Her latest recording, The Silver Violin, finds the Scottish violinist whupping the unit-shifting asses of Elbow, Emili Sandé, Paloma Faith, The Black Keys, etc - with a selection of Shostakovitch, Mahler and Korngold.
Prom 60 - Le Nozze di Figaro - Royal Albert Hall, 28 August 2012 Handel Furioso / The Emperor of Atlantis - Arcola Tent, 29 August 2012
Glyndebourne's new production of Le nozze di Figaro received some ecstatic reviews when it opened at home base a couple of months ago. In front of a capacity audience, the transfer to a Proms semi-staging didn't fare so well.
A blind rescue cat enjoys playing the piano because the sound helps him connect to the outside world, say staff at an animal charity. Stevie Wonder, as he's been named, compensates for his lack of sight with excellent hearing.
Salzburg's chicest interval retreat, the Karl-Böhm-Saal, has been hosting a wardrobe full of shoes all summer. Thirty-four pairs to be specific, hanging from a ceiling as the centrepiece of an installation by Javier Perez. Imaginary
couples dance in circles around a phonograph which endlessly repeats
the same tune.
It's an apt metaphor for the dress sense of the Salzburg audience, to most of whom fashion is a foreign word.
But there were exceptions. Let's start with the most stylish of all.
Die Soldaten - Felsenreitschule, 26 August 2012 (Salzburg Festival)
Amidst the greying audiences of the Salzburg Festival, a 50
year old punter counts as young. And a 50 year old opera can pass as
contemporary. It is perhaps with the conservative spectators of Salzburg (and co-producers
La Scala) in mind that director Alvis Hermanis has declawed Bernd Alois
Zimmermann’s bleak anti-war masterpiece.
Angela Gheorghiu's visit to South Korea isn't going too well.
First off, two of her planned four shows of La bohème with Vittorio Grigolohad to be cancelled after tickets sold poorly amidst overpricing complaints. The most expensive were 570,000 won, or over £300.
Who is Carmen? A seething volcano of unfettered passions? An
independent woman with the courage to forge her own destiny? A projection of
male nympho fantasies? Or a whey-faced Berlin
housewife with the voice of an angel and two left feet?