Q & A: Mark Elder on Donizetti, ‘Il Paria,’ Rare Works & his Tenure with Opera Rara

For eight years, Sir Mark Elder has been the Artistic Director of Opera Rara, a London-based opera company and recording label specializing in recording and performing forgotten operatic repertoire. In this capacity, Elder has discovered new pieces and has recorded and performed such works as Donizetti’s “Dom Sebastien,” “Imelda di Lambertazzi,” “Linda di Chamounix,” “Maria di Rohan,” “Les Martyrs” and {…}

At Home With – Mezzo-Soprano Taxiarchoula Kanati in Stuttgart

“At Home With… ” is a series collaboration between OperaWire and photographer Frances Marshall of Marshall Light Studio, combining original photography with insightful interviews. In this third installment, OperaWire spoke with mezzo-soprano Taxiarchoula Kanati. Greek mezzo-soprano Taxiarchoula Kanati was at the very cusp of moving into the next phase of her career when COVID-19 brought the world and the industry {…}

Q & A: Sergey Romanovsky & Enea Scala on ‘Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra,’ Bel Canto & Livestreams

When La Monnaie was forced to postpone its planned “Bastarda” project, which would have featured the Tudor trilogy and Donizetti’s rarely performed “Il castello di Kenilworth,” the company had to opt for an alternative. The company decided to perform two rare works by Donizetti and Rossini; “La Favorita” and “Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra.” However, it would only be highlights of the {…}

Q & A: General & Artistic Director Chien Wen-pin on Live Performances of ‘La Traviata’ & Plans for the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts Weiwuying

While we are slowly but surely seeing the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, there is a long way to go before industries like the opera world can return to anything approximating “normalcy” that we experienced prior to the pandemic. While some companies have experimented with live performances throughout the past year, the results usually force those organizations {…}

Q & A: Soprano Marie Lys On Her Background, Singing Competitions, ‘Argippo’ & Future Plans

In 2016, while still studying at the Royal College of Music in London, Swiss soprano Marie Lys was offered the role of Asteria in Buxton Festival’s production of “Tamerlano.” Although it was her first professional stage performance she gave a noteworthy presentation, with critics applauding her “impressive range,” “sweet singing” and “appealing, flexible tone.” Since then her career has been {…}