Q & A: Elisabeth Teige on Finding Balance As A Dramatic Soprano, Her Family Life & Greatest Inspirations

(Credits: Patricia Varela) Young Norwegian soprano Elisabeth Teige has established herself as one of the most sought-after dramatic sopranos of her generation. She has appeared in the number of dramatic roles including Senta in “Der Fliegende  Holländer,” Leonore in “Fidelio,” Cio-Cio-San in “Madama Butterfly,” Irene Wagner’s “Rienzi, der Letzte der Tribunen,” Elsa in “Lohengrin,” and the title character of Puccini’s {…}

A Heroic Tenor’s Journey – How Zoran Todorovich Continually Reshaped His Vocal Technique To Conquer Some of Opera’s Most Challenging Roles

(Provided by Zoran Todorovich ) Zoran Todorovich was never going to be an opera star. The tenor, who was born in 1961 during golden years of former Yugoslavia, grew up with a non-musical family. “I was very happy to have wonderful parents and to grow up in a family full of love,” he told OperaWire in a recent interview. “Growing {…}

Q & A: Conductor Francesco Milioto on Korngold’s ‘Der Ring des Polykrates’ & Numi Opera’s Mission

(Source: Francescomilioto.com) Earlier this year, Numi Opera took on “Der Zwerg” by Zemlinsky, officially launching a project that aimed to shine a spotlight on Jewish composers banned by Hitler. Now the company is set for its second production, “Der Ring des Polykrates” by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, best known for “Die tote Stadt.” In taking on this Korngold work, the company {…}

Q & A: Arianna Vendittelli On The Importance & Challenges Of Singing ‘Ermione,’ Interpretation & Career Development

Arianna Vendittelli’s career is one that most singers would dream of. She has an established reputation in the Mozart, Rossini and baroque repertoire, singing at the highest level in such roles as roles such as Fiordiligi, Zerlina, Cleopatra, Serse, Eurydice and many more. Moreover, she has been guided by such venerated artists as Ottavio Dantone, Riccardo Muti and Alessandro De {…}

Q & A: Baritone Simon Mechlinski on Growing Up With Opera-Singing Parents, the Wexford Festival Opera & Working With Giorgio Zancanaro

At last year’s Wexford Festival Opera I caught a recital by the largely unknown Polish baritone, Simon Mechlinski, and he made quite an impression. At the end of festival he received the Gerard Arnhold Bursary, an award made to a singer who is considered to have outstanding potential. This year he returned to Wexford and gave another recital, in addition {…}