Interview from our Viva Verdi! bicentennial broadcast celebration. For the past twenty-five years, Maria Guleghina has sung on all the world's leading stages and has made dramatic Verdi roles such as Lady Macbeth and Abigaille her specialty. In this particular interview, she speaks about her views on some of the most punishing roles of the repertoire. Interview conducted by Stepan Atamian via Skype (Ms. Guleghina was in Russia) on September 21, 2013.
Interview from our Viva Verdi! bicentennial broadcast with Dolora Zajick. Since her Met debut in 1988, Ms. Zajick has sung over 150 performances of four Verdi roles: Amneris; Azucena; Eboli; and Ulrica. What is more remarkable is that, now in her 60's she still manages to sing them with the same vocal health and authority as when she first started singing. In this exclusive interview, Zajick speaks about technique and nurturing the next generation of dramatic voices. This interview was conducted by Stepan Atamian via phone on September 27, 2013.
Interview from our Viva Verdi! bicentennial broadcast with American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky. Often considered today's great Verdi singer, Radvanovsky has made her mark in roles from Leonora to Aida. Now today's great Norma, the multifaceted diva speaks about balancing her career between Verdi, verismo, and bel canto. This interview was conducted by Stepan Atamian at Lincoln Center on October 6, 2013.
An exclusive interview with legendary mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig. Born in Germany, Kammersängerin Ludwig sang for nearly 50 years, with a repertoire from Bach to Berg. Considered by many as the definitive interpreter of Wagner, Brahms, and Mahler, Ks. Ludwig speaks about her extensive career and experiences performing with some of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. This interview was conducted by Stepan Atamian at the Blakely Hotel on January 16, 2014, which was the day after a masterclass she led at Carnegie Hall.
An exclusive interview with conductor Alain Altinoglu. A young conductor famous already for his interpretations of French opera, Altinoglu speaks about French style and conducting at the greatest opera houses in the world. This interview was conducted on February 10, 2014 at the Metropolitan Opera following a rehearsal for a new production of Werther, which Altinoglu is leading.
Interview with organist Gail Archer. Having recently released The Muse's Voice, her new CD of female composers' organ music, Archer speaks about the inception of this album and her career as an organist, teacher, and director of the Barnard & Columbia Chorus. Interview conducted by Stepan Atamian
An interview with Simon Wynberg, the Artistic Director of the ARC Ensemble. Founded in 2002, the ARC Ensemble is dedicated to reviving the works of composers forgotten during periods of political upheaval. The group is in New York to perform chamber works of Mieczyslaw Weinberg before the Lincoln Center Festival and Houston Grand Opera's presentation of The Passenger at the Park Avenue Armory. This interview was conducted on July 9, 2014.
A WKCR-exclusive interview with the young soprano Amanda Majeski. Having just made her debut as Countess Almaviva in the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Le Nozze di Figaro, the 29-year-old American singer discusses singing the Met's Opening Night, as well as a career as a young artist in Chicago and Europe. Stepan Atamian conducted this interview on September 30 at WKCR.
An exclusive interview with mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina. For over twenty-five years, Ms. Borodina has given near definitive interpretations of roles by Saint-Saens, Berlioz, and Mussorgsky on every major stage from Tokyo to San Francisco. In this interview, Ms. Borodina discusses her current role of Amneris, technique, and what motivates her to keep singing.This interview was conducted at Ms. Borodina's home on November 1, 2014. Nina Manoukian served as Ms. Borodina's translator.