, confirming earlier reports that he is an opera fan.
OK, so maybe not that Rossini. All the same, in an age when classical musicians are diva-ing out over cell phones in the concert hall, leave it to Classicalite's favorite mezzo to remain all class.
In an interview with Kurier published Thursday, Alexander Pereira, the manager designate of fabled Italian opera house La Scala, said he is hoping to hire an Italian music director.
Italy's opera house La Scala will scale back on productions in the 2013-2014 season because of the economic crisis and lower state support, its general manager said on Thursday.