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The first two webisodes of Coloraturafan‘s interview series are now live.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    What is the name of the Donizetti opera mumbled at the end of the DiDonato interview? I vote for Alina, Regina di Golconda.

    • MontyNostry

      I thought you meant on the Merry Widow interval chat. You wouldn’t have been able to hear through all the gushing. ‘Ohmygahd, we’re neighbours … You’re from Oklahoma, I’m from Kansas’ etc etc.

    • coloraturafan

      La Favorita (was the mumble I asked a friend who looked at the edit and he told me I was audible) I mentioned that as a possible new Donizetti opera. But there really are a lot of interesting titles, I think. She does say in the interview she is looking for the next big Bel Canto idea… so I would suggest speaking up :)

      • Quanto Painy Fakor

        Well, mumble or not, you did a very classy job with both interviews!

      • Quanto Painy Fakor

    • PushedUpMezzo

      English Touring Opera are about to revive their acclaimed L’Assedio di Calais as well as mounting a new production of Il Furioso all’Isola di San Domingo (translated as The Wild Man of the West Indies, but sung in Italian). There’s definitely a JDD role in L’Assedio.

      http://englishtouringopera.org.uk/productions/

      Plus another outing for David Butt Philip’s promising Rodolfo.

      • Quanto Painy Fakor

        I think she should try Peter Pan

  • Niel Rishoi

    Outstanding interviews, both of them. Joyce is so down to earth, fun, and loving what she does. Elena does a great job expressing herself in English, and I find charming her earnestness in how diligently she gets her answers across. If I could state one preference: to put the music clips at the beginning and the end of the interviews, instead of in between. The continuity, I think, would be better kept that way. Looking forward to all the follow-up interviews, and thank you!

  • javier

    I really don’t care to hear Joyce sing more Donizetti unless it’s Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda. I am more interested in hearing her in more Rossini, possibly Desdemona in Rossini’s Otello. It would be interesting to see what she can do with Semiramide, but that is a role that Mosuc has already done.

    Mosuc is more forthcoming with information about her new roles than DiDonato. Maybe that is because DiDonato is already bound by a contract that can’t be discussed yet, but the Mosuc interview was more informative and interesting.

  • La Valkyrietta

    I enjoyed both interviews very much and the little musical clips with them too, thank you, looking forward to future ones; I am glad your project is working -- as Bloody Mary says, “you’ve got to have a dream”, I am usually just fighting nightmares.

  • bronzino

    Congratulations, CF, for the start of your new project. Please tell us, though, what WAS it that was so interesting on JDD’s knees that she had to look down to them after EVERY question response?! Does anyone else find this to be rude and off-putting (the non-verbal message is “I’m fitting these questions into something else that is much more important--are we nearly finished with this interview?”). We suspect that it was a smart phone to which she was glued and that she had SUCH fascinating e-mails or such. We find that your interview, CF, is an unintentional document on the sad state of personal interaction that has become a part of daily life--pocket technology has robbed us of eye-to-eye, engaged conversation. We vote to include your JDD interview in the time capsule that documents ‘accepted’, unengaged, disjointed conversation that is everpresent with the advent of pocket technology.

    • armerjacquino

      Or: she was expecting an important call/text/email and was kind enough to carry out an interview with an unaffiliated fan while she was waiting for it.

      ‘WE’ think it’s all about perspective.

    • CwbyLA

      I thought she was reading the questions off her iphone/ipad or something.

      • armerjacquino

        Oh, I hadn’t thought of that. Yes, could well be.

        Whatever she was looking at, it seems very rude to criticise someone who is doing a kindness for someone else, and quite ironic to evoke manners while doing so.

    • coloraturafan

      Oh yes, let me explain this. This interview was last minute. I had a delayed flight into Barcelona and missed the interview with Javier Camarena! I only got into contact with Joyce a few hours before her performance of Maria Stuarda. She notified me that she was doing an interview with a Spanish paper, and we would only have a short time.

      So, of course, I jumped at the opportunity! And modified some of my questions so we could have a very quick interview. The questions were on my iPad. But my tripod was broken in the checked bags (thanks United Airlines). So I had to hold the camera.

      Thus, we have a very short interview. And to save time she just read the questions on the iPad as she went.

      • DellaCasaFan

        Fantastic job, Coloraturafan. And now that you explained the circumstances, it makes this interview even more charming (sorry to hear about your broken tripod, though!). I/we thought that it had a nice spontaneity and I think your suggestion of La favorite is quite intriguing. (In my case, “we” actually refers to me and my opera-novice partner.) Look forward to your future webisodes.

  • lyrebird

    We agree. We thought that she was absolutely charming. We don’t mind where she looks. We thought that her looking away from the camera was rather cute in a bashful gee is it all about me kinda way.

    • lyrebird

      We meant to reply to amerjacquino.

      • armerjacquino

        We appreciate your reply.

    • rapt

      It must be my age, but I (or, indeed, all of us sitting at this keyboard) thought she was working on an important piece of crocheting as she chatted.

      • MontyNostry

        … following in the great tradition of Dame Joan’s needlepoint.

  • rapt

    Meanwhile, having commented on this side-issue, I really ought to mention how grateful I am to coloraturafan for this. I’ve only had time to watch the JDD one, but it went down like a hot fudge sundae. I loved everything about it, and I appreciate the time and thought that went into it. Thanks CF!

  • Salome Where She Danced

    All I know is if CF were interviewing me, I’d be making constant eye contact. (His questions are better than the norm, too).

  • manou

    JDD must play Beckett’s “Not I”. Maybe someone can set it to music.

  • Ilka Saro

    What a treat! This way more interesting that anything on Netflix or cable!

  • antikitschychick

    This is wonderful. Thanks for posting these Coloraturafan; they were a treat to watch. Good luck with this project; hope there will be many more great interviews to come!

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

  • Leonora di Vargas

    Thank you Coloratura Fan, these interviews and musical excerpts were very interesting. The questions themselves were interesting and the characters of the singers really came through in their responses.
    I enjoyed them immensely!
    Unlike a previous poster, I like the format of the singing interspersed with the interview.
    Thank you to QPF as well for posting Elena Mosuc singing Verdi arias to go with this. I was not the slightest bit familiar with her, and am very sorry I’ve missed her.