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Ben Heppner Talks About Peter Grimes And The Rake’s Progress
By Editorial Staff
When Canadian tenor Ben Heppner opens in his second run of the Willy Decker production of Peter Grimes at the Royal Opera House next week, he will still not have met the director.  Such
Brindley Sherratt on working with Dmitri Tcherniakov
Brindley Sherratt is about to make his debut as Fiesco in ENO’s new staging of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra by the Russian ‘wunderkind’ director Dmitri Tcherniakov. Over t
Juha Uusitalo discusses his Royal Opera debut
Finnish baritone Juha Uusitalo is one of today’s greatest exponents of the roles of Wagner. He has sung the title role in The Flying Dutchman over ninety times in fourteen different pro
Simon Keenlyside discusses Macbeth
Simon Keenlyside is relaxed when we meet in his dressing room at The Royal Opera House, despite his left arm being immobilised following some serious ongoing muscle repair. Given that he is one of t
Iestyn Davies talks about his life as a countertenor
Iestyn Davies is that rare breed of countertenor who refuses to be pigeonholed into any one particular musical niche, is as happy on the concert platform as he is on the operatic stage, and has garn
Christopher Purves on playing the Devil.
British baritone Christopher Purves is one of this country’s most versatile singing-actors. His repertoire includes a wide and diverse range of roles including Wozzeck, Falstaff, Basltrode (...
Should the Nazis be Put to Bed?
By Editorial Staff
Terry Gilliam’s new production of The Damnation of Faust for ENO, in which he sets large parts of the action in the Third Reich, raises the question of whether it’s time that Nazi
Sophie Koch discusses her glittering career.
Mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch is one of the leading French singers of her generation, and audiences in London have been fortunate to see her in many of her most famous roles at The Royal Opera including
Johan Reuter discusses Rimsky-Korsakov's opera, The Tsar's Bride
Danish baritone Johan Reuter is not only a regular visitor to Covent Garden these days, but has established himself as a firm audience favourite. He has sung the title role in Wozzeck, create
We meet soprano Elizabeth Watts.
Elizabeth Watts is one of this country’s most exciting up and coming sopranos, having won the Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the world competition in 2007. She has