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Annalisa Stroppa Featured 

Annalisa Stroppa on Opera, Artistry, and Upcoming Engagements

There’s hardly an opera house in Europe that hasn’t worked with mezzo-soprano Annalisa Stroppa. Born in a small town in Northern Italy, Stroppa grew up playing the piano, and after completing her education, she started knocking down competitions. She has risen through the ranks and is currently performing the title role in Bizet’s beloved Carmen at the annual Bregenzer Festspiele in Austria. We are pleased that Ms. Stroppa was willing to take some time out of her tremendously busy schedule to sit down with us and share a few of…

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Saimir Pirgu Featured 

“Without music, mankind would be very poor or might not even exist,” says Tenor Saimir Pirgu

Saimir Pirgu is one of those talents that seemed destined for greatness from the very beginning. Pavarotti discovered him when Pirgu was only 19. He went on to study many of the great tenor roles with the operatic titan. At 22, Pirgu won over Claudio Abbado with half an aria. We are grateful that Saimir Pirgu was willing to discuss some of his fantastic experiences with us! Since I was a child I have always seen in music something connected to a divine power and if God exists music must…

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Heartbeat Opera Featured 

“The most beautiful thing humanity can achieve,” says Heartbeat Opera Co-Artistic Director Ethan Heard about Opera

Heartbeat Opera is breathing new life into the 400+ year old art form. This weekend, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to take in the company’s Spring Festival. Believe me – you don’t want to miss it! Fortunately for us, Co-Artistic Director Ethan Heard was willing to take a little time out of his busy schedule to answer a few of our questions about Heartbeat Opera. [Photo above: Heartbeat Opera Co-Artistic Directors Ethan Heard and Louisa Proske] ​That moment when music, drama, dance, and design all come together to support…

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Edward Parks Featured 

“This piece is all about the relationships,” says Edward Parks, Marcello in Minnesota Opera’s La bohème

Edward Parks is a baritone in high demand. His “warm, velvety baritone” (Opera News) voice has been heard on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Atlanta Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago, and most recently, Minnesota Opera. I had the opportunity to ask him a few questions about the production and his life as an operatic baritone. You’ve sung all over the United States, in many different opera houses. How are you enjoying singing with Minnesota Opera? I am thoroughly enjoying my stay here in Minneapolis. Everyone here is so…

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Jonathan Brandani Featured 

Meet Minnesota Opera’s New Assistant Conductor, Jonathan Brandani!

Last month I had the unique privilege of sitting down with Minnesota Opera’s new Assistant Conductor, Jonathan Brandani. Jonathan is a young, affable, and wonderfully delightful Italian conductor who has had a relationship with Minnesota Opera since the 2014/2015 season, when he worked with the company on Puccini’s La fanciulla del West. Last season I had the opportunity to witness his conducting of Tosca at Minnesota Opera. Even from the nosebleed section I could feel his passion and witness his masterful command of Puccini. You grew up in a culture…

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