Celebrating the individuals who power the classical music world

Celebrating the individuals who power the classical music world

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Rosalind Plowright – Final Note Magazine
CELEBRATING GREATNESS WITH ROSALIND PLOWRIGHT

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
KEYS TO INTERPRETATION WITH BENJAMIN GROSVENOR

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
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.

Michael Fabiano, Tenor – Final Note Magazine
FIGHTING ELITISM WITH MICHAEL FABIANO

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.

Natalie Murray Beale, Conductor – Final Note Magazine
GENERATING OPPORTUNITY WITH NATALIE MURRAY BEALE

Australian conductor Natalie Murray Beale is not only a thriving artist in her own right, but a formidable mentor who is holding the door open for the next generation of talent on the orchestral and operatic stage. Now the Creative Director of Independent Opera, Final Note Magazine met Natalie in London to discuss the necessity for female conductor programmes, the benefits of partnerships and her upcoming concert with the Britten Sinfonia at the Barbican this week.

Patrick Rafter, Violinist – Final Note Magazine
FINDING MY VOICE PATRICK RAFTER

Irish born violinist Patrick Rafter is quickly evolving from being labelled a ‘Rising Star’, to an internationally recognised leading artist in his field. A protegé of the legendary Maxim Vengerov, Rafter met with Final Note Magazine to talk about his fascinating childhood, his unrelenting drive and the recovery process from a near life-changing injury.

Hanna Hipp – Final Note Magazine interview
BREAKING DOWN BORDERS WITH HANNA HIPP

Regardless of what gender she presents to her audience, Polish Mezzo-Soprano Hanna Hipp is building a strong reputation for her ability to create energised, furious and engaging role interpretations that are balanced perfectly with a ‘sultry flamboyance’. We met with Hipp, in advance of her upcoming title role in Garsington Opera’s Fantasio, to find out how she builds her characters, discovering her inner stage animal and a Polish perspective on Brexit.

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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