Q & A: Tenor Xabier Anduaga On Winning Operalia & His Return To The Donizetti Opera Festival

On July 26, 2019, Spanish tenor Xabier Anduaga (along with fellow competitor Adriana Gonzalez) achieved one of opera’s most coveted distinctions as he joined the circle of Operalia 1st Prize winners. The Operalia competition has been transforming talented young singers into stars of the opera scene since 1993, with winners frequently becoming headliners at top venues across the globe. This {…}

Q & A: Bass-Baritone Joel Allison On Opera Culture In Canada & How A ‘Tosca’ Radio Broadcast Changed His Life

(Credit: Ian McIntosh Photography) Joel Allison made his debut at the age of 12 as the treble soloist in Howard Shore’s “Lord of the Rings” Symphony. Today this Canadian singer of the new generation has been praised for the “beautiful, rich, ringing tone” of his bass-baritone voice. Allison is working as a recitalist, soloing with all of the prominent Canadian {…}

Q & A: Countertenor Alex Potter On Musicology, The Future Of Singing, British Traditions

(Credit: Annelies van der Vegt) British countertenor Alex Potter grew up in the British choral tradition as a boy chorister at Southwark Cathedral and later on sang at New College, Oxford. After this, he pursued further studies at the world-renowned Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland with tenor Gerd Türk. Now he is a well-known countertenor, delighting audiences with world-class performances {…}

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: 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 {…}

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 {…}