Stéphane Denève has been announced as Sir Roger Norrington’s successor at the helm of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR), a role he takes up at the start of the 2011-12 season. Simultaneously, it has been announced that Denève will extend his contract with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra by another year, taking it to the end of the 2011-12 season.
The Met’s general manager Peter Gelb and music director James Levine have announced (February 22) next year’s season which includes seven new productions and the launch of a new cycle of Wagner’s Ring . New to the Met repertoire are John Adams’s Nixon in China and Rossini’s Le comte Ory .
London’s South Bank centre has unveiled details of its 2010/11 season, with highlights featuring a series of performances by master pianist Maurizio Pollini and a focus on Mahler. Pollini, appearing as part of the International Piano Series, will perform five recitals between January and May of music from Bach to modernism, described as “personal journey through four centuries of piano repertoire”.
John Reed, who died in Halifax on February 13 – his 94th birthday – was for many the embodiment of the true Gilbert and Sullivan tradition represented by the “old” D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, which in 1982 ceased its continuous performances that had begun in 1875.
Theclassicalshop.net, launched in 2005 by Chandos, has been re-launched today with many new features. As well as a much more stylish design, with easy access to the many labels on offer, the site has been reworked for ease of navigation.
Has any composer been more debated than Gustav Mahler? It took tireless advocates like Leonard Bernstein to heave his reputation back into the mainstream during the past century, but now he is among the most performed and recorded of composers.