ICMA and NFM National Forum of Music Wrocław present a spectacular Award Ceremony Gala on 21 April. The rich and varied program for this Gala Celebration conducted by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero will feature winners of this year’s laureate panel, accompanied by the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic. Read More →

The Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse has fired its director of dance Kader Belarbi, at the head of the Ballet du Capitole since 2012, due to « interpersonal difficulties ». Belarbi denounced in a press release « a crude settlement of accounts dictated by a real intention to harm ». He has asked lawyer to file a complaint « for slanderous denunciation. »

Der derzeitige Generaldirektor der Stauffer Akademie von Cremona, Paolo Petrocelli, 38, wurde zum Leiter des Dubai Opera House in den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten ernannt. Read More →

The latest Karajan Community Letter focuses on several artists with whom Karajan worked, Cesare Siepi, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Janet Perry and Francisco Araiza as well as a nice story about his secretary André von Mattoni. Here is the link to this week’s Karajanist Community Letter. Read More →

Die Jury des 4. Basel Composition Competition hat die diesjährigen Gewinner des Wettbewerbs bekannt gegeben. Leonardo Silva (*1989, Brasilien) gewann den ersten Preis für sein Werke Lume. Read More →

Daniel Barenboim
(c) Peter Adamik

Daniel Barenboim, der im Januar aus Gesundheitsgründen den Posten des Generalmusikdirektors der Berliner Staatsoper aufgegeben hat, dirigiert wieder an der Scala. Der 80-Jährige, der von 2007 bis 2014 Musikdirektor in Mailand war, ersetzt Daniel Harding, der wegen familiärer Probleme von drei Mozart-Konzerten zurückgetreten ist, die kommende Woche im Mailänder Theater geplant sind.

Simon Rattle
(c) Sébastien Grébille/Philharmonie Luxembourg

In der Luxemburger Philharmonie dirigierte Simon Rattle das Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks und ein gutes Solisten-Ensemble in einer konzertanten Aufführung von Wagners Siegfried. Alain Steffen berichtet. Read More →

Poste Italiane announced that a stamp to pay homage to stage director Franco Zeffirelli will be issued at the occasion of his 100th birthday. It will belong to the thematic series ‘Italian Excellencies of Entertainment’ and will have the postal value of 1.20 euros. Read More →

Karol Mossakowski

The young Polish organist Karol Mossakowski (32), ICMA Award winner 2023, has been named titular of the Cavaillé-Coll grand organ at Saint-Sulpice in Paris, alongside Sophie-Véronique Choplin. Daniel Roth, organist of this organ since 1985, will continue to play regularly as titular emeritus. Read More →

Despite the war it is waging in Ukraine, Russia wants to organize the International Tchaikovsky Competition, which is held every four years, from June 19 to July 1, in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In April 2022, two months after the beginning of the conflict, the Tchaikovsky Competition had been banned from the World Federation of Music Competitions, because « financed and used as a promotional tool by the Russian regime ». Read More →

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