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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...


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...


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...