Bayerische Staatsoper Extends Music Director & General Director’s Contract

The Bayerische Staatsoper has announced the extension of its Intendant and General Generalmusikdirektor. The company noted that Bayerische Staatsoper’s Generalmusikdirektor Vladimir Jurowski will extend his contract until 2028 with an option to renew for a further year and Intendant Serge Dorny will renew his contract until 2031. In a statement, Dorny said, “I would like to thank Minister of State Blume {…}

Vladimir Jurowski Receives Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Vladimir Jurowski has been named Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. The Bayerische Staatsoper announced the news and noted that “Vladimir Jurowski was greeted by His Majesty King Charles III. appointed Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. We warmly congratulate you!” Jurowski was named the Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival {…}

Lucerne Festival Releases Statement Regarding Climate Change Protest

The Lucerne Festival has released a statement after Climate Activists from Renovate Switzerland interrupted a performance on Sept. 8. The statement by Lucerne Festival Director Michael Haefliger said, “We regret that yesterday’s concert was interrupted by ‘Renovate Switzerland’ climate activists. In general, we support standing up for environmental issues. However, we have no sympathy at all for the way the two {…}

Antonio Pappano, Simon Rattle, Barbara Hannigan & Fabio Luisi Among Signatories Petitioning Against the Canceling of Russian Artists

(Credit: Karen Almond / Metropolitan Opera) One hundred and nineteen artists and conductors are signing a petition to end the war and end the boycott against boycotting Russian artists. The petition, which is signed by such prominent artists as Antonio Pappano, Mark Elder, Simon Rattle, Franz Welser-Möst, Cornelius Meister, Dmitri Tcherniakov, Barrie Kosky, Matthew Rose, Fabio Luisi, Barbara Hannigan, and {…}

Bryn Terfel, Jamie Barton & Edward Gardner Lead London Philharmonic’s 2020-21 Season

The London Philharmonic has announced its 2020-21 season featuring a number of important soloists around the world. For this article we will highlight the vocal performances. The season opens with a program entitled Fantastic Symphony with Edward Gardner leading a program of works by Tchaikovsky, Lutosławski, and Berlioz. Gerald Finley will be the featured soloist. Performance Date: Sept. 23, 2020 Edward {…}

Sean Panikkar, Anne Sofie von Otter & Leonardo Capalbo Lead Komische Oper Berlin’s 2019-20 Season

Komische Oper Berlin has announced its 2019-20 season. This season will celebrate Dionysus, the forefather and protagonist of Greek theatre, with new productions reflecting the entire spectrum of musical theatre. Chief Director Barrie Kosky comments, “. . . [O]nce we believe in the power of theatre and music, believe in their intoxicating, seductive, physical, emotional, and ultimately community-building impacts, once {…}