The soaring comets and falling stars of a classical year that celebrated Wagner, Verdi and Britten.
1 Jonas Kaufmann
The tenor for all tastes
2 Anna Netrebko
Every minigarch’s dream, she dumped an absentee husband and soared in Berlin’s Trovatore
3 Janine Jansen
The first classical soloist to sell strongly on download
4 Daniil Trifonov
A Tchaikovsky winner who prefers Schoenberg, he won a gilt-edged DG contract.
The barefoot violinist goes boldly where others fear to tread.
And as for the flops:
1 Christoph Eschenbach
A conductor can get away with one bad night. This one had three massive flops.
2 Erwin Schrott
Beefcake baritone lost his diva ticket
3 The Bolshoi
Will the last conductor please turn out the light?
4 Steinway and Pleyel
One piano maker sold to asset strippers, the other went out of business
5 New York
…. which lost both City Opera and the Brooklyn Philharmonic with barely a public whimper.
Let’s hope for better performances in 2014.