22th May: Richard Wagner, Nicola Benedetti and Scottish Opera

Wednesday 22nd May 2013

The Guardian

Wagner anniversary revives German debate over controversial composer

New productions, statues and books commemorate Richard Wagner, who still divides Germany 200 years after his birth.


The Times

Life as a page-turner: is this the worst job in music?

“If you do a brilliant job, you’re completely anonymous,” says the pianist Steven Osborne. “If you make one mistake, there’s nothing you can do redeem yourself. Everyone will remember.” But Osborne isn’t talking about his own job.


Classic FM

Scottish Opera unveils huge new 2013/14 season

Scottish Opera follows its 50th anniversary season with 181 individual performances lined up for 2013/14.



BBC Young Musician 2014 launches with Nicola Benedetti as ambassador

A new Jazz Award is also added to the established classical competition.


Classical Music Magazine

Academy of St Martin in the Fields celebrates Britten: Cadogan Hall, 23 May

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields will give a concert celebrating Britten’s centenary at Cadogan Hall on Thursday 23 May, including a new work by Sally Beamish, Variations on a Theme of Benjamin Britten.


Planet Hugill

23 May: Verdi Study Day

Masterclass & Co are having another study day in their Divas and Scholars series.


Global Post (via Arts Journal)

Spanish opera protests austerity

As the euro zone’s economic outlook continues to deteriorate, growth advocates hope their messages may finally be heard.