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Thielemann goes for Broadway - Article - 17 December 2013

Dresden has announced its New Year’s Eve TV offering, designed to put Berlin in the shade. In the past few years, Thielemann has trounced Rattle in the ratings. This time round, instead of the usual Strauss confections, he is putting on the Broadway lights – and with a pair of great singers. Beat that, Berlin. […]

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Video: Netrebko, newly single, rehearses Trovatore in Berlin - Article - 25 November 2013

‘Its a damned difficult role,’ says the diva, who has announced her separation from baritone Erwin Schrott. In a huge bustle, she’s made to look a great deal larger than life. Watch a five-minute report here.  

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Better ratings news: Berlin is wiped off the map - Article - 3 January 2012

Depressed by the Vienna mass audience? The good news is that, for the second year running, the Berlin Philharmonic extravaganza on German ARD television has been overwhelmed in the ratings by the Dresden Staatskapelle on ZDF – and this despite a Netrebko no-show in the Meissen china showcase. Details on intermezzo. It’s a big win […]

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Classical business: return of the fraudster - Article - 26 October 2011

Barrett Wissmann, disgraced owner of the talent agency IMG Artists, was forced to step down from his front-office role after he copped a state prosecutor’s plea to securities fraud involving the state pension fund in upstate New York. But you can’t keep a fixer down. Six months ago, Barrett secured a Russian investor to help […]

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How this Tchaikovsky competition is being judged – a view from the jury room - Article - 22 June 2011

It is abundantly clear that the 14th Tchaikovsky competition differs from its predecessors in one significant respect – its trasnparency. Every round can be watched live online, viewers are encouraged to cast their votes and several judges are using their cellphones and notebooks to tweet and email their emotions as the contest progresses. This is […]

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The Napoleon conductor has died - Article - 14 June 2011

Remember when Abba won Eurovision in 1974 with that ghastly song, Waterloo? The man who directed the orchestra had dressed up for the occasion as Napoleon. His name was Sven-Olof Walldoff and he’s just passed away, aged 82. He’s in here, somewhere. And Here’s some video.

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The mass murderer who loved Mahler - Article - 3 June 2011

In a recent review of Jens Malte Fischer’s disappointing German best-seller of a Mahler biography, I deplored Fischer’s unquestioning dependence on a man who is widely held to be the post-War champion of Mahler scholarship in western Germany. His name is Hans Henrich Eggebrecht and many of the leading musicologists at German universties are his […]

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Berlin finds new excuses for quitting Salzburg - Article - 31 May 2011

The new intendant of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Martin Hoffmann, has been explaining their departure from the Salzburg Easter Festival. The festival, he said, was no longer following Herbert von Karajan’s founding principles and the offer from Baden-Baden was not only ‘richer’ but allowed the orchestra to perform at lower ticket prices. You can read […]

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Guess who's moving in on the Rattle vacancy in Salzburg - Article - 25 May 2011

When the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra cancelled its deal with the Salzburg Easter Festival 10 days ago, many saw the withdrawal as a crippling blow for the Karajan-founded event. The Berliners said they had been offered more money by Baden-Baden. After 45 years, they were happy to trade down high prestige for a mess of pottage. […]

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Breaking: Confessed fraudster finds new investor - Article - 17 May 2011

Barrett Wissman, disgraced owner of the IMG classical artists agency, has bounced back. After copping a plea to securities fraud two years ago in New York and withdrawing from active management of the agency, he has just landed a major fish to help haul his business back into serious contention after a series of major setbacks. […]

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Met stars crash out of Japan - Article - 13 May 2011

Jonas Kaufmann and Olga Borodina have withdrawn from the Met’s tour of Japan. Borodina has ‘vocal issues’. Kaufmann’s excuse? ‘Personal reasons’. Oh, so that’s all right then. Music director James Levine is already out for all the obvious reasons. This tour is stating to feel more than a little half-hearted. The replacements for the two […]

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