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Norman Lebrecht

Anna Netrebko Pulls Out Once More for Good Measure from Her May 12 Tatar Republic Debut, Promises a Follow Up at the End of the Month

Soprano Anna Netrebko Pulls Out Again for Tatar Republic Debut, Promises a Follow Up at the End of the Month >>

It appears that soprano superstar Anna Netrebko is still phoning in ill to her appearances.

Jonas Kaufmann Backs Alexander Pereira

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann Says La Scala Head Alexander Pereira Is "the Right Man" for Milan's Opera House >>

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.

Laura Wright Takes to the London Marathon with Little to the Imagination, Plans to Sing 'Jerusalem' Mid-Sprint

Laura Wright Takes to London Marathon Leaving Little to the Imagination, Plans to Sing 'Jerusalem' Mid-Sprint >>

Laura Wright has made the brave decision to run the London Marathon on Sunday in, well, hardly anything--stopping halfway through to sing "Jerusalem" on Tower Bridge.

UPDATE: Kirill Karabits, Bournemouth Principal Conductor, Lashes Out Against Russian Influence in Ukraine >>

"My mother and sister live in the centre of Kiev and now I've been watching what's happening there almost 24 hours a day on television. I never imagined that one day things would go so far that people would be killing each other in the central square of my capital city." -- Kirill Karabits

UPDATE: Boujemaa Razgui Writes on "Great Memories" of the 11 Nay Flutes Destroyed by U.S. Customs >>

The story of U.S. customs officials destroying a musician's 11 handmade flutes has sparked outrage from readers wherever it has been reported. Flutist Boujemaa Razgui recently wrote about his memories of playing these flutes throughout North America and Europe.

The Trend Continues: Customs at JFK Airport Smashes 11 Instruments Owned by Flutist Boujemaa Razgui >>

Flute virtuoso Boujemaa Razgui had just flown back to New York from Marrakech, Morocco after the holiday when U.S. customs officials at John F. Kennedy Airport asked to see his bag of flutes. The officials proceeded to remove and smash each one of the 11 handmade flutes, stating that they were agricultural products.

Vienna Philharmonic President and Violinist Clemens Hellsberg Suffers Broken Elbow, Will Miss New Year's Concert >>

Clemens Hellsberg, the Vienna Philharmonic's president and first violinist, has broken his elbow and will miss the annual New Year's Concert on Wednesday.

Horn Stolen from Vienna Philharmonic Hornist Josef Reif >>

Vienna Philharmonic horn player Josef Reif said his horn was stolen during a post-concert night on the town, arts commentator Norman Lebrecht reported in

Classicalite Recording News: Vittorio Grigòlo Duets with Jackie Evancho on

Classicalite Recording News: Vittorio Grigòlo Duets with Jackie Evancho on "O Holy Night" from New Album ‘Ave Maria’ >>

Just in time for the holidays, Italian tenor Vittorio Grigòlo has released 'Ave Maria' on Sony Classical, a recording of sacred music that includes a duet with Jackie Evancho on "O Holy Night."

BREAKING: Simón Bolívar Horn Player Luis Castro, Kidnapped in Venezuela, Freed in a Police Raid >>

According to Venezuelan news outlet Últimas Noticias, musician Luis Castro--kidnapped on Monday in Venezuela--was freed in a police raid last night.

Valery Gergiev Will Open the Winter Olympics at Sochi, ‘A Certain Madness’ Premieres in Zürich >>

Russian newspaper Izvestia reported today that conductor Valery Gergiev is one of four artists chosen to open the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi.

The Mile High Club: Classical Musicians in Mid-Air Videos >>

It may come as a surprise to anyone who flies regularly and doesn't come across this sort of thing, but suddenly the skies seem to be full of music. Live, classical music.

BREAKING: U.K.'s 'Independent on Sunday' Reportedly Axes its Critics >>

The role of reviewers in today's society has been further degraded today by the U.K.'s Independent On Sunday newspaper, which has--our colleague Norman Lebrecht reports at his Slipped Disc blog--just made almost all of its critics redundant. It will, he says, instead run a digest of arts reviews.

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