29. October 2013 · Comments Off on Rock Concert Noise is Okay … but OPERA?! · Categories: Read Online

An annual opera concert held in the grounds of a stately home has come under threat following noise complaints and claims the music is only for “posh folk.”
Winslow Hall in Buckinghamshire first played host to the Stowe Opera festival last year, with a production of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro in a marquee outside the 17th century Grade I-listed mansion.
This summer it went on to host six performances of Bizet’s Carmen, rehearsals for which prompted several neighbours to complain to the local council.
As a result, the home’s owner, Christopher Gilmour, now fears for the concerts’ future.
The son of the late Tory cabinet minister Lord Gilmour said “a chorus of several residents” had been voicing their objections to the rehearsals.
“What hurts most is that one of the most vehement complainants is a man who said he liked loud noise but only if it was from a rock concert,” he told the Daily Mail.
“He didn’t care for opera, which he said was only for posh folk.”

I read it here.

29. October 2013 · Comments Off on Gabriel S Oboe · Categories: Read Online

Too funny! I just ran across a site where you can download different recordings of “Gabriel S Oboe”. Hah! 🙂

29. October 2013 · Comments Off on Daniel Barenboim Leaving La Scala · Categories: News, Read Online

Conductor Daniel Barenboim is stepping down as musical director of Milan’s La Scala opera house two years early at the beginning of 2015.

Stephane Lissner, superintendent of La Scala, called Barenboim’s departure the “end of an era”.

Barenboim joined the world-renowned opera house in 2006 before becoming musical director in December 2011.

Unconfirmed reports in Italian media suggested he will be succeeded by Milanese conductor, Riccardo Chailly.

I read it here.

29. October 2013 · 2 comments · Categories: TQOD

My sister’s actually crazy good at oboe

*As a reminder, these are “Twitter Quotes of the Day” and not my words! (My sister is crazy good, but she doesn’t play oboe.)