It appears that soprano superstar Anna Netrebko is still phoning in ill to her appearances.
It seems out-of-character for Paul Simon to lose his temper.
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 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.
"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
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.
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.
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.
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 ArtsJournal.com.
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."
According to Venezuelan news outlet Últimas Noticias, musician Luis Castro--kidnapped on Monday in Venezuela--was freed in a police raid last night.
Russian newspaper Izvestia reported today that conductor Valery Gergiev is one of four artists chosen to open the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi.
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.
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.