Maestro Riccardo Frizza in Conversation

Maestro Riccardo Frizza is an Italian conductor and a charming, pleasant human being. But don’t take my word for it, read the interview he gave me here or click on his photo and judge for yourself.  Find out why he thinks “music is an exchange of effort and energy” and a lot, lot more. Enjoy!

Photo of Riccardo Frizza by Joan Tomás, courtesy of Karen Kriendler Nelson (Maestro Frizza’s Publicist)

Poetry in Motion

Opera inspires and so do beautiful buildings. Both come together in harmony and exquisite proportions at the Opera House in Dresden, Germany.

I was inspired to write the poem below after a performance of Rossini’s opera William Tell and the beauty of the Dresdner opera is a gorgeous tribute to the power of music.


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I saw the fairies and felt the caves,
touched the woods
and crossed the waves,
swam through the rain,
glided the storm and surfed the pain
engraved in the music form.

I felt the call of the night
in clear arpeggios of fountains dried
and in the heat of the fight
I stumbled, I cried
I broke the crystalline light.
In peril, I hovered over luminous voices
but fearless I rode the ocean
and stared at my choices.

And then, just closing my eyes,
I saw the music
in flowers of motion,
rainbows and skies.
And the heavens opened
crushing my heart,
leaving the silence to tear me apart.

Poem by myself (Margarida Mota-Bull, nom de plume M G da Mota) / Photograph of the Dresdner Opera courtesy of Malcolm Bull

The Albanian Tenor

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On Saturday 4th October I went to the Royal Opera House where I interviewed young Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu.

Intelligent, committed to his art, professional and with a good sense of humour, he was a very interesting subject to interview. You can read it here.

Photo of Saimir Pirgu as Alfredo in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata, New York, by Ken Howard – courtesy of Mr Pirgu’s PR Karen Kriendler Nelson of KKN Enterprises

Joyce DiDonato on Twitter for San Diego Opera

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Opera is an extraordinary art form; art is what makes us different from other animals. So, I believe that it is always worth saving any opera house or opera company! My words but Joyce DiDonato said on Twitter:

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“You guys are FABULOUS! But not fabulous enough just yet…approaching 7K signatures – COME ON! DO THIS!! PLEASE SIGN!

Joyce is actively trying to prevent a closure of an excellent opera house on what appears to be very feeble grounds. Have a look and if you think it is important to save San Diego Opera, sign the petition (via the above link) and share it!

Alek Shrader: Star Power!

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Alek Shrader photographed by Peter Schaaf, courtesy of Mr Shrader himself

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing young American tenor Alek Shrader, as part of his run of performances at Glyndebourne Festival 2013 where he has been singing the role of Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale.

Shrader is a very interesting person to talk to and his enthusiasm, charming energy and pure joy in living are contagious. It is impossible not to like him or not to wish him well. A genuine star! You can read my interview with him by clicking here.

Elegance and Style at Glyndebourne

Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at this year’s Glyndbourne festival is a so-called traditional production, meaning a period piece, which some people may think too conventional or conservative. What is definitely true is that it is a stylish, charming production that perfectly matches Donizetti’s elegant music.

It was a delight in every sense of the word and just proved that period pieces are not boring. Read my review here or click on the photo below.Glyndebourne 2013 - Don Pasquale_31

Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at Glyndebourne Festival 2013

Photos by Clive Barda, courtesy of Glyndebourne Press Office


Listening to a Treat!

The CD from the label PREISER with arias and songs performed by Alfredo Kraus as a young man and entitled “The Young Alfredo Kraus” is a real treat and a feast for opera lovers, admirers of the great tenor or any other who likes singing and has never heard Kraus perform.

The tenor of grace and elegance of his generation, Alfredo Kraus’s artistry was unsurpassed. So much so that one of the greatest tenors alive, Peruvian Juan Diego Flórez, looks up to Kraus as his role model. Read my review of the CD “The Young Alfredo Kraus” and enjoy!