Germany Ninth Monday Concert: Soloists of the Bavarian State Ballet and Bavarian State Orchestra, Günther Groissböck (bass), Gerold Huber (piano), Live stream from the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, 1.6.2020. (MMB)
Germany Fourth Concert – In Memoriam Sir Peter Jonas: Elsa Benoit (soprano), Donald Wages (piano), Münchner Klavier Trio, Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Helmut Deutsch (piano), Live streaming from the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, on 27.4.2020. (MMB)
United Kingdom Glyndebourne Open House – Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro: Soloists, Glyndebourne Chorus and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Robin Ticciati (conductor). Glyndebourne Festival Opera performance 17.8.2012 and streamed and reviewed on 24.5.2020. (MMB)
United States Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Maurizio Benini (conductor). Performance of 24.3.2007 and reviewed as a Nightly Met Opera Stream (MMB)
United Kingdom BBC Prom 75 – Last Night of the Proms: Jamie Barton (mezzo-soprano). BBC Singers. BBC Symphony Chorus. BBC Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 14.9.2019. (MMB)
United Kingdom BBC Prom 30 – The Warner Brothers Story: Mikaela Bennett (soprano), Louise Dearman (soprano), Kate Lindsey (mezzo-soprano), Matt Ford (baritone). Maida Vale Singers. John Wilson Orchestra / John Wilson (conductor). Royal Albert Hall, London, 9.8.2019. (MMB)
‘Music is an Exchange of Effort and Energy’
Riccardo Frizza grew up in Brescia, a town in Northern Lombardy, close to the city of Milan. He got interested in music when he was only five years old and began playing a little keyboard at home. Although neither one of his parents was a musician, they soon recognised the talent of the young Riccardo and sent him for piano lessons. He later continued his studies at the Milan Conservatoire. During that period he greatly admired Leonard Bernstein and later was influenced and looked up to such luminaries as Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Muti. Frizza also studied with composer Elisabetta Brusa and conductor Gilberto Serembe who both contributed to his artistry and to whom he feels indebted.
Russell Thomas interviewed by Margarida Mota-Bull
The first time I came across Russell Thomas was a couple of years ago and by pure chance while searching for tenor performances in Don Carlo on YouTube. In the long list that appeared, a video caught my attention, showing Mr Thomas in a duet with Anja Harteros. She was a household name in the operatic world but I didn’t know him. So, I watched it and listened carefully to Thomas’s voice. Its power, beauty and warmth impressed me immensely.