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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,...


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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...


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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...


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Armenian Baritone Gevorg Hakobyan extending his career with his debut in Wiener Staatsoper

While Armenian baritone Gevorg Hakobyan will make his Vienna State Opera debut in December in Tosca, we caught up with him for an interview. We talk about her career, her vision of Scarpia and her plans for the future, but also music and theater – and the growing role of directors. *** After your successful appearance in Termi de Caracala in Rome you are accomplishing your international career with your debut at Wiener Staatsoper in December 2021 as Scarpia in Tosca. How...


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Interview with Jeanine De Bique for her Alcina role debut at the Opéra national de Paris

Soprano Jeanine De Bique, from Trinidad and Tobago, has built her career on Mozart and Haendel, which has made her one of the reference performers of these composers today. In her recently released first album, Mirrors, she puts into perspective Haendel heroines with another version of who they can be in some other composers’ works of the same period. She was Rodelinda at the Opéra de Lille, Théâtre de Caen and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées...


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Interview with Matthias Goerne: "Your mother language defines who you are"

One of the best lieder singers in the world, baritone Matthias Goerne came back to the Verbier Festival this year for a Winterreise performance with pianist Nikolai Lugansky and a concert of Schubert lieder with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. He has performed Shostakovich’s symphonies, Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, or Britten’s War Requiem in the last few years, and he is making his Boris Godunov debut in 2023, but German has been his...


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Interview with Sergey Romanovsky: “Rossini remains young forever”

Russian tenor Sergey Romanovsky is coming back to the Rossini Opera Festival for the fourth time for a new production of Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra – originally scheduled for last summer – and a prestigious gala celebrating 25 years of Juan Diego Flórez at the Festival. We met him in Pesaro to learn more about his debut in the role of Leicester this year and his other exciting projects. *** Opera Online : Has the additional time to prepare...


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Olga Peretyatko : "I wanted to use my voice to try and heal and bring a little bit of peace to the world"

A few days ago, we reported on Songs for Maya, Olga Peretyatko's latest album released by Melodiya – a very personal record dedicated to her daughter Maya, born last January. We have seized this opportunity to ask the Russian soprano about this very special album, its genesis, its recording, the mantra she composed with Semjon Skigin, and also to talk about her return to opera. *** The genesis of this record is quite particular, as you didn't know you were pregnant...


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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...


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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...


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"Life is beautiful": Sonya Yoncheva, a positive, committed and open-minded artist in conversation

"perpetual music", a project initiated by In recent years, the young Bulgarian soprano has achieved great success in many different roles with her extraordinary soprano voice and acting skills, and is now a celebrated star on all major stages. Born in Plovdiv, Sonya Yoncheva studied at the local conservatory and later in Geneva. In 2010 she won the famous Operalia competition, marking the start of her...


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"Art is a part of our being", a critical dialogue with baritone Michael Volle

"perpetual music", a project initiated by The hotel terrace offers a wide view over Berlin, the current home town of international opera star Michael Volle. It is here where he went through the painful lockdown together with his wife, singer Gabriela Scherer, and his two children. "Spending such a long time in one go at home teaches you to understand and appreciate the meaning and the value of a healthy...