Q & A: Composer Lee Bradshaw on His Journey of Composing Historic Arabic Opera “Zarqa Al Yamama”

Later this month, audiences in Riyadh will bear witness to “Zarqa Al Yamama,” “the first Grand Opera produced by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” The opera will star Dame Sarah Connolly. She is joined by Khayran Al Zahrani, Sawsan Albahiti, Reemaz Oqbi, Aleksandar Stefanowski, Amelia Wawrzon, Serena Farnocchia, Paride Cataldo, and George von Bergen. The libretto by Saleh Zamanan tells {…}

Q & A: Conductor Nicole Paiement on Championing Rare Works at San Francisco’s Opera Parallèle

Photo credit: Cory Weaver Opera Parallèle was founded in 2007 by conductor Nicole Paiement to develop and produce contemporary opera. It continues to pioneer the commissioning of new works and exploring underperformed musical creations and landscapes. Coming up in April 2024, Opera Parallèle (OP) joins with SFJAZZ to present “Birds & Balls,” a program of multimedia opera, pairing two short {…}

Q & A: Rolando Villazón on Being Fulfilled, the Major Turning Points of His Career & Never Quitting

(Photo: Stéphane Gallois) Through his uniquely compelling performances, Rolando Villazón has firmly established himself as one of the music world’s most critically acclaimed and beloved stars and as one of the leading artistic voices of our day. It was as the winner of several prizes at the “Operalia” Competition in 1999 (including the audience award and the Zarzuela prize) that {…}