Metropolitan Opera chief Peter Gelb on Anna Netrebko and Joseph Calleja pulling out of the summer tour to Japan: "Anything can happen in the volcanic world of opera, and with this tour it seems that our volcano has momentarily erupted."
Bass Giorgio Tozzi passed away at age 88; his long and rich career spanned music from Mozart to Rodgers and Hammerstein.
With the New York City Opera seeming ready to beat a hasty retreat from Lincoln Center, could it be that the Koch Theater's new tenant would be the New York Philharmonic?
Another City Opera blow: their director of artistic planning, Edward Yim, is departing to become a consultant at ... the New York Philharmonic.
Anne Midgette on what's going on in New York: "City Opera right now represents a perfect storm of mismanagement and bad luck in a climate where there's no room for mistakes."
Justin Davidson on the same: "City Opera is a victim of the culture industry's success."
Just as a DVD trumpeting the Louisville Orchestra's phenomenal history has been released, the group has filed a plan to get out of its current bankruptcy.
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has just eliminated all state arts funding.
Mezzo Joyce DiDonato tweeted in response: "I used to be a proud little Ambassador for my home state of Kansas. Afraid I can't say that anymore."
One of the co-founders of the new music quartet ETHEL, violinist Mary Rowell, is leaving the group due to a health condition; her replacement is Jennifer Choi, a former violinist in the Miró String Quartet.
American classical musicians from Florida will be heading to Cuba in September as part of a multi-year cultural exchange. (This comes almost 2 years after the New York Philharmonic's aborted effort to visit Havana.)
Soprano Deborah Voigt is telling all. She has sold her autobiography to Harper Collins. The book is slated to be titled True Confessions of a Down to Earth Diva.
Being James Levine. The famed conductor, beset with lingering health issues, gets a new book and PBS documentary. And his own Deceptive Cadence puzzler.
Thanks for living up to stereotypes, lady: A retired British soprano wants to take 3 minutes a day of Lady Gaga and other pop tunes away from neighboring schoolkids. She says, "It is offensive and I have to stop it."
Music's a drug to you? Well, make way for the first "musical pharmacologist," who composes works to address a patient's needs.
On further thought, never mind the humans — more importantly, how do cats feel about classical music?