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20 (PLUS) QUESTIONS WITH… Tenor Stephen Costello

19. September 2011

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20 (PLUS) QUESTIONS WITH… Tenor Stephen Costello

On September 26, 2011, just days before his 30th birthday, Philadelphia-born Stephen Costello sings the tenor lead in the season-opening performance of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena at the Metropolitan Opera. It’s the first time the company has ever staged the work, and it features Anna Netrebko in the title role. It’s also the second time Costello [...]

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20 (PLUS) QUESTIONS WITH…Baritone Nathan Gunn

14. December 2010

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20 (PLUS) QUESTIONS WITH…Baritone Nathan Gunn

Photo Credit: Mike Sharkey Nathan Gunn is a man of many talents and passions, as his responses to our “20 Questions” reveal. His compelling stage presence and musical versatility have given him star billing in a plethora of operas around the world, ranging from contemporary and 20th-century works to Mozart’s masterpieces (from December 21 through [...]

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20 (Plus) Questions with… Guitarist Xuefei Yang

19. May 2009

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20 (Plus) Questions with… Guitarist Xuefei Yang

A fan of Mamma Mia! and Charlie Parker, Yang is the first Chinese guitarist to attain professional status on the international classical circuit. She has performed concertos with the world’s leading orchestras and will record her latest CD for EMI this summer.

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20 (Plus) Questions with… Giuseppe Filianoti

30. April 2009

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20 (Plus) Questions with… Giuseppe Filianoti

Italian-born Giuseppe Filianoti has won acclaim around the world for his superb performances in the Bel Canto repertoire. The well-read family man appears May 12-25 as Nemorino (opposite Diana Damrau) in Laurent Pelly's staging of L'Elisir d'Amore at Covent Garden.

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20 (Plus) Questions with… Soprano Nicole Cabell

23. April 2009

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20 (Plus) Questions with… Soprano Nicole Cabell

Cabell - who shot to fame after winning the 2005 BBC Singer of the World Competition in Cardiff - graces the Met stage as Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore through April 22. She is the latest to donate her time and musings to our Q&A.

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20 (Plus) Questions with… Pianist Jonathan Biss

14. April 2009

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20 (Plus) Questions with… Pianist Jonathan Biss

In the midst of a cross-country U.S. recital tour (which includes an April 14 stop at Zankel Hall), Biss filled out our questionnaire- providing detailed answers and insights, some of which may surprise you. He wraps up his current traveling program April 20.

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20 (Plus) Questions with… Tenor Ian Bostridge

4. April 2009

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20 (Plus) Questions with… Tenor Ian Bostridge

One of today's most eminent Schubert lieder interpreters, the English tenor's newest album features the composer’s Schwanengesang song cycle. Bostridge generously took time to share some thoughts, favorites and opinions in this Q&A feature.

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20 Questions with… Danielle de Niese

16. February 2009

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20 Questions with… Danielle de Niese

At only 29 years of age, soprano Danielle de Niese regularly graces many of the world’s most prestigious opera and concert stages, and has released her first solo album as part of her exclusive contract with Decca Records, titled Handel Arias. This February she embarks on a seven-city recital tour of North America, which culminates in an appearance Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall on February 27th. Australian-born to parents of Sri Lankan and Dutch heritage, Danielle de Niese grew up in Los Angeles. Her career got off to a prestigious start when, at age 18, she became the youngest singer ever to enter the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Program.

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20 Questions with…composer and violinist Mark O’Connor

29. October 2008

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20 Questions with…composer and violinist Mark O’Connor

Mark O’Connor is a composer and violinist whose fluency with both classical and American traditions has made him one of the most acclaimed figures in contemporary music. In October 2008, O’Connor began a year as the first Artist in Residence at the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA, and in November, gave a two-day residency at Philadelphia’s Curtis School of Music. O’Connor takes educating the next generation of musicians seriously – his annual String Camps provide hundreds of students with intensive training from O’Connor and some of the world's finest performers and teachers. His Americana Symphony, “Variations on Appalachia Waltz,” was recently recorded by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop conducting, and will be released March 10, 2009 by OMAC Records.

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20 Questions with…eighth blackbird

22. September 2008

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20 Questions with…eighth blackbird

Described by the New Yorker as “friendly, unpretentious, idealistic, and highly skilled,” the new-music sextet eighth blackbird promises – and delivers – provocative and engaging performances to its ever-growing audiences. Combining bracing virtuosity with a fresh and alluring sense of irreverence and panache, the sextet debunks the myth that contemporary music is only for a [...]

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