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Top mezzo-soprano prolongs maternity leave

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Elina Garanca, who had her second baby last month, has told the Vienna Opera that she won't after all be singing in April's Rosenkavalier. Sophie Koch has been called in to sub.   … [Read more...]

Conductor and diva announce new baby

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Our social secretary reports: Karel Mark Chichon and Elina Garanca are delighted to announce the birth of our daughter, Cristina Sophie Chichon, a sister for Catherine Louise. Cristina was born on 10 January 2014 and both mother and little Cristina are doing very well.   Our family is now complete and we embrace the future full of joy and new experiences.   … [Read more...]

Just in: Music director quits over ‘miserable musician wages’


Karel Mark Chichon, a British conductor, has resigned as music director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, accusing the Miistry of Culture of reneging on promises to improve the pay of his musicians. He could, he said, no longer motivate musicians who were on such lousy wages. There has been no official response in Riga to his abrupt and principled resignation. Chichon, 40, former chief conductor at Graz, is a regular performer at the Vienna Opera. He is married to Latvia's star … [Read more...]

Latest from Latvia

A press release from Riga informs me that the national symphony orchestra has a new chief conductor, Karel Mark Chichon, who is apparently British. The statement neglects for some reason to mention that he is also the husband of the country's leading international opera singer, Elina Garanca, who will no doubt wish to spend more of her time in the bracing Baltic winter season. I had not heard of Mr Chichon before, though his c.v. lists dates with important orchestras. Perhaps they, … [Read more...]

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