Q & A: Adriana González on her U.S. Debut, Taking ‘Roméo et Juliette’ & the Challenge of Finding Her Voice

(Credit:  Marine Cessat-Bégler) Adriana González’s life changed in 2019. The lyric soprano competed in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition as one of 20 singers before heading over to Operalia and taking home first prize in both the opera and zarzuela competitions. Since then, her career has taken off in rapid succession with the soprano appearing in leading {…}

Q & A: Contralto Alessandra Visentin On Her Blossoming Career and Her Forthcoming Recording Of Respighi Rarities

(Photo: Brescia/Amisano) Italian contralto Alessandra Visentin is a singer who tends to operate below the radar. Athough rarely in the headlines, she is a singer who is forging a very successful career. She performs in major opera houses, and has just recently released her first solo recording “Per la Signora Geltruda,” a CD of works by Vivaldi. Anyone who has {…}

Q & A: Baritone Fabián Veloz on his Lyric Opera of Chicago Debut, Scarpia & His Fondest Memory at the Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires

Argentinean baritone Fabián Veloz is one of the most renowned opera artists in his country. His professional debut came in the South American premiere of “Estaba la Madre” at the Teatro Argentino in La Plata and he has gone on to perform with some of the major companies in the South American company including the Teatro Avenida, the Teatro Argentino, {…}

Q & A: Étienne Dupuis on ‘Don Carlos,’ the French Version & David McVicar’s Production at the Met

(Credit: Yan Bleney) On Feb. 28, the Metropolitan Opera will showcase the company premiere of “Don Carlos,” the French version of Verdi’s opera. For the new production by Sir David McVicar, the company has lined up an all-star cast that includes Canadian baritone Étienne Dupuis. Dupuis has performed around the world at the Metropolitan Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opéra de {…}

Q & A: Powerful Mezzo-Soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano On Facing Challenging Roles in ‘Sketches from Frankenstein,’ ‘A Song By Mahler,’ & ‘The Hours’

Jennifer Johnson Cano has garnered critical acclaim for committed performances of both new and standard repertoire. For her performance as Offred in Poul Ruders’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” she was lauded as “towering…restless, powerful, profound, she is as formidable as this astonishingly demanding role deserves.” With more than 100 performances on the stage at The Metropolitan Opera, her most recent roles {…}