Q & A: Soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller on ‘Reine de Coeur’ & Why She Loves ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’

On Feb. 5, 2020, soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller returned for a run of performances in this season’s production of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” at the Metropolitan Opera. This will be her third opera with the company, after making her debut in 2017 in Beethoven’s “Fidelio” and subsequent performances of “Die Zauberflöte.” Müller came to international fame in 2014, performing the {…}

Q & A: Sara-Maria Saalmann on Her Love of Singing & Managing a Successful Career in the Competitive World Of Opera

(Photo: Frank Wartenberg) Last December OperaWire reviewed an impressive production of Vivaldi’s “La Fida Ninfa” at the repertory theatre in Regensburg. In the central role of Morastro was the young German-Spanish soprano Sara-Maria Saalmann, whose performance was dramatically intense, but beautifully sung. Working for a repertory company often means a heavy and varied schedule, yet Saalmann is still keen to {…}

Q & A: Mezzo-Soprano Susan Graham On Schumann’s ‘Frauenliebe un -leben: Variations,’ The Power of Love & Malcolm Martineau’s Genius

(Photo: Dario Acosta) Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham has had an enviable career, winning such prestigious awards as a Grammy, an Opera News Award, and Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year. As a champion of the French repertoire, the French government honored her with the title of “Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur.” Her roles span four centuries, singing in operas from Monteverdi’s {…}