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Joyce El-Khoury: “Our voices are designed to share music with the world”

After studying at the University of Ottawa and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Joyce El-Khoury graduated from the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. She made her world debut at Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival in 2010, where she brilliantly replaced one of her colleagues in the title role of Puccini’s Suor Angelica, following a performance of Gianni Schicchi. We were thrilled by her portrayal of Imogene in Bellini’s Il...


Jakub Józef Orliński: "Culture is an essential part of life"

With his wide smile and his casual behaviour, the polish countertenor Jakub Jozef Orlinski breaks classical music codes. The 30 years old opera singer brings freshness to baroque music, asserting his second passion which is break-dance. After a thrilling concert in Avignon at the beginning of the season, we had the chance to hear him in a Pasticcio conceived by William Christie for the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival, and we took the occasion to ask him five questions about his course or...


Interview with Lotte de Beer, stage director of Aida at the Opéra national de Paris

Lotte de Beer made her highly anticipated Opéra national de Paris debut two weeks ago with an innovative Aida – starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Jonas Kaufmann and Ludovic Tézier – which gathers the ghosts of colonialism. She has encompassed a certain number of opera genres (Falstaff, Puccini’s Il Trittico, Carmen, Rusalka, Mosè in Egitto, Lulu…), has been appointed Director of the Volksoper in Vienna from next September, and will stage Le Nozze di...


Five questions to Marina Rebeka

Especially acclaimed in belcanto repertoire (but not only), Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka has just had incredible success at the Monte-Carlo Opera, first in the title-role of Massenet’s Thaïs, then in a belcanto recital with the French mezzo Karine Deshayes. We had an opportunity to meet her to ask some questions about her career and her plans.  *** Opera-Online : Where does your love of lyric singing come from, and to what extent is music...


Contemporary opera: A conversation with Vasco Mendonça

Vasco Mendonça is one of the rising stars among contemporary composers. In addition to his studies with Klaas de Vries and George Benjamin, he has participated in the Rolex Mentor and Protegé Arts Initiative along with Kaija Saariaho and represented Portugal at UNESCO’s International Rostrum of Composers. His first piece of musical theatre, Ping, was adapted from a Samuel Beckett monologue and premiered in 2011. The House Taken Over (2013) – based on...


Leading Opera Houses Ensure the Tenor Viñas International Singing Contest

UNDETERRED BY THE PANDEMIC, THE WORLD’S LEADING OPERA HOUSES JOIN FORCES TO ENSURE THE TENOR VIÑAS INTERNATIONAL SINGING CONTEST CAN GO AHEAD  The preliminary auditions were conducted on the basis of video recordings sent to opera houses in Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, New York and Paris. In the next stage, 125 of the 477 singers who entered the contest will go through to the second round in person, at the Gran Teatre del...