Q & A: Leo Nucci & Sonya Yoncheva on their “Homage to Maria Callas” at the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman

(Photo: Khalid Al-Busaidi, ROHM) OperaWire has been in Oman at the Royal Opera House Muscat to review a production of Puccini’s “La Bohème” and a concert performance entitled “Homage To Maria Callas,” starring the great Italian baritone Leo Nucci and the fabulous Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, along with the Egyptian tenor Ragaa Eldin. The stars of the show, Yoncheva and {…}

Q & A: Composer Layale Chaker on Creating ‘Ruinous Gods’ & Her Journey in Music

(Photo Credit Anna Rakhvalova) A violinist. A composer. A polyglot whose musical world combines classical contemporary music with jazz, Arabic music, and improvisation. This is Layale Chaker, whose blossoming career, which has seen her work performed by such organizations as the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Nebraska Crossroads Music Festival, is set to take another step when her {…}

Q & A: Tenor Julian Prégardien on His U.S. Debut, His Passion for Schubert & Creating ‘Liedstadt’

(Photo Credit: Chris Gonz) In 1994, when he was 10 years old, Julian Prégardien sang the role of the First Boy as a member of the Limburger Domsingknaben, performing in “Die Zauberflöte” all around the Frankfurt region. Fast forward more than 20 years to 2010 when Prégardien, whose career has seen him perform for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Staatsoper Hamburg, Bayerische {…}

Q & A: Mezzo-Soprano Sharon Carty on Her Role at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival and Her Recent CD Releases

(Photo: Frances Marshall) With Ireland’s Blackwater Valley Opera Festival about to get underway, OperaWire thought it would be a good opportunity to catch up with mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty, who will be playing the role of Sesto in the festival’s headline presentation, Handel’s “Giulio Cesare.” 2024 is proving to be a busy year for Carty. She has had a full calendar, {…}

Q & A: Advocating For Women On and Off Stage With Rebecca Krynski Cox & Maria Todaro

(Photo credit: Leonor Anthony) Hours before her final debut performance as Mimì in Florida Grand Opera’s “La Bohème,” soprano Rebecca Krynski Cox announced via Instagram that she is nine months pregnant. Cox and Florida Grand Opera’s General Director Maria Todaro spoke with OperaWire about working together through this process and on the importance of supporting women and pregnant people within {…}