17. September 2014 · Comments Off on One Measure … But Which One? · Categories: Read Online

VIENNA (AP) — The Vienna State Opera has lost its second star conductor in less than two weeks.

Bertrand de Billy says he refuses to work under opera director Dominique Meyer, mentioning “dishonesty” and “lack of loyalty.”

The French maestro was quoted in Tuesday’s Kurier newspaper that differences in March over one bar of music in a production of Wagner’s “Lohengrin” sparked the dispute. After de Billy refused to conduct the performance, Meyer told him that he could no longer conduct new productions.

Meyer says he “no longer had trust” in de Billy after the Lohengrin tiff.

Music director Franz Welser-Moest announced he was stepping down on Sept. 5, citing differences with Meyer over the artistic direction of what is one of the world’s premier opera houses.


17. September 2014 · Comments Off on MAESTRO · Categories: Movies

I’d really like to see this …

There is a Kickstarter campaign for it. In case you’re interested.

17. September 2014 · Comments Off on Tibor Rudas 1920-2014 · Categories: Losses

“I am the most hated man in the world of opera,” he said, “but I am loved by the masses.”

Tibor Rudas died on September 8. You can read about him here.

He is the man mainly responsible for bringing us The Three Tenors and putting opera in arenas. I did both a Pavarotti and a Domingo show in this way. Did I do The Three Tenors? I honestly can’t remember! (I do remember Pavorotti telling the crowd, near the end of his performance, that singing in our arena — usually called the Tank these days, I think — was a horrible place to sing.)

17. September 2014 · Comments Off on I Tell My Students … · Categories: Seen Online

… they should know their music well enough that when music blows off the stand they continue.


International music competitions are full of nail-biting moments for young musicians seeking top prizes. But Japanese-born, Chicago-based flutist Yukie Ota encountered a peculiar distraction Monday in the first round of the hugely competitive Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition in Odense, Denmark, which draws flutists aged 13 to 29.

You can read more about it if you go here.

17. September 2014 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

I’m here crying over oboe solos instead of doing my homework send help