Beethoven probably never suspected he would see Anna Nicole Smith immortalized on the operatic stage.
Beethoven probably never suspected he would see Anna Nicole Smith immortalized on the operatic stage. iStock
This week on the classical internet:
- Sex, Drugs And Opera: Despite concerns about whether it was fit for the operatic stage, Mark-Anthony Turnage's Anna Nicole opened at the Royal Opera House. Anne Midgette and Anthony Tommasini were both there.
- 3D is coming to the Metropolitan Opera. Robert LePage's new Siegfried will use 3D in what the New York Times calls the most technologically intricate production yet put on the Met stage.
- Final offer: Detroit Symphony Orchestra musicians are voting on what management says is its final contract offer. Spokespeople for the musicians are urging the players to say no.
- Deus Ex Machina: An Atlanta Opera board member who died last year has left the struggling company a financial gift – of $9 million.
- Five more for Falletta: Buffalo Philharmonic Music Director JoAnn Falletta renews her contract for five years.
- The L.A. Opera's updated production of Rossini's The Turk In Italy brings up a question many companies are thinking about: how does a company explore new ground without alienating fans?
- Pit Fall: Sir Colin Davis fell and hit his head just as he was ascending the podium to conduct The Magic Flute at the Royal Opera House on Wednesday.
- The father and one-time manager of the 5 Browns, a family act of Juilliard-trained pianists, has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three of his children.
- Tiger Mother Music: Colin Eatock talks about Amy Chua's controversial book on parenting — and how it relates to classical music.
- Baltimore Symphony music director Marin Alsop is taking on another job as principal conductor of the Sao Paulo orchestra.
- Mozart And Merlot: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is trying something completely radical, at least for its traditionally conservative audiences: wine at late-night concerts.