A super feature on Shostakovich by David Fanning in Gramophone Magazine.
The Australian String Quartet (ASQ) will not continue in its current configuration beyond 2014 due to artistic differences. Along with performing an annual national concert series, the quartet is also Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Adelaide. After careful consideration, the Board of the ASQ has appointed violist Stephen King and cellist Sharon Draper to lead the quartet into the future. Chairman of the board Paul Clitheroe said “the ASQ’s most recent performances have been truly exceptional and despite…
Sir Roger Norrington takes a look at Beethoven’s Symphony No 1 for Gramophone Magazine. Click here to read.
Soprano Jessica Pratt and tenor Michael Fabiano are the undoubted stars of Opera Australia’s current production of Donizetti’s bel canto masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor. Along with a strong supporting cast, the Opera Australia Chorus and the Opera Australia Orchestra, audiences and critics have been both moved and amazed by the stellar musical and dramatic performances….
OA artistic director Lyndon Terracini believes that quotas on the hiring of non-Australian singers should be lifted. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/arts/lyndon-terracini-blasts-prehistoric-union-opera-quota/story-e6frg8n6-1226310782416
A terrific read on the literary foundations of some of the greatest operas: http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/opera/greatest-stories-set-to-music-20111118-1nmas.html