• OPERA LIVELY

    by Published on November 23rd, 2017 07:13 PM
    Article Preview

    We are honored to have interviewed in person one of the most prominent figures in all of opera, the prestigious stage director and opera company/festival administrator Jürgen Flimm, who was the artistic director of the Salzburg Festival and the Intendant, among others, of the Berlin Staatsoper (which I would call one of the top five opera companies in the world). He just recently (in April 2018) passed the baton to his successor at the Berlin Staatsoper, Matthias Schulz. At the time, when we talked with him, he still held the position. We chatted about his production of Salvatore Sciarrino's contemporary opera Luci Mie Traditrice. This interview, then, is another one in this cycle (we also interviewed the two lead singers and the conductor for this performance). Unfortunately for various reasons that have nothing to do with the artist, there was a delay in transcribing and publishing this piece, for which we apologize. ...
    by Published on November 22nd, 2017 05:02 PM
    Article Preview

    For various reasons for which the artist is not responsible (in other words, it's our fault) we neglected to transcribe and publish this important and interesting interview with maestro David Robert Coleman, done in person at the Berlin Staatsoper in the summer of 2016 on the occasion of our coverage of the company's new production of Salvatore Sciarrino's gorgeous contemporary opera Luci Mie Traditrice, which Mr. Coleman conducted. We apologize to the maestro and we are catching up now, and it is a treat because his answers are very interesting. Of course lovers of contemporary music will be ecstatic (Mr. Coleman is also a composer), given that he addresses not only this opera, but also the field in general. I would think that other opera aficionados will enjoy this interview as well, to get his view on issues such as the public's reception to contemporary works. ...
    by Published on October 9th, 2016 06:35 PM
    Article Preview

    Our rendition of the great interviews we collected this past summer in Aix-en-Provence continues. We apologize for the slow pace: this one, since it was conducted in French, needed to be transcribed in French, submitted to the artist, then translated into English, but the wait was worth it, because the excellent baritone Stéphane Degout who sung a superb Pelléas has very interesting insights about the symbolic aspects of the opera. Stéphane is a great singer with very acclaimed performances in the best European houses and although more rarely, he's been to this side of the pond as well, performing the same role (and three others) at the Metropolitan Opera House, and he was also seen at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
    ...
    by Published on September 3rd, 2016 07:09 PM
    Article Preview

    Opera Lively traveled to Berlin this summer for in-person coverage of Cendrillon at the Komische Oper and Luce mie traditrici at the Staatsoper. The second of our five interviews related to this coverage (the first one has already appeared in our online review of Luce mie traditrici) is now being brought to our readers, and features the delightful young soprano Nadja Mchantaf who sang the title role of Massenet's opera (see our full review by clicking [here]). The charming Ms. Mchantaf is full of life and energy, and is enjoying the big push that her budding career is getting from this very successful run. We counted on the input of Dr. Andrea C. Röber, Komische Oper Press Officer, who sat with us at the table during the interview.
    ...
    by Published on August 28th, 2016 08:18 PM
    Article Preview

    Continuing our publication of the interviews and reviews that resulted from our in-person coverage of the latest Festival d'Aix-en-Provence [see the portal which contains links to all articles by clicking (here)], today we are bringing to our members and readers a very interesting interview with the intelligent French bass-baritone Laurent Naouri, who sang a perfect Golaud in the gorgeous Katie Mitchell production of Pelléas et Mélisande (a full review of the show and other related interviews are also available in the portal above). Laurent's long and prestigious career boasts great roles and fantastic discography. The artist commands incredibly good English and possesses an engaging personality. Talking with him in person was a pleasure. Enjoy!
    ...
    by Published on August 10th, 2016 01:50 AM
    Article Preview

    Barbara Hannigan in our opinion is simply the best interpreter of contemporary music in activity (an opinion we share with Sir Simon Rattle) - and she certainly holds her own in the Baroque and Classical repertories as well, not to forget that she is now a well-regarded conductor too. After the spectacular and deep interview that this hugely intelligent and multi-talented artist gave us on the occasion of her creation of the role of Agnès for George Benjamin's masterpiece Written on Skin, we had the pleasure of meeting her again in person at the 2016 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in Southern France, when she sang the female title role in Pelléas et Mélisande, in arguably the best production of this opera in modern times. We had a very relaxed and informal talk in a sidewalk café in the beautiful town of Aix, discussing several psychological nuances in this opera, and a number of other topics.
    ...
    by Published on August 3rd, 2016 11:41 PM
    Article Preview

    Opera Lively attended in person the fabulous Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in Southern France, in the summer of 2016. We interviewed the talented and intelligent artist Kate Lindsey who sang the role of Dorabella in Christophe Honoré's daring production of Mozart's Così fan tutte. Kate's answers are very interesting!

    Our Aix-en-Provence coverage contains several interviews, articles, and reviews (including our take on this Così). We gathered all the links on a portal that can be consulted by clicking [here]. ...
    by Published on April 21st, 2015 12:13 AM
    Article Preview

    Opera Lively's interview # 163 is with the great Swedish baritone Peter Mattei. His unconventional and insightful answers are very entertaining. The interview was done in person at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City on February 11, 2015, on the occasion of his performance of the title role in Don Giovanni.
    ...
    by Published on February 19th, 2015 06:05 AM
    Article Preview


    Photo © Jean-Baptiste Millot - Interview © Opera Lively

    Opera Lively has interviewed Roberto Alagna, and it is one of our best interviews to date. This is the Opera Lively interview #159, and now both the French original and the English translation are available. Our French-speaking readers can benefit from this delightful and revealing piece by clicking [here] to see the French version. Scroll down or click on Read More below for the the English version.
    ...
    by Published on March 27th, 2015 07:30 PM
    Article Preview

    Opera Lively interview # 160 is with the outstanding Latvian mezzo Elīna Garanča. She is a fierce, proud, and intelligent artist. Her answers are extremely interesting and it is a great honor that a singer who is seen by many of our members as the best mezzo in her generation has granted us this interview. Two Opera Lively journalists met her in person on February 10, 2015, at the Metropolitan Opera Press Lounge, on the occasion of her Carmen with Roberto Alagna (who was also interviewed by us). We found that Elīna is a fascinating person, in addition to being a great artist.
    ...
    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
    Article Preview

    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 ...
    by Published on December 28th, 2014 04:03 PM
    Article Preview


    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
    Article Preview

    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 July 25th, 2013 11:39 PM
    Article Preview

    [Opera Lively interview # 104] In one of our most interesting interviews to date Opera Lively talked over the phone with the incredibly talented composer in anticipation of the US Premiere of his outstanding opera Written on Skin.
    ...
    by Published on September 7th, 2014 11:56 AM
    Article Preview

    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 May 29th, 2014 12:25 AM
    Article Preview

    [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
    Article Preview

    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
    Article Preview



    [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 3rd, 2013 06:45 PM
    Article Preview

    [Opera Lively interview # 99] Opera Lively met Ms. Damrau in person in New York City in late March during ...

  • Recent Activity Widget

    Schigolch

    What opera have you been listening to, lately?

    Thread Starter: Schigolch

    This is a classical thread in every musical Forum out there. Right now I'n reviewing Il Trovatore recordings for the in-Depth thread. This is the...

    Last Post By: Soave_Fanciulla Yesterday, 08:11 AM Go to last post
    Dark_Angel

    What opera have you purchased recently?

    Thread Starter: Dark_Angel

    Related thread to "listening now" tell us what you have been buying....... (obsessive buyers confess your sins here) I made a couple purchases...

    Last Post By: Florestan November 22nd, 2017, 03:30 AM Go to last post
    Elektra

    News

    Thread Starter: Elektra

    Anna Netrebko to undergo foot surgery, cancels performances in Germany and London It is with great regret that Anna Netrebko must cancel her...

    Last Post By: MAuer November 1st, 2017, 10:55 AM Go to last post
    Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)

    Opera Small Talk

    Thread Starter: Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)

    This thread is for whatever little snippet people want to discuss; curious facts, pet peeves, little rants, funny events, humor, etc. I've heard...

    Last Post By: Soave_Fanciulla November 21st, 2017, 06:30 PM Go to last post
    Schigolch

    Complete operas on youtube

    Thread Starter: Schigolch

    This thread is for complete YouTube operas. Some of the ones posted here sometimes get removed from YouTube so if you see a black screen that's what...

    Last Post By: Soave_Fanciulla November 22nd, 2017, 07:43 PM Go to last post
    Ann Lander (sospiro)

    New and upcoming CDs, DVDs, and blu-rays

    Thread Starter: Ann Lander (sospiro)

    I expect those of you who get the Presto Classical facebook feed will have seen this but better to get the information twice than not at all. ...

    Last Post By: Soave_Fanciulla Yesterday, 05:42 PM Go to last post
    Dark_Angel

    What opera have you been watching lately?

    Thread Starter: Dark_Angel

    Like the "what CD listening to lately" thread what opera DVD, Blu Ray or youtube are you watching lately, any comments always welcome...... - - -...

    Last Post By: MAuer November 19th, 2017, 01:04 PM Go to last post
    Hoffmann

    What vocal music have you been listening to, lately?

    Thread Starter: Hoffmann

    Last Post By: Soave_Fanciulla Yesterday, 03:57 AM Go to last post
    Schigolch

    Sports discussion

    Thread Starter: Schigolch

    Tomorrow is a big day for Football lovers. The two best teams in the world, Real Madrid and Barcelona, are facing each other in Madrid, at the...

    Last Post By: Ann Lander (sospiro) October 28th, 2017, 07:19 AM Go to last post
    Clayton

    What vocal music have you purchased recently?

    Thread Starter: Clayton

    Share your latest indulgences... :excitement: Dipping my toe into different waters; Handel Messiah

    Last Post By: Florestan November 19th, 2017, 07:24 PM Go to last post
    Festat

    Film

    Thread Starter: Festat

    A place for us to discuss about our favorite and least favorite movies. Share your love, share your hate — because sharing is caring!

    Last Post By: Nemorino November 21st, 2017, 03:35 AM Go to last post
    Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)

    New interviews in Home page

    Thread Starter: Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)

    We have just published an interesting and detailed interview on operatic education, with Dr. Marilyn Taylor, Chair of the Voice Department at the A....

    Last Post By: Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) November 23rd, 2017, 08:50 PM Go to last post
    MAuer

    Handsome Tenors, Baritones, and Basses

    Thread Starter: MAuer

    Since we have a thread devoted to opera's lovely ladies, I think it's only fair that the attractive gentlemen should have one, too. To get things...

    Last Post By: Ann Lander (sospiro) November 7th, 2017, 07:31 PM Go to last post
    Samurai

    Latest Classical CD Purchases

    Thread Starter: Samurai

    I thought it might be nice if we had--as do our sister forums of MIMF and TC--a section devoted to what our members have recently purchased in the...

    Last Post By: Florestan November 23rd, 2017, 12:00 AM Go to last post
    Ann Lander (sospiro)

    Jonas Kaufmann

    Thread Starter: Ann Lander (sospiro)

    Kaufmann in 1993. I love his voice here.

    Last Post By: MAuer November 15th, 2017, 11:42 AM Go to last post
    Ann Lander (sospiro)

    The next opera you're going to see

    Thread Starter: Ann Lander (sospiro)

    Peter Grimes in Vienna. Not sure about this poster!

    Last Post By: Nemorino November 21st, 2017, 03:06 PM Go to last post
    Albert7

    Current Non Vocal Classical Listening

    Thread Starter: Albert7

    What classical albums are you guys currently listening to which is orchestral? I am loving this one lately:

    Last Post By: Clayton November 23rd, 2017, 04:26 PM Go to last post
    Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)

    Operas by Berg on DVD, blu-ray, or CD

    Thread Starter: Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)

    Lulu, opera in three acts Music by Alban Berg (1885-1935), incomplete, finished by Friederich Cerha (3rd act) Libretto by Alban Berg, after the...

    Last Post By: Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) November 11th, 2017, 02:03 PM Go to last post
    MAuer

    The Critics’ Picks and Pans

    Thread Starter: MAuer

    These are the reviewers’ assessments of new or reissued recordings from the July issue of Opernwelt: http://www.opernwelt.de/ RECOMMENDED - ...

    Last Post By: MAuer November 4th, 2017, 11:42 AM Go to last post
    Schigolch

    Our Top Ten Favorite Composers

    Thread Starter: Schigolch

    Looking beyond Opera, and including all genres, who are our ten favorite composers?. This is my list: Johann Sebastian Bach Olivier Messiaen...

    Last Post By: Nemorino November 19th, 2017, 07:20 PM Go to last post


free html visitor counters
hit counter




Official Media Partners of Opera Carolina

Opera Lively is the Official Media Partner of Opera Carolina

Official Media Partners of NC Opera

Opera Lively is the Official Media Partner of North Carolina Opera

Official Media Partners of Greensboro Opera

Opera Lively is the Official Media Partner of Greensboro Opera

Official Media Partners of The A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute and Piedmont Opera

Opera Lively is the Official Media Partner of The A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute
of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Piedmont Opera

Official Media Partners of Asheville Lyric Opera

Opera Lively is the Official Media Partner of Asheville Lyric Opera

Official Media Partners of UNC Opera

Opera Lively is the Official Media Partner of UNC Opera
Dept. of Music, UNC-Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences

www.operalively.com

VISIT WWW.OPERALIVELY.COM FOR ALL YOUR OPERA NEEDS