Q & A: Conductor Daniela Candillari on the Importance of ‘The Mother of Us All’

(photo credit: Damjan Švarc) Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s opera “The Mother of Us All” recently made a historical debut at The Met Museum in honor of Susan B. Anthony’s life and women’s suffrage movement. The production celebrates a unique collaboration between the NY Philharmonic, Juilliard, and The Met, which features some of today’s visionary young artists working in opera. {…}

Q & A: Soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller on ‘Reine de Coeur’ & Why She Loves ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’

On Feb. 5, 2020, soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller returned for a run of performances in this season’s production of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” at the Metropolitan Opera. This will be her third opera with the company, after making her debut in 2017 in Beethoven’s “Fidelio” and subsequent performances of “Die Zauberflöte.” Müller came to international fame in 2014, performing the {…}

Q & A: Sara-Maria Saalmann on Her Love of Singing & Managing a Successful Career in the Competitive World Of Opera

(Photo: Frank Wartenberg) Last December OperaWire reviewed an impressive production of Vivaldi’s “La Fida Ninfa” at the repertory theatre in Regensburg. In the central role of Morastro was the young German-Spanish soprano Sara-Maria Saalmann, whose performance was dramatically intense, but beautifully sung. Working for a repertory company often means a heavy and varied schedule, yet Saalmann is still keen to {…}