berated the Sydney Opera House’s CEO, Louise Herron, live on air and called for her dismissal when she attempted to block some of the plans, and when the Premier of New South Wales, Gladys Berejiklian, overruled Herron and ordered her to honour the advertising application. In turn, the Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, said she was ‘appalled’ at such ‘blatant commercialization’, and the architect Alan Croker said that the landmark building was ‘an architectural icon … not a billboard on the side of the road’. Crisis deepens in Turin Amid the managerial and artistic upheavals that have already hit the Teatro Regio in Turin this year (see Newsdesks passim), it has been revealed that the theatre’s deficit is much bigger than previously thought. Two foundations stepped in back in April to cover a deficit of £1.8m when it was announced, but now the figure has been put at £5m. Some of that has been put down to a reduction of state funding (from £15m to £13m), and the Corriere della Sera blamed the situation on a ‘vicious circle’ to do with the country’s points-based system of awarding arts subsidies. No devolution for Music Theatre Wales The first British production of Pascal Dusapin’s Passion (see our review, pp. 1551-3) marked the beginning of a new association between Music Theatre Wales and the London Sinfonietta. It was announced in October that the London Sinfonietta will perform in all Music Theatre Wales productions in the future, and that the two organizations will also jointly create a New Directions scheme aimed at reaching more artists and new audiences.
Several productions are scheduled for 2019 and 2020, and one of the works, Denis and Katya by Philip Venables and Ted Huffman, will also be presented in collaboration with Opera Philadelphia.
Opera, December 2018
Wrong Bordeaux vintage The first night of the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux’s new production of La Périchole in mid October was reportedly hit by protests from the orchestra. The trouble arose when the house’s Music Director, Marc Minkowski, dispensed with the services of its players and brought in his own period band, Les Musiciens du Louvre, for this co-production with Palazzetto Bru Zane, the organization devoted to promoting and recording 19th-century French repertoire. Opera Awards Foundation bursaries Following a gala fundraising dinner in London in September, the International Opera Awards Foundation has been able to award a total of £90,000 in bursaries to the following 29 artists from across 17 countries: the sopranos Alice Privett (UK), Maeve Höglund (USA), Nela Šarić (Croatia), Valerie Rosa (Puerto Rico) and Vlada Borovko (Russia), the mezzosopranos Anna Harvey (UK), Anna Gomà (Spain), Bethan Langford (UK), Felicity Turner (UK), Naomi Rogers (UK) and Simone Ibbett-Brown (UK-Jamaica), the countertenors Jungkwon Jang (Korea) and Magid El-Bushra (Sudan-UK), the tenor James Way (UK), the baritones Andrii Ganchuk (Ukraine), Dennis Chmelensky (Germany) and Robert Garland (UK), the basses Blaise Malaba (DR Congo) and Ki Hyun Lee (South Korea), the conductor Juliane Gallant (Canada), and the directors Cecilia Stinton (UK) and Xolane Marman (South Africa). Further awards to existing bursary holders have been made from the Artist Development Fund to the sopranos Isolde Roxby (UK) and Nazan Fikret (UK), the mezzo-sopranos Bianca Andrew (New Zealand), Laura Woods (UK) and Margo Arsane (France), the tenor Satriya Krisna (Indonesia) and the bass-baritone Emyr Wyn Jones (UK). Appointments Rastislav Štúr has been named Director and Chief Conductor of the Slovak