The latest Karajan Community Letter focuses on Bizet’s Carmen of wich Karajan produced several stage and film versions of what may simply be the most popular work in French classical music. In a film Karajan is talking about his first complete opera recording for CD, the 1983 Carmen. And the newsletter is also presenting a story about the leading singer in that production, the great Agnes Baltsa. Read More →

Am Donnerstag gab der britische Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor einen Klavierabend im Kammermusiksaal der Luxemburger Philharmonie. Unser Mitarbeiter Alain Steffen zeigt sich begeistert. Read More →

Dmytro Udovychenko

Ukrainian violinist Dmytro Udovychenko, 23, has won First Prize in the 2023 Montreal International Violin Competition. Second Prize: SongHa Choi, 23, of South Korea and Third Prize: SooBeen Lee, 22, of South Korea. Read More →

Die Solistes Européens Luxembourg haben mit dem Luxemburger Erziehungsministerium eine Konvention abgeschlossen, die künftig die Durchführung von Konzerten in den Schulen ermöglichen soll. Diese Aktivität sei mit der Schließung der Jeunesses Musicales in Luxemburg zum Erliegen gekommen sagte SEL-Direktor Eugène Prim, und werde nun wieder aufgegriffen.

Louis XIV

An anal fistula that plagued Louis XIV in 1686 led to the creation of the British anthem, musicologists say. The misplaced abscess was successfully removed, and the king, it is said, showed great courage since there was no anesthesia. To support the king, Madame de Maintenon, Louis’s secret wife after the death of Marie-Thérèse, asked Lully to compose a hymn. Read More →

Riccardo Muti

Italian conductor Riccardo Muti, 80, plans to visit Syrian musicians living in the vast Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan on the sidelines of his annual Roads of Friendship concert series that aims to use music to build bridges and help those affected by war. Read More →

Troy Quinn

American conductor Troy Quinn, 39, has signed a three-year extension of his contract as Music Director of the Owensboro Symphony (Kentucky). Quinn’s original contract would have expired after the 2025-26 season. Read More →

Solistes Européens Luxembourg

Das Orchester Solistes Européens Luxembourg hat heute seine Saison 2023/24 vorgestellt. Das Programm begreift 10 Symphoniekonzerte und mehrere Kammermusikabende. Read More →

Roger Kalia
(c) Sara Bojarski

Roger Kalia, who is Music Director of the Evans Philharmonic (Indiana) since 2020, has extended his contract for three years from 2023 to 2026.A native of New York State, Indian-American conductor Roger Kalia studied at Indiana University, the University of Houston, and SUNY Potsdam. Read More →

Alexander Merzyn
c) Staatstheater Cottbus

Der deutsche Dirigent Alexander Merzyn (*1978) bleibt bis Sommer 2028 Generalmusikdirektor am Staatstheater Cottbus. Er ist seit Dezember 2019 auf diesem Posten, den er schon seit August 2018 kommissarisch innehatte. Read More →

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