Celebrating the individuals who power the classical music world
Celebrating the individuals who power the classical music world
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AHEAD OF THE GAME: STEVE LONG
Classical music label, Signum Records, has released over 650 albums with 300 million streams. We met with the company’s Director Steve Long to discuss surviving the downturn of the CD market, employment ethos and what it takes to create a great album.
HANDEL’S QUEENS WITH BRIDGET CUNNINGHAM
Renowned for her incredible sense and depth of perception, we met with conductor and harpsichordist Bridget Cunningham in London to discuss her inspirations and career path along with the recent recording of Handel’s Queens with London Early Opera.
The Full Spectrum of Music Therapy with Jessica Harris
After a life altering family event, music therapist Jessica Harris has been fighting tirelessly to improve access to creative arts therapies for Irish citizens of all needs and ages. Final Note Magazine met with Harris in Dublin to understand the vast benefits of music therapy and what’s needed from the Irish government to implement this practice in the most beneficial way.
LEAVING THE EGO AT THE DOOR: ELIZABETH DESHONG
Known for her ‘wicked virtuosity’ American mezzo soprano Elizabeth DeShong met with Final Note Magazine to give invaluable advice to young singers, her reasons for becoming vegan and the importance of finding stillness in this challenging career choice.
THE EVOLUTION OF LEGACY WITH DAVID MAREČEK AND ROBERT HANČ
General Manager Robert Hanč and CEO David Mareček have been praised for bringing the Czech Philharmonic back to its rightful position as one of the world’s leading orchestras. Today, the Czech Philharmonic, along with its iconic legacy, is thrilling international audiences with some of the industry’s greatest stars. Hanč and Mareček sat down with Final Note Magazine to talk about how they managed the evolution of their great national treasure through partnership and loyalty.
Unstoppable Vision: Elizabeth Llewellyn
After rebooting her vocal training at the age of 35, British soprano, Elizabeth Llewellyn has demonstrated in her career path, a masterclass of progression through a notoriously difficult industry. A decade later, after singing in some of the world’s top opera houses, Llewellyn will be making her sold-out debut at the Metropolitan Opera this month as Bess in Gershwin’s masterpiece Porgy and Bess. In this extensive interview, Elizabeth provides a very clear career map along with her rationale for the placement of each perfectly positioned stepping-stone that has led to her phenomenal success.
THE ART OF COLLABORATION WITH CHARLES OWEN AND KATYA APEKISHEVA
Internationally renowned pianists, Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva, have been building a great worldwide reputation not only as established soloists but also as a formidable duo. Offstage they founded the London Piano Festival at Kings Place, which has grown from strength to strength each year. Now in its fourth edition, Final Note Magazine met with these inspiring artists to learn about their unique collaboration and the secrets to growing a successful festival.
BORN A CERTAIN WAY WITH GERALD BARRY
Gerald Barry’s music has been described as a ‘world with sharp edges’. This not only applies to the notes on the page, but to the characters he creates through completely immersing himself in the story of his operas. Studying with some of the 20th century’s most notorious music leaders, such as Mauricio Kagel and Karlheinz Stockhausen, Barry has unapologetically developed an unmistakable style that the contemporary opera audiences can’t get enough of. Barry met with Final Note Magazine to discuss his process, what shaped his style and his upcoming production of The Intelligence Park with The Royal Opera House.
CURATING THE CAREER WITH HELEN WALLACE
At the age of 24, Helen Wallace became the editor of The Strad Magazine and at 27 she landed one of the biggest jobs in classical music journalism, editor of BBC Music Magazine. Wallace sat down with Final Note Magazine to talk about music, motherhood, mentorship, rebranding herself and her role today as Director of Programming at Kings Place, London.
IN SEARCH OF AUTHENTICITY WITH NADÈGE ROCHAT
‘Generous, selfless, persistent and positive people inspire me in general’ are the words of Swiss Cellist, Nadège Rochat. From looking at her flourishing career and work process you can see that she has not only become her inspiration, but also radiates this mindset from a place of continuous authenticity. Today we discuss Rochat’s practice strategies, what she looks for in a collaborator and her upcoming work with Ilya Gringolts.
CREATIVE HUNGER with STEWART GOODYEAR
Described as ‘one of the greatest pianists of his generation’, Stewart Goodyear met with Final Note Magazine to talk about his path into classical music and how to safeguard the future of the industry.
Achieving Democratic Opportunity with Elaine Kidd
Throughout her career British director Elaine Kidd has been challenging the status quo of the operatic industry. Now as Head of the Jette Parker programme at the Royal Opera House, the formidable Kidd has been shifting the lens on the narrative of opera with an aim to achieve mainstream accessibility. Final Note Magazine met with Kidd to discuss her process as a director, and the road to achieving democratic opportunity.
THE PERPETUAL PROCESS OF BECOMING WITH AILYN PÉREZ
This week we sat down with eminent operatic superstar Ailyn Pérez to get an insight into her unique mindset. In this sincere and enlightening interview, Pérez gives practical advice for competitions, tips for performance days and her views on today’s portrayal of gender roles in opera.
FROM THE GROUND UP WITH HUGO TICCIATI
The only word suitable to describe Hugo Ticciati in person and musically is ‘magic’. Through his prolific work this great violinist is by default bringing his audience to a new place of limitless thinking through his approach to performing and programming. In this interview with Final Note Magazine, Ticciati talks about searching for the ‘raw power’ in music and how isolation liberated him as an artist.
UNIFYING THE CAUSE WITH MARK CAMPBELL
Easily one of the world’s most in-demand librettists, Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Campbell met with Final Note Magazine in advance of his and composer Iain Bell’s upcoming work Stonewall with New York City Opera to discuss the progress of gay rights, the secrets to his writing process and the importance of honouring yourself as an artist.
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.
CULTIVATING PASSION WITH LUCA PISARONI
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.
DISRUPTION FOR DIVERSITY WITH CHI-CHI NWANOKU
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.
MUSICAL ARCHITECTURE WITH EDWARD GARDNER
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.
FIERY VULNERABILITY WITH ERMONELA JAHO
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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