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Véronique Gens
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
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
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
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
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
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
Britten Specialist Conducts Garsington Dream
The name of Steuart Bedford is synonymous with the music of his mentor, Benjamin Britten. Not only did the London-born conductor steer the ailing composer's last works through their early ...
Q&A with Dmitri Hvorostovsky
By Simon Thomas
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 appe
Conductor Nicola Luisotti Talks About The Royal Opera's Aida
By Simon Thomas
Italian conductor Nicola Luisotti returns to Covent Garden this month to conduct the new production of Aida, directed by David McVicar. Earlier appearances in the house have included Turando
Python Gilliam Turns Talents to Opera
By Simon Thomas
In a strong new season, with excellent casting, English National Opera’s biggest story for 2010/11 is ex-Python and Hollywood maverick Terry Gilliam slated to direct The Damnation of Faust