Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Barbara Cook joined director Francis Ford Coppola and playwright John Guare on Sunday to present this year's Opera News Awards. Five artists were recognized for their international musical achievements: German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, American soprano Patricia Racette, New Zealand soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and … [Read more...] about Opera News honours Kaufmann, Racette, Te Kanawa, Terfel and Muti at its 6th edition of the Opera Awards
Yes I know I shouldn't reproduce an entire article - but this is so succinct and right that I hope The Times will forgive me... Here's Richard Morrison on the ridiculous choice by the Brit Awards to confer on boy-band Il Divo the Classical Artist of the Decade prize - yes that's right, 'decade': How funny. There was I thinking that the past ten years had been fantastically … [Read more...] about The Times says the Classic Brits awards are predictable and ludicrous – I think we’d all agree with that!
At the 2011 Olivier Award ceremony this year Stephen Sondheim was presented with a lifetime achievement award. Part of the tribute to the 80 year-old composer was from his 85 year-old star Angela Lansbury. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fa_kn5iVYU Lansbury's first ever Broadway musical was in 1964 with Stephen Sondheim's short-lived Anyone Can Whistle. In May 1973, the … [Read more...] about Angela Lansbury’s tribute to Stephen Sondheim at the 2011 Olivier Awards
Rome-born Cecilia Bartoli famously sings in all the world except her for her home nation. Last year in Italy she sand just one performance of her "Sacrificium" programme in Turin as the closing concert of the Mi-To (Milan-Torino) Music Festival. Stop. Now she has just won the Grammy award for Best Classical Vocal Performance (for the "Sacrificium" album), but Italy remains … [Read more...] about Cecilia Bartoli ignored by Italy… again.
The story of King George VI's struggle to overcome a stammer, aided by his devoted wife, dominated the Orange British Academy Film Awards. Colin Firth continued his winning streak by taking the best actor prize for his portrayal of the reluctant monarch. Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush won the supporting actor categories. reports Anita Singh in The … [Read more...] about The King’s Speech, Colin Firth and Natalie Portman – so no surprises at this year’s BAFTAs
Right down there at the bottom of the barrel are the classical nominations - after rap, blues, latin, heavy metal, R&B, country, jazz, pop and every other form of popular music imaginable there are a few categories for classical music at the Grammys. Just two awards come after and those are for videos, not audio recordings. Here are the winners for 2011. Best Classical … [Read more...] about Bartoli’s Sacrificium and Muti’s Verdi Requiem recordings win Grammy Awards
The Grammy weekend was launched in Los Angeles last night with a tribute to a true Grammy legend - Barbra Streisand. She was honored as the MusiCares Person-of-the-Year for her artistry and philanthropy in a ceremony that brought out a crowd of famous faces. Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett and a trio of "Glee" stars led Barbra Streisand on a musical journey through her nearly … [Read more...] about Grammy weekend begins with Streisand tribute after 51 gold albums, 30 platinum albums, two Oscars, four Emmys – and eight Grammys
17 nominations for the National Theatre, 9 for the Royal Court and 9 for the Donmar is hardly a surprise, but Andrew Lloyd Webber's much criticised Phantom follow-up Love Never Dies has garnered an impressive 7 nominations. Andrew Lloyd Webber can hold his head up high - Love Never Dies, his sequel to Phantom of the Opera, which received, to put it mildly, mixed reviews, has … [Read more...] about The National, the Donmar and the Royal Court rake in the Laurence Olivier Award nominations – but Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies is up there too
British actress Julie Andrews and country icon Dolly Parton will receive Grammy Awards for lifetime achievement next year. Recipients also include the Juilliard String Quartet, jazz drummer Roy Haynes, punk pioneers the Ramones, folk revivalists the Kingston Trio, and 101-year-old gospel legend George Beverly Shea. They will receive their statuettes at an event in Los … [Read more...] about Julie Andrews, Dolly Parton and the Juilliard String Quartet to receive Grammy Awards for lifetime achievement
Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder top the list of stars announced Wednesday as performers at MusiCares' Person of the Year gala honoring Barbra Streisand on 11th February. Image via Wikipedia Other names now attached to the L.A. Convention Center dinner and tribute concert, which will recognize Streisand for her artistic and philanthropic work, include Herbie Hancock, … [Read more...] about Streisand is MusiCares’ Person of the Year