fri 01/08/2014

Interviews with leading figures from the arts

theartsdesk Q&A: Tenor Michael Fabiano

David Nice

You can usually trust the buzz around rehearsals. From Glyndebourne, five weeks into preparation for La traviata, which opens tomorrow, one of the team working on Tom Cairns’ new production declared in an e-mail conversation that newcomer soprano Venera Gimadieva was possibly the most definitive Violetta yet. And when I was havering over whether to interview American tenor Michael Fabiano, not by then having watched a wealth of stupendous videos on his website, the response was “you absolutely...

theartsdesk Q&A: DJ Gilles Peterson

Matthew Wright

DJ, broadcaster and all-round musical pioneer Gilles Peterson is one of the most influential figures in contemporary music. In a career that has grown from a DIY pirate station to running a succession of record labels, global DJing appearances and his own Worldwide Awards, he’s become famous for his commitment to the most unexpected combinations of new sounds and genres, drawn from restless collaborations worldwide.   His support for his own kind of jazz has been a consistent feature...

10 Questions for Bassist Marcus Miller

Tim Cumming

This year’s edition of the Gnawa Festival in the medina of the beautiful coastal town of Essaouira featured two spectacular fusions – between...

theartsdesk Q&A: Writer Jimmy McGovern

Jasper Rees

The black stuff. The phrase was patented in the early 1980s by Alan Bleasdale, Liverpool's other small-screen big hitter. But it could just as well...

theartsdesk Q&A: Mezzo-soprano and Director...

Sebastian Scotney

The mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender, who will be 75 on Thursday 3 July, was unsurpassed for dramatic impact and presence in roles such as Octavian...

10 Questions for Artistic Director John McGrath

Jasper Rees

All of Wales is a stage for the boss of National Theatre Wales

theartsdesk Q&A: Chris & Cosey

Joe Muggs

We meet the electronic duo in Barcelona to talk past, present and future

theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Kristine Opolais

David Nice

The Royal Opera's Manon Lescaut talks about new roles, ones she won't sing any more, and looks versus voice

theartsdesk Q&A: Guitarist Hank Marvin

Thomas H Green

The original Brit guitar legend talks Jerry Lee Lewis, Django Reinhardt, Oxo cubes, 'Apache' and, of course, Sir Cliff

10 Questions for Director Annemarie Jacir

Tom Birchenough

Memories of exile: the Palestinian director on the making of her new film, 'When I Saw You'

theartsdesk Q&A: Director Jonathan Kent

Jasper Rees

From the Almeida to musicals via opera: the director with a finger in every pie

The Seckerson Tapes: Soprano Corinne Winters

Edward Seckerson

From Traviata to Benvenuto Cellini: the ENO's new American star

10 Questions for Howling Bells' Juanita Stein

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Ahead of gloom-pop quartet's fourth album, songwriter shares longevity secrets

10 Questions for Soprano Pretty Yende

David Nice

A wise, vivacious young singer on the journey from South Africa to La Scala and the Met

10 Questions for Choreographer Wim Vandekeybus

Thomas H Green

The multi-disciplinary Belgian pace-setter talks about good and evil, abstract jazz and time machines

theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Anne Schwanewilms

David Nice

The great Strauss interpreter on valuing stillness and why she chose to sing less Wagner

10 Questions for Filmmaker Bill Forsyth

Jasper Rees

The writer-director recalls the making of his much-loved teen comedy romance Gregory's Girl

10 Questions for Artist Yinka Shonibare MBE

Mark Sheerin

The artist talks about his ambitious new work and tells us why he could never belong to a political party

theartsdesk Q&A: The Hilliard Ensemble

Matthew Wright

Early music ensemble that splashed with Jan Garbarek's saxophone-infused spirituality retires after 40 years

10 Questions for Director Lukas Moodysson

Emma Simmonds

The Swedish helmer revisits childhood mischief with his latest

10 Questions for Director Dmitry Krymov

Thomas H Green

Moscow's theatrical vanguardist talks Shostakovich, Shakespeare and more

Celluloid Man: Preserving the heritage of Indian cinema

Tom Birchenough

Outstanding documentary tribute to living legend of film conservation, PK Nair

theartsdesk Q&A: Lighting Designer Michael Hulls

Ismene Brown

Olivier Award-winning genius with light and dance explains his art

10 Questions for Drummer Billy Cobham

Matthew Wright

Fusion pioneer on creativity, drummer-bandleaders and the triple effect of a hotter climate

theartsdesk Q&A: Eels' frontman Mr E

Russ Coffey

Enigmatic alt-rocker discusses fun, fitness, parallel worlds, beards, and much else

10 Questions for Ventriloquist Nina Conti

Jasper Rees

What makes a postmodern vent act tick?

theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Nicole Cabell

David Nice

The outstanding American singer on winning Cardiff, crying in performance and Kate Bush

10 Questions for Playwright Julian Mitchell

Jasper Rees

The author of Another Country on why it worked then, and still works now

10 Questions for Zara McFarlane

Matthew Wright

Rising jazz star discusses reggae, her roots in Jamaican Dagenham, and the desire to write more

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