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

Rising Stars – Interview with Baritone Joshua Hopkins

The following interview was conducted with the much-appreciated facilitation of the Santa Fe Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival.   [Below: Baritone Joshua Hopkins; edited image, based on a Simon Pauly photograph.] Wm: I ask my interviewees their earliest memories of music and of opera. What were yours? JH: My parents didn’t listen to classical music, but … Read more

A Conversation in Lyon with Paul Groves

The following conversation was facilitated by through the deeply-appreciated auspices of the Opéra de Lyon, where Paul Groves is scheduled to sing Faust in Boito’s “Mefistofele” in Fall, 2018: [Below: Lyric tenor Paul Groves; edited image, based on a YouTube photograph.] Wm: It’s been seven years since I interviewed you [Master of the Lyric Voice … Read more