Always Singing & Smiling – Roberto Alagna On His Undying Passion For His Art, Taking Care of His Voice, & The Challenges Facing Young Singers Today

(Credits: Charly Hel) OperaWire’s initial interview with Alagna was set to take place after his performance of “Don Carlos” in Paris. But two acts into the performance, he had to withdraw from the performance and also postpone the interview. “I’m sorry we have to postpone,” he warmly said that evening. “I’d better not use my cords today to keep it {…}

Q & A: Bass Zachary James on Auditioning for Philip Glass, ‘Akhnaten’ At the Met & Laying an Egg in ‘The Love for Three Oranges’

(Credit: Matt Madison-Clark) Be careful around Zachary James. In his role as the cook in Prokofiev’s madcap “Love for Three Oranges” with Opera Philadelphia, he wielded a lethal ladle. If you were a fan of ESPN’s show, “Great Outdoor Games” you may have seen him handling an ax as a lumberjack, promoting the show in a television commercial. The New {…}

Heading Into Foreign Territory – Mezzo-Soprano Sarah Mesko Set For ‘Carmen,’ The Role Least Like Her

(Credit: Dario Acosta) Sarah Mesko is walking a straight path toward an important career. The Arkansas native has built her success on solid academic training and noteworthy apprenticeships, and has received bundles of prestigious awards in return. She has performed with scores of professional companies in the United States, including the Met where she has paid her dues as a {…}