Q & A: Sarah Coburn on ‘I Puritani,’ Bellini & Her New Recording

(Credit: Ervin Photography) On August 20, Delos released a new recording of Bellini’s final masterpiece, “I Puritani.” The new recording featured one of today’s great Bel Canto interpreters, Lawrence Brownlee and New York City Opera’s new Music Director Constantine Orbelian. It also featured American coloratura Sarah Coburn singing the leading role of Elvira. Over the years Coburn has performed Bel {…}

Q & A: Soprano Martina Licari on Her Forthcoming Role Debut as Ismene at Vicenza In Lirica & How COVID Disrupted her Early Success

(Photo: Antonio Curti) The winner of the 2021 Tulio Serafin Opera Singing Competition, Martina Licari, is due to make her role debut as Ismene in two performances of Mozart’s “Mitridate, re di Ponto” at this season’s Vicenza in Lirica, starting 28th August, running until 12th September. Having graduated from the conservatory in Palermo in 2018, the young soprano appeared to {…}

Q & A: Vilma Jää on Performing Markéta in Saariaho’s ‘Innocence’ & her Dream of Reviving Finnish Folk Music Traditions

(Photo: Mary Em) Kaija Saariaho’s new opera “Innocence” premiered at this summer’s Festival d’Aix-En-Provence to widespread acclaim. “Innocence” is about a school shooting in an International school. In the role of Markéta, one of the shooter’s victims was the young Finnish singer Vilma Jää, who found herself receiving enthusiastic applause for her extraordinary performances. Jää is a marvelous singer with {…}