The once opera-loving philanthropist Alberto Vilar, 80, is seeking financial relief from what his lawyers describe as a destitute existence following his 2018 release from prison, an AP report says. Read More →

Israeli violinist Ivry Gitlis has died in Paris yesterday, aged 98. He was born in 1922 in Haifa to Jewish parents who had left what is now Ukraine. Read More →

Metropolitan Opera New York

On 6 February 2021, as part of their 90th consecutive broadcast season, the Met is leaving the choice of which historic opera recording to feature that Saturday up to listeners. The voting process is straightforward and all the details are presented on their page. Read More →

After a violinist lost his 263-year-old violin on a Toronto subway train (Pizzicato report), the instrument has has been recovered. The police retrieved the violin when a man, shown on the video images published by the authorities, tried to sell the violin to a cab driver.  The suspect managed to escape, when the constables arrived. The violin will now be returned to the owner.

Christian Thielemanns Vertrag als Musikdirektor der Bayreuther Festspiele endet zum 31. Dezember 2020. Wie die Festspiele jetzt bekannt gaben, wollen sie ihn weiter an sich binden. Wie der neue Vertrag aussehen soll, ist aber, der gegenwärtigen Informationstage zufolge, nicht klar. Thielemann ist seit 2015 Musikdirektor der Wagner-Festspiele.

Since, today, we might think of the Holy Night which inspired so many composers, it is interesting to focus on the origin and meaning of the word ‘night’.In many European languages, the word ‘night’, is formed by the letter N followed by the slightly adapted number 8 in the respective language.The letter N is the mathematical symbol of infinity (indeterminate rank of an element in a sequence of order ‘n’), while the number 8 written horizontally symbolises infinity too. Read More →

Semperoper Dresden
Photo: Remy Franck

Die von der Semperoper, der Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden und dem ZDF am Mittwoch, 30. Dezember 2020, geplante Aufzeichnung des diesjährigen Festkonzerts aus der Semperoper (Ausstrahlung im ZDF um 22.30 Uhr am selben Abend) könne nicht stattfinden, wurde heute mitgeteilt. Read More →

The second edition of the Stanislaw Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music will take place at the Philharmonic Hall in Rzeszow, Poland, between 11 and 18 September 2021. From now until 14 May 2021, the candidates will be able to submit their applications by filling in online forms available on the dedicated website: Read More →

Mozart-Medaillon von Posch
(c) Mozarteum Salzburg

Mozarts 265. Geburtstag wird Ende Januar mit einem Streaming-Programm gefeiert, teilte der Veranstalter der Mozartwoche heute mit: « Wir bedauern sehr, so kurz vor Start, die Mozartwoche 2021 nicht in ihrer geplanten Form durchführen zu können. Read More →

Jun Märkl

The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra has announced the appointment of German conductor Jun Märkl, 61, as its new Music Director. He will commence his tenure from the beginning of the 2021 season. Read More →

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