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    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]
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    by Published on January 11th, 2014 11:11 AM
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    Opera Lively traveled to Greece and interviewed in person maestro Myron Michailidis, Artistic Director of the very dynamic and resourceful Greek National Opera. [Opera Lively interview # 123]



    Artistic Biography

    Myron Michailidis is regarded today as one of the most important Greek conductors of his generation. His vivid conducting style is characterized by conviction and authority coupled by outstanding dynamic control and variety of expression. Since 2011 he has been serving as Artistic Director of The Greek National Opera (GNO), following his former position as General Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of The Thessaloniki National Orchestra (TSSO), a post held since 2004. Between 1999 until 2004, Maestro Michailidis was Permanent Conductor at the Opera of Eastern Saxony in Germany.
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    by Published on February 2nd, 2014 10:31 PM
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    [Opera Lively interview # 124] Opera Lively covered the Chapel Hill, North Carolina stop of Maestro Harry Bicket's and The English Concert's US tour of Handel's Theodora, featuring David Daniels, Sarah Connolly, Dorothea Röschmann, and the Trinity Choir. This report refers to the University of North Carolina Memorial Hall performance of January 30, 2014, part of the Carolina Performing Arts series, and specifically, of their HIP Festival. The tour which was coming from Sonoma and Orange counties in California, is right now at Carnegie Hall (Sunday February 2) and then returns to England, going next to Birmigham's Town Hall on February 6, then to London at the Barbican on February 8, and ends in Paris on February 14.
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    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.


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    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.
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    by Published on January 7th, 2014 06:15 PM
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    [Opera Lively interview # 122] Continuing our coverage of Opera Carolina's Il Trittico which will open on January 18 in Charlotte, NC, we have the pleasure of presenting to our readers Opera Lively's second exclusive interview with one of the most intelligent and cultured singers we've had the pleasure of interacting with, Ms. Jill Gardner.

    Singer: Jill Gardner
    Born in: Tobaccoville, North Carolina, USA
    Fach: lyric-spinto soprano
    Web site: http://www.jillbowengardner.com/
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    Published on October 26th, 2013 12:10 PM
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    [Opera Lively interview # 115] This interview with Italian tenor Massimo Giordano demonstrates the singer's nice personality. His answers are very compelling. Enjoy!
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    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].
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    by Published on August 31st, 2013 10:36 PM
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    [Opera Lively interview # 111] On the occasion of the Glimmerglass Festival that ended a few days ago, Opera Lively's envoy interviewed in person the excellent young American bass-baritone Ryan McKinny who gathered excellent reviews from critics everywhere for his great rendition of the title role in Francesca Zambello's production of The Flying Dutchman. Our readers may recognize the singer from his participation in the DVD The Audition, a documentary featuring the 2007 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions finals. It is nice to see that his career has developed quite nicely.
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    by Published on August 26th, 2013 01:56 AM
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    [Opera Lively interview # 110] On the occasion of the Glimmerglass Festival that ended a few days ago, Opera Lively's envoy interviewed in person the friendly and personable young mezzo Ginger Costa-Jackson who was ravishing as the Marchesa del Poggio in the company's production of Verdi's Un Giorno di Regno. Ms. Costa-Jackson was born in Italy from an Italian mother and an American father, and was raised since a young age in Utah in a musically-inclined family (her two sisters are also opera singers). ...
    by Published on August 16th, 2013 04:48 PM
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    [Opera Lively interview # 109] On the occasion of the 2013 Glimmerglass Festival, Opera Lively has interviewed in person the gifted American stage director, and Glimmerglass Artistic and General Director Ms. Francesca Zambello, focusing on the company and how she put together the current festival, as well as on her production of The Flying Dutchmanand other aspects of her illustrious career. We touched a bit on her tenure at Washington National Opera as well since she also accumulates the function of Artistic Director of that company.
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    by Published on August 7th, 2013 11:56 PM
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    [Opera Lively interview # 106] This is a very special interview, for me. I have been in awe of what is being called "Opera's new masterpiece" and according to some sources, the best opera written in the last 20 years [French newspaper Le Monde]: George Benjamin's Written on Skin. I've heard mention that it is actually the best one in the last 60 years. Personally I'd favor the 60-year assessment more than the 20-year. It is truly exquisite!

    Its world premiere in July of 2012 in Aix-en-Provence and several subsequent revivals (Covent Garden, Vienna, Amsterdam, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, others to come) featured the extraordinary Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan, for whom the leading role of Agnès was written.
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    by Published on July 29th, 2013 05:13 AM
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    [Opera Lively interview # 105] I've rarely enjoyed so much an interview as the one you are about to read, with the great American mezzo Susan Graham. Sometimes we reproduce the entire conversation without skipping the more conversational bits (like when Ms. Graham tells us that it is raining in Santa Fe) when we want to convey the artist's friendliness, and that's what we did 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 ...
    by Published on July 6th, 2013 05:15 PM
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    [Opera Lively interview # 103] Dear readers, brace yourselves for one of our most interesting interviews to date, especially if you are a fan of Wagner's operas. We have interviewed the very intelligent, insightful, experienced, and knowledgeable bass-baritone Greer Grimsley, who specializes in the Wagnerian repertoire and was a phenomenal Wotan in the latest Metropolitan Opera complete The Ring of the Nibelung cycle.
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