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.
James Gaffigan is to take up the role of chief conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra from the 2011/12 season. The 30-year-old New York-born musician first conducted Switzerland’s oldest symphony orchestra in 2008, and it was following his return in June last year that the offer was made. He states his aim is to increase the orchestra’s international profile, citing Mariss Jansons’s achievements with the Oslo Philharmonic or Neeme Järvi’s with the Gothenburg Symphony as models to aspire to.