Glyndebourne Summer Festival opens on 18 May with a production of Richard Strauss’s opera ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’ by acclaimed young German director Katharina Thoma. Vladimir Jurowski will conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra in his last season as Musical Director. Lebrecht Photographer, Laurie Lewis, has sent these preview images, now online at www.lebrecht.co.uk.
ENO’s (English National Opera) stunning poster and promotional image for its production of Handel’s Julius Caesar / Giulio Cesare at the end of 2012 was based on a rare Lebrecht Music & Arts photo. The photo of Lawrence Zazzo in the title role was taken by Daniel Gonzalez Acuna at the Maestranza Theatre, Seville. Our breadth of coverage enables us to maintain our position as the number one specialist library for music.
Lebrecht Music & Arts image used on the cover of bestseller book HHhH by Laurent Binet was one of the highly commended designs at the British Book Design and Production Awards 2012.
Love is in the air at Lebrecht! To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’re taking you on a visual tour of love through the ages, from two lovers walking through the snow in eighteenth-century Japan to intimate moments captured on camera in 1930s Paris.
Click HERE to see some of our favourite romantic pictures.
Lebrecht photographer, Professor Mary Robert’s exhibition of photographs opened at Michigan State University Museum on 21st January about The Transgender Community of Istanbul.
An exhibit exploring sexual identity and transition in transsexuals of Istanbul
This exhibition gives a rare insight into the lives of people in transition – one of the most dramatic and absolute transitions that can be embarked upon by any individual. The photographic portraits explore the complex identities of the members of a community of male-female transsexuals living in Istanbul, Turkey. Robert’s photographs focus on the human qualities of the subjects who have developed a new, unique aesthetic.
Of the reported 2,000-3,000 transsexuals in Istanbul at various stages of transition from male to female, the vast majority exist in difficult circumstances and are often ostracized by their families.
By embarking on this path, they venture into the twilight world of a no man’s land between macho Turkish male culture and that of the liberated glamorous female. Here they live and operate in the shadowy edges beyond the well lit norms of society and its conventions. As expected in such territory, there is danger, no real protection and plenty of skirmishes and sniping. They are constantly pressurized by the locals, periodically harassed by the police and suffer prejudice from the political system which denies them the right to work legitimately until they successfully convert their blue (male) national identity card to a pink (female) card. This long road of conversion is arduous and expensive. Some work as cabaret entertainers but most survive and pay for their medical treatment by prostitution. In spite of their problems, at home the women are warm, generous, fun-loving people. They provide physical and emotional support for one another with some of the more experienced acting as mentors to new members.
For more information click HERE.
A skeleton found beneath a Leicester city council car park has been confirmed as that of English King Richard III. Experts from the University of Leicester said DNA from the bones matched that of descendants of the monarch’s family.
Lead archaeologist Richard Buckley, from the University of Leicester, told a press conference to applause: “Beyond reasonable doubt it’s Richard.” Read full story HERE.
Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the death of Umm Kulthoum (Oumm Kalthoum), the most powerful and popular singer in the Arab world and a significant icon on posters in Tahrir Square during Cairo’s Arab Spring.
There will be a number of broadcasts and meetings to mark the date, but we hear that a commemorative concert has been cancelled due to recent anti-government unrest, known as ‘the situation’.
Read the full story HERE.
Lebrecht Music & Arts announces with deep regret the passing away of their photographer David Farrell on January 3rd aged 93. David has been represented by this photo library for seventeen years. He was not only a true gentleman but also he had an extraordinary career. From an early age he had shown an exceptional talent for the violin and was accepted at the Royal Academy of Music, later studying under Max Rostal. He enthralled everyone in the library with his memories of the major young violinists of this time – of sheltering from the Blitz in St John’s Wood Station together with the short-lived violinist Joseph Hasid; and of sitting in on classes with Ginette Neveu and Ida Haendel when they were studying under Carl Flesch .
David went into Bomber Command during World War II as a pilot officer. Demobbed in 1946, his growing family responsibilities and financial circumstances led to the difficult decision to give up his ambitions to become a solo violinist. He turned to music recording and then photography and print media for a living. His role model was Cartier Bresson and he soon gained a local reputation for excellence, often portraying people naturalistically in their own environments. Gloucestershire, where he lived with his family in the 1950s was the home for a wide range of intellectuals and artists and, David and his wife Manning, were an important part of this circle, counting Jacob Bronowski, Lynn Chadwick and Peter Nichols as close friends. Under a major commission from the British Council David photographed many famous artists and their work, providing the Council with some definitive portraits and photos of the work of contemporary sculptors, including Chadwick, Eduard Paolozzi, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
In 1955 David’s first music assignment was to photograph Yehudi Menuhin and Sir Thomas Beecham at the Bath Festival. This was the beginning of a lifetime friendship with Menuhin and of a career photographing classical musicians at work and in less formal moments. Across the next thirty years he photographed virtually every classical musician who performed in the UK, providing intimate performance photographs of musicians ranging from Louis Armstrong, Leonard Bernstein and Jacqueline du Pré to Kennedy and Ravi Shankar.
He liked to tell that he was present the night that Margot Fonteyn, deeply involved with Rudolf Nureyev and dancing at Menuhin’s Bath Festival, was told that her husband had been shot in Panama – and it was his unique photograph that captured this historical moment.
He also took early sessions of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones in the 1960s . In the 1970s and 1980s he turned to photographing theatre and film.
David is survived by his wife Manning, whom he married in 1942, by two of his three sons, and by two daughters. He was a delightful man, with a ready smile and a passion for music that remained fresh to the end. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
Thackeray David Farrell, photographer, born 28 August 1919, died 3 January 2013
In today’s Guardian, Charlotte Higgins gains access to the composer’s medical notes, which were not available to his biographer, Paul Kildea. She also talks to the senior registrar who looked after Britten in hospital at the time Kildea says he was found to have syphilis. The notes give no indication of venereal disease, even by euphemism, and the cardiologist says the circumstances described by Kildea are ‘rubbish’.
Read more HERE.
Sergei Filin, artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, is being treated in hospital after an attack outside his Moscow home around midnight last night.
A man approached and flung acid in his face, before running off. Motive and identity are unknown. Filin, 43, suffered third-degree burns and doctors are working to save his eyesight. A former stage star, he was promoted to artistic director in March 2011. Read more here.