The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news roundup: Muti withdraws, Domingo resigns, Chang cancels, Israelis go ur-Wagner and Sutherland dies

October 16, 2010

By Jacob Stockinger

We are all so busy these days, it is possible and even easy to overlook important arts news, especially when the news media have such reduced coverage of the fine arts and performing arts.

Saturday seems a good day to catch up with recent major stories.

Some of the sources will be familiar; some not.

So here are a few stories:

Riccardo Muti cancels fall appearances at Chicago Symphony Orchestra:

You’ve got to wonder: Maybe Muti thinks the Chicago area doesn’t have as good a doctor or gastroenterologist he has in Milan? Not a good sign.

Anyway, here is his most popular video on YouTube:

And here is in a reading of Mozart I like for the details:

Superstar tenor Placido Domingo leaves the Washington National Opera:

Australian-born diva Joan Sutherland dies at 83 at her home in Switzerland:

And here is a video/audio clip of an aria that seems fitting for her obituary:

And another video of her in her prime, making history with Bellini:

There is a lot more of Joan Sutherland at YouTube, including interviews.

Happy viewing and listening.

Violinist Sarah Chang cancels a Detroit recital to avoid crossing union strikers’ picket line:

Here she is playing a favorite bon-bon of mine by Elgar:

And if you think the arts can promote peace in the world, then this story about Israeli musicians who plan to play at Bayreuth, the holy shrine of the anti-Semitic opera composer Richard Wagner, might please you:

What do you think of having such catch-up news capsules at a regular intervals, especially on the weekends?

The Ear wants to hear.

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