2nd July: We shouldn’t boo Guillaume Tell, a tribute to Sibelius, Thielemann appointed music director of Wagner fesival

Thursday 2nd July 2015

Classical News

In today’s news, Nigel Farndale criticises audiences for booing Guillaume Tell, a tribute to Sibelius in the Telegraph and Christian Thielemann is appointed music director of Wagner festival. Also, hidden choral gems to be uncovered by BBC Radio 3 and RPS.


Thielemann makes history as first music director for Bayreuth – with free parking

The controversy-torn Wagner festival has appointed Christian Thielemann as its first independent music director. Unusually, this news emerged in the car park


We should be applauding not booing the new Guillaume Tell

Challenging art, such as the new version of ‘William Tell’, ought to shock and surprise its audience, says Nigel Farndale

Finland: On the trail of Jean Sibelius

To mark 150 years since the composer Jean Sibelius’s birth, Harriet O’Brien seeks out the Finnish landscapes that inspired him

The Times

The audience was the real outrage at this opera scandal

Don’t apologise for that controversial rape scene. Anna Picard explains why

Classical Source

Encore Choral: Hidden choral gems to be uncovered by BBC Radio 3 and RPS

Works by Oliver Knussen, Robert Saxton and Jonathan Lloyd amongst hidden gems of contemporary British choral music to be broadcast and performed live across the UK in 2016/2017


Christof Prick wird Chefdirigent des Beethoven Orchesters Bonn

Der in Hamburg geborene Dirigent leitete zuvor als Generalmusikdirektor die Orchester in Saarbrücken, Karlsruhe und Hannover und war außerdem Music Director des Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Für die Saison 2016/2017 ist es der Stadt Bonn gelungen, Christof Prick als Chefdirigenten für das Beethoven Orchester Bonn zu engagieren.


Wiener Staatsoper erzielt Einnahmerekord

Die Wiener Staatsoper konnte eigenen Angaben zufolge für die vergangene Saison einen Einnahmerekord verzeichnen. Sie erwirtschaftete rund 34 Millionen Euro.


Moscow Music Critics Awards Special Prize to Lucas Debargue

The members of the Moscow Music Critics Association surprised by giving their Special Award to the last-placed pianist in the official list, yet one of the favourites of this year’s Tchaikovsky competition, 24 years old French pianist Lucas Debargue.

France Musique

Une scène de viol collectif fait polémique au Royal Opera House

Une scène de viol collectif dans une mise en scène de Guillaume Tell de Rossini au Royal Opera House à Londres a été copieusement huée par le public et a suscité l’indignation de certains critiques.

Classical Word

Festival D’Aix-en-Provence Launches 2015 Season Today

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2015, under the leadership of General Manager Bernard Foccroulle, will present world premiere productions of operas by Handel and Mozart


Guillaume Tell