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Scottish Opera music director withdraws from post

If you want to complete the stepping-back-in-time experience, check into the Speakeasy Suite (with its hidden private bar) after the show. Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel , Dana Point, California (Photo: Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton) This Orange County resort occupies a commanding position south of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach . Tourists come for the pools and the waves. For locals like me, a big draw is the spectacular open-air lounge 180BLU and the live acoustic guitar music of Ryan Heflin. His distinctive, bluesy covers of artists from Coldplay and Jack Johnson to Neil Young and Sinatrathe crashing of the Pacific in the backgrounddelivers the quintessential SoCal cocktail hour. Come in time for sunset and order up an O.C. Martini or a cucumber lemon margarita. Moana Surfrider , Oahu, Hawaii Hawaii is one of the few destinations where one can reliably find live music in hotels. Ive enjoyed it from Lanai to the Big Island. But arguably the most authentic cultural experience can be had at this grandly historic Moana on Waikiki Beach . The Moana is more than a century old, as is its famed banyan treethe gathering point to hear such local stars as Randy Allen and the David & Kamuela Duo, who specialize in traditional Hawaiian music and island contemporary. Live music fills the beachfront Banyan Courtyard during lunchtime, and from 5:30 to 10.

The Paris-education musicians surprise walk-out is a major embarrassment for the company, which has only previously had four music directors in its 50-year history. It had only announced the appointment of a new president, Lady Veronica Gibson, on 20 September. There are said to have already been significant differences of opinion since the new music director took over the post – in particular over the level of artistic control Mr Joel-Hornak would have over the company. Insiders say his departure had been on the cards for several weeks to the breakdown in relations, even though Appointed Mr Joel-Hornak only started officially on 1 August. He had been appointed in April of this year , succeeding Italian Francesco Corti, who had been with the company for six years. At the time he said he was extremely proud and honoured to take on the role, saying he had a very strong relationship with the company built up over several years. He had previously led major orchestras around the world in opera and orchestral works, including English National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, LOpera de Paris-Bastille and Opera Australia. Writing in the companys current programme, he said: For a number of years I have had a very strong relationship with this world-renowned Company, founded by the great maestro Sir Alexander Gibson. I will enjoy developing this relationship as I become a permanent part of Scottish Opera and lead the company through new musical challenges. After a life of worldwide travelling, I look forward to becoming a settled part of the Scottish Opera community, and to experience and share with people all around Scotland the fantastic joys and emotions that the great composers have given to us through the wonderful form of art that is opera. Serious blow# The Scotsmans opera critic, Kenneth Walton, described the shock departure of the new music director as a startling and serious blow for the company, which he has criticised for its lack of artistic vision. Mr Reedijk had reacted angrily to a column he penned last in The Scotsman last weekend, which said the company was now reduced to surviving on morsels and delivering opera on a shoestring. Mr Reedijk, in a letter to The Scotsman just four days ago, accused Mr Walton or offering a wilfully naive assessment of the companys performance and offered a staunch defence of its involvement in this years Edinburgh festivals. Mr Walton said: Rumours have been circulating over the past week or two that Emmanuel Joel-Hornak was at loggerheads with general director Alex Reedijk over how much say he would have in artistic matters. So this latest development comes as no surprise.