Tough times for music promoters in the UK: Numerous cuts bring companies on the verge of closure. The judiciary does not seem to be able to change this. This week ist has been announced that the popular Mid Wales Opera has lost its appeal against a cut in funding from the Arts Council of Wales (ACW). Read More →

The National Theatre in Prague announced that the tenure of the 66-year-old Norwegian Per Boye Hansen as Artistic Director of the National Theatre Opera and the State Opera is extended until 31 July 2028. Read More →

Ludwig van Beethoven

The Beethoven-Haus Bonn is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the premiere of Beethoven’s last symphony in May 2024 with two festive concerts. An international conference, a chamber music festival and an exhibition on Leonard Bernstein round off the anniversary program. Read More →

Ende November wollte sich Franz Xaver Ohnesorg als Intendant des Klavier-Festivals Ruhr mit drei Gala-Benefizkonzerten in Wuppertal, Duisburg und Essen verabschieden, mit Künstlern wie Martha Argerich, Renaud Capuçon, Anne-Sophie Mutter und dem Klavierduo Yaara Tal und Andreas Groethuysen. Nun wird er das nicht mehr erleben: Read More →

Ivan Repusic
(c) Damil Kalogjera

45-year-old Croatian conductor Ivan Repusic has been appointed as General Music Director of Leipzig’s opera and will take up his post from the 2025/26 season. The decision has still to be validated by the City Council, but this is more or less a formality. Read More →

The International Classical Music Awards ICMA today announced the nominations for their Awards 2024, celebrating the best musicians and recordings. This year’s nominations include many renowned soloists, ensembles, conductors and orchestras as well as a lot of young musicians, many of them being first-nominees. A total of 375 audio and video productions from 115 labels have been nominated. To see the list, just click on the links at the end of this article. Read More →

Bayerische Staatsoper München

Ein Warnstreik im öffentlichen Dienst diverser deutscher Bundesländer wirkt sich auf den Spielplan der Bayerischen Staatsoper aus. Laut einer Aussendung der Oper wird Gioachino Rossinis Oper Il Barbiere di Siviglia am heutigen Mittwoch bloß in konzertanter Form aufgeführt. Die Vorstellung findet vor dem Sicherheitsvorhang statt.

Joshua Brown

24-year-old American violinist Joshua Brown has won this year’s Global Music Education League Competition in Beijing. The Gold Medal comprises a prize package including $100,000, international management and tours. Read More →

Die Klägergemeinschaft in der in der Sache Musterklage Chorbereich gegen die Salzburger Festspiele ärgert sich über Verschiebung von Gerichtsterminen. Read More →

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) has announced that the 37-year-old Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla will take up the role of Associate Artist from December 2023. Currently Principal Guest Conductor, she was Music Director of the CBSO from 2016-2022.

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