Anne-Sofie von Otter
(c) Mats Bäcker

During its 2017–2018 season the Finnish National Opera will stage the world premiere of a new Finnish opera, Höstsonaten – Autumn Sonata, on the 8th of September 2017. The opera brings together a story by cinema legend Ingmar Bergman, the music of Sebastian Fagerlund and the voice of one of today’s most highly-esteemed mezzo-sopranos, Anne Sofie von Otter. Read More →

Derek Hasan
(c) SF/Andreas Kolarik

Der  25-jährige Brite Kerem Hasan hat den ‘Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award’ 2017 gewonnen. Insgesamt gab es 67 Bewerber. Read More →

Leonidas Kavakos
(c) Marco Borggreve

Pianist Arcadi Volodos will play a recital at the International Festival of Santander next Monday, replacing the originally planned concert with Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang, canceled « for serious family reasons » of the Greek violinist, according to a statement issued by the festival. Read More →

(c) Ralph Larmann

Mit der Initiative ‘CSD Hamburg wird leuchten’ hat die Agentur ‘Dee Concert Music and Entertainment’ ein Projekt ins Leben gerufen, bei dem über die nächsten sechs Jahre verschiedene bekannte Bauwerke in Hamburg anlässlich des ‘Christopher Street Day’ in den Regenbogenfarben beleuchtet werden sollen. So soll ein weithin sichtbares Zeichen für mehr Pluralität und Gleichberechtigung in der Gesellschaft gesetzt werden. Read More →

Sir Simon Rattle

‘I would have been wary about taking the job had I known about Brexit’, British conductor Simon Rattle told The Guardian in an interview. Rattle, 62, is the new Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, but will continue to live in Berlin, were he finishes his tenure with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Das grosse Festspielhaus in Salzburg

Der Reinerlös des Kartenverkaufs der diesjährigen Generalprobe der Festspielproduktion ‘Aida’, unter dem Dirigat von Riccardo Muti und der Regie von Shirin Neshat und unter Mitwirkung der Sänger Anna Netrebko und Francesco Meli, widmen die Festspiele dem NGO MECI (Middle East Children´s Institute) in Jordanien. Read More →

Facing a deficit of € 1,5 million, Chorégies d’Orange seem now to get some help from French authorities. General manager Jean-Louis Grinda told AFP that the French government  and the PACA region have given their « unfailing support » to the oldest opera festival in France to finish the season « smoothly ». They are willing to accept delays in the payment of taxes and other public charges. Yet, before increasing the public funding, the Government is asking for a serious audit, which will be done in fall.

This evening Opera Roma closes the summer series of Carmen performances at Terme di Caracalla with a considerable sales record. Georges Bizet’s brought a total of € 1.180 million into the opera house’s coffers. The previous record was Tosca, in the 2009 season, with a total of 973.000 euros.

Franz Welser-Möst
Photo: Don Snyder

Der Pro Arte Europa-Preis 2017 des Herbert-Batliner-Europainstituts wird heute im Karl-Böhm-Saal in Salzburg an den Dirigenten Franz Welser-Möst verliehen. Die Laudatio hält der ehemalige Vorstand der Wiener Philharmoniker, Prof. Clemens Hellsberg. Read More →

The 80 members of the so-called European Spirit of Youth Orchestra, have been hospitalized for an intoxication in Trento, Italy. The young musicians come from 12 nationalities and are conducted by Igor Coretti-Kuret. Read More →

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