25th June: Ansel Elgot to play pianist Van Cilburn in new film, ‘It’s never too late for a debut’ says Karita Mattila and Michael Elliott to leave RSNO to become ABRSM chief executive

Wednesday 25th June 2014

Classical News

Classic FM

The Fault in Our Stars’ Ansel Elgort to play pianist Van Cliburn in new film

The 20-year-old heartthrob is set to play the title role in the Cold War film, based on a book by Howard Reich.

The Guardian

Soprano Karita Mattila: ‘It’s never too late for a debut’

At 53, the great soprano Karita Mattila can still take her pick of the big parts. She explains why she’s raring to play one of opera’s great monsters.

Classical Music Magazine

Michael Elliott to leave RSNO, becoming ABRSM chief executive

Michael Elliott, currently chief executive of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, has been appointed chief executive of exam board ABRSM. He will take over the role from the retiring Leslie East in January 2015.

Deceptive Cadence

What’s Worth $45 Million — Or More? One Viola

Wednesday, Sotheby’s auction house plans to announce the sale of a rare viola made by Antonio Stradivari. The minimum bid is $45 million. If it sells, it will be the most expensive instrument of any kind in history.

Epoch Times

Caroline Cole: First Harpist to Win Virginia Parker Prize

Cole is the first harpist ever to win the prize, which is awarded annually to a Canadian classical musician, instrumentalist, or conductor under the age of 32 “who demonstrates outstanding talent and musicianship,” the website says.

The New York Times

Mediations and Mutiny Backstage

Glenn Dicterow Discusses Leaving New York Philharmonic

The New York Times

John McClure Dies at 84; Produced Classic Records

John McClure, a producer and engineer who helped shape some of the most celebrated classical recordings of the 20th century, including acclaimed sessions with Bruno Walter, Igor Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein, died on June 17 at his home in Belmont, Vt. He was 84.

Listen Magazine

In a Different Light

Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital discusses the rich history of his instrument; the nonexistent border between folk and classical; transcriptions and commissions; embedding nuance; and the artistic persona.

Die Zeit

Die 3 Tenöre: Die drei Mannschaftsgeister

1,3 Milliarden Zuschauer verfolgten 1994 das Konzert der “3 Tenöre” am Vorabend der WM-Eröffnung. Aus aktuellem Anlass wurde der Mitschnitt des Abends neu veröffentlicht.

Die Welt

“Wagners Werk hat mich verführt”

Der Opernregisseur Otto Schenk kehrt mit einer allerletzten Arbeit an die Wiener Staatsoper zurück. Ein Gespräch über nuschelnde Schauspieler, Wotans Aktenkoffer und Richard Wagner als Märchenonkel.

Berliner Zeitung

Prozess gegen Wiener Burgtheater: Ex-Intendant fordert Entschädigung

Gut vier Jahre lang arbeitete Matthias Hartmann als Intendant für das Wiener Burgtheater. Jetzt fordert er von seinem früheren Arbeitgeber eine Entschädigung in Millionenhöhe. Eine schnelle Einigung scheint nicht in Sicht.


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Van Cilburn and Ansel Elgort

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