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!
As a committed fan of BBC 4's Desert Island Discs, I am delighted that Joyce DiDonato will be revealing her list of eight recordings, a book and a luxury item that she would take if she was to be cast away on a desert island. Of course, it's the chat between the music that is the captivating aspect of the programme - Tom Hanks broke down in tears more than once, "Kirsty, … [Read more...] about Joyce DiDonato joins opera singers from 70 years of Desert Island Discs
Letters from Georgia is based on the letters of Georgia O’Keeffe and the work will be premiered at Eastman Theater in Rochester on 12 November and then at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on 14 November. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts wrote the cycle especially for, and in close collaboration with, Renée Fleming using O’Keeffe’s letters, written mainly to … [Read more...] about Renée Fleming to perform world premiere of Kevin Puts’ song cycle, Letters from Georgia
All the details of the 2016-2017 Opera Season at London's Royal Opera House: skip to section: ROYAL OPERA 2016-2017 SEASON - IN BRIEF THE ROYAL OPERA 2016-2017 SEASON THE ROYAL OPERA SEASON 2016-2017 - IN FULL BBC RADIO 3 AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LIVE CINEMA SEASON ROYAL OPERA 2016-2017 SEASON - IN BRIEF Antonio Pappano renews … [Read more...] about ROYAL OPERA SEASON 2016 – 2017: theatre, cinema and radio
The 100th birthday of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf falls on 9 December 2015. She died in 2006, but her recordings are a timeless treasure of the Warner Classics catalogue, like those of her contemporary and friend, Maria Callas. The 31-CD deluxe box set, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf: The Complete Recitals 1952-1974, to be released on 6 November, gathers together all the recital programmes … [Read more...] about Elisabeth Schwarzkopf’s 100th birthday celebrated with remastered recordings
If you haven't heard of StreamOpera - and you're interested in opera - then visit their site to enrich your Christmas hols, as it is full of exciting and unusual titles which can be streamed to your computer. The Italian opera site is run by Videoerre which has published over 2,000 videos in collaboration with Italian State Television, the Rai, and the private group of … [Read more...] about Stream Opera brings popular and rare delights to your PC
Luca Pisaroni is one of the best known Italian voices on the international opera circuit. He sings in all the important opera houses, except for those in Italy. He's not the first Italian artist to be largely ignored in his homeland (think Cecilia Bartoli!) but it is extraordinary to think that his last opera appearance in Italy was in Così fan tutte in Turin, ten years … [Read more...] about Luca Pisaroni: Do I miss Italy? No.
Renée Fleming described it as the worst night of her operatic life, after Celeste Aida Roberto Alagna gave a military salute and walked off stage, Katia Ricciarelli quit the opera house refusing to come back, and Callas, Pavarotti, Verrett, Caballé and many others have all been on the receiving end. Being booed by the loggionisti at Milan's Teatro alla Scala can be thought of … [Read more...] about Opera singer Rosalind Plowright comments on booing Bartoli at La Scala
When Makhar Vaziev, the artistic director of Milan's Scala Ballet, first received an invitation for the company to perform at a new opera house in Muscat, he admits he drew a blank. Honestly, when we received the invitation from Oman, we weren't sure what to do because we really didn't know anything about the place. In my time with both the Scala and [St Petersburg's] … [Read more...] about La Scala’s Makhar Vaziev: It’s our first time in Oman, but we really hope it isn’t our last”
The Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Music Group babes aren't bad either. From the left, soprano Renée Fleming, mezzo Elīna Garanča, violinist Akiko Suwanai and soprano Anna Netrebko. Photo credits: Netrebko © Felix Broede/DG - Garanča © Gabo / DG … [Read more...] about Let’s hear it for the girls…