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    by Published on July 5th, 2016 02:31 PM
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    Opera Lively is officially covering the fabulous Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in Southern France. The weather is nice, the city is beautiful, and the festival is of an extremely high artistic quality with great production values. The Bureau de Presse has been very efficient in helping Opera Lively and we are grateful for their professionalism.

    We will be featuring several reviews and interviews, and travel pictorial blogs.

    This portal will function as the entry point for the coverage. We'll be posting links to all the articles here, so readers can simply click on them to be taken to the various pieces.
    Published on March 18th, 2017 05:46 PM
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    Nicolas Mansfield is General Manager and Artistic Director of the Nederlandse Reisopera, the Dutch National Touring Opera and Nicolas was kind enough to grant an interview to Opera Lively in the middle of a hectic run of Don Giovanni.

    Nicolas Mansfield Photo © Corbino. http://corbino.nl/

    Nicolas Mansfield (1966) was born in Reigate, Surrey. Following his studies at the University of Sheffield (music and biblical studies) and the Royal Northern College of Music (opera) he moved to the Netherlands to begin a career as a professional singer (tenor) with the Dutch Radio Chorus.
    by Published on February 25th, 2017 02:00 PM
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    First of all our apologies to the conductor for the spelling of her name adopted by our URL above - it's a matter of not inserting special characters into the URL but her name of course is spelled Haïm.

    Opera Lively is honored to present to our readers an interview with such a prestigious conductor. It was collected this past summer in Aix-en-Provence. We did meet the charming and down-to-Earth artist in person afterwards but this interview was conducted over the phone in a plaza next to a street saxophone player and some five or six parts were omitted due to the tape recording being unintelligible - if the conductor later suggests corrections to the omitted parts or has other changes to make, we will include them (the text has been sent to her).

    This coverage is part of our Aix-en-Provence portal - see all the other interviews and articles including review of her performance by clicking [here].
    by Published on October 9th, 2016 06:35 PM
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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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 ...
    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 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 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
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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 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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