Italy's Classic Voice magazine has published a list of the current maximum fees paid by the Italian opera houses, and, surprisingly - though according to many singers I know, not surprisingly - the length of time that some artists have to wait to receive their payment. €30,000 is currently the top for conductors such as Barenboim, Chailly, Whun Chung, Dudamel, Gatti, … [Read more...] about How much are singers, conductors and directors paid?
Gramophone's shortlists are out for this year's awards. No real surprises, but then those Gramophone people have great taste! Here's a sample: Opera: Die Zauberflöte - René Jacobs; Akademie für Alte Musik Ermione - David Parry; LPO Verdi's Otello - Colin Davis; LSO Solo Vocal: Richard Rodney Bennett, Songs before Sleep - Sophie Daneman; Susan Bickley; Iain … [Read more...] about Gramophone Magazine’s Classical Music Awards 2011 – shortlists
Readers of The Times asked Lang Lang questions - here are some of his answers: What’s the one thing that no one knows about you? LL: Every time when my flight is landing, I switch on the overhead light, count to ten and turn it off, to bring luck to the next city. Which composer do you identify with the most? LL: Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and … [Read more...] about Ask me anything, said piano star Lang Lang