Q & A: Tanja Ariane Baumgartner on Klytämnestra at Salzburg, the ‘New Normal’ After COVID-19

(Credit: Dario Acosta NY) German mezzo-soprano Tanja Ariane Baumgartner is one of the most sought-after opera singers of our time. Baumgartner has been a member of the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt since the 2009-10 season. During her time in Frankfurt, Tanja Baumgartner made appearances in numerous operas including “Carmen,” “Giulio Cesare in Egitto,” “Don Carlo,” “Medea,” “Die Frau ohne Schatten,” {…}

Roundtable: Marina Rebeka, Lisette Oropesa, Michael Fabiano, Matthew Polenzani, Artur Rucinski on Teatro Real de Madrid’s ‘Traviata’

At the beginning of July, the Teatro Real de Madrid kicked off a project that many other opera houses around the world observed attentively. The company launched a production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” with some of the world’s greatest opera stars, presenting the work 27 times over the course of an entire month. That production’s run came to an end {…}

Q & A: Soprano Aušrinė Stundytė on Singing ‘Elektra’ At Salzburg & Career Trajectory

(Image Source: Official Website) After the coronavirus pandemic put the global opera world on hold for several months, Salzburg is taking promising steps to keep their summer opera festival going—consequently still celebrating its centenary this August. After trimming the programmed repertoire, two operas remain in the festival—Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte” and Richard Strauss’ “Elektra.” The latter will star Lithuanian soprano {…}

Q & A: Othalie Graham on the COVID-19 Crisis & Racism in the Opera World

Canadian-American soprano Othalie Graham is widely known for her interpretations of the title roles in “Turandot” and “Aida,” as well as her commitment to Wagnerian repertoire. She has been described as a “thrilling” singing actress and has performed with such prestigious companies as the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Málaga, Detriot Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Chorus at the Kennedy Center, {…}

‘You Get What You Put Out Into the Universe:’ Baritone Lucas Meachem On His Highs and Lows, Diversity in Opera, & COVID’s Impact on Young Artists

In late May, the COVID-19 pandemic relented for a spell, enticing parts of the United States to reopen after weeks of lockdown. Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer in the States, was in full swing. 2020 had a disastrous start, but big cities like New York had the virus somewhat contained. Worldwide, the insidious threat of sickness and {…}