“If you distill opera down to its basics, its telling stories through words and music. Though many regard it as old art form and ask what relevance it could have to now, when you distill it down, it has utter universality. It transcends centuries, continents, and ethnicities. We produce a most-relevant cultural service.” Thoughts on opera and more from Anthony Freud, General Director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Through the Young Artists of America program, brothers Rolando and Kristofer Sanz have worked to bring a new level of musical exposure to students in the Bethesda, Maryland area. Since 2011, they have produced musical theatre and opera combination concerts featuring all-student orchestras and student performers with the occasional adult singer. I recently learned more […]
Hello, Opera Fans! This is my first post of the New Year, so a belated Happy New Year to everyone out there! In June of last year, world famous mezzo-soprano, Susanne Mentzer was nice enough to answer some of my questions about her career. Below are my questions and her detailed responses” Q: How did […]
Of the many classical singing artists dotting the scene today, none stand out the way that soprano, Arianna Zukerman does. The Washington Post has lauded her, saying “Arianna Zukerman possesses a remarkable voice that combines the range, warmth and facility of a Rossini mezzo with shimmering, round high notes and exquisite pianissimos that would make […]
An Interview with Lawrence Edelson, Founder and Producing Artistic Director of the American Lyric Theater
Nobody can turn away from the fact that the economy is difficult and money is tight. In a society that doesn’t value the arts the way it used to, performing arts companies, opera companies, in particular, have suffered. However, under the skillful leadership of Lawrence Edelson, the American Lyric Theater located in New York City […]
Hello, opera lovers. I’m sorry for the extended absence! It’s been a busy stretch and I still have a lot to tell you all about. However, today, I’m back with a great interview for you! Recently, I had the pleasure of talking o the soprano Lisette Oropesa, a Metropolitan Opera mainstay who is singing the […]
Since becoming General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera in 2006, Peter Gelb has changed the Met’s place in today’s culture. New productions, new operas and new singers are only some of the things Mr. Gelb has instituted during his tenure at the Met. He pioneered the Live in HD Broadcasts, started the Sirius XM Met […]
Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov has quickly become one of the most dramatic, compelling and talented singers of our day. He has appeared at nearly every major opera house and boasts two Grammy’s to his name. He has headlined new productions, sung opening nights and is a mainstay at the Metropolitan Opera House, where he is […]
Now for a post of shameless self promotion. Many of you may have noticed that I have been interviewed and profiled by the Christian Science Monitor. You can read the article here, and a I want to send a big thank you to the very talented author, Whitney Eulich!