Classical Music Interviews

The latest interviews about live + streaming theatre in Classical Music.

Interview: Quynh Nguyen of CELEBRATE ASIA at Benaroya Hall
by Erica Miner - January 27, 2024

The event highlights the city’s all-important dynamic Asian community and features the American premiere of veteran composer Paul Chihara’s Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra...

Interview: Theatre Life with Sir Bryn Terfel
by Elliot Lanes - November 13, 2023

Today’s subject Sir Bryn Terfel is a Grammy, Classical Brit, and Gramophone Award–winning recording artist with a discography encompassing operas of Mozart, Wagner, and Strauss, and more than 15 solo discs including Lieder, American musical theatre, Welsh songs, and sacred repertory. He is, rightful...

Interview: Conductor Jamie Reeves of Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert at Montgomery Symphony Orchestra
by David Edward Perry - September 18, 2023

This week in Montgomery, Alabama, you will find a unique, strong offering with the Force. On Thursday, The Montgomery Symphony Orchestra performs Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert. The movie will be projected above the orchestra as they play the entire John Williams score with the film. The concert w...

Interview: Charles H. Eaton of DON GIOVANNI at Minnesota Opera
by Jared Fessler - May 09, 2023

Don Giovanni is an egotistical and infamous womanizer, brazen in his shameless seductions. But his betrayals soon catch up to him when divine retribution exacts the ultimate price. Set in the 1930s, this new production centers the women who cross paths with Don Giovanni and ultimately deliver his gr...

Interview: Tara Branham of TOSCA at Opera San José Shines a New Light on the Operatic Canon
by Jim Munson - April 12, 2023

BroadwayWorld chats with Tara Branham who is making her mainstage debut as director at Opera San Jose with the Puccini classic 'Tosca' running April 15 to 30....

Interview: Stephanie Blythe of SAN DIEGO OPERA'S PUCCINI DUO at The San Diego Civic Theater
by Ron Bierman - February 13, 2023

Stephanie Blythe looks for “creativity, imagination and curiosity” in her students. The first two are required of any good artist. Curiosity is a little less obvious, but she credits it for her ever expanding interests. Kate Smith led to reading about song writers, which In turn led to playing ukule...

Interview: Stephanie Blythe of SAN DIEGO OPERA'S PUCCINI DUO at The San Diego Civic Theater
by Ron Bierman - February 09, 2023

Stephanie Blythe’s dad had no use for singers. “He liked my voice, but I wasn't allowed to sing in the chorus. So all through junior high I wanted to be part of a rock band with my three best friends. But since we played euphonium, trombone, saxophone and flute, I was like, well, that's not going to...

Interview: Stephanie Blythe of SAN DIEGO OPERA'S PUCCINI DUO at San Diego's Civic Theater
by Ron Bierman - February 06, 2023

Stephanie Blythe is probably the only opera singer who represents an ukulele company. That she embodies the unexpected is further confirmed by her upcoming roles in the San Diego Opera's next production, two one-act operas by Puccini. The mezzo soprano will first sing a deeper contralto as the Princ...

Interview: Darren Drone & Chanáe Curtis of FALSTAFF at Opera San José Represent the New Face of Opera
by Jim Munson - February 03, 2023

BroadwayWorld chats with baritone Darren Drone & soprano Chanae Curtis, stars of Verdi's comedic masterpiece 'Falstaff' at Opera San Jose February 11-26. The 2 up-and-coming singers represent the new face of opera....

Interview: Monet X Change of THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT at Minnesota Opera
by Jared Fessler - December 22, 2022

The Daughter of the Regiment has romance, humor, vocal pyrotechnics-and one of the most unique roles in the repertoire, the Duchess of Krakenthorp. This cameo role has a storied history of portrayal by actors and public figures (including late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg and Golden Gi...

Interview: Professional Opera Singer Frank Pitts is Guest Music Director of BIG FISH at Arkansas State University Beebe
by Theresa Bertram - November 02, 2022

In theatre, as well as in life, we all need a little help from our friends. This holds true for Director Ryan Gibbins at Arkansas State University-Beebe Theatre Department, who will be presenting BIG FISH this Thursday through Saturday, November 3 through 5, in the Owen Center Theatre, beginning at ...

Interview: Alma Deutscher of CINDERELLA at Opera San José Knows the Score - Because She Wrote It
by Jim Munson - November 02, 2022

BroadwayWorld chats with 17-year-old classical music phenom about her opera 'Cinderella' which she will be conducting in Opera San Jose's lavish production November 12 to 27....

Interview: Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter on Her Long Association with Legendary Film Composer John Williams
by Elliot Lanes - July 06, 2022

Deborah F. Rutter is the President of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A post she has held since September 1st, 2014. ...

Rafael Payare Music Director and Conductor of THE SAN DIEGO AND MONTREAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS
by Ron Bierman - May 11, 2022

The San Diego Symphony’s Music Director and Conductor Rafael Payare took up the notoriously difficult French horn at the age of 13. During an hour-long Zoom interview while he was in Montreal, I asked how he had managed to become a soloist less than six months later! “I have to admit it was a little...

Laura Reynolds of THE SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY at The Rady Shell And Jacobs Music Center
by Ron Bierman - May 01, 2022

Can a symphony orchestra have a role in solving problems like homelessness and global warming? If you don't think so now, you might change your mind after a conversation with Laura Reynolds, the San Diego Symphony's recently appointed Vice President of Impact and Innovation. In 2015, while she was t...

The Every-Busy Kelli O'Hara's Always Singing Whether Benefits, Opera Or Concerts
by Gil Kaan - March 17, 2022

One of Broadway’s favorite leading ladies Kelli O’Hara will be appearing with SiriusXM Radio staple Seth Rudetsky for a one-night concert at The Wallis April 2, 2022 as part of The Wallis Broadway @ concert series. Kelli was gracious enough to carve out a little time to answer a few of my theatrical...

Yves Abel of SAN DIEGO OPERA'S ROMEO AND JULIET at San Diego Civic Center
by Ron Bierman - March 14, 2022

Conductor Yves Abel arrived in San Diego from Europe a few days ago to begin rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet by French composer Charles Gounod. The Maestro does get around a lot, even for an internationally in-demand musician. His wife and boys five and eight sometimes travel with him when he conduc...

SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY Concertmaster Jeff Thayer at The Conrad In La Jolla
by Ron Bierman - March 06, 2022

Jeff Thayer was at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in Temecula when we spoke for an hour on Zoom. 'I'm usually here right before I have something big to do.' He was referring to upcoming performances of the ninth violin concerto of The Chevalier de St. George at The Conrad in La Jolla. As the San ...

Conducting ST. MATTHEW PASSION's Only One of James Conlon's Many Current Commitments
by Gil Kaan - March 02, 2022

LA Opera’s next production St. Matthew Passion will open March 12, 2022, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. LA Opera’s music director James Conlon conducts with choreographer John Neumeier staging Johann Sebastian Bach’s scared masterpiece with members of the Hamburg Ballet. The always busy Maestro f...

Dana Zimbric of CLASSICS 4 KIDS at San Diego's Balboa Theatre
by Ron Bierman - February 23, 2022

In its most recent season, Classics 4 Kids reached nearly 37,000 people at 256 San Diego County schools, two thirds of them in lower income areas. You’d think Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber was performing the way more than 1000 young San Diego students cheer at a Classics 4 Kids concert. Music Direct...

Reginald Smith, Jr. in SAN DIEGO OPERA'S COSI FAN TUTTE at San Diego Civic Center
by Ron Bierman - February 10, 2022

'I'm just Reggie from Atlanta' baritone Reginald Smith, Jr. explained during our hour-long discussion on Zoom. That may be how he would like to view himself, but it's hardly how most others do since he's also a Grammy winning opera star who's performed at the Met. Until high school, neither o...

David Bennett of THE SAN DIEGO OPERA
by Ron Bierman - September 10, 2021

David Bennett is now six years into his job as general director of the San Diego Opera Association. When hired, he faced shaky finances, a loss of major donors, and huge turnover in the membership of the board of directors. The new board hired him with the understanding that downsizing and reinventi...

Michael Chioldi of TOSCA at St. Paul's Cathedral
by Erica Miner - June 11, 2021

The New York City-based award-winning baritone and Pittsburgh, PA, native specializes in dramatic roles of Verdi, Puccini, and Strauss...

Up Close and Personal with Maestro José Serebrier
by Joanna Barouch - June 07, 2021

He is unique. One of a kind. And a musician of the highest caliber who just happens to live on New York City’s Upper West Side....

Steinway Pianist Charl Du Plessis To Perform in Aardklop Aubade Concert Series
by Lindsay Kruger - June 01, 2021

Eleven years since being the youngest pianist in Africa to be named a Steinway Artist, Charl du Plessis has had an illustrious career both locally and internationally. Performing as part of Aardklop Aubade classical music concert series in collaboration with the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool, Du Plessis...

Artistic Director Marcus Desando on Presenting Second Edition of CANTIAMO - MZANSI OPERA CELEBRATION
by Lindsay Kruger - April 13, 2021

After a highly successful debut hailed as 'an operatic musical extravaganza', CANTIAMO - MZANSI OPERA CELEBRATION returns to the Mandela Theatre this month. Directed by acclaimed artistic producer and director Marcus Desando, he discusses with BroadwayWorld his role as director in this celebratory s...

Emily Fons of San Diego Opera's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at Pechanga Arena Drive-in.
by Maria Nockin - March 19, 2021

Emily Fons received a Grammy nomination for her work on the recording of Jennifer Higdon’s opera Cold Mountain. Fons has been lauded for her virtuosic abilities in the Baroque and Bel Canto repertoires and for the dramatic commitment and musicality she brings to modern works. She has performed with ...

John Riesen Talks Upcoming Christmas Album CHRISTMAS AT HOME!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - November 10, 2020

John Riesen made headlines earlier this year when in the early days of the health crisis, he helped bring income to artists by creating the COVID-19 Artist Support - Pure Voice Spotify playlist, Now, Riesen is continuing to bring beautiful music into the world, this time through the release of his ...

Theatre Life with Renée Fleming
by Elliot Lanes - September 26, 2020

Renée Fleming's long and distinguished career includes performing in some of the world's most famous opera houses, performing on Broadway, and being heard on many recordings singing everything from arias to showtunes. Tonight Ms. Fleming will add another honor to her canon as she and Vanessa Will...

Richard Stilwell of THE ASPERN PAPERS at Dallas Opera
by Erica Miner - August 14, 2020

A lot of repertoire you do over and over, while finding new things within those pieces, but something totally new is interesting...

Tomer Lev & Idith Ziv of THE RUBENSTEIN VIRTUAL PIANO FESTIVAL at Clairmont Recital Hall. Tel Aviv
by Peter Danish - May 11, 2020

BWW Interview: Tomer Lev & Idith Ziv of THE RUBENSTEIN VIRTUAL PIANO FESTIVAL at Clairmont Recital Hall. Tel Aviv...

Best of BWW Interviews: In RUSALKA or RIGOLETTO, ADRIANA or an Almost-WERTHER at the Met, Piotr Beczala's a Tenor with Style
by Richard Sasanow - April 14, 2020

It's a busy week for Piotr Beczala, at least on the Met on Demand. It started with Monday's free broadcast of 2014's RUSALKA, opposite Renée Fleming (when the interview that follows was conducted) to Saturday night's free ADRIANA LECOUVREUR performance opposite Anna Netrebko, from January 2019. You ...

Vocal and dialect coach Vanessa Dinning talks about what she does and how she is bringing her talents online
by E.H. Reiter - April 03, 2020

Vocal and dialect coach Vanessa Dinning talks about what she does and how she is bringing her talents online...

Best of BWW Interviews: Tenor Javier Camarena - High Cs and 'High Fives' at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - March 18, 2020

The Met's first cancellation due to coronavirus concerns was the revival of Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA, the opera retelling of the Cinderella story, set to star mezzo Tara Erraught in the title role and one of its biggest tenor stars, Javier Camarena as Don Ramiro, her prince. The opera holds a partic...

John Jesensky of HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS IN CONCERT at Thalia Mara Hall
by Juliana Asbill - February 26, 2020

Conductor John Jesensky talks about conducting the score of an incredibly popular movie series live, his love for performing live-to-film concerts, and what drives him to be the best conductor he can be....

Director Brenna Corner of San Diego Opera's HANSEL AND GRETEL
by Ron Bierman - January 29, 2020

Brenna Corner started out with dreams of Broadway. It wouldn't be a big surprise if the versatile young director's dreams came true, but not in the way she'd originally pictured. I met with her to learn more about that and the San Diego Opera's upcoming production of Hansel and Gretel. 'Broadway ...

Ari Pelto of San Diego's HANSEL AND GRETEL at the Civic Center
by Erica Miner - January 16, 2020

Pelto will make his much-anticipated San Diego Opera debut on Feb. 8, 2020, in their highly imaginative production...

Conductor Ian Niederhoffer of PARLANDO, a new musical ensemble
by Peter Danish - November 01, 2019

Parlando con 'Parlando' chief Ian Niederhoffer. It's always exciting to witness the birth of a new musical ensemble. BroadwayWorldClassical speaks to PARLANDO founder and conductor Ian Niederhoffer about his inaugural concert at Merkin Hall, November 6th....

Carl Tanner of SAN DIEGO OPERA'S AIDA at The San Diego Civic Center
by Ron Bierman - October 17, 2019

Tenor Carl Tanner is in San Diego to sing Radames, the lead male role in Verdi's Aida, a role he's already sung 145 times before. We met to discuss his background and career just before he was due at a rehearsal. Tanner's is the most unlikely tenor in the history of opera....

Vanessa Williams Shares Why Symphony Shows Make her Heart Sing
by Sally Henry - September 07, 2019

Next week, Atlanta audiences get to witness a superstar take the stage with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra....



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