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|"Luciano Pavarotti has split with his longtime manager and publicist, Herbert Breslin," reports an Associated Press article of January 3, 2003.|
|Among the nominees announced Tuesday January 7, 2003, for the 45th annual Grammy Awards, to be presented February 23 in New York, those for Opera Recording are:
Britten: The Turn of the Screw,
Daniel Harding, conductor; Ian Bostridge and Joan Rodgers, soloists;
Gluck: Alceste, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor; Paul Groves and Anne Sofie von Otter;
Handel: Hercules, Marc Minkowski, conductor; Richard Croft, David Daniels, Lynne Dawson, Gidon Saks and Anne Sofie von Otter;
Mozart: Idomeneo, Charles Mackerras, conductor; Ian Bostridge, Barbara Frittoli, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson & Lisa Milne; and
Wagner: Tannhaeuser, Daniel Barenboim, conductor; Jane Eaglen, Thomas Hampson, Waltraud Meier, Rene Pape and Peter Seiffert.
|According to carnegiehall.org, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, conducted by Bernard Haitink, will perform Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande on October 20, 2003, at Carnegie Hall in New York with the following cast:
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Mezzo-Soprano
Simon Keenlyside, Baritone
Gerald Finley, Baritone
Nathalie Stutzmann, Contralto
John Tomlinson, Bass
Alfred Walker, Bass-Baritone
There are likely to be performances in Boston on October 16 and 18, but there will be no announcement from the Boston Symphony Orchestra about their 2003-2004 season at Symphony Hall until some time in the spring of 2003.
|According to an article at telegraph.co.uk dated January 11, 2003, by Rupert Christiansen about Joe Volpe, general manager of New York's Metropolitan Opera, "there's growing pressure [on the Met] to follow the successful Broadway habit of dropping Monday performances and replacing them with Sunday matinees. 'But that's going to take a lot of negotiating with the unions.'"|
|"Ms. Kirchschlager sings these arias straightforwardly and with evident heart, and with a voice as ravishing as hers, nothing more is needed," wrote David Mermelstein in the New York Times of January 12, 2003, in a review of Angelika Kirchschlager's recording of Bach arias.|
|In twenty months, James Levine will assume the full-time job of music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. His hopes for the future of the orchestra "include more opera and regular touring," says an article by Geoff Edgers in the Boston Globe of January 12, 2003.|
|Aled Jones was presented on 8 January 2003 with a gold disc to mark 100,000 sales of his new album Aled.
"The success of the album, which was released on 14 October, made Aled the biggest-selling Welsh solo artist in 2002," reports NewsWales.
|The return of Jenufa to the Metropolitan Opera "was a triumph for sopranos Karita Mattila and Deborah Polaski who gave electrifying performances as the title character and her stepmother, Kostelnicka," wrote Mike Silverman in an Associated Press review of January 14, 2003.|
|Nicholas Nickleby is a very pleasant, well made movie version of Dickens’ novel.
When Nicholas Nickleby’s father, a country gentleman, dies, Nicholas (Charlie Hunnam) is nineteen. He and his mother and sister have no money , and they seek help from the father’s rich brother (Christopher Plummer). The uncle gets Nicholas a job at a boarding school run by a cruel and stingy couple, Wackford Squeers and his wife. Squeers mistreats a boy Smike who has worked for him since his tuition stopped being paid. Nicholas befriends Smike, and they eventually leave the school. They encounter a troupe of traveling actors, run by a couple played by Nathan Lane and Dame Edna Everage (a.k.a. Barry Humphries). But soon Nicholas and Smike leave the troupe to go to London to help Nicholas’s sister. Her uncle had been trying to hook her up with a lecherous older man. Nicholas gets a job and meets the love of his life. Complications ensue, there are surprising revelations, and eventually Nicholas and his sister find happiness.
The movie is a pleasure to look at. The actors are all very good, most notably Charlie Hunnam and Christopher Plummer. Nathan Lane and Dame Edna Everage were delightful in their brief appearances. There may be some moments when the movie seems a bit slow, but on the whole it is thoroughly enjoyable.
The fifth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is scheduled to be released on June 21, 2003, and can be ordered in advance from amazon.com and from amazon.co.uk.
|Opera fans may be glad to hear that an article at icwales.icnetwork.co.uk reports that Charlotte Church plans to move away from singing opera.
"'Opera is a lot of work. If I wanted to be a proper opera singer I'd have to train for hours a day,' says Charlotte, who adds she has only been to the opera once.
"'Opera is beautiful and I used to like it a lot but now my taste has changed. I've got into other music.'"
|The opera singer and conductor Placido Domingo is to be made an honorary Doctor of Music at Oxford University, reports BBC News on 28 January 2003.|
|"San Francisco Opera officials say performances will be cut by about 25 percent over the next three years in a bid to restore financial stability," reports pe.com.
"General Director Pamela Rosenberg says that starting with the 2005-2006 season, the company will stage about 65 performances a year spread over nine productions."
|Fort Worth Opera will expand its season at Bass Performance Hall from three productions to four for the 2003–04 season, says the Fort Worth Star Telegram.|