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

Rising Stars: An Interview with Anthony Roth Costanzo

The following interview took place through the arrangements of the Houston Grand Opera, whose facilitation of this interview is appreciated. This is posted in coordination with the Spoleto Festival USA, where Costanzo will perform in concert.    [Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo; Matthu Placek publicity photograph from IMGArtists.] Wm: We are conversing just after your performance … Read more

Rising Stars: An Interview with Russell Thomas

The following interview took place in Russell Thomas’ Kennedy-Center dressing room with the much-appreciated facilitation of the Washington National Opera. [Below: Tenor Russell Thomas; edited image, based on a Fay Fox photograph, courtesy of Russell Thomas.] Wm:  What are your earliest memories of music? RT: Gospel music! I grew up in a community in Miami in … Read more