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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...


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...


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...


Interview with Antonio Pappano: “It is very important that the music sounds inevitable”

Who doesn’t know Antonio Pappano, current Music Director of the Royal Opera House in London and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome? He was performing in July at the Verbier Festival as a conductor in two symphonic concerts with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, and as a pianist in a music chamber programme along with other stars. He explains how he sees music and conducting, and reveals the decisions that take place behind-the-scenes to build an...


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...


An interview with James Gaffigan at the Verbier Festival

Already the Chief Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, James Gaffigan has expanded his Swiss influence by taking on the position of Music Director of the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra, an orchestra of talented musicians aged 15 to 18 years. He is conducting three programmes during the 28th edition of the Festival: an all-Russian concert – Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev – plus a performance with violinist Joshua Bell who will perform Chausson’s...