Thursday, August 17, 2017
There have been some drop-offs from the 2014 list – and some important add-ons. Here’s our selection of the nicest, kindest, smartest, quickest press offices of 2017. 1 La Scala, Milan All warm and cuddly since Chailly became music director 2 Chicago Symphony A sleek, swift Muti machine 3 Salzburg Festival The coffee’s on the counter before you’ve opened your mouth. 4 Berlin Philharmonic Efficient as you’d expect, now with added Kirill smiles 5 Vienna State Opera Fast, frank and fantastically professional 6 Boston Symphony Busily proactive, literate and unfusty 7 Bavarian State Opera Anything Vienna can do, we can… 8 Los Angeles Philharmonic Still on the ball but less to do now Borda’s gone and Gustavo’s protecting his Caracas. 9 Garsington Festival Model press operation, alert and good at follow-through 10 Dallas Opera Feisty, fast and fearless And the worst? Click here.
He joined the orchestra in 1953. "Mr. Dreyfus was 'at the center of the players’ labor activism during contentious years of disputes' in the 1960s, his son said, which resulted in a long strike and, eventually, a 52-week contract. By the time of his retirement, he’d played under Stokowski, Ormandy, Muti, and his 'personal favorite,' Wolfgang Sawallisch."
The Salzburg Festival is donating 50,000 Euro to facilitate musical education for Syrian refugee children in Jordan over the next two years. The money is the net profit from ticket sales for the dress rehearsal of Aida, conducted by Riccardo Muti and directed by Shirin Neshat, with Anna Netrebko in the title role. photo: SF/Silvia Lelli
The diva has posted video footage of her rehearsal with Riccardo Muti. My first orchestra rehearsal with maestro Muti for Aida! Premiera is very soon моя первая оркестровая репетиция с маэстро Мути. Скоро премьера Аиды✌️ A post shared by @anna_netrebko_yusi_tiago on Jul 30, 2017 at 1:32am PDT Becoming Aida… A post shared by @anna_netrebko_yusi_tiago on Jul 27, 2017 at 9:46am PDT
Drew McManus has published his annual survey of maestro earnings, and there’s one notable omission*. But before we go into the small print let’s congratulate Marin Alsop on being the first woman conductor to pull down a £1 million salary. What’s more, it’s the first time Baltimore has ever paid seven digits for a conductor. photo: Chris Christodoulou/Lebrecht Music&Arts Here’s the top ten list of earners for the 2014/15 season: 1 Chicago Symphony: $2,776,869 (Riccardo Muti) 2 San Francisco Symphony: $2,715,815 (Michae Tilson Thomas) 3 Dallas Symphony: $2,657,139 (Jaap Van Zweden) 4 Los Angeles Philharmonic: $1,906,100 (Gustavo Dudamel) 5 New York Philharmonic: $1,672,450 (Alan Gilbert) 6 Cleveland Orchestra: $1,248,711 (Franz Welser-Möst) 7 Philadelphia Orchestra: $1,110,000 (Yannick Nézet-Séguin) 8 Saint Louis Symphony: $1,042,644 (David Robertson) 9 Baltimore Symphony: $1,015,937 (Marin Alsop) 10 Detroit Symphony: $828,591 (Leonard Slatkin) Right, the small print: Boston and Houston failed, for some reason, to report music director salaries, perhaps because both men were in their first year. Dallas posted a drop in Jaap Van Zweden’s earnings – he was top dog on a record $5.1 million last year – they may have found another way to shield them. And one other big earner is simply missing. *Christoph Eschenbach, in his last full season as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, is not listed as one of the organisation’s five highest paid contractors. That could be because the fifth highest paid contractor was reported at $2,709,973 whereas Eschenbach’s compensation the previous season was $2,274,151. Even so, says Drew, ‘this is the first time I’ve encountered a scenario where a multi-million dollar music director wasn’t included on a 990 due to legitimately not being the five highest paid independent contractors.’ More details here.
First pictures from Riccardo Muti’s peace-seeking concert in Tehran show him conducting an orchestra in which all of the women are wearing obligatory headscarves. The Chicago Symphony site has a summary of Iranian and Italian press reports, here.