Celebrating the individuals who power the classical music world

Celebrating the individuals who power the classical music world

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Helen Wallace – Final Note Magazine
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.

Nadège Rochat – Final Note Magazine
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.

Stewart Goodyear – Final Note Magazine
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.

Elaine Kidd, director – Final Note Magazine
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.

Ailyn Pérez – Final Note Magazine
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.

Hugo Ticciati – Final Note Magazine
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.

Mark Campbell, librettist – Final Note Magazine
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.

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

Known as “haunted and focusedKristine 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
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.

Chi-chi Nwanoku – Final Note Magazine
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.

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.

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