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Meeting with Catarina Molder, artistic director of Lisboa Operafest
In addition of her career of opera singer, Catarina Molder is now heading the major (and only) opera festival in Portugal, and we have met her at the occasion of the third edition of Lisboa Operafest which took place in the gardens of National Museum of Ancient Art in Lisbon from 19th of august to 10th of september. And as she has many other activities in the world of opera singing, she tells us about...
Bruno de Sá: “Opera business doesn’t reflect the discussions we’re having in our society”
Don’t call him countertenor! Bruno de Sá’s golden male soprano is becoming one of the most sought-after voices not only in the baroque milieu, but also anywhere soprano lines are required. We met him at the Verbier Festival, where he performed Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with conductor Reinhard Goebel and mezzo-soprano Anna Lucia Richter. He spoke about the challenges of finding his own way through the opera milieu since he discovered his singular tessitura with...
Angela Meade: “Now I am able to take on some of the heavier Verdi roles”
Soprano Angela Meade is famous for her incredibly powerful interpretations of Italian opera throughout the world on the most prestigious stages. We met her at the Verbier Festival where she was singing Amelia in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera… *** Opera Online: Psychologically, Amelia might be one of the most sincere characters in Un ballo in maschera. How do you portray that in your singing? Angela Meade: In terms of technique, it’s not just blasting stuff,...
Plácido Domingo wants to create a school and a theatre dedicated to zarzuela
Plácido Domingo, the singer with 150 roles as a tenor and baritone, the conductor and even the theatre director, needs no introduction. It is perhaps less well known that Plácido Domingo has also had a long-standing passion for zarzuela, a lyrical genre halfway between operetta and comic opera, typical of the Spanish repertoire, combining spoken theatre, orchestra and popular songs. To help spread awareness of this lyrical genre, Plácido Domingo has turned it into a...
A conversation with Angel Blue for her Paris Opera debut as Marguerite
“That may sound too cheesy, but Paris is everything I expected and more,” acclaimed soprano Angel Blue says with laughter when you ask her about the effect the City of Lights has on her. She is about to make her Opéra national de Paris debut in a blockbuster production of Charles Gounod’s Faust by German director Tobias Kratzer, alongside a five-star cast: Benjamin Bernheim, Christian Van Horn, Florian Sempey and Emily D’Angelo, under the baton of Thomas...
Conversation with Giampaolo Bisanti, the new Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège Music Director
Italian conductor Giampaolo Bisanti rightfully defines himself as a “busy man”. His agenda will get even fuller with his new Music Director position at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège from next season, during which he will participate in two staged opera productions – Bellini’s La Sonnambula and Verdi’s Rare Alzira – and prestigious recitals with Plácido Domingo (accompanied for the occasion by Davinia Rodríguez)...