Jennifer interviews Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital. He discusses his choice to start playing mandolin, the process of finding his artistic identify in the midst of a very sparse mandolin-specific repertoire, and his upcoming projects.
Julia interviews tenor Charles Castronovo, who is starring in the World Premiere of Daniel Catán’s new opera, Il Postino, at Los Angeles Opera. In this interview he discusses the joys and challenges of an international career, imparts his advice for young singers, and shares his story about how a clever choir teacher convinced him (a … Read more
Julia interviews Klaus Heymann, the Founder and President of Naxos, the world’s leading classical music label. Over the past two decades, Naxos has grown to a company that is known for its quality, and Naxos recordings have garnered 11 Grammy Awards and 130 Gramophone Editor’s Choice Awards, among other distinctions. In this interview, Klaus Heymann discusses his early experiences with classical music, his decision to start the Naxos Music Library, how video factors into his plans, his thoughts about the future of the music industry, his advice for young artists seeking to produce a recording, and what drives him as Naxos soars into its 23rd year of existence.
Julia interviews David Gockley, General Director of the San Francisco Opera. In this interview, Mr. Gockley discusses how he approaches his progressive yet traditional programming, the unique challenges that SF Opera faces, the importance of young artist programs in the US, and why he supports the use of technology in the opera house.
Julia inteviews renowned baritone Vladimir Chernov, who has graced the world’s leading stages, including La Scala, The Metropolitan Opera, Kirov Opera, Royal Opera House, and Vienna State Opera. This month, he appears in Los Angeles Opera’s world premiere of Il Postino, by Daniel Catán. In this interview, he discusses why he must perform, his advice for young singers, his thoughts about technique, and how he approaches the stage.
Interview with tenor Daniel Montenegro before the Summer Nights in the Plaza concert series presented by the Beverly Hills Community Services Department. In this interview, he discusses what it was like to perform in Verdi’s La Traviata alongside Renee Fleming and Rolando Villazon, the little bits of luck and coincidence that it takes to make it in opera, and funny mishaps that he has experienced on stage.