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The legend of Don Juan
By Keith McDonnell · 5 Nov 2010
Libertine, serial-seducer, sex-addict, rapist and murderer. Not bad going for one person – indeed looked at in the cold light of day one is hard-pressed to work out why we’re so fascinated
Piotr Beczala
By Keith McDonnell · 24 Oct 2010
It’s not every day you get to interview a man in tights, but as Polish tenor Piotr Beczala rushes past me on the way to his dressing room following one of the penultimate stage rehearsals for
Dmitri Hvorostovsky on Rigoletto
By Editorial Staff · 10 Oct 2010
Dmitri Hvorostovsky is one of the world’s most glamorous opera stars. With his distinctive silver hair, vocal beauty and thrilling stage presence, he tends to dominate the stage whenever he ap
Lawrence Zazzo
By Keith McDonnell · 4 Oct 2010
As the English National Opera continues to expand the Handel operas in its repertory, I took some time out with one of America’s leading countertenors, Laurence Zazzo, on the eve of his role d
Véronique Gens
By Keith McDonnell · 22 Sep 2010
Despite having sung the long and arduous title role in the Royal Opera’s new production of Baroque rarity Niobe, Regina di Tebe (Niobe, Queen of Thebes) by Steffani at the general rehears
A Brief Encounter With ... Amanda Roocroft
By Keith McDonnell · 17 Sep 2010
Amanda Roocroft is one of this country’s most sought-after sopranos, having appeared at most of the major opera houses throughout the world, but unlike many singers who build their careers by st
Brief Encounter With ... La bohème Director Robin Norton-Hale
By Editorial Staff · 29 Jul 2010
Robin Norton-Hale is the adaptor and director of La bohème, which has been transported to modern day Soho from the original in 1830’s bohemian Paris. Just as Kilburn was the ba
Opera Star to Film Star: William Shimell on Netrebko and Binoche
By Simon Thomas · 17 Jun 2010
Baritone William Shimell had a whirlwind May.  Deep in rehearsal for Covent Garden’s new production of Manon, he was whisked away for a crazy 48 hours in Cannes to promote Certifi
Erwin Schrott on Figaro, Tango and Opera Blogs
By Editorial Staff · 31 May 2010
Back in 2006, Erwin Schrott made a memorable impact in the title role of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Royal Opera House. A fine actor and singer with the stunning natural attributes
Alfie Boe Talks About ENO's Pearl Fishers
By Simon Thomas · 26 May 2010
I meet tenor Alfie Boe in his dressing room directly after a dress rehearsal of ENO’s new production of The Pearl Fishers. He’s still having his make-up removed as I arrive but once