The State of Opera Production in a Worldwide Pandemic: A Conversation with Director Paul Curran

Note from William: The following conversation took place between myself and Director Paul Curran, following up on our previous interview [Telling the Story: An Interview with Director Paul Curran]. [Below: Director Paul Curran; edited image, based on a Dietmar Schulz photograph, courtesy of paulcurrandirector.com.] Wm: It’s been three years since my interview with you at … Read more

Exploring New Roles: A Conversation with Saimir Pirgu

The following conversation continues discussions that began with Rising Stars: An Interview with Saimir Pirgu and continued through A Conversation with Lyric Tenor Saimir Pirgu. Wm: I am pleased that you have returned to Los Angeles, Saimir!  The first time I ever saw you perform was your American debut in Los Angeles as Rinuccio in Hollywood … Read more

Rising Stars: An Interview with Jarrett Ott

The following interview was conducted on the Santa Fe Opera “ranch” with the much-appreciated facilitation of the Santa Fe Opera:   [Below: Baritone Jarrett Ott; edited image, based on a publicity photograph, from jarrettott.com.] Wm: My first question to most artists I interview asks about their earliest memories of music, and their first memories of … Read more

Rising Stars: An Interview with Daniela Mack

The following interview took place on the Santa Fe Opera “Ranch” with the much-appreciated facilitation of the Santa Fe Opera:   [Below: Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack; edited image, based on a Shervin Lainez photograph.] Wm: Tell me your earliest memories of music and of opera! DM: I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and lived there … Read more

Rising Stars: An Interview with Brian Vu

The following interview with baritone Brian Vu took place at the Glimmerglass Festival with the Festival’s much appreciated facilitation: [Below: Baritone Brian Vu; edited image of a Karli Cadel photograph.] Wm: I usually ask my interviewees their earliest childhood  memories of music, and of opera. What are yours? BV: I’ve always been surrounded by it. My family was … Read more