Rising Stars: An Interview with Burak Bilgili

The following interview took place in the administrative offices of the Opera de Montreal, whose facilitation of this interview is deeply appreciated.   [Below: Bass-baritone Burak Bilgili; edited image, based on a Alvaro Jaramillo photograph, courtesy of Burak Bilgili.] Wm: You attended the music conservatory of the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in the … Read more

Faust Damned and Marguerite Saved: Changing Faust’s Fate in Paris

Note from William: In celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the San Diego Opera, I will be re-printing program notes that the opera company commissioned me to write. The second of these, re-printed with the kind permission of the copyright holder, the San Diego Opera, contains the program notes for their April and May 2011 … Read more