by Published on February 1st, 2015 01:49 PM
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    Opera Lively Press has released its 5th book, volume 2 of our The Opera Lively Guides series, addressing the outstanding contemporary opera Written on Skin by British composer George Benjamin, and containing the full text (libretto), musical commentary with examples from the score, interviews with all principal creators and singers, and more. Faber Music, Ltd., George Benjamin's publisher, has authorized Opera Lively Press to include these original materials in our book, for worldwide distribution.

    by Published on November 24th, 2014 01:58 AM

    This is Opera Lively interview # 150, with the great Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, who granted us her answers for the second time (read her first Opera Lively interview [here]). The interview was conducted in person on November 21, 2014, on the occasion of her outstanding performance as Katerina Ismailova in Shostakovich's masterpiece Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Distric at the Metropoitan Opera House. Opera Lively's envoy and one of his friends met the charming and personable singer at a coffee shop for a relaxed and fun chat. Read our review of her performance by clicking [here].
    by Published on February 1st, 2015 06:44 AM
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    This is Opera Lively interview # 149, with the famous British baritone Christopher Maltman. The interview was conducted in person on November 19, 2014, at the Metropolitan Opera House Press Lounge.


    Singer: Christopher Maltman
    Fach: Baritone
    Born in: Lincolnshire, England
    Recently in: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro) Metropolitan Opera, New York City
    Next in: Pélleas et Mélisande (Golaud) Stockholm, 6-8 March, 2015; same in Cologne, 13 March
    Website: http://christophermaltman.moonfruit.com/#
    Management: http://www.askonasholt.co.uk/artists...topher-maltman ...
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    by Published on February 3rd, 2015 01:25 AM
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    Rising American tenor Paul Appleby has granted to Opera Lively a second (and 90 minutes-long) interview on the occasion of his role of David in the Met's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, also with comments about his upcoming title role in the Met's The Rake's Progress. This interview is one of the most interesting Opera Lively pieces to date, since Paul is a specially articulate, thoughtful, and intelligent artist. This is Opera Lively interview # 154. It was conducted via Skype on 12/13/2014. Our readers should also consult Paul's first interview with Opera Lively which is equally compelling, by clicking [here].
    by Published on November 24th, 2014 01:36 AM
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    We met Alyson Cambridge in person at the Washington National Opera on November 14, 2014. For various reasons it took a long time to publish the interview in full, and while the La Bohème show we were covering at the time is long gone (see our review of the show [here] with many photos), Ms. Cambridge has addressed many other interesting topics regarding her eventful career; she is very intelligent, friendly, and articulate, therefore this text is of interest even though it's been a couple of months. We are sure our readers will quite enjoy this piece. This is Opera Lively's interveiw # 146.
    by Published on December 28th, 2014 04:03 PM
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    Headshot from the singer's website, credit unknown, fair promotional use

    This is Opera Lively interview # 153. Copyright by Opera Lively; not to be reproduced without authorization (use the Contact Us form). Conducted over online video call in early December 2014. See more information on the singer's repertoire and upcoming scheduled after the interview, and also read his first interview with us (OL interview # 7) by clicking [here]. For more details on the singer, consult his website at www.renebarbera.com ...
    by Published on November 24th, 2014 03:40 AM
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    In the context of Opera Lively's upcoming guidebook to the phenomenal contemporary opera Written on Skin by George Benjamin (it should be published by year end, or in January 2015), we interviewed countertenor Tim Mead who performed the roles of The Boy/First Angel in two runs of the opera (Toulouse and Lisbon) and will be singing these roles again in a future performance (details still to be announced). This is the Opera Lively interview # 151.

    In addition to several questions about Written on Skin, the interview addresses other aspects of the singer's career and artistry - such as comments on Baroque opera, the countertenor voice, and the use of Historically Informed orchestras with period instruments. His answers are very intelligent and interesting, making of this piece one of the best Opera Lively interviews.
    by Published on November 19th, 2014 03:28 PM
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    As part of Opera Lively's upcoming guidebook to George Benjamin's outstanding contemporary opera Written on Skin -- a true masterpiece that is enjoying enduring world-wide success and will be given in Toronto in March and New York City in August 2015 after sold-out performances in many European capitals and an Opus Arte blu-ray release, we interviewed the author of the text, the acclaimed British playwright Martin Crimp. We kept it short since Mr. Crimp is very busy, working on his next opera with the same composer that has been commissioned by the Royal Opera House -- their third collaboration, including the first one, the also very successful Into the Little Hill. This is Opera Lively interview # 147.

    by Published on December 28th, 2014 03:54 PM
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    This interview with American soprano Joélle Harvey has been completed in person on 12/6/14 on the occasion of her performance in Messiah with the North Carolina Symphony. The young singer has had a busy career already with some very good credits to her name; clearly she is is in the rise. Her answers are very interesting and will entice readers way beyond the local environment of this performance, as they touch on topics as varied as digital experimentation with contemporary music. She also comes across as having youthful enthusiasm that is lovely and refreshing, but also being very humble and nice as a person. Ms. Harvey has a very exquisite timbre of voice, very beautiful. See the specific moments we highlighted in the Messiah video clip at the end of this interview to understand what we mean regarding her timbre. She is definitely a young singer to be watched, with enormous talent. This is Opera Lively interview # 152. ...
    by Published on September 7th, 2014 11:56 AM
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    We have released Volume 2 of our Opera Lively Interview Series. It is available for purchase on paperback from our own e-Store right here:

    [Buy it from us by clicking here]

    The Kindle e-book edition is ready as well. Both versions are also sold by Amazon and here are the links to them: [paperback on Amazon] [Kindle on Amazon] but for those members and readers interested in supporting Opera Lively, buying the paperback from our own store increases our margin of profit.

    Click on Read More for the full press release.
    by Published on November 7th, 2014 12:44 AM
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    Opera Lively interview #144 - Massimo talked to us from his apartment in New York City via Skype, during his run at the Metropolitan Opera's Carmen as Escamillo. This young Italian baritone who is completing ten years of career has been performing in many prestigious houses and already figures in the cast of five operatic DVDs and one recital DVD. This was the longest Opera Lively interview to date, clocking at 2 hours and 28 minutes. Enjoy!
    by Published on May 29th, 2014 12:25 AM
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    [Opera Lively interview # 131] On the occasion of her performance of Dorabella for the Metropolitan Opera's Così fan tutte in early May 2014 (see our review [here]), Opera Lively met in person the great American singer Isabel Leonard, for this interesting interview. We were particularly impressed with Isabel for her intelligence, friendliness, and solid demeanor. She is direct, straightforward, articulate, genuine, and strikes us as a very good and hardworking person. Given her beautiful voice, fabulous looks, and accomplished acting, this young lady certainly deserves the success her career has achieved. Our already significant admiration for her artistry grew even deeper after her charming interview, which we are pleased to share with our readers.
    by Published on October 1st, 2014 06:59 PM
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    Opera Lively Press is preparing a guidebook to George Benjamin's and Martin Crimp's spectacular contemporary opera Written on Skin, which has been heralded as the best opera written in the last twenty years, and a true masterpiece. British baritone Christopher Purves created the role of The Protector in the world premiere in July of 2012 in Aix-en-Provence, and has since sung the role several times. In this context, we interviewed the talented and intelligent singer, who delivered some extremely insightful and interesting answers that are worth reading not only by those who are interested in contemporary opera, but by all opera lovers, in one of our best interviews to date. [Opera Lively interview # 138]
    by Published on May 18th, 2014 04:25 PM
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    [Opera Lively interview # 128] On the occasion of the Metropolitan Opera's revival of its traditional I Puritani production in late spring 2014 (for our review, click [here]), the beautiful young Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko took New York City's operatic environment by storm, collecting glowing reviews in blogs and newspapers, and standing applause in curtain calls. Opera Lively heard first hand from Met officials that "this lady has a career and a future with us" which anticipates her frequent return to the Met stage. Other references to her talent had reached us before, from her European performances (we had heard positive comments about her from other singers and conductors we have interviewed), and she already boasts three CDs and four DVDs.
    by Published on May 22nd, 2014 02:29 PM
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    [Opera Lively interview # 132] Opera Lively was honored to present to our readers a short interview with the outstanding tenor Juan Diego Flórez the day we launched our website. A couple of years later and after Opera Lively's growth including 131 exclusive interviews with prominent artists, it was our pleasure to address Mr. Flórez again, this time for a long in-person interview at the Met in early May on the occasion of his performance of Prince Ramiro in La Cenerentola. Below you will find the transcript of this piece. We again thank Mr. Flórez for his support of Opera Lively and his time.
    by Published on March 8th, 2014 01:53 AM
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    [Opera Lively interview # 125] Dear readers, it is with immense pleasure that we bring to you this phenomenal interview with one of our favorite singers, British mezzo Sarah Connolly. She is an extraordinary artist and we were thrilled to meet her in person for this very interesting conversation. Ms. Connolly came to America to sing the role of Irene in Handel's oratorio Theodora, in tour with maestro Harry Bicket and his period orchestra The English Concert. You can read our piece with maestro Bicket by clicking [here]. The publication of this interview is timely, since in a week this performance will hit the waves with broadcasts on March 15-16 of the Theodora concerts scheduled on WQXR and France Musique.
    by Published on December 18th, 2013 01:01 AM
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    [Opera Lively interview # 116] Opera Lively is thrilled to present to our members and readers the words of one of the most brilliant operatic stage directors in activity, Mr. Laurent Pelly. His answers to our questions are very entertaining and enjoyable.

    Photo Polo Garat, Odessa Photographies

    Artistic Biography

    French-born Laurent Pelly directs and designs costumes for productions that are detailed, satirical, often surreal, exquisite in taste and wonderfully imaginative in both conception and execution. He is particularly renowned for his work in French repertoire, and has a particular skill for revealing the serious side of comedy; however he is increasingly in demand as a director of more weighty music-dramas. He underlines his interpretation of characters through his skilful and inspired costume designs.
    by Published on September 8th, 2013 12:30 AM
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    [Opera Lively interview # 112] On the occasion of the recent Santa Fe Opera new production of Offebach's La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein, Opera Lively interviewed in person the up and coming, bright American tenor Paul Appleby, who sang the role of Fritz alongside Susan Graham's Duchess. We very much enjoyed our time with Mr. Appleby, a very friendly, charming, knowledgeable, and intelligent artist. Our readers will certainly appreciate his insightful answers. In connection with this article, read also our review of the opera [here] with many production pictures, and our interview with Susan Graham [here].
    by Published on July 25th, 2013 11:39 PM
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    [Opera Lively interview # 104] In one of our most interesting interviews to date Opera Lively talked ...

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