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Q & A: Nigerian Soprano Francesca Chiejina On Taking Her Career To The Next Level
There was a time when opera was little more than an European art form. That is not longer our time. Today opera is truly a global art, with some of the world’s most famed artists not only coming from Europe and North America, but also South America Asia, Australia, and Africa. Africa is of particular note, boasting a number of artists that have established themselves in the opera world. One of…
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Q & A: Joyce El-Khoury On Performing Donizetti & Liszt World Premieres
Joyce El-Khoury is quickly rising the ranks of the opera world for her versatility and artistry. She has also gained a reputation for bringing newly discovered and rarely performed works to life, collaborating with Opera Rara, and performing them with numerous important companies. She has also performed in many of the great theaters in the world bringing an immense repertoire. This summer El-Khoury adds two new roles to her repertoire…
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Q & A: Alessandro De Marchi on the Innsbruck Festival For Early Music
Each summer, Innsbruck hosts its Festival for Early Music. Established in 1976, it specializes in presenting historically informed performances of early music, including operas, many of which have not been heard for hundreds of years. Currently it is under the artistic direction of the early music specialist, Alessandro De Marchi, who has been in the post since 2010. Over the past 25 years de Marchi has built an established reputation…
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Interview: Reviving Rameau’s ‘Le Temple de la Gloire’
Nic McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO) have accomplished a plethora of amazing experiences together.  McGegan, who has been the music director of the orchestra, since 1985, has made numerous recordings with the organization, particularly of early works including Handel’s “Messiah,” “Dido and Aeneas,” and the concertos of Corelli, among many others.  But McGegan and his orchestra may have topped all those other notable efforts with its upcoming release of…
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Q & A: Eric Sean Fogel On Choreographing Opera & Working With Francesca Zambello
Last year, Francesca Zambello went in depth about her work at the Glimmerglass Festival and her position at Washington National Opera, roles that require tremendous dedication on the iconic director's part. Her busy slate makes it essential that she have a strong team surrounding her to provide strong support.  Enter Eric Sean Fogel. He's worked as choreographer on a number of major opera productions, including "Candide" at the Glimmerglass Festival…
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Interview: Nadine Sierra In Full Bloom
Soprano Nadine Sierra is having a 2018 to remember. The Florida-born artist, who turned 30 this past May, recently announced her first-ever solo album, is performing at the top theaters on the planet, has been garnering a plethora of accolades, and is set to perform in the opening night gala of the Festival Napa Valley, a leading performing arts organization that has transformed Napa into a cultural destination, showcasing free concerts…
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Bringing Maria Callas Back to Life – The Team Behind ‘Callas in Concert’ On Creating A Hologram Of ‘La Divina’
What was it like to see Maria Callas? There are still many that can recall the experience of seeing the great diva take the stage, but there will come a time when they will no longer be around. Many are already resigned to watching old videos or listening to old recordings, but there are some that have different ideas. In fact, their ideas involve bringing her back. Almost. Enter the…
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A Fresh Restart – Soprano Suzanne Vinnik On Starring In The Play ‘Continental’ As Eleanor Steber & Others
For the past few years soprano Suzanne Vinnik has taken the opera world by stormwith Shoperatic, a peer-to-peer platform that allows singers around the industry to buy and sell vestments for performances. Coupled with her work as a photographer, she has become more selective with her performance schedule. She performed concerts throughout the last few months, though, per her website and will join Dallas Opera next season to cover the title role in Manon Lescaut.…
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Finding His Voice – Yusif Eyvazov On His Breakout At The Metropolitan Opera & His Never Ending Learning Process
Over the past years, Yusif Eyvazov has skyrocketed onto the opera scene. He has made important debuts in London, New York, Milan, Los Angeles and Berlin and has been part of HD performances, galas, and tours. "I am happy. I never expected it when I started because you never have any guarantee and this is a dream come true for me," he said in a recent interview with OperaWire. His…
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Q & A: Conductor Damian Iorio on Taking on Mussorgsky’s Titanic Masterpiece ‘Boris Godunov’ & The Key To Connecting With Younger Audiences
Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” is legendary. The work is widely regarded as Russia’s greatest opera, even despite its labyrinthine history of revisions. This week, the work opens at the Opéra de Paris in a production by Ivo van Hove with Ildar Abdrazakov and Alexander Tsymbalyuk sharing the title role. Alongside them will be conductors Vladimir Jurowski and Damian Iorio. While Jurowski is a veteran interpreter of the famed opera, Iorio is…