Interviews

Behind the Scenes Interviews
The Diva Connection – How Shoperatic & Its Creators, Suzanne Vinnik & Sara Duchovnay, Created Opera’s First & Only Multi-User Marketplace For Singers
It was 2013 and Suzanne Vinnik was contacted by soprano Zulimar López, who was looking to solve a problem that every female opera singer faces – getting rid of a bunch of gowns that were hogging her closet space. "I had also experienced the same issue with my over-stuffed closet in my one bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side,” Vinnik told OperaWire in an interview. “As a fashion lover, (or fashion…
Interviews Stage Spotlight
Q & A: Mezzo-Soprano Kate Aldrich On ‘The Maid of Orleans’ & Meyerbeer
Joan of Arc is an iconic figure and one that has been showcased in a lot of different art forms, including opera. In recent years, some operas telling the famed heroine's story have been given revivals, most notably Verdi's "Giovanna d'Arco." Of a different ilk, but no less compelling is Tchaikovsky's "The Maid of Orleans," which will open Odyssey Opera's season, which is dedicated to the historical figure. On that…
opera mezzo daniela mack in blue dress
Interviews Stage Spotlight
Creating a Murderer – Mezzo Daniela Mack on Premiering Opera Philadelphia’s “Elizabeth Cree”
In a contemporary landscape overrun with new operas featuring white, cisgendered men in the title roles, it’s refreshing to consider Opera Philadelphia’s newest commission, "Elizabeth Cree." This chamber opera, composed by Kevin Puts with a libretto by Mark Campbell, adapts Peter Ackroyd’s macabre murder mystery, "The Trial of Elizabeth Cree." The story, set in late 19th century London, follows Elizabeth Cree, an actress accused of poisoning her husband. Mezzo Daniela Mack…
Behind the Scenes Interviews
Q & A: Japanese Composer Moto Osada On His First Opera ‘Four Nights of Dream’ Before Its North American & Japanese Premiere
For any composer, the first opera is always a tall order and this was no different for Japanese composer Moto Osada. His first operatic work, "Four Nights of Dream," was the latest in a number of major successes for a creator who has excelled in a wide range of genres, including film composition, television, dance, theater, and chamber music among others. After the tremendous success of "Four Nights of Dream,"…
Behind the Scenes Interviews
Q & A: Director Alec Duffy on Bringing ‘Four Nights of Dream’ To Life For North American & Japanese Premieres
In 2008, Moto Osada's "Four Nights of Dream" had its World Premiere in Sweden. Fast-forward nine years and the opera is now on the brink of its first North American and Japanese debuts, in a new production. The man in charge of leading the new interpretation of the work is renowned Obie Award-winning director Alec Duffy, whose company Hoi Polloi has showcased such works as "Shadows," "All Hands," and "The Less…
Behind the Scenes Interviews
Q&A: Lembit Beecher On The Philadephia Premiere Of His Opera ‘I Have No Stories To Tell You’
On Sept. 14, 2017, Opera Philadelphia will open "War Stories," a double bill featuring Monetverdi's "Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda" and Lembit Beecher's "I Have No Stories to Tell You." The pairing features two stories about war and their effects on their heroes. It is also a chance to see a classic baroque work juxtaposed with a modern work. Beecher is an upcoming composer who was a resident of Opera…
Interviews Stage Spotlight
Q&A: Soprano Jennifer Zetlan on Unearthing Secrets in John Musto’s ‘Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt’
On September 23, 2017, On Site Opera will present the World Premiere of John Musto's "Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt" at the American Museum of Natural History. Known for staging performances in unusual venues that serve to bring out the best of both the opera and environment, On Site Opera hopes to bring life and sound to the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs, and leave audiences as informed as they were…
Behind the Scenes Interviews
Q & A: Metropolitan Opera Dance Director Joe Fritz On 30 Years With the Company
The much-anticipated opening of the Met Opera’s 2017-2018 season is one month away. Beginning this weekend, the company begins warming up its audience with outdoor, HD transmissions of previous productions. As the audience stares at the facade of America’s most beloved opera house, they might also be wondering, “What’s going on while the Met is dark all summer?” Dance Director Joe Fritz was recently awarded for 30 years of service…
Behind the Scenes Interviews
Beauty Among Bones – Conductor Jorge Parodi on John Musto’s ‘Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt’
"Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt" is set to make its world premiere at the American Museum of Natural History on September 23, 2017, in the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs. With this unorthodox venue specifically in mind, accomplished composer John Musto, librettist Eric Einhorn, and production company On Site Opera, all seek to create an experience for families that weds together beauty and scientific inquiry. Operawire was able to talk with…
Interviews Stage Spotlight
Q&A: Warren Mok On His Transition From Operatic Tenor To Artistic Director of Opera Hong Kong & the Macau International Music Festival
Warren Mok is one of Hong Kong's most distinguished tenors as he has performed in many of the world's greatest theaters. Since his European debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1987, Mok has appeared at the Paris Opera, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Opera Australia in Sydney Opera House, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Royal Danish Opera, Teatro di San Carlos Lisbon, Seattle Opera, Bolshoi Theatre, ABAO…