Riccardo Muti is to head the Opera di Roma from December 2010, following an agreement reached in Salzburg with the mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno. Under the arrangement the conductor will put on two opera productions per year as well as concerts. The Rome position is intended to be a principal role for Muti, alongside his work as musical director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, an official statement said.
French conductor Emmanuel Villaume has been appointed chief conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra from its 2009-10 season. The first season – the orchestra’s 60th anniversary – will include Villaume conducting Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Poulenc’s Gloria and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique . He will increase his commitments in Bratislava over the coming years.
“Few people know her as yet, but soon she will be very famous. She is fabulous!” Herbert von Karajan in 1975 The German dramatic soprano Hildegard Behrens died on August 18 while in Japan to perform and give masterclasses at the Kusatsu International Music Academy and Festival. She was 72.
With record ticket sales and substantial critical praise Andris Nelsons’s first season as the City of Birmingham Symphony’s music director has been felt to be a great success. It therefore comes as small surprise that the 30-year-old Latvian conductor, who was initially hired on a three-year contract, has now extended his tenure until 2014. According to CBSO chief executive Stephen Maddock, Nelsons has made a “phenomenal” impact “on the Orchestra, on Birmingham audiences and on our recording and touring activities.”
The musicians of the Baltimore Symphony have agreed to a 12.5 per cent reduction in annual salary to help combat the effects of recession. The move, in combination with a reduction in pension contributions and the...