Independent podcast: Saimir Pirgu
Quality voices will always be a rare and valued commodity. The young Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu falls into that category.
Saint and sinner: the Nelson Mandela opera
Tribesman, activist, icon – all the phases of Nelson Mandela’s life are o display in a new opera.
Bach cantata manuscript goes on public display at Christie’s in London
Rare chance to view Bach’s musical hand before ale on June 13.
New York Times
Video Preserves Hints of Future for a Director
Just out of Harvard, the director Peter Sellars made his name in the early 1980s. But what do you do when your defining work is made before you’re 30? An answer is found in Mr. Sellars’s haunting 2010 staging of Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion”.
Arts Journal – Slipped disc
Russians squeaks it in tight Nielsen contest
Olga Volkova, a pupil of Zakha Bron in Cologne, took first prize in the Carl Nielsen competition in Odense.
Eminent Italian maestro is dead
We’re receiving reports of the death of Piero Bellugi, music director of the RAI orchestra from 1967 and, until his death, artistic director of the opera in Palermo, Sicily.
Salonen, bringer of interactive conducting at the Science Museum
Do you ever dream of guiding the the Philharmonia through a full-blooded performance of The Planets? Dream no longer.