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Ekaterina Gubanova

by Evan Dickerson

On entering the glass meeting room within the press office of the Royal Opera House, Ekaterina Gubanova is all smiles and greets me warmly. Our…



Interview: Dawn Upshaw


Though she is used to giving world premieres almost at the drop of a hat, Dawn Upshaw has one particular project that has become something...

Andrew Watts


A starving Moscow dog is taken in by an eccentric professor who surgically implants human testicles and a pituitary gland; the dog metamorphoses into a...

Interview: Iain Paterson


ENO brings its eagerly-awaited new production of Don Giovanni to the London Coliseum on Saturday November 6th; although it may not prove to be quite...

Interview: Gabriel Prokofiev


The first instinct on meeting Gabriel Prokofiev is a difficult one to fight. Being the grandson of the composer Sergei, it is inevitable that one...

Henryck G


Henryck Mikolaj Grecki, who died on 12 November 2010 of a long standing illness, stands proud in Polish musical history as a composer continuing a...

Hyperion at 30


For some time the prophets of doom Norman Lebrecht, for instance have circled around the classical music recording industry, labelling it a spent force. Clearly...

Ian Bostridge


Ian Bostridge never stands still: not content with pre-eminence in Schubert and Britten, he has expanded his repertoire into the more obscure reaches of Handels...

Nino Machaidze


On 26 October rising star Nino Machaidze makes her debut at the Royal Opera House playing Juliette in Gounods Romo et Juliette. The Georgian-born sopranos...

Helmut Lachenmann


Whatever lofty claims are made about new composers who do away with convention or find an original voice none of them have ever been as...

ENO starts a new series of free events


ENOs learning and participation programme is committed to developing audiences and a new programme for the Autumn began with the launch of a series of...

Preview: ENO 2010-11


The 2010-2011 ENO season opens on 18th September, and it’s set to be a spectacular one. We caught up with the company’s Artistic Director John...

Royal Opera 2010-11


Some commentators have been less than kind about The Royal Opera’s 2010/11 Season, but if rumours are to be believed their ‘Olympic Season’ which follows...

Obituary: Sir Charles Mackerras


One of the world’s most eminent and respected conductors, Sir Charles Mackerras, has died at the age of 84 following a battle with cancer. Given...

BBC Proms 2010 preview


The impression with the 2010 BBC Proms is that Roger Wright is really hitting his stride as director. Three years in, he is now able...

Interview: Joseph Calleja


As most opera lovers know by now, the imminent ROH Simon Boccanegra stars Placido Domingo in the baritone title role, but the production is also...

Joseph Calleja


As most opera lovers know by now, the imminent ROH Simon Boccanegra stars Plcido Domingo in the baritone title role, but the production is also...

Penny Woolcock


After her successful staging of Adams’ Doctor Atomic, acclaimed British director Penny Woolcock returns to the Coliseum to direct a new production of Bizet’s The...

Mariusz Kwiecien


Few singers are in such demand by the world’s leading opera houses as Polish lyric baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, so we were lucky enough to catch...

The Wigmore’s 110th Anniversary


The Wigmore Hall is about to celebrate its 110th season.We take a look at the wealth of talent that is scheduled to appear in London’s...

Eugenio De Rosa


Eugenio De Rosa is a graduate of the Conservatory of St.Cecilia in Rome. A pupil of Guido Agosti, he has studied composition with Giuseppe Savagnone...