Interviews

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The Butterfly – Pretty Yende’s Never-Ending Search For Artistic Freedom
A butterfly can never be caged or it dies. The same can be said of an opera singer, who needs the freedom to explore and develop as an artist. When an artist is caged and not allowed to carve out an organic path, he or she may burn out very quickly. During a recent interview with OperaWire, soprano Pretty Yende repeatedly used this very metaphor to describe how she views…
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Bucking the Trend – Angela Meade Takes a Step Away From Verdi to Explore More Bellini, Rossini & Handel Operas
When people talk about soprano Angela Meade, the first thing that they associate with her is one name - Verdi. The soprano has almost become synonymous with the great maestro from Busetto, her star thrust into the spotlight when she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in "Ernani" in 2008. Since then she has championed Verdi, singing some of his most famous works while also giving audiences a chance to reconsider…
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A Road Less Traveled – Matthew Curran’s Musical Journey Through Diverse Environments, Genres & Repertoire
Those two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by,  And that has made all the difference.  Those immortal words by Robert Frost might as well apply to almost anyone who takes on an artistic endeavor. But for bass Matthew Curran, the path to operatic success has been a truly unusual one, as he related to OperaWire in a recent interview. Discovering Opera …
Behind the Scenes Interviews
A Zane Grey Opera – Exploring the Creation & Production of Arizona Opera’s World Premiere of ‘Riders of the Purple Sage’
Rain was pouring down for miles while composer Craig Bohmler was on a drive through the mountain region outside Phoenix. Everywhere he looked, visibility was low and he knew that due to the strong monsoon winds, staying out in this weather was probably not a wise proposition. He eventually stopped at “the second light.” “It’s important to note that it was the second light,” the composer noted. Why? “Because at…
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‘Upon This Handful of Earth’ – How A Norwegian Composer-Writer Duo Transformed Complex Christian Philosophy Into An Opera With An Environmental Conscience
“You can write an opera about anything. Someone told me to write an opera about a telephone catalogue and I said sure. There are so many stories you could probably find. Of course that wouldn’t be easy at all but if you have a crazy idea, there is always a way out of it. It just makes you work harder. It has made us do things that we would never…
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Cathartic Trauma – How Susan Graham Overcame the Emotional Challenges of Performing ‘Dead Man Walking’
Overcoming a traumatic experience is an arduous task that really never goes away. It leaves its mark, the smallest stimulus bringing it back with greater potency. Artists don't always have the luxury of running away from trauma. They not only have to portray it but live it time and time again. And in the case of opera singers, they might have to relive it throughout their careers. For Susan Graham,…
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Artistic Bromance – How Stewart Copeland & Jonathan Moore Adapted ‘The Invention of Morel’ Into An Opera
Opera history has shown that some librettist-composer teams are matches made in heaven. Such was the case with Da Ponte and Mozart or Verdi and Boito (and Piave) or even Puccini and Giacosa and Illica. The same can be said for Jonathan Moore and Stewart Copeland. The duo has worked together throughout the years and they are back at it again for “The Invention of Morel,” which opens this month…
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Q & A: Ramon Tebar On Creating An Academy With Renata Scotto & Balancing Four Different Companies
Ramon Tebar is an up-and-coming conductor who has worked with some of the most acclaimed artists in the classical music world including Roberto Alagna, Joshua Bell, Montserrat Caballe, Joseph Calleja, Gautier Capucon, Plácido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu, Maria Guleghina, Ben Heppner and Renata Scotto. Aside from his work with these legendary artists Tebar keeps a hectic schedule as he is the Artistic and Music Director of the Palm Beach Symphony, the…
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The Art Of Operatic Photography – How Dario Acosta Captures Opera’s Greatest Stars on Camera
How do you create an image that captures the essence of a person? That is the constant question that photographer Dario Acosta always questions when he is shooting a singer in his New York studio. "Ideally I don't want to be a part of that world. I want you to look at the photo and not think I was there. I want you to see the artist, that mood. I…
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The Specialist – Javier Camarena’s Passion For Bel Canto & Continued Development of His Voice [Exclusive]
For Javier Camarena, the start of 2017 has been a blending of the past, present and future. His year started with an operatic goodbye and the month of February he will slide into comfortable repertoire that he feels will be his meat and potatoes in the immediate future. And in March, he ventures into unknown terrain that might just prove to chart a new direction for him. How does the…