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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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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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Andrew Wilkowske Features 

“Opera can do something that no other art form can do,” says Andrew Wilkowske, the Fugitive in Chicago Opera Theater’s The Invention of Morel

Chicago Opera Theater has done it again: they’ve put together a stellar cast for yet another groundbreaking world premiere. The Invention of Morel, by Stewart Copeland, former drummer for the band The Police, and Jonathan Moore, will be on stage for the first time on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Not only will audience members get to experience the excitement that surrounds a world premiere, but they will also have the rare opportunity to experience the set of the opera in a virtual reality experience prior to the show! Baritone Andrew…

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Massimo Cavalletti Features 

Massimo Cavalletti on his career, La bohème, and new operagoers

Massimo Cavalletti is a natural talent; the 38 year-old baritone just sang his 100th Met performance of Puccini’s La bohème, the opera he made his Met debut in only six years ago. It’s hard to believe that Cavalletti’s first experience with opera occurred when he 20 years old. Within a decade of his first stage performance ever, Massimo Cavalletti has sung in the great opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala. He has proven himself time and time again a masterful interpreter of the great…

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