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The Royal Opera's Antonio Pappano Talks to WOS
By Editorial Staff
"It's funny to be told it's terrific but we don't like the piece!" The Royal Opera's music director Antonio Pappano is amused at the press reaction to The Gambler, written in 1917 but only now ...
Q & A with Baritone Andrew Shore
By Simon Thomas
British baritone Andrew Shore is renowned throughout the world as a great acting singer, with a wide repertoire which encompasses Alberich, King Priam and Wozzeck at one end of the scale and ...
Toby Spence on Stravinsky and Jacques Brel
By Simon Thomas
Some 18 months ago, when Robert Lepage’s production of The Rake’s Progress was new to Covent Garden, tenor Toby Spence was down the road at the Coliseum starring as the hapless hero
Jessica Duchen Interviews Director John Copley
By Editorial Staff
Within minutes of meeting John Copley, I am begging him to write his memoirs, for his story is the story of opera in half the 20th century. Now 75, this super-bright, exceptionally musical and ...
Q&A with Tenor Piotr Beczala
By Simon Thomas
Polish tenor Piotr Beczala made his first appearance at Covent Garden in 2004, as the Italian Tenor in Der Rosenkavalier, a small role in which he made a huge impact. Since then, he’s ret
Henze Opera Launches Barbican’s Present Voices
By Simon Thomas
A Hans Werner Henze premiere will kick off the Barbican’s 2010 Present Voices season. Beginning with the German composer’s 2007 Phaedra in January, the biennial series will a
An Interview with Sally Burgess
By Editorial Staff
On 17 November 2009 renowned mezzo-soprano Sally Burgess makes her directorial debut in London when the English Chamber Opera’s production of Cosi fan tutte comes to the London Oratory Sc
WOS Talks to ENO's Edward Gardner
By Simon Thomas
Three days into stage rehearsals, and just over a week to opening night, English National Opera’s Music Director Edward Gardner talked to me about the company’s new Bartok/Stravinsky doubl
Roberto Alagna and Elina Garanca Talk to WOS
By Simon Thomas
To sit in a small room with Roberto Alagna and Elina Garanca is to be engulfed by operatic glamour. She is cool, blonde and stunningly beautiful and he‘s the ruggedly handsome half of one of ope
Amanda Echalaz Talks About Turandot and Tosca
By Editorial Staff
During the Summer, while rehearsing Un ballo in maschera for Opera Holland Park, Amanda Echalaz received a phone call from the Royal Opera House. The next night she was on stage as Tosca, ...