Interviews

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All Walks of Life – How Frederica Von Stade, Jake Heggie & Harolyn Blackwell United Forces With Dallas Street Choir & Credo Choir At Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall. One of the great artistic temples in the world. A place so rich in musical history and tradition that only the greatest artists get a chance to showcase their talents on that stage. “Carnegie is one of the halls I love performing in,” soprano Harolyn Blackwell told OperaWire. “It is just standing on that stage and you think of the history. All the people from Judy Garland to…
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An Unconventional Path – Angel Blue on Becoming Cardiff’s Host and Making Her Metropolitan Opera Debut
Every opera career has a different path. Not everyone wins competitions, not everyone starts at the top opera houses or young artist programs, and not everyone begins at the same age. And that is very clear for Angel Blue, who has taken unconventional paths to becoming one of the most promising young artists in opera. "I am definitely open and up for whatever it is. I'm always open to doing…
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Q&A: Will Crutchfield on His Journey With Bel Canto, His Final Season at Caramoor & His New Program, Teatro Nuovo
It's a big year at Caramoor for Will Crutchfield.  For the last 20 years, Crutchfield has been a leader in reviving a number of Bel Canto works at the festival through his program "Bel Canto at Caramoor." It is a program that has showcased some rarities and has shown the conductor's expertise in the repertoire. However, this year Crutchfield is leaving his tenure with the festival and has announced the…
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A New Kind of TV Opera – How the 12-Part ‘Vireo’ Came to Life
Eerie strings. Witches and a young protagonist constantly facing exclusion and a deep sense of fear. Throughout its two-plus hours, “Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser” plays on themes of oppression, fear, and marginalization with a score will haunt you long after. But audiences for this new opera by Lisa Bielawa won’t encounter these eternal themes in the traditional setting of an opera house or in a set structure like…
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Two Paths Cross – Tony Award Winner Paulo Szot On Balancing Opera With Broadway & Cabaret
How do you balance a career in opera with a high-profile presence in musicals and cabaret? While crossover is frequent among many artists, it is rare to see a singer split his or her time between opera and musicals. However, that has not been a problem for Polish-Brazilian baritone Paulo Szot, as his work in opera has been met with critical acclaim while he has garnered the distinction of having won…
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Q & A: Heartbeat Opera Co-Artistic Director Louisa Proske on ‘Carmen,’ Trump & Borders, & The Process & Vision of the Company
Heartbeat Opera wants to be a gateway drug. At least that is how Co-Artistic Director Louisa Proske views many of the initiatives that her opera company has undertaken since its inception just a few years ago. Not only does the company offer unique adaptations of some of the great operatic masterpieces this spring, but it offers other “hybrid events” in the fall, intended to lure in unsuspecting audiences. The fall season is…
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Experimentation With Classics- Nathan Hull’s Drive To Uncover Neglected Works With Amore Opera
Does experimentation work? That is a question most artists ask in a time when the art world is insecure and ticket buyers are disappearing. However, for smaller opera companies, that seems to be their means of thriving, and this week Amore Opera will take a stab at experimenting with an unknown work, Donizetti's rarely performed "La Zingara." "We want to do things that are unusual, that I know that it’d…
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Nonstop Action – Baritone John Chest on Singing Two Different Operas In Two Cities Simultaneously
Imagine doing a rehearsal in one city until 10 p.m. and then having to fly to another city, to do another rehearsal for another opera, just 12 hours later. Well, that is what John Chest faces right now, as the baritone takes on Benjamin Britten’s “Billy Budd” in Berlin and John Harbison’s “The Great Gatsby” at the same time. The first performance of “Billy Budd” at the Deutsche Oper Berlin…
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Q&A: Neeta Helms on Classical Movements & The Prague Summer Nights Festival
Neeta Helms is the founder and owner of Classical Movements, a premiere concert tour company for the world's great orchestras and choirs, creating meaningful cultural experiences through music in 145 countries. During her 25 years with Classical Movements, Helms has worked with some of the most prestigious orchestras and concert artists in the world. She has traveled to 80 countries and has worked on some of the most complicated, difficult…
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Bel Canto Breakthrough – Cecilia Violetta López On Her First Rossini & Donizetti Operas
When audiences headed to see Rossini’s “Otello” this past March at LoftOpera, many were looking forward to seeing the rare bel canto opera and its famed three tenor roles. But when all was said and done, the consensus seemed to be quite surprising – soprano Cecilia Violetta Lopez owned the run. Here at OperaWire, we singled out her work as the “dramatic core” of the production and concluded that “It…