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Maria Guleghina Interview


23:03 minutes (26.39 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Tue, 8 Oct 2013

Interview from our Viva Verdi! bicentennial broadcast celebration. For the past twenty-five years, Maria Guleghina has sung on all the world's leading stages and has made dramatic Verdi roles such as Lady Macbeth and Abigaille her specialty. In this particular interview, she speaks about her views on some of the most punishing roles of the repertoire. Interview conducted by Stepan Atamian via Skype (Ms. Guleghina was in Russia) on September 21, 2013.

Dolora Zajick Interview


25:22 minutes (29.03 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Wed, 9 Oct 2013

Interview from our Viva Verdi! bicentennial broadcast with Dolora Zajick. Since her Met debut in 1988, Ms. Zajick has sung over 150 performances of four Verdi roles: Amneris; Azucena; Eboli; and Ulrica. What is more remarkable is that, now in her 60's she still manages to sing them with the same vocal health and authority as when she first started singing. In this exclusive interview, Zajick speaks about technique and nurturing the next generation of dramatic voices. This interview was conducted by Stepan Atamian via phone on September 27, 2013.

Sondra Radvanovsky Interview


26:14 minutes (24.02 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Wed, 9 Oct 2013

Interview from our Viva Verdi! bicentennial broadcast with American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky. Often considered today's great Verdi singer, Radvanovsky has made her mark in roles from Leonora to Aida. Now today's great Norma, the multifaceted diva speaks about balancing her career between Verdi, verismo, and bel canto. This interview was conducted by Stepan Atamian at Lincoln Center on October 6, 2013.  

Christa Ludwig Interview


41:32 minutes (38.03 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sat, 18 Jan 2014

An exclusive interview with legendary mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig. Born in Germany, Kammersängerin Ludwig sang for nearly 50 years, with a repertoire from Bach to Berg. Considered by many as the definitive interpreter of Wagner, Brahms, and Mahler, Ks. Ludwig speaks about her extensive career and experiences performing with some of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. This interview was conducted by Stepan Atamian at the Blakely Hotel on January 16, 2014, which was the day after a masterclass she led at Carnegie Hall.

Alain Altinoglu Interview


30:53 minutes (42.41 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sat, 15 Feb 2014

An exclusive interview with conductor Alain Altinoglu. A young conductor famous already for his interpretations of French opera, Altinoglu speaks about French style and conducting at the greatest opera houses in the world. This interview was conducted on February 10, 2014 at the Metropolitan Opera following a rehearsal for a new production of Werther, which Altinoglu is leading.

Gail Archer (2014 Interview)


22:35 minutes (20.68 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Mon, 21 Apr 2014

Interview with organist Gail Archer. Having recently released The Muse's Voice, her new CD of female composers' organ music, Archer speaks about the inception of this album and her career as an organist, teacher, and director of the Barnard & Columbia Chorus. Interview conducted by Stepan Atamian

Eve Queler Interview


49:32 minutes (45.36 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sat, 31 May 2014

An exclusive interview with conductor Eve Queler. The founder and emerita Artistic Director of the Opera Orchestra of New York, Eve Queler discusses her extensive career and her upcoming performance at Carnegie Hall on June 5, Donizetti's Roberto Devereux. The interview was conducted at her home on May 29, 2014.

Adrianne Pieczonka Interview (2014)


32:39 minutes (22.42 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Thu, 12 Jun 2014

An interview with Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka. Celebrated for her performances in Der Rosenkavalier, Ariadne Auf Naxos, and Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Ms. Pieczonka discusses her experience with the Strauss repertoire, singing in the legendary Patrice Chereau staging of Elektra, and keeping the voice healthy. This interview was conducted by Stepan Atamian on June 2, 2014 and broadcast during our Richard Strauss birthday broadcast from June 11-12.

Interview with Simon Wynberg (ARC Ensemble)


21:43 minutes (29.82 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Thu, 10 Jul 2014

An interview with Simon Wynberg, the Artistic Director of the ARC Ensemble. Founded in 2002, the ARC Ensemble is dedicated to reviving the works of composers forgotten during periods of political upheaval. The group is in New York to perform chamber works of Mieczyslaw Weinberg before the Lincoln Center Festival and Houston Grand Opera's presentation of The Passenger at the Park Avenue Armory. This interview was conducted on July 9, 2014.

Amanda Majeski Interview


21:56 minutes (30.13 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sat, 11 Oct 2014

A WKCR-exclusive interview with the young soprano Amanda Majeski. Having just made her debut as Countess Almaviva in the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Le Nozze di Figaro, the 29-year-old American singer discusses singing the Met's Opening Night, as well as a career as a young artist in Chicago and Europe. Stepan Atamian conducted this interview on September 30 at WKCR.

Olga Borodina Interview


23:15 minutes (31.92 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sat, 1 Nov 2014

An exclusive interview with mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina. For over twenty-five years, Ms. Borodina has given near definitive interpretations of roles by Saint-Saens, Berlioz, and Mussorgsky on every major stage from Tokyo to San Francisco. In this interview, Ms. Borodina discusses her current role of Amneris, technique, and what motivates her to keep singing.This interview was conducted at Ms. Borodina's home on November 1, 2014. Nina Manoukian served as Ms. Borodina's translator.

Luca Pisaroni Interview (2014)


40:17 minutes (55.33 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Wed, 31 Dec 2014

An exclusive interview with Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni. The young singer is particularly renown for his performances in Classical and Baroque works from Argante in Rinaldo to Mozart's Leporello and Figaro. He is also acclaimed for his work in the German repertoire, particularly as Jesus in Bach's Passions and in Schubert Lieder. In this interview for our 2014 Bach Festival, Mr. Pisaroni discusses how Bach fits into his career, as a performer of both concert and opera repertoire. This interview was conducted by Stepan Atamian at WKCR on December 22, 2014.

Russell Oberlin Interview Part 1


33:35 minutes (30.76 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Thu, 25 Dec 2014

An exclusive interview with legendary countertenor Russell Oberlin. One of the most prominent members of the New York Pro Musica, Oberlin has broken barriers for his voice type through major collaborations with musicians like Georg Solti, Leonard Bernstein, and Glenn Gould. In this interview produced for Bach Festival 2014, Mr. Oberlin discusses his experience singing Bach, from the Evangelist to recording Cantata 54 for television.This interview was conducted by Stepan Atamian at Mr. Oberlin's home on December 21, 2014.

Russell Oberlin Interview Part 2


34:03 minutes (31.19 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Thu, 25 Dec 2014

An exclusive interview with legendary countertenor Russell Oberlin. One of the most prominent members of the New York Pro Musica, Oberlin has broken barriers for his voice type through major collaborations with musicians like Georg Solti, Leonard Bernstein, and Glenn Gould. In this interview produced for Bach Festival 2014, Mr. Oberlin discusses his experience singing Bach, from the Evangelist to recording Cantata 54 for television.This interview was conducted by Stepan Atamian at Mr. Oberlin's home on December 21, 2014. 

Petr Kotik/Michael Rau Interview


40:50 minutes (56.08 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Thu, 10 Dec 2015

December of 2014 saw the North American premiere of Petr Kotik's first opera, Master-Pieces. Founder of the S.E.M Ensemble, the Czech composer speaks with director Michael Rau about his first foray into composing for the stage, his thoughs on drama, and his fascination with Gertrude Stein's texts. Stepan Atamian conducted this interview on December 7, 2014 at WKCR.

Gail Archer (2015 Interview)


17:44 minutes (24.36 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Fri, 10 Apr 2015

An interview with Barnard Music department director Gail Archer. An acclaimed organist, Gail Archer discusses her work as an organist, championing female composers, and her upcoming appearance leading the Barnard-Columbia Chorus in the St. Matthew Passion on April 24 at the Church of the Ascension.

Peter Schaaf Interview


12:43 minutes (17.47 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sun, 12 Jul 2015

The day after Jon Vickers's death was announced, WKCR held a 24-hour memorial broadcast to commmemorate the Canadian tenor's extraordinary contributions to classical music and especially opera. The program was to conclude with his live 1983 recording of Franz Schubert's Winterreise with the gifted pianist Peter Schaaf accompanying him. Shortly before we played this recording, Mr. Schaaf called the studio and graciously agreed to be interviewed and to introduce this particular recording.

Lucine Amara Interview Part 1


29:23 minutes (40.35 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sat, 1 Aug 2015

An exclusive interview with beloved Metropolitan Opera star Lucine Amara. With stunning musicality and remarkable technique, the Armenian-American soprano was a stalwart performer at the Met who sang leading roles ranging from Gluck to Britten (and everything in between) for over 40 years. Even at ninety, Ms. Amara remains active as the Artistic Director of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera. In this interview, Ms.

Lucine Amara Part 2


28:57 minutes (39.75 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sat, 1 Aug 2015

An exclusive interview with beloved Metropolitan Opera star Lucine Amara. With stunning musicality and remarkable technique, the Armenian-American soprano was a stalwart performer at the Met who sang leading roles ranging from Gluck to Britten (and everything in between) for over 40 years. Even at ninety, Ms. Amara remains active as the Artistic Director of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera. In this interview, Ms.

Barbara Hannigan Interview


20:17 minutes (18.58 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Mon, 10 Aug 2015

An exclusive interview with Canadian soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan. In recent years, Ms. Hannigan has distinguished herself as one of the most adventurous sopranos of her generation through the 80 world premieres in which she has performed. Her vocal virtuosity and intensity have made her an ideal collaborator for Simon Rattle and composers such as Henri Dutilleux and Magnus Lindberg. She is also a renowned conductor, and, perhaps most impressively, a singing conductor. In August 2015, Ms.

Maria Guleghina Interview (2015)


42:03 minutes (38.51 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sat, 7 Nov 2015

Maria Guleghina has conquered the dramatic soprano repertoire on every international stage for almost three decades. After a three-year absence from the Metropolitan Opera (where she has sung nearly every season since 1991), Ms. Guleghina returned to sing just two performances of Puccini's Tosca. Twelve hours after her first performance, she came to WKCR's studios to speak about her spectacular career. This interview was conducted on November 7, 2015 by Stepan Atamian.

Luca Pisaroni Interview (2016)


32:17 minutes (36.96 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sat, 12 Mar 2016

Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni has quickly established himself as one of the greatest Mozart singers of our time. At the Metropolitan Opera, he has become an audience favorite through his performances as Leporello, Figaro, and even the monstrous Caliban in The Enchanted Island. This month, Pisaroni returns to the Metropolitan Opera in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, this time as the lascivious Count Almaviva.

Lianna Haroutounian Interview


28:01 minutes (32.06 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sat, 16 Apr 2016

Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutounian has caused an international stir since her sudden debut at the Royal Opera House in 2013, when she replaced star soprano Anja Harteros as Elisabetta in Don Carlo. Earning rave reviews, she has quickly established herself as one of the world's premiere lyrico spintos, making major company debuts everywhere from Zurich to Sydney. Ms.

Adrianne Pieczonka Interview (2016)


30:05 minutes (27.54 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sat, 23 Apr 2016

Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka has become one of the most acclaimed interpreters of the music by Richard Strauss and Wagner. A former ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera, she has been bestowed such honorary titles as Kammersängerin by the Austrian government, as well as an Officer of the Order of Canada. She is currently appearing as Chrysothemis in the late Patrice Chéreau's legendary staging of Elektra at the Metropolitan Opera, a production that she has been a part of since its ecstatic premiere in Aix-en-Provence in 2013.

Ailyn Perez Interview


33:33 minutes (30.73 MB)
Date Broadcast: 
Sat, 7 May 2016

American soprano Ailyn Pérez has quickly established herself as one of the most promising lyric sopranos of our time. In 2012, Pérez became the first Hispanic recipient of the Richard Tucker Award, and she has just been announced as the 2016 Beverly Sills Award recipient. Although Pérez has already become a regular guest of almost every major opera company, last season was her first at The Metropolitan Opera, where she received rave reviews as Micaela in Bizet's Carmen.