Chance told the Guardian he was excited and daunted about the challenge ahead. “It’s been presented as a brand new festival and to a certain extent it is, but I have sensed enormous support to continue high class opera in the same venue,” he said, adding that he was hopeful that some of those who had worked with GPO would help in setting up the new venture. … [Read more...] about Clash of the tenors: dispute leaves Hampshire opera festival seeking new home
Summer end music festival
Let me see.... six months to learn a musical instrument?... I would say the triangle as that’s something that I imagine you could play fairly averagely with only six months of studies. But, if I could choose an instrument to play masterfully, it would take much longer than six months, and it would be the bandoneon. … [Read more...] about Facing the music: Erwin Schrott
“From the beginning, I’ve swum against the current – I wasn’t seen, the society didn’t make any effort to nurture my skills and the ruling establishment turned its back on me,” Amiri, 57, told the Guardian. “But I’m still doing it, I’m showing that there are ways, and there will always be.” … [Read more...] about The conductor smashing Iranian taboos over women, and music
Mongolian Amartuvshin Enkhbat stood out for his rich, massive baritone and he provided the excellent curtain-raiser singing Tonio’s prologue from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Weaker in Wagner, stronger in Verdi, Enkhbat took the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience prize. For stage presence and sheer style, the American soprano Lauren Michelle could not be faulted, but the Mozart aria – the cruellest test for all competitors – let her down. … [Read more...] about BBC Cardiff Singer of the World review – exceptional technique and instinctive musicality shine through in a strong final
If rewilding seems like a rich person’s indulgence, this is because its economic viability is unproven. It is also a misnomer, for whether by getting rid of tens of thousands of sheep in Patagonia or introducing a living species as a surrogate for an extinct one – Sayaguesa cattle in place of aurochs in Croatia’s Velebit Mountains, for instance – rewilding requires more human intervention than its name suggests. The tourism it offers is limited; a rewilded area cannot accommodate many people without undermining its own existence. By diverting investment towards repairing landscapes and contributing to the public weal, rewilders are taking money away from conventional economic activities. And this is where its impact will be felt in British farming. Barely a decade ago, the notion that land should be managed in order to ensure planetary wellbeing had few takers among farmers whose raison d’etre was to fill human bellies at the lowest possible cost. But this … [Read more...] about The end of farming?