Music critic and Irish Times contributor, Michael Dervan, meets up with three ground-breaking international artists to discuss the past, present and future of opera.
Ermonela Jaho, Soprano
Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho made her Wexford debut in 2000 in Tchaikovsky’s Oreleanskay deva and returned in 2001 and 2002 to perform in Massenet’s Sapho and Auber’s Manon Lescaut, respectively. She was described in The Economist as "the world’s most acclaimed soprano".
Graham Vick, Director
Graham Vick is the Artistic Director of Birmingham Opera Company and works in the world’s major opera houses with many leading conductors. His pioneering work in Birmingham has attracted the attention of people and companies worldwide and is now seen to be at the forefront of the modernisation of opera and a pioneer in its development as a 21st-century art form.
Sir Antonio Pappano, Conductor
One of today’s most sought-after conductors, acclaimed for his charismatic leadership and inspirational performances in both symphonic and operatic repertoire, Sir Antonio Pappano has been Music Director of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden since 2002, and Music Director of the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome since 2005.