« This season will be one of triumph over adversity as we open in our temporary home at the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRB). Our talented production team will transform an exhibit hall into a unique and exciting performance space that you’ll want to see for yourself. » With this statement, Houston Grand Opera announces that it temporarily quits the Wortham Theatre which was flooded by Hurricane Harvey and moves for the first three productions of the season to the Exhibit Hall A3 of the city’s George R. Brown Convention Center, which sheltered hundreds of Texans during the storm. Read More →

Der Deutsche Kulturrat wüscht sich von der neuen Regierung der Bundesrepublik eine « Stärkung der Bundeskulturpolitik ». In einer Pressemitteilung fordert der Dachverband der Bundeskulturräte, das bisherige Amt einer Kulturbeauftragen im Bundeskanzleramt durch ein eigenständiges Bundeskulturministerium zu ersetzen. Read More →

Bryn Terfel

Obwohl man im ersten Saisonkonzert des Philharmonischen Orchesters Luxemburg eine sehr interessante Deutung der 3. Symphonie von Johannes Brahms erleben konnte, so gehörte doch der Abend dem weltbekannten Bass-Bariton Bryn Terfel, meint Alain Steffen in seiner Konzertkritik. Read More →

The first-ever annual Young Artist Opera and Oratorio Competition will take place in July 2018 at the Apollo Theatre on the Island of Syros, Greece. It will be part of the Festival of the Aegean, MidAmerica Productions and MidAm International of New York announced. The competition is open to singers of all voice types between the ages of 22 and 32. The island of Syros is part of the Cyclades. Located 144 km southeast of Athens it has only 25,000 inhabitants. Information is available here.

A previously unknown work of Dmitri Shostakovich has been found in the personal archives of the Russian violist Vadim Borisovsky (1900-1972), stored in the Russian State Archives in Moscow. The piece is an Impromptu, and the authenticity of the manuscript has been confirmed, the Archives say. Read More →

Michael Stern

The children of late violinist Isaac Stern, Michael, David and Shira are suing the former executor of their father’s estate, according to an article published by Newsweek. Read More →

Due to the earthquake of September 19, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City has cancelled all performances until further notice « as a sign of solidarity and for the safety of our visitors. »

Das Trier Theater hat den Arbeitsvertrag mit Operndirektorin Katharina John einem ‘reporter’-Bericht nach vorzeitig aufgelöst. Vor dem Bühnenschiedsgericht in Frankfurt soll sich die Stadt mit John auf eine Abfindung von rund 30.000 Euro geeinigt haben. Read More →

Teatro Monumental

The Board of Directors of the Spanish broadcasting corporation RTVE has approved the proposed lease of the Teatro Monumental de Madrid, for a period of up to ten years. This big theatre, a former cinema built in 1923, is located in the centre of the Spanish capital. Since 1970 it is the home of the RTVE Symphonic Orchestra and Choir. The owner of the hall promised to immediately start the appropriate works of improvement to comply with the needs of the symphonic-choral formation.

Kent Nagano
(c) Benjamin Ealovega

Kent Naganos Projekt Richard Wagners ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’ zusammen mit ‘Concerto Köln’ in historisch informierter Aufführungspraxis vorzustellen, beginnt am 29. September mit einem Symposium in der Universität zu Köln. Read More →

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