Aug 04

Ludmila Dvorakova, Czech opera singer, obituary photos

Ludmila Dvorakova, Czech soprano, worked at many of the famous European and American opera houses. She began her career in 1954 with the Prague National Theatre, later with the Vienna State Opera, and in 1960 with the Berlin State Opera, the Bayreuth Festival and in 1966 with the New York Metropolitan Opera and performed until 1985. She was famous for her Wagner arias. She died tragically in a fire in her house in Prague.

11 July 1923 – 30 July 2015.

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As Ortrud in Wagner’s ‘Lohengrin’. Bavarian State Opera 1971.

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Ludmila Dvorakova

In the role of Ortrud in Lohengrin, opera by Richard Wagner

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Ludmila Dvorakova

In the role of Senta in The Flying Dutchman

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Ludmila Dvorakova

In the role of Leonore in Fidelio, opera by Ludwig van Beethoven

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In the role of Leonore in Fidelio, opera by Ludwig van Beethoven

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Ludmila Dvorakova

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Ludmila Dvorakova

 

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Jul 31

Prokofiev Piano Concerto Marathon at the Royal Albert Hall

Valery Gergiev conducted all five of Prokofiev piano concertos in one concert on 28 July at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Three outstanding Russian pianists were involved in this Prokofiev feast.

Pianist Sergei Babayan performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor; pianist Daniil Trifonov performed Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.1 in D flat major and No. 3 in C major; pianist Alexei Volodin performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in B flat major
Sergei Babayan

Sergei Babayan playing Prokofiev
Daniil Trifonov
Daniil Trifonov  playing Prokofiev Piano Concerto No 1
Alexei Volodin
Alexei Volodin performing Prokofiev
Valery Gergiev
Valery Gergiev conducting the London Symphony Orchestra
All images © Chris Christodoulou/Lebrecht Music & Arts
Jul 23

Georg Anderhub, Lebrecht Photographer, Passes Away

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 10 42 15 (2)Lebrecht Music & Arts Photo library announces with great sadness the passing of Georg Anderhub, our superb performing arts photographer based in Lucerne, on 19 July 2015 aged 66. We send our deepest condolences to his mourning family and friends. He worked with the Lebrecht photo library for many years and was always on hand to help us with special requests for the great musicians and conductors who passed in front of his insightful camera lens. 

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Clockwise from left: Riccardo Chailly conducts the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Anne-Sophie Mutter playing violin at Lucerne in 1976 with her brother Christoph Mutter, Toshio Hosokawa backstage at Lucerne Festival.

 

Georg’s close friend and colleague, Suzie Maeder, has written to us:

A brilliant photographer, he was not only a professional colleague but a friend since childhood. After graduating from the same high school in Lucerne we both embarked on a career in photography. Georg studied in Zurich whilst I moved to London. He first joined the Luzerner Neuste Nachrichten as a staff photographer but went freelance in 1994.

His love for music and theatre enabled him to create portraits of incredible insight and creativity and he has documented the Lucerne Festival since 1973. In books, newspapers, magazines and exhibitions his reportages about a wealth of subjects were published and shown. Georg was a superb visual storyteller.

Over the years we met whenever I visited Switzerland. We not only shared a love for music and the arts but also a passion for Egyptology and the art and culture of the Middle East

I will miss Georg deeply and my visits to Lucerne will never be the same without meeting at our favorite restaurant for a long and fascinating chat about travels, photography, music and life.

Suzie Maeder London 22 July 2015

 

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Clockwise from left: Pierre Boulez applauded by members of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, conductor Daniel Harding having fun with singer and stage-director Andrew Staples during a rehearsal at Lucerne Festival, Valery Gergiev conducting, Lucerne Concert Hall, 2002.

 

 

Jul 22

Obituary Photos of Theodore Bikel from Lebrecht Music & Arts

Theodore Bikel, best known for his role as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, has died in Los Angeles aged 91. First taking the role in 1967, Bikel went on to play Tevye more than 2,000 times on Broadway.

He created the stage role of Captain von Trapp in the original 1959 Broadway production of The Sound of Music.

A prominent film actor, he starred in over 150 films including The African Queen and My Fair Lady.

Born in Vienna, he fled with his family to Palestine after the Nazi annexation of Austria in 1938. He went on to study drama in London before moving to the United States.

The African Queen

© Photofest/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Theodore Bikel, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and Peter Bull in The African QueenThe Colditz Story

© Photofest/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Theodore Bikel, John Mills and Lionel Jeffries in The Colditz StoryTheodore Bikel in Fiddler on the Roof

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Theodore Bikel in Fiddler on the RoofThe Sound of Music

© Photofest/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel in The Sound of Music The Sound of Music

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Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel in The Sound of Music The Sound of Music

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Theodore Bikel in The Sound of Music

 

Jul 22

Did You Know..?

100 years ago Franz Kafka wrote a short story, Vor dem Gesetz (Before the Law), which was first published in 1915 in the New Year’s edition of the weekly Selbstwehr. This parable is included in the famous novel The Trial (Der Prozess) which only appeared in print in 1925, after Kafka’s death.

His stories are of alienation, physical and psychological brutality, characters on an unknown quest, labyrinthine bureaucracy, and mystical transformation. Kafka’s books were so extraordinary that researchers endlessly still study his manuscripts and photographs to try and understand him better. He died in 1924 at the age of 41.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Czech writer of German language. With Felice Bauer. Ca. 1915.

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Franz Kafka with Felice Bauer

Elias Cannetti, in his book on Kafka’s letters entitled Kafka’s Other Trial / The Letters to Felice, describes The Trial as ‘a novel … in which Kafka’s engagement to Felice is re-imagined as the mysterious and menacing arrest of the hero’.

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Franz Kafka in 1888, aged 5.

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The Metamorphosis, book cover illustration by Ottomar Starke.

Franz Kafka statue by Jaroslav Rona 2003 in front of Spanish Synagogue in Jewish Quarter in Prague.  Refers to passage by Kafka about riding on another man's shoulders. Figure on top of headless man is Kafka.

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Franz Kafka statue by Jaroslav Rona 2003 in front of Spanish Synagogue in Jewish Quarter in Prague.

Jul 15

Win an Iconic Film Photo! Mencarini Film Quiz at Lebrecht

Can you recognise these film directors and actors?

Send us an email with the correct names. The first person to be pulled out of the Lebrecht lucky dip wins a Marcello Mencarini film icon photo of their choice.

Email answers to pictures@lebrecht.co.uk by Friday 24th July.

Scroll down for Clues.

Mencarini Quiz

CLUES

Helpful tip to find the answers: search www.lebrecht.co.uk using the keyword Mencarini and selective keyword clues in the caption.

1. Actor fond of driving a taxi

2. American actor, famous for his Mafia role (1990 Venice Film Festival)

3. American actor in Rome, married a Welsh actress

4. Smoking was still in fashion in 1984

5. In 1960 this Italian actress was directed by Vittorio de Sica in this film

6. American actor, famous for his role as Han Solo

7. American film director of ‘The Temptation…..’

8. French film director with ‘une femme’

9. American film director in 1991 – recent winner of the Gish Prize

10. Italian director fond of spaghetti

11. German actress known for her work with Rainer Werner Fassbinder

12. Italian director known for his films of opera and stunning opera productions

13. The word ‘Christmas’ appears in one of his films

14. Do you know this middle aged Swedish couple at the Venice Film Festival?

15. Italian film directors and brothers

16. French actor – or maybe he is Russian?

 

 

Jul 13

BBC Proms Season 2015

Proms

BBC Proms Season 2015 will start this Friday 17th July and Lebrecht Music & Arts photographer Chris Christodoulou will be covering the musical action.

The main themes being concentrated on this year are the big Scandinavian anniversaries of Nielsen and Sibelius. The first performance of the season will include Nielen’s Maskarade and Sibelius’ Belshazzar’s Feast, with the BBC symphony Orchestra conducted by Sakari Oramo. This is a unique opportunity for classical music fans in the UK to see all the international star-studded musicians and conductors performing live at the Royal Albert Hall

What is special about the Proms in these days of austerity is that the best seats in the arena have been packed away and instead, £5 standing tickets are available for the Promenaders in front of the orchestra. And, of course, up in the Gallery £5 tickets are available for an aerial view.

This season, look out for exciting young performers: Daniil Trifonov, winner of the 2011 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, Mark Simpson, winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2006, Alina Ibragimova the Russian born violinist playing Bach, 18 year old pianist Martin James Bartlett and winner of the 2014 BBC Young Musician of the year, and Kitty Whately the mezzo-soprano will be singing Stephen Sondheim in the crystal clear acoustics of Cadogan Hall.

Contact pictures@lebrecht.co.uk or ring 0207 625 5341 to arrange downloads or FTP of that night’s concert.

Jul 13

Jon Vickers, opera singer – Obituary photos from Lebrecht Music & Arts

Jon Vickers, Canadian tenor, has passed away aged 88. Music writers have described him as ‘filling the stage with an unchallengable presence’ and having ‘an incandescent intensity’ in performance. Born 29 October 1926.

Lebrecht Music & Arts holds unique photos by Siegfried Lauterwasser of Vickers in role at Bayreuth productions, as well as Sabine Topeffer’s photos of him at the Munich opera house.

More Jon Vickers photos available here.

Verdi - Otello 1973

© Andre LeCoz/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Mirella Freni with Jon Vickers

© S.Lauterwasser/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Jon Vickers  - portrait of the Canadian Tenor,

© S.Lauterwasser/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Jon Vickers as Fidelo in Salzburg Osterfestspiele (Easter Festival). Canadian tenor

© S.Lauterwasser/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Jon Vickers as Tristan in Richard Wagner 's 'Tristan and Isolde', at the Salzburg Osterfestspiele (Easter Festival). Canadian tenor

© S.Lauterwasser/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Richard Wagner 's Tristan

© S.Lauterwasser/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Jon Vickers  Canadian

© S.Lauterwasser/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Beethoven 's Fidelio opera - listening to playback

© Brian Seed/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Beethoven 's Fidelio opera - recording session with Klemperer

© Brian Seed/Lebrecht Music & Arts

Beethoven 's Fidelio opera - conductor Otto Klemperer discusses performance

© Brian Seed/Lebrecht Music & Arts