Joyce DiDonato has always been fearlessly honest, or at least, has the courage to be honest, though it may cost her a great deal emotionally to get over her fear. I don't know, but I do know that her bravery has helped, and is helping, many young people. Recently she talked to The Telegraph's Rupert Christiansen about her work with young singers, I advise them not to attempt … [Read more...] about Joyce DiDonato dedicates Last Night of the Proms performance to Russian gays
At the Dorchester Hotel today, Dame Janet Baker will receive The Gramophone’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The Telegraph's Rupert Christiansen talked with the great mezzo – here are her words: On coaching “I have worked with a few people on technique, mainly to ensure that the roots of what I was saying were useful and correct, but it’s not something I would want to do … [Read more...] about Dame Janet Baker: I was a green and raw northern girl
Simon Keenlyside's British début as Macbeth at The Royal Opera House has both bemused and wowed the critics. After the live relay we can all have our say, but here is a smattering of divided opinion from the opening night critics. Hilary Finch in The Times was blown away: The English baritone, singing on the top of his form, is one of the most complex and complete Macbeths … [Read more...] about Simon Keenlyside is “singing on the top of his form” or has a “tendency to shout tonelessly”?