Bel Canto in Troubled Times: A Conversation with lyric tenor Michele Angelini, Part One

My conversation with Michele Angelini began at the Glimmerglass Festival where he was performing the lead tenor role in Rossini’s “La Gazza Ladra” and resumed during the global Covid-19 pandemic that has so disrupted the performance of opera.  [Below: tenor Michele Angelini; edited image of a Rebecca Fay photograph.]  Wm: Michele, the Glimmerglass performance of … Read more

Insight and Spectacle: An Interview with Director Francisco Negrin

The following interview was conducted with American director Francisco Negrin, whose productions of operas by Handel, Gluck and Massenet I reviewed for this website, but whose scheduled Fall 2020 productions of Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore” at the Los Angeles Opera was postponed for a year and of Massenet’s “Werther” at the Houston Grand Opera was canceled, … Read more

Rising Stars: An Interview with Countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen

The following interview with New York countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen was conducted with the facilitation of the Houston Grand Opera. [Below: Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen; publicity photograph by Fay Fox.] Wm: Aryeh, often ask my interview subjects about the earliest memories that they had of music. What were yours?  ANC: I grew up in Brooklyn, NY, … Read more

A Conversation with Director John Pascoe, Part 9

This is the ninth installment in a series of conversations between myself and British opera director John Pascoe, regarding operas for which he created the whole production, or a production’s sets or costumes. This conversation follows: A Conversation with John Pascoe, Part 8: Memorializing “Radically Authentic” Conductor and Baroque Music Scholar Alan Curtis. Wm: John, … Read more