Interviews

Stay warm with Opera Mariposa's tropical Così fan tutte

Stay warm with Opera Mariposa's tropical Così fan tutte

"Our production includes a little LGBTQ+ content, as well as a nod to polyamory. Given the way the original sought to challenge the status quo, we felt this is very much in the spirit of the opera. I think the result is still a hilarious, satirical look at relationship stereotypes, and one that all audiences can enjoy!"

Jenna Simeonov
Wonny Song: "A great musician in 2018 is a great entrepreneur."

Wonny Song: "A great musician in 2018 is a great entrepreneur."

"It is being in a position to help the next generation of artists. I am so energized to see the passion, drive, and commitment of our young musicians. It is a always a challenge to find effective, novel ways to propel them to a successful career. But it does not deter me from creating new projects towards that goal."

Jenna Simeonov
"Star-cross'd lovers" cross artistic lines in new co-production

"Star-cross'd lovers" cross artistic lines in new co-production

"I'm glad that Charles Gounod is a French composer because I can understand the opera in my own language. In many ways, Gounod's score is so far away from the Prokofiev score. Prokofiev's music is imminently danceable, the chords and harmonizations are rich and original. But Prokofiev's score is very dark while Gounod infuses a lot of colour, humour and drama."

Oliver Munar
"Veggies in the morning, and melodies throughout the day"

"Veggies in the morning, and melodies throughout the day"

Then one day in the car, he heard a completely original Melody that suddenly came into his head and he began to cry. From there on - and to this day - melodies have come to Mr. Thomas "incessantly." A composer was born.

Loren Lester
Talking with singers: Vlada Borovko

Talking with singers: Vlada Borovko

"Of course, school education does not give you large amounts of stage experience, in the same way as is provided by some young artist programs. During two seasons as a young artist in London, I was singing supporting roles on the main stage and making unexpected debuts in the leading roles. Of course, in extreme situations you learn much faster."

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with singers: Thomas Hampson

Talking with singers: Thomas Hampson

"As a singer, as a professional, experienced singer, older colleague," Hampson advises young singers entering the profession, "I can only say that the industry you're in is not the industry I started in."

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with conductors: Carlo Rizzi

Talking with conductors: Carlo Rizzi

"When I start to work with a new orchestra, the first thing that I do is to play through the piece or through large chunks of it. This allows me to get to know the way of playing of the orchestra and, likewise, the orchestra gets to know my way of conducting and if I have a deep knowledge of the piece. This is something, by the way, that experienced musicians know immediately, and you earn or lose their respect in these first moments."

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with singers: Levente Molnár

Talking with singers: Levente Molnár

"I have learnt a lot but there is still a lot to learn. The most important thing I've learned is that the calling is not only about professionalism and talent. Many other factors also play a role in the career of a professional singer, some of which might be harmful to the art itself."

Jenna Simeonov
Talking with singers: Evan Hughes

Talking with singers: Evan Hughes

"Opera is so difficult to get right. There are a lot of valiant efforts but even in the master works of previous centuries, so many things have to come together for an opera to actually work for the audience. The story telling has to be clear, all the actors have to be on the same page, and the chorus has to be invested."

Eva Cahen
Talking with composers: David T. Little

Talking with composers: David T. Little

"As the composer, I try to see both the forest and the trees - to feel the small details and the small moments while making sure the text is right, the high notes are being approached in just the right way, and I'm also monitoring the large-scale form while keeping the pacing moving. It's multi-tasking at an intense level."

Eva Cahen

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