Q & A: Soprano Sydney Mancasola On ‘Breaking The Waves’ & Its European Premiere In Edinburgh

When “Breaking the Waves” made its world premiere in  2016 at Opera Philadelphia, it became a critical darling and won the inaugural Best New Opera Award from the Music Critics Association of North America. The work was also shortlisted for “Best World Premiere” Prize at the International Opera Awards. Since then, this opera has been performed at the Prototype Festival and will {…}

Q & A: Tenor Josh Lovell on Mythology, Funding in Opera, & Opera’s Impact on Society

(Credit: Simon Pauly) Canadian tenor Josh Lovell’s career started in his native home before shifting to Chicago and will now take its next big step in Vienna this fall. He is a 2018 Grand Prize and Opera Prize winner at the 52nd Annual International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the second place winner of the 2018 Dallas Opera Competition, third place winner of the Marcello Giordani {…}

Q & A: Director Anna-Magdalena Fitzi On Her Approach To Coaching Singers And “Ottone” At Innsbruck’s Early Music Festival

Innsbruck’s Early Music Festival is presenting Handel’s “Ottone” as its Barockoper: Jung production in which promising young talented singers who have just embarked upon their careers are given the opportunity to perform in a fully staged work. The director for this production, Anna-Magdalena Fitzi seems the ideal choice to take charge of the staging as she works extensively with young {…}

Q & A: Bass-Baritone Alex Esposito On Singing Verdi, Interpretative Honesty, & The ‘Monster’ Inside

(Photo: Victor Santiago) Italian Bass-Baritone Alex Esposito has an established and successful career, particularly in roles from Mozart and Rossini operas, although he is certainly not to restricted to this repertoire. He has appeared in many of Europe’s premier theatres, including La Scala, Covent Garden, Berlin’s Staatsoper, Vienna’s Staatsoper and many more, and worked alongside many of the world’s leading {…}

Reviving A Lost Legend – The Making of Bea Goodwin, Whitney George & Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble’s ‘Princess Maleine’

Dell’Arte Artistic Director Chris Fecteau was working on putting together the 2019 season for the company when he happened upon Lili Boulanger’s “Princess Maleine.” His hope had been to create a season centering on the works of Belgian playwright Maurice Maeterlinck, who had inspired such works as Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande” and Dukas’ “Ariane et Barb Bleu.” “My mentor Fiora {…}

Q & A: Soprano Jeanine De Bique on Her Mostly Mozart Debut, Her Journey as a Singer, and the Importance of Serving Others

(credit: Marco Borggreve) Trinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique hadn’t seen a fully staged opera until the age of 21, but had been raised to appreciate the classical arts by her mother. Now, the award-winning singer is highly sought after for concert and staged works, with The “Washington Post” noting her “dramatic presence and versatility.” And as such, she will make {…}

Q & A: Leon Botstein On The American Premiere Of ‘Das Wunder der Heliane’ & The Future Of Opera

(Credit: Chris Kayden) The Bard Summerscape has been known for programming unknown works that are either rarely performed or have never been showcased in the United States. This year the festival dedicated its program to Korngold, one of the foremost composers of the 20th century. Continuing its tradition of performing one fully staged opera production, Bard is presenting the American {…}

Q & A: Soprano Susanna Phillips On Her Career Path From Alabama to the Big Stage

Alabama-native, soprano Susanna Phillips will present an intimate evening of song on July 30, 2019 as part of the 2019 Mostly Mozart Festival. The recital will take place at the Stanley Kaplan Penthouse overlooking New York City and spotlights three female composers: Fanny Hensel, Alma Mahler, and Clara Schumann. Phillips’ appearance is part of the festival’s “A Little Night Music” series {…}