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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  1. I find it extremly helpful. If the EAR starts
    to do this every week, great!!!!!!!

    Comment by Barbara DeMain — October 18, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

    • Hi Barbara,
      Thanks for reading and replying.
      It;s good to hear from you again.
      Others have also said they like the news summaries on weekends.
      So I will try it out a few times and see how the traffic, hits and subscriptions build up.
      I appreciate, as always, your vote of confidence.

      Comment by welltemperedear — October 18, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

  2. Sutherland was always full of surprises. Her recording of “Turandot” is one of the best – who would have thought? I saw her in “Daughter of the Regiment” in San Francisco, and she was a very adept comic actress. She leaves an amazing recorded legacy.

    Comment by Larry Wells — October 17, 2010 @ 5:33 am

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  4. Jacob,
    I think your news digest capsule is an excellent idea. I’m amazed that Muti has already dumped the CSO and if I hadn’t heard some reaction via NPR, I’d never have known about Sutherland’s death.

    You are so right about the mass printed media cutting arts news. Many significant papers have totally dropped book reviews and largely reduced arts coverage in general. Your service clearly serves a public need. I’m really delighted I stumbled on to your site.

    If I hadn’t, I’d never have known anything about the newly formed Middleton Community Symphony. My praise might be a bit more meaningful as it’s coming from a former broadcast journalist in Tokyo. Thanks a lot and keep up the great work.

    Comment by Larry Retzack — October 16, 2010 @ 9:38 am

    • Larry,
      Thank you so very much for the feedback about the news capsules. They seem to be popular, judging by the number of hits today.
      And even deeper thanks for the kind words of encouragement and praise for the blog.
      Readers like you keep me going.
      It is a shame how the general media are shortchanging the arts, especially in an area like ours which is so rich in the fine arts and performing arts. Madisonians take the arts very seriously. They deserve better.
      Your praise is plenty meaningful already, but knowing that you have been exposed to a larger world of events and media coverage, including living in Asia and working in the broadcasting world, just adds to the credibility.
      You have my sincere gratitude.
      I hope I keep fulfilling your expectations.

      Comment by welltemperedear — October 16, 2010 @ 10:07 am

      • Could not agree more. Dr. Jake is always
        on it. When the EAR sends a message, my
        ears are ON HIGH ALERT at all times.

        Barbara DeMain

        Comment by Barbara DeMain — October 18, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

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