Q&AWhen 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!
Tonight, a new productions of Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel and Gretel opens in Milan at Teatro alla Scala.The cast features opera students from La Scala’s prestigious Academy. This, however, is no student production.German director, Sven-Eric Bechtolf, has worked extensively in opera, mainly in Germany and Austria. The strong connection with La Scala’s current … [Read more...] about Sneak preview: Hänsel and Gretel at La Scala, Milan
Fabio Luisi is the new music director of Florence’s Opera di Firenze and its spring festival, known as the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Zubin Mehta, who has been chief conductor of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino since 1985, will stay on as principal conductor emeritus.Luisi is currently the principal conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and general music … [Read more...] about Interview with Fabio Luisi, the Florence Opera’s new Musical Director
Les Musiciens du Prince is a new baroque group under the umbrella organisation of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo which will have Cecilia Bartoli as its artistic director. She has signed a six-year contract with the opera company lasting until 2021. Les Musiciens du Prince should give its first concert in a year's time. It is assumed that Bartoli will perform with the group, rather … [Read more...] about Cecilia Bartoli to head Monte-Carlo Opera’s new baroque ensemble
La Scala's new sovrintendente, Alexander Pereira, has announced that Carla Fracci, the Italian ballerina par excellence, will return to the Milanese theatre that witnessed many of her triumphs during her long career. Sig.ra Fracci could give a masterclass in the theatre as Bergonzi did for the singers; his lessons were priceless. We are also thinking of her return to our stage … [Read more...] about Pereira announces that Carla Fracci will return to the stage of La Scala