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    Finally, Vivica Genaux's gorgeous second exclusive interview with Opera Lively from last summer got transcribed and approved by the singer. This is a must-read one for Baroque lovers. It is very informative.

    http://operalively.com/forums/conten...-Vivica-Genaux
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    This is one of our most interesting interviews to date, in my opinion, with contemporary composer Huang Ruo, who composed four operas, among them the very successful Dr. Sun Yat-sen, and Paradise Interrupted. A must-read one!

    http://operalively.com/forums/conten...oser-Huang-Ruo
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Brace for this one, folks. It is not for nothing that this is our 200th interview, yay!

    Brazil's biggest opera name, Maestro Luiz Fernando Malheiro, granted us a fascinating interview, one of the best ever. Wagnerians will love his long descriptions of how he was able to pull off the first staging of the Ring cycle at Teatro Amazonas, in the middle of the Brazilian jungle. He also talks at length about so-called popular operas versus repertory such as Berg and Wagner, about the dangers of operatic training, and shares with us 35 years of career leading the operatic scene in Brazil, with very interesting insights about the past and the present of the art form in that South American country.

    This is a must-read interview for all opera lovers, and one of our best to date - a fitting 200th one!

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    http://operalively.com/forums/conten...nando-Malheiro

    His faithful right-hand, producer and stage director Paulo Esper, also granted us an interview that supplements the maestro's, adding more information about the operatic environment in Brazil and in South America (we learn more about Argentina, Chile, and Peru as well).

    http://operalively.com/forums/conten...r-and-producer

    Enjoy!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Out interview #201 is in - American baritone Scott Hendricks - known for his Król Roger DVD, and recently in an opera that apparently is something to behold - Die Hamletmaschine (read about it in the interview):

    http://operalively.com/forums/conten...cott-Hendricks
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    Our interview # 202 is with the charming mezzo Kate Lindsey

    http://operalively.com/forums/conten...h-Kate-Lindsey

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    This is our first Aix-en-Provence interview. Many more to follow.
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    Our interview #203 is with the great Barbara Hannigan, the phenomenal interpreter of contemporary music (and also Baroque, Classical... and she conducts as well). This is our second exclusive interview with Barbara, and it is very enjoyable, in the format of an informal chat, addressing her spectacular performance as Mélisande at Aix-en-Provence.

    http://operalively.com/forums/conten...rbara-Hannigan
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Another interview from Aix got ready; the one with the very intelligent bass-baritone Laurent Naouri.

    http://operalively.com/forums/conten...Laurent-Naouri
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    Charming in-person interview with young German soprano Nadja Mchantaf, who sang very well the title role of Cendrillon at Komische Oper Berlin:

    http://operalively.com/forums/conten...Nadja-Mchantaf

    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Our coverage for Opera Carolina's Barber has already two interviews; a third one is coming soon.

    http://operalively.com/forums/conten...th-the-artists

    There are some interesting insights that escape the merely regional appeal. I'd encourage people to read these short but dense interviews (six questions for each singer).
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Another interview of the Aix-en-Provence cycle got published: baritone Stéphane Degout.

    http://operalively.com/forums/conten...A9phane-Degout
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I've been processing the Aix-en-Provence interviews very slowly. Quite a shame. And there's still three more from Germany. Today I finished the interview with the great Baroque conductor Emmanuelle Haïm. The site was noisy and there are a few spots where I couldn't get what she was saying from the recording so I need her input (which she graciously promised to provide). Therefore, I just emailed the transcript to her; fingers crossed that she'll reply soon; I quite like this interview.

    Next there is a long, long one (more than one hour) with the great French singer Sandrine Piau, and it is all in French, which makes the transcription slower (I still speak good and fluent French but 24 years after I left Paris - where I did my PhD - I'm rusty regarding written French with all the grammar and spelling rules), then I'll have to submit to her what I hope will be a decent French text, and after she corrects it, will still have to translate it into English. It will be hours of work.

    Then there is a very interesting one with Bernard Foccroulle, the outgoing intendant of the Festival, who fortunately speaks very good and clear English. It's long and dense, though.

    Last, there is a report of the Q&A session with the young lady who sang the Beauty leading character in Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, which will also be hard to transcribe. I was in the middle of the audience and couldn't understand some parts of her answers which had some local, insider points. I'll see what I'll make of it. It's all in French as well.

    Then, there are three more interviews in Berlin (two others have been published). One of them, with conductor David Robert Coleman, is fascinating but also I expect it will be very hard to transcribe since he talked extensively about advanced musical concepts and quoted a number of people - I need to get all the spelling right, etc. Another one, with singer Otto Katzameier, is very long (and also very interesting); finally there is a shorter and easier one with the famous Jürgen Flimm, the Berliner Staatsoper's intendant.

    I froze all my American interviewing because of this incomplete European work. I've been twice to the Met without requesting any interview. Lost opportunities... I need to finish this work. I do not want to engage in new work before finishing it, so there is a moratorium in any new interviews in America, except the ones I must do for our partner opera companies.

    Hopefully in the next couple of months I'll get this done. I hope to finish before my next trip to the Met which is in January. I'll be with family there (my daughter, my son-in-law are coming and eager to do lots of other things in New York so I'll be attending only one opera - Roméo et Juliette - but I'll see if I get at least one interview to go with the review).
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Here is the very nice interview with the great conductor Emmanuelle Haïm, a treat for Baroque lovers:

    http://operalively.com/forums/conten...mmanuelle-Haim
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Ann Lander produced a fabulous interview with Nicolas Mansfield, general manager and artistic director of Nederlandse Reisopera; not to be missed!

    http://operalively.com/forums/conten...olas-Mansfield
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    La Fanciulla del West at Opera Carolina generated three interviews, a longer one with Marcello Giordani and two mini-ones with the other two principals.

    http://operalively.com/forums/conten...ina-interviews
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    We are starting to publish the short interviews for Piedmont Opera's Silent Night, the gorgeous American contemporary opera by Kevin Puts that won the Pulitzer Prize. The first one is in, with baritone Gabriel Preisser, and it is very interesting.

    http://operalively.com/forums/conten...-Night-artists
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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