Opera Lively – The Interviews

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This book released by Opera Lively Press is a pleasure to read for everybody who cares about opera (beginners are also welcome). It contains the best of one year of journalism from Opera Lively. Singers, conductors, stage and video directors, scholars, educators, opera company managers, and composers describe in eloquent terms the entire gamut of the operatic experience. Profound insights about characters and works are side by side with discussions of controversial topics such as Regietheater, critical editions, the cult of image, and the future of the art form.
Singers include Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, Danielle de Niese, Deborah Voigt, Anna Caterina Antonacci, Piotr Beczala, Matthew Polenzani, Thomas Hampson, Luca Pisaroni, Erwin Schrott, Vivica Genaux, Saimir Pirgu, Leah Crocetto, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Bryan Hymel, Paulo Szot, Amanda Echalaz, and others. Maestro Daniele Gatti, Maestro Leon Botstein, Maestro and composer Frédéric Chaslin, Maestro Sir John Eliot Gardiner, stage director Thaddeus Strassberger, video director François Roussillon, musicologist Dr. Philip Gossett, veteran singer Sylvia Sass, contemporary composer Robert Ward, educator Dr. Marilyn Taylor, opera company directors Maestro James Meena, Maestro James Allbritten, and Eric Mitchko, and many other operatic professionals and thinkers complete the roster of 39 interviewees.
Opera journalist Luiz Gazzola, MD, PhD, the senior editor at Opera Lively, uses his three decades of experience as a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and opera lover to engage with the artists in a pleasant and conversational manner, while asking musically well-informed and intellectually challenging questions, in unusually deep interviews.
From a reader: "I've read each and every one of the interviews, and I can say that, in my opinion, this is high-quality stuff. Of course, there are many interviews being offered, both online and in print, with opera singers, conductors, composers,… but these interviews are at the same time insightful, profound and entertaining, a rare combination."

Product Details

  • Paperback: 508 pages
  • Publisher: Opera Lively Press (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615729185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615729183
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds

Customer Reviews

Opera Comes Alive!

8 people found this helpful.
 on December 18, 2012
By Morton Treptow
Since appearing on the scene about a year ago, Opera Lively has quickly become one of the leading internet sources of informed opera journalism and discussion. This book represents the first year’s worth of interviews conducted by the site’s Senior Editor, Luiz Gazzola.

Behind the curtain with the reigning opera royalty

One person found this helpful.
 on January 14, 2014
By John A. Sarkett
An “inside baseball” look at the currently reigning stars of the world of opera. Thoroughly engaging, even for a novice, and hard to put down. The author captures the personalities of his interviewees, both in their own words, and by his descriptions. Worth the price of admission alone is the interview with rising star Danielle de Niese on the requirements of cardio fitness, the physical risks of performance from flying sea shells (!), and her avid use of social media to connect with her following.

A Lively Read!

 on August 26, 2014
By John G. Gleeson Sr.
This book is clear and convincing evidence of the musical health of modern opera. It contains interviews with both well established singers, directors and conductors, in sum, except for stage hands, the essential persona of modern opera performance. It also contains interviews with emerging talent.

I recommend it

5 people found this helpful.
 on December 11, 2012
By Nina
I enjoyed reading this book. The interviews are extremely interesting. I particularly liked the ones with DiDonato, de Niese, Hampson, Beczala, Polenzani, Costanzo, Antonacci, Botstein, Gossett, Taylor, Strassberger, Fontane, Roussillon, Sass, and Ward – not that the others were not good, but these were especially rich in information that is not easy to find elsewhere. The artists are intelligent and reveal step-by-step how they conceptualize the roles that they sing and act, how opera is composed, produced, staged, filmed, and so on.

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