30th June: Christian Thielemann to be music director at Bayreuth, William Tell: nudity and rape scene greete with boos at Royal Opera House, Sir Simon Rattle to be Artist-in-Association with Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Tuesday 30th June 2015

Classical News

In today’s news, The Times reports that a teenager has joined the cyborgs with a microchip implant and Eric Whitacre explains how music makes us happy. Nudity and a rape scene in the Royal Opera House production of William Tell causes uproar and LSO Music Director designate Sir Simon Rattle is to be Artist-in-Association with Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Also, Christian Thielemann is named the new music director at Bayreuth, an interview with Simone Young about her time in Hamburg and Die Welt on Petrenko who could be the next Furtwängler. Also, Le Monde reports about an orchestral project with teenagers and cellist Pablo Ferrández wins the International Tschaikovsky competition.

The Times

Teenager joins the cyborgs with microchip implant

Byron has been using the chip’s ability to unlock his phone automatically and to play music from his speakers using their Bluetooth function.

Eric Whitacre on how music makes us happy

An audience, the performers and Richard Morrison were tested for stress before and after a concert. Here’s what they found out.


William Tell: nudity and rape scene greeted with boos at Royal Opera House

Audience uproar at opening night for London staging of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, in which female performer is stripped and molested by army officers


William Tell gang rape scene causes uproar at Royal Opera House

A ‘gratuitous and graphic’ sexual assault was violently booed by the audience at the opening night of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell

Classical Source

LSO Music Director Designate Sir Simon Rattle to be Artist-in-Association with Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

This announcement coincides with Sir Simon’s appearances with the LSO at the Barbican Centre this week, which further highlight his commitment and involvement with young people’s music-making, and this new role will be undertaken alongside his appointment as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra from the 2017/18 season.

Die Zeit

Thielemann wird Musikdirektor in Bayreuth

Christian Thielemann darf sich mit einem neuen Titel schmücken. Dafür ist ihm seine Isolde abgesprungen. Und was hat das mit den Berliner Philharmonikern zu tun?

Süddeutsche Zeitung

»Als Kind übte ich auf einer Papier-Tastatur«

Nach zehn Jahren Leitung der Hamburger Oper hat die Dirigentin Simone Young nun wieder Lust auf Freiheit. Ein Gespräch über Melodien, die im Schlaf kommen, und überschätzte Premierenabende.

Die Welt

Petrenko könnte der neue Furtwängler werden

Die Rückkehr des schweigsamen Taktstock-Priesters? Die Berliner Philharmoniker haben mit Kirill Petrenko einen Dirigenten gewählt, der sich in die Musik versenkt. So wie der legendäre Furtwängler.

The New York Times

Christian Thielemann Named Music Director at Bayreuth

He was passed over for the post of chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, but Christian Thielemann was given another important post in the German music world on Monday: music director of the Bayreuth Festival, the temple to the music of Richard Wagner.

Le Monde

L’orchestre des jeunes Démos, des quartiers à la Philharmonie

Assises bien droites sur le bord de leurs chaises, mentons posés sur les violons et archers en suspens, Hana Halouane, Amel Akacha et Marie-Lisa Senani, 13 ans, ne lâchent pas des yeux leur chef d’orchestre.

El Mundo

Un español puede ganar el ‘mundial’ de la música clásica

El violonchelista de 24 años Pablo Ferrández se convirtió ayer en el primer español en llegar a la final del prestigioso Concurso Internacional Tchaikovsky, que se falla mañana


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Christian Thielemann - © Daniel Karmann/dpa

Christian Thielemann – © Daniel Karmann/dpa