Celebrating the individuals who power the classical music world

Celebrating the individuals who power the classical music world


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Kristine Opolais, soprano – Final Note Magazine
The Art of Risk with Kristine Opolais

Known as “haunted and focused” Kristine Opolais brings a breath of fresh air to the operatic stage. Her unapologetic performance style and ability to portray herself through her heroines has her comfortably placed as one of the most sought after international sopranos today. In this honest and humble interview with Final Note Magazine, Opolais talks jealousy, risk taking and redefining the idea of an operatic singer.

Luca Pisaroni, baritone – Final Note Magazine

Luca Pisaroni sat down with Final Note Magazine this week to talk about what opera means to him, “Opera tells us who we are as human beings…it’s not just entertainment to me”. In this sensitive and in-depth interview we discover the bass-baritone’s philosophies behind accessibility to opera, his day-to-day reality of life on the road and his upcoming role in Agrippina at the Barbican.

Rosalind Plowright – Final Note Magazine

We met with operatic legend Rosalind Plowright in advance of her 70th birthday to reminisce over her lengthy and distinguished career. In this honest and enlightening interview, Plowright talks about what a singer really needs to achieve international success, how the industry has changed and how today’s demand for perfection is killing the development of unique, brilliant voices.

Benjamin Grosvenor – Final Note Magazine

Labelled as a ‘visionary’ in his field, Benjamin Grosvenor has been enchanting international audiences from a very young age. We met with the pianist in advance of his upcoming performance at the Barbican to discover his approach to building mental strength and how to be a young artist in an old industry.

Chi-chi Nwanoku – Final Note Magazine

Internationally renowned double bass player and Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of the Chineke! Foundation, Chi-chi Nwanoku OBE is tackling the classical music industry’s diversity issues from the top down. Final Note Magazine met with the self-confessed disruptor to discuss her empowering upbringing, how the power of change lies with the gatekeepers of classical music and the upcoming national celebration of the first Stephen Lawrence Day with Chineke! Orchestra at the Southbank Centre.

Michael Fabiano, Tenor – Final Note Magazine

Approaching his career with a clear mind and laser focus are the building blocks of Michael Fabiano’s success early in life. There’s no evidence of overnight stardom or a fast track path, the eminent tenor started young and with an early realisation that perfection is unattainable, he has become one of the great stars in the world of opera. Fabiano speaks to Final Note Magazine about his three-step approach to a new role, elitism in classical music and his strategy on social media.

Edward Gardner – Final Note Magazine interview

Heralded for his ‘delicate precision’ and ability to ‘galvanise symphonies’, Edward Gardner is currently one of the most in demand guest conductors the UK has to offer. While having a fantastic reputation for his performance of the mainstream classical greats, his fearless approach to programming has brought many of the more obscure 20th century composers back to life. We met with Gardner in advance of his Royal Opera House debut in Janácek’s Katya Kabanova, to discuss how to get the orchestra on your side and working with renowned director Richard Jones.

Ermonela Jaho – Final Note Magazine interview

Constantly compared to Callas, Ermonela Jaho is the perfect balance of determination and vulnerability. We met with the Albanian lyric soprano in London, to discuss her upcoming La Traviata at the Royal Opera House and how growing up in a communist state helped her to find her inner stage animal.

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