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Friday, August 26, 2016


Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

August 21

A glorious Italian soprano has died, aged 59

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped discThe beautiful opera singer Daniela Dessi died in Brescia on August 20. She was diagnosed with cancer and began treatment last month. Our hearts go out to her husband, the tenor Fabio Armiliato, and their family. Fabio messaged: ‘A short, horrible and incomprehensible illness has taken her away in these months. The greatest opera singer of the last 20 years has gone.’ Engaged by Claudio Abbado at La Scala in the early 1980s, she was quickly taken up by Muti, Mehta, Sinopoli and other leading music directors. James Levine brought her to the Met. She often appeared with her partner, Fabio Armiliato. The pair were singing Aida together in Berlin on the night in April 2011 when their friend Giuseppe Sinopoli collapsed and died in the pit. They never forgot the horror of that moment or the nearness of mortality.

Norman Lebrecht - Slipped disc

August 15

Muti bows two Vienna Phil players into retirement

At the Salzburg Festival this afternoon, Riccardo Muti gave both concertmaster Rainer Küchl (pictured) and first violinist Eckhard Seifert solo bows after the concert, which appears to be their last. The first half was Richard Strauss Le bourgeois gentilhomme, apparently programmed for Rainer to float his trademark solos. Second half was Bruckner 2nd symphony.






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