British conductor Raymond Leppard died on 22 October 2019 in Indianapolis at the age of 92. In the 1960s, Leppard played an important role in field of baroque music. In 1973 he became principal conductor of the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra in Manchester, a position he held until 1980. He was an opera conductor at the Metropolitan and San Francisco Operas, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and in Paris, Hamburg, Stockholm, and at Glyndebourne. Read More →

The current director of the Valence National Dramatic Centre, Richard Brunel, 47, has been appointed as General Manager of the Lyon. He will succeed Serge Dorny in September 2021. « Richard Brunel reflects the same innovation as that of Serge Dorny’s recruitment in 2003, » Mayor Gérard Collomb said in a statement. Read More →

Die heute erschienene Theaterstatistik des Deutschen Bühnenvereins dokumentiert die wichtigsten Wirtschaftsdaten der Theater und Orchester in Deutschland für die Spielzeit 2017/2018. Nach Angaben des Vereins haben insgesamt 142 Staatstheater, Stadttheater und Landesbühnen sowie 128 Orchester (inklusive Theaterorchester), 199 Privattheater und 85 Festspiele 2017/2018 ihre Einnahmen und Ausgaben, Personalangaben, Besucherzahlen und Veranstaltungen mitgeteilt. Jedoch seien nicht alle existierenden Festspiele und Privattheater in dieser Statistik erfasst; auch die Zahlen der Rundfunkorchester lägen nur auszugsweise vor. Read More →

The ancient site of Luxor awaits the return of the opera Aida after a pause of more than two decades. The last performance of Aida was held at the Temple of Hatshepsut in late 1997. Two performances are now planned at the majestic temple on Oct. 26 and 27. More than 4,000 tourists of different nationalities are expected to attend. Seat tickets cost between 100 and 750 $. Read More →

An accident occurred on stage, Sunday night at the Teatro dal Verme in Milan. While conducting the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Chinese conductor Muhai Tang, 70, lost his trousers. Undismayed, he pulled up his trousers as the orchestra played on without missing a beat. Read More →

Philharmonie de Paris
(c) Remy Franck

Last week, Jean Nouvel filed a lawsuit with the French financial prosecutor’s office to defend itself versus the Philharmonie which is claiming € 170 million because of budget overruns during the building of the hall. Read More →

Die Umsetzung von Art. 132 der EU-Mehrwertsteuer-Systemrichtlinie dürfe nicht zu neuen Bildungsschranken führen, sagt der Deutsche Musikrat in einer Pressemitteilung und fordert von der deutschen Bundesregierung und den Bundestagsfraktionen eine verbindliche Klarstellung im Gesetzestext. Alle Möglichkeiten der Sicherung von Bildungszugängen durch Steuerbegünstigung seien auszuschöpfen und dies im Gesetz durch Übernahme des vollständigen Textes des Art. 132 i) EU-MwStSystRL festzuschreiben. Read More →

Kent Nagano
Photo: Broede

On the occasion of yesterday’s concert at the Cologne Philharmonie, Concerto Köln appointed American conductor Kent Nagano, 67, as Honorary Conductor. The  ensemble and the conductor have enjoyed a close collaboration since 2011. Currently, the focus of their collaboration lies on academic research and, starting in 2021, on the historically informed performance of Wagner’s The Ring des Nibelungen. Read More →

A legal fight is about to oppose the French National Hospital of Ophthalmology in Paris and the National Opera Bastille, the newspaper Le Parisien reports. The issue is the project to expand the opera house, which could result in the hospital just behind being completely isolated. Envisaged since the conception of the opera house in the 1980s, the construction of workshops on some 3,500 square meters had never been carried out. The Paris Opera relaunched the case at the beginning of the year, causing concern in the neighbouring hospital. Read More →

Mozartwoche-Intendant und Mozart-Botschafter Rolando Villazón mit der Playmobil-Figur
(c) Wolfgang Lienbacher

Die Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg präsentierte am Freitag die neue Playmobil-Sonderfigur Mozart. Ausgestattet mit Geige und Bogen wird Mozart wirin seiner originalen Kleidung dargestellt, in einem roten Rock – natürlich mit Manschetten – sowie einer dekorativen Weste und einem Jabot, einem der damaligen Zeit entsprechenden modischen Rüschenvolant. Hinzu kommen schwarze Schuhe mit den typischen Goldschnallen. Read More →

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