A concert on 1 May at 9 pm (21.00 CEST – 15.00 EDT – 20.00 BST), organised by the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino’s new intendant Alexander Pereira, will feature Cecilia Bartoli, Vittorio Grigolo, Mikhail Petrenko, Diana Damrau, Ludovic Tézier, Francesco Meli, Lisette Oropesa, Luca Salsi, Thomas Hampson, Krassimira Stoyanova, Michele Pertusi, Eva Mei, Leo Nucci, Sonya Yoncheva, Fabio Sartori, and Saioa Hernández, among others yet to be announced.
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“If we continue to be unjust, God will take away our music.”
I want reassurances about what’s being done, not what will be done. I don’t want to hear about the future. There are people who don’t know how to get to the end of the day and feed their children. In my long life, I never even imagined such a thing, let alone experienced it. We’re living in a science fiction film.
In Ravenna [where he lives] the shutters are closed as though the virus could enter through the windows. There is a death-like silence, cemeterial. I’ve always spent Easter in Molfetta where, as a child, I saw the Good Friday processions. It’s very much a Southern tradition, and is accompanied by the band, which was my first music lesson: for centuries they have always continued, even in wartime.
Lara Rebekah Harvey graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2015 with a BMus first-class honours and recently completed her postgraduate studies there.
Between terms, she has sung in the chorus for summer festivals as well as some roles for Opera Holland Park and Wexford Festival Opera. She had a small role in Holland Park’s production of The Merry Widow this July.
Now she’s stacking supermarket shelves.
In a plain-speaking interview with the Russian newspaper Kommersant, the Bolshoi Theatre’s General Director, Vladimir Urin, talked about the impending challenges for not only his theatre but theatres the world over.
“I very much hope that we will resume operations in the new season. That is the best-case scenario. Considering the way this situation is developing, I am almost sure that no performances will be possible until the end of June; perhaps not even until the end of July.”
And the worst-case scenario?
I don’t want to get into it, because it’s scary even to predict what would happen if we don’t open in September. It could go as far as the destruction of the theatre.
My wife and I have spent our lives travelling, often returning home exhausted by the weight of bags of new books and music. I could only glance at this vast library as there was never enough time available. Now we have an oasis of calm in our family. It gives time to reflect and mature. Maturity is not something that comes automatically with age but by your ability to understand things. For me, this is very important. I have rejected many work offers because there wasn’t enough time.
I have daily telephone contacts with theatre management and musicians. We have talked a great deal and we are all very worried about the future.
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American countertenor David Daniels has been fired by the University of Michigan without severance pay. He joined his alma mater in 2015 as Professor of Music in Voice.
He was suspended in 2018 after a former student made allegations of sexual assault.
The chairman of the board, Ron Weiser, said,
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Luca Targetti, the Casting Director at La Scala for 13 years from 1997, died shortly after showing symptoms of a coronavirus infection on 12 March. He was 63.
The architect Vittorio Gregotti, responsible for designing the 2000-seater Teatro Arcimboldi, La Scala’s temporary home when it was closed for modernisation, refurbishment, and extension in 2002, died this morning after being infected with the virus. He was 92.