Archive | 2008-2017 William’s Interviews

Interviews with persons engaged in opera production and performance

Rising Stars – An Interview with Musa Ngqungwana

The following interview took place at the 2016 Glimmerglass Festival, whose facilitation of the interview is deeply appreciated.   Wm: Typically, my opening interview questions relate to one’s childhood experiences with music and opera. However, you have given quite a summary of your life so far in your autobiography Odyssey of an African Opera Singer: From Zwide Township to […]

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Rising Stars: An interview with Leah Crocetto

The following interview was conducted at the “ranch” of the Santa Fe Opera, whose facilitation of the interview is deeply appreciated.   [Below: Michigan soprano Leah Crocetto; edited image of a publicity photograph, courtesy of Leah Crocetto.] Wm: What were your first memories of music and of opera? LC: I was born in South Carolina, and […]

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Verdi and Verismo: An Interview with Baritone George Gagnidze

The following interview took place at the War Memorial Opera House, in conjunction with a rehearsal of Francesca Zambello’s new production of Verdi’s “Aida”, with the much-appreciated facilitation of the San Francisco Opera.   [Below: Georgian baritone George Gagnidze; edited image of a Maik Reishaus photograph, courtesy of George Gagnidze.] Wm: What are your earliest […]

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