A Q&A WITH LISETTE OROPESA AS SHE RETURNS TO LA OPERA FOR ORFEO ED EURIDICE

18/02/2018

Lisette Oropesa (c) Steven Harris

A highlight of this season for soprano Lisette Oropesa was her Royal Opera debut as Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) at Covent Garden. She will soon be making a role debut as Euridice in the French version of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice with Los Angeles Opera, in a new production opening on the 10 March, directed and choreographed by John Neumeier, and conducted by James Conlon. In advance of these performances in Los Angeles, Lisette Oropesa answers Seen and Heard International’s questions about this current role, as well as, looking back on her life and his career. Read more

BARRY DOUGLAS IN CONVERSATION WITH GEOFFREY NEWMAN

12/01/2018

Barry Douglas discusses – amongst other things – his career, composers, interpretation, recordings, masterclasses, chamber music, competitions, and his annual Clandeboye Festival.

Barry Douglas © Katya Kraynova

Winner of the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in 1986, Barry Douglas has toured the world for the last three decades, bringing distinction and splendour to the wide range of concertos he plays, and taking on innumerable institutional responsibilities as well. That is to be expected from any major competition-winner, but perhaps closest to the artist’s heart is the founding of his orchestra, the Camerata Ireland, and overseeing his annual Clandeboye Festival, both of which serve as a meeting place for Irish artists in general and young Irish musicians in particular. Read more

UPDATED! SOME OF OUR REVIEWERS CHOOSE THEIR ‘BEST OF 2017’

28/12/2017

THE BEST OF 2017
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OMER MEIR WELLBER IN CONVERSATION WITH MICHAEL COOKSON

27/12/2017

Michael Cookson Meets Omer Meir Wellber

Earlier this year during a reporting trip to Munich I was fortunate to secure an interview with charismatic and hardworking conductor Omer Meir Wellber whose burgeoning career has taken him to the world’s greatest opera houses and working with the finest orchestras. Read more

THE PIANIST VALENTINA LISITSA IN CONVERSATION WITH GREGOR TASSIE

16/12/2017

AN INTERVIEW WITH VALENTINA LISITSA

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Valentina Lisitsa (c) Sam Jones

The Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa has achieved the accolade of becoming the world’s most popular classical artist since her first YouTube recital in 2007. By leading the way to finding new audiences with sensational success, Lisitsa has gained a staggering 95 million views and almost 200,000 subscribers on YouTube. Read more

Dénes Várjon Talks to Sebastian Smallshaw About Budapest’s Kamara.hu

03/12/2017

Dénes Várjon in conversation with Sebastian Smallshaw

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András Keller and Dénes Várjon playing Busoni’s Second Violin Sonata at kamara.hu 2019
(c) Liszt Academy/Gábor Valuska

Dénes Várjon studied music at the Liszt Academy with Sándor Falvai, György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados. Over the last 25 years, he has established an international career as a concert pianist and chamber musician, and is a regular guest at prestigious festivals in Europe and the United States. Since 2015, he has been artistic co-director of the chamber music festival kamara.hu, which he coordinates together with his wife, the pianist Izabella Simon. I spoke with Dénes Várjon in Budapest, just after he had performed in the second concert of this year’s kamara.hu. Read more

R.I.P. IN MEMORIAM – DMITRI HVOROSTOVSKY (1962-2017)

29/11/2017

Dmitri Hvorostovsky (16 October 1962 – 22 November 2017) dies at 55

Seen and Heard-International is saddened to have heard of the death – after a courageous fight against cancer – of the wonderful Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, at much-too-early age of 55.

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1962-2017)

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Ann Murray’s Masterclass at the V&A Part of Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

18/11/2017

A Great Tradition Lives: Ann Murray’s Masterclass at the V&A (Royal College of Music)

Like all the world’s greatest teachers, Gioacchino Rossini was much more focused on what he could get out of a pupil than what he could put in. But the maestro was also a composer, in my spare time, he used to quip. So it was not unknown for him to to put something into the pupil too.  Read more

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