Celebrating the individuals who power the classical music world

Celebrating the individuals who power the classical music world

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Roderick Williams – Final Note Magazine interview
THE LONG GAME: RODERICK WILLIAMS

Ever wonder what the right components are to become an internationally celebrated musician while still managing to be known as one of the ‘nicest’ artists in the classical music industry? We sat down with baritone Roderick Williams to talk about maintaining a stable career, the implications of performance rituals, how to view criticism and the secrets to an excellent relationship with your agent.

Gavin Higgins – Final Note Magazine interview
BRASS ROOTS WITH GAVIN HIGGINS

With two BBC Proms commissions under his belt along with writing for some of the great UK orchestras, composer Gavin Higgins has achieved an enormous amount at such a young age. His next big outing has Higgins composing an opera with renowned children’s author Francesca Simon as his librettist. The Monstrous Child, which was commissioned by the Royal Opera House, will take place in the brand new Linbury Theatre. In our interview we look at Higgins’ unconventional journey into classical music, his struggle with being diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome and OCD and how it formed the successful artist he is today.

Edward Gardner – Final Note Magazine interview
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.

Ermonela Jaho – Final Note Magazine interview
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.

Iestyn Davies – Final Note Magazine interview
FLYING HIGH: IESTYN DAVIES

Iestyn Davies is arguably one of the world’s most renowned countertenors. We met with Iestyn in New York to talk gender norms, stage fright and how to curate your own career. Plus, he gives invaluable advice for young singers about working with agents and how to prepare for a performance.

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