Q&A When and why did you start singing? When I was a kid… I come from a musical family, and so music has always been a part of who I am. But I got serious about singing in high school when people told me girls would think I was cute. So my love for singing began there, really. Which singer inspired you most when you were young and which singer do you most admire? Oh gosh … [Read more...] about Lawrence Brownlee answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… singers’ edition!
Daniela Barcellona and Joyce DiDonato have won Olivier Awards for Best Achievement in Opera for their roles in The Royal Opera House's production of Semiramide. Semiramide was also the winner of Best New Opera Production at the annual award ceremony, this year held at the Royal Albert Hall. Barcellona accepted both of the awards on behalf of DiDonato who is rehearsing a new … [Read more...] about Daniela Barcellona collects Olivier Awards for Semiramide
An admiring review in the respected Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of a production of Les Troyens, conducted by John Nelson, earlier this year, said, At present there are few conductors who, like John Nelson, can rightly be called 'Berlioz experts'. In an interview more than 20 years ago, Nelson called Berlioz his ‘patron saint in music’. Now, reflecting on that, he ups this … [Read more...] about Interview with John Nelson, conductor of the new recording of Berlioz’s Les Troyens
Some of Enzo Dara’s colleagues have written tributes and recollections of the great basso buffo, who died after a long illness on 25 August 2017. Teatro alla Scala left a declaration: Enzo Dara has for decades been the basso buffo par excellence, offering the Rossini revival, as well as the Donizetti operas, performances infused with captivating comedy and enriched by his … [Read more...] about Enzo Dara – tributes from his colleagues and friends: “What joy he brought to us all”
On Sept 25 #MaestroMuti visited the Illinois Youth Center in Chicago to share classical music with the young men. pic.twitter.com/w6qqxZ59Sz — Chicago Symphony (@chicagosymphony) September 29, 2016 Riccardo Muti, Joyce DiDonato and Eric Owens, together with musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, gave a concert at Illinois Youth Center-Chicago last Sunday. For Muti … [Read more...] about Riccardo Muti, Joyce DiDonato and Eric Owens perform for Chicago’s young offenders