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5 hours, 11 minutes ago   -  

US opera company loses its boss amid mounting debt

After running a deficit of $200,000, Eugene Opera’s general director Mark Beudert says he won’t renew his contract, which ends in June. The company has cancelled t he rest of its season. The future looks bleak.

5 hours, 22 minutes ago   -  

Jazz festival refuses to admit Israeli musicians

The Copenhagen Jazz Fesival is in trouble for telling an Israeli musician that artists from his country were not welcome ‘for political reasons’. The musician, Alon Farber, posted the exchange on Facebook: I’m writing this post ...

17 hours, 58 minutes ago   -  

An American Isolde has died, at 79

We have been informed of the death of Roberta Knie, an American soprano who made a fine career in Europe before she was finally called to the Met in 1976. Oklahoma born, Roberta Knie studied in London and was a member of the Vienna State Opera in the ...

18 hours, 10 minutes ago   -  

Opera move: New shoes in Toulouse

Christophe Ghristi (l.), 48, is to be artistic director of the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse. He was previously chief dramaturg of the Paris Opéra.

19 hours, 33 minutes ago   -  

Canada high: new chief at Honens

The Canadian pianist Jon Kimura Parker has been named artistic director of the Honens International Piano Competition, starting in January 2018. Parker says: ‘The triennial Competition and annual Festival have become focal points of artistic and ...

Yesterday   -  

How Miami blew its best orchestral residency

Daniel R. Lewis, founder of the Cleveland Orchestra residency in Miami, has written to Slipped Disc , detailing how his successors let it all fall apart. I have been an outsider since September 2014, so I don’t know what has happened to ...

Yesterday   -  

In LA, a singing couple comes unstuck

Unlike remote and rainswept Bergen , where a star replacement was conjugally found for an unwell soprano, things went awry for the couples at Los Angeles Opera this weekend. The French bass-baritone Nicolas Testé lost his voice in ...

Yesterday   -  

The cellist of the century would have been 90 today

Thinking of Slava. 27 March 1927 – 27 April 2007

Yesterday   -  

CD release for composer who died last year, aged 34

William Petter, director of several London choirs and a rising composer, was diagnosed with clear cell sarcoma in 2013. He died in October last year, aged 34, leaving a wife and young daughter. Throughout his stays in hospital he continued to ...

Yesterday   -  

Watch: Orchestra employs robots on percussion

This is the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester playing ‘The Robots are Coming!’ by Steve Pickett at a young people’s concert. A sign of the times? The percussion of the future?
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