Talking to Tanja Ariane Baumgartner Talking to Tanja Ariane Baumgartner

The first part of a chat with the dramatic mezzo-soprano.

on April 06, 2020 at 2:50 PM
The long listen The long listen

A conversation with maestro Gil Rose of Odyssey Opera.

on October 29, 2019 at 9:00 AM
“I am finding my way as I go” “I am finding my way as I go”

The musical director of the Opera Royal de Wallonie at Liege is currently experiencing the early phase of a promising international career in music.

on September 16, 2019 at 9:30 AM
The journey is the destination The journey is the destination

In this recital, the Polish bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny and his pianist Lech Napierala present the world premiere recording of Stanislaw Baranczak‘s Podróz Zimowa (Winter’s Journey), which weds the poet’s meticulously crafted poetry to the music of Franz Schubert.

on July 23, 2019 at 9:49 AM
Third bass-baritone Third bass-baritone

Next Marko Mimica discussed which music “reached” him most and how he regards expressing himself in various languages.

on May 31, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Bass-baritone instinct Bass-baritone instinct

Next, I asked Marko Mimica which basses he prefers to listen to on recordings.

on May 30, 2018 at 10:45 AM
All about that bass-baritone All about that bass-baritone

In Bellini’s opera Norma, the “padre” role of Oroveso, it may be safely said, is “undistinguished”—dull and conventional. The bass entrusted with the role usually will engender two reactions: more frequently than not, “Cut this boring music,” and rather more rarely: “What a pity Oroveso doesn’t have more music.”   

on May 29, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Talking to John Raitt, Part One Talking to John Raitt, Part One

How did you first grow interested in singing?

on May 15, 2018 at 9:00 AM
The Raitt stuff The Raitt stuff

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be having lengthy telephone conversations with John Raitt. 

on May 14, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Dearly beloved Dearly beloved

Mezzo Rinat Shaham takes a short break from being the world’s busiest Carmen and rehearsing for the theatrical concert “The Sorrows of Young Werther” to dish with your doyenne.

on June 01, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Return of the king Return of the king

Fifteen years after his first parterre box interview, that criterion of countertenors David Daniels speaks of Oscar Wilde, Marilyn Horne, marriage and political art.

on January 28, 2015 at 3:12 PM
Her maestro’s voice Her maestro’s voice

Our Own Poison Ivy interviews conductor Alain Altinoglu over at her own blog, Poison Ivy’s Wall of Text.

on March 11, 2014 at 1:04 AM
The world on a string: talking to Jamie Barton The world on a string: talking to Jamie Barton

American mezzo Jamie Barton, who has steadily been winning fans in the US over the past few years for her rich and nuanced singing, took the international opera world by storm last weekend by winning both the Song Prize as well as the overall prize in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

on June 26, 2013 at 6:32 PM
The Beatrice generation The Beatrice generation

Beatrice di Tenda was a problem child, Vincenzo Bellini an alternately protective and disparaging parent.

on December 04, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Transparency Transparency

Opera Teen (pictured, second from left) is not kidding us: he had an interview with Peter Gelb.

on November 26, 2012 at 10:52 PM
The man behind the mask The man behind the mask

Recently your doyenne engaged in an email-based interview with David Alden, director of the Met’s new production of Un ballo in maschera, opening on Thursday.

on November 04, 2012 at 2:58 AM

Composer Nico Muhly took a break between operatic world premieres to order a daiquiri and talk to our own JJ about height, haters and flight path. [Capital New York] (Photo: Peter Ross)

on November 02, 2011 at 10:40 AM

I was on the bus to Nürnberg today on the way to do Wagner tourism and hear Herr Sacro Fuoco tomorrow, and on the way I translated the juicy bits of the full print edition Anna Netrebko article… I was going to post it as a comment but it turns out I thought a lot…

on July 21, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Though Margaret Juntwait may have caught him pitifully unprepared, James Levine did say a few words for those lovely people among the Sirius audience last night during the intermission of Ariadne. Those of you who missed this singular event may want to take a peek after the jump.

on May 11, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Our own JJ “sits down” (figuratively speaking) with Robert Lepage to “talk” (also figuratively speaking) about his production of The Nightingale and Other Short Fables, opening tomorrow night at BAM. [New York Post]

on February 28, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Parterre’s tutelary diva shares espresso and cookies with parterre’s fave scribe Zachary Woolfe in preparation for the gala Met Legends event honoring her next Sunday.

on February 21, 2011 at 12:27 PM

“In the Met’s Tales of Hoffmann, Giuseppe Filianoti plays a poet defeated by life. In reality, the 36-year-old singer’s brush with tragedy had a far happier ending.” The tenor talks to Our Own JJ in the New York Post.

on October 05, 2010 at 7:58 AM

By popular demand (by which La Cieca means she is going to make this discussion happen if it kills half the free world), here’s the 2002 parterre box interview with Mawrdew Czgowchwz author James McCourt.

on July 23, 2010 at 4:05 PM

“My goal is just to make as many people happy with my throat as I can.” [Time Out New York]

on July 09, 2010 at 6:40 PM