Interviews  by  Bruce  Duffie

(This page was updated on December 16, 2014)


To read an interview, just click the icon at the left of line.

NOTE: All of the interviews presented on this website have been transcribed,
and are only posted in text form.  There are NO audio files (yet).

The most recent postings are placed at the end of each section,
except for ones which have appeared in printed magazines, in which
case they are inserted into their correct chronological sequence.

Most photos included have been found on various sites;
if any should not be displayed on these webpages,
let me know and they will be removed immediately.
If any need credits, tell me and they will be added.



Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911) bequested $2 million in his will to establish a graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University (currently the site where the Pulitzer announcements are made each April). The Pulitzer Prizes were created with part of this money and were first awarded in 1917.

The first Pulitzer Prize in music was awarded in 1943. Although he had a passion for music, his will did not call for a prize in that area, but only a scholarship for a music student. Instead, he bequeathed $500,000 to the New York Philharmonic Society--an amount equal to the entire Pulitzer Prize bequest. In 1943 the Pulitzer Board converted the scholarship to a prize. The requirements were stated:

"For distinguished musical composition in the larger forms of chamber, orchestral, or choral work, or for an operatic work (including ballet), first performed or published by a composer of established residence in the United States, Five hundred dollars ($500)."

The first recipient was William Schuman for his "Secular Cantata No. 2: A Free Song" for full chorus of mixed voices, with accompaniment of orchestra. Beginning in 1980, the list of Finalists for each year was also made public.







These interviews have been published in
New Music Connoisseur

The hard-copy issues of the magazine (which are snail-mailed to subscribers) contain a portion of each interview.
This website presents the complete interviews with photographs.

[You are invited to visit the NMC website]



Composer Joan Tower (Spring, 2001)   [Pulitzer Finalist, 1993]
Composer Easley Blackwood (Summer, 2001)
Composer Brian Fennelly (Fall, 2001)
Composer Karel Husa (Winter, 2001)   [Pulitzer Prize, 1969]
Composer Robert Carl (Spring, 2002)
Composer/Critic Virgil Thomson (Summer, 2002)   [Pulitzer Prize, 1949]
Composer Elizabeth Austin (Fall, 2002)
Pianist David Holzman (Summer, 2003)
Composer Ruth Schonthal (Fall/Winter, 2003)
Composer George Walker (Spring, 2004)   [Pulitzer Prize, 1996]
Composer Alan Hovhaness (Spring/Summer, 2005)
Composer William Mayer (Summer/Fall, 2006)
Soprano Elsa Charlston (Fall/Winter, 2006)
Composer Leo Kraft (Spring/Summer, 2008)
Composer Elliott Carter (Winter/Spring, 2008-09)   [Pulitzer Prize, 1960 & 1973]   [Pulitzer Finalist, 1996 & 2005]







These interviews have been posted on the
Classical Connect Website.

That site has been given permission to publish selected interviews in part or in full.
This website presents the complete interviews with photographs.

[You are invited to visit the Classical Connect website]




Composer George Flynn
Violinist Jennifer Koh
Composer Aaron Jay Kernis   [Pulitzer Prize, 1998]   [Pulitzer Finalist, 1994, 2013]
Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio
Composer Lowell Liebermann
Oboist Alex Klein
Conductor Carlos Kalmar
Pianist Ursula Oppens
Composer John Corigliano   [Two Interviews]   [Pulitzer Prize, 2001]






These interviews have been posted exclusively on this website

Group One - COMPOSERS (American)


Composer Pozzi Escot
Composer/Author Paul Bowles
Composer Arnold Rosner
Composer/Pianist John La Montaine   [Pulitzer Prize, 1959]
Composer Eric Ewazen
Composer Lou Harrison
Composer/Conductor/Pianist/Administrator Morton Gould   [Pulitzer Prize, 1995]
Composer/Pianist Robert Helps
Composer/Pianist/Technician David Tudor
Composer Chou Wen-Chung
Composer/Conductor Carlos Surinach
Composer Johan Franco
Composer Conlon Nancarrow
Composer Romeo Cascarino
Composer Hayden Wayne
Composer Gian Carlo Menotti   [Three Interviews]   [Pulitzer Prize, 1950 & 1955]
Composer Elie Siegmeister
Composer David Raksin
Composer/Conductor Alfred Reed
Composer/Pianist Frederic Rzewski
Composer Irwin Bazelon
Composer Morten Lauridsen
Composer Marga Richter
Composer Otto Luening
Composer George Crumb   [Pulitzer Prize, 1968]
Composer Andrew Imbrie   [Pulitzer Finalist, 1995]
Composer Stephen Albert   [Pulitzer Prize, 1985]   [Pulitzer Finalist, 1987]
Composer Miriam Gideon
Composer Richard Wernick   [Pulitzer Prize, 1977]
Composer Ursula Mamlok
Composer Vincent Persichetti
Composer Libby Larsen
Composer Robert Starer
Composer Ulysses Kay
Composer/Administrator Francis Thorne
Composer Leslie Bassett   [Pulitzer Prize, 1966]
Composer John Lessard
Composer Donald Martino   [Pulitzer Prize, 1974]   [Pulitzer Finalist, 2000]
Composer Christopher Rouse   [Pulitzer Prize, 1993]
Composer Louise Talma
Composer Alexei Haieff
Composer/Percussionist William Kraft
Composer Gardner Read
Composer Benjamin Lees
Microtonal Composer Ezra Sims
Composer Roger Reynolds   [Pulitzer Prize, 1989]
Composer Gloria Coates
Composer James Cohn
Composer Steve Reich   [Two Interviews]   [Pulitzer Prize, 2009]   [Pulitzer Finalist, 2003, 2004, 2005]
Composer Wayne Barlow
Composer Maurice Wright
Composer/Conductor Lalo Schifrin   [Two Interviews]
Composer John Harbison   [Pulitzer Prize, 1987]
Composer/Inventor Cecil Effinger   [Inventor of the Musicwriter and the Tempowatch]

Composer Robert Erickson
Composer/Conductor Lukas Foss   [Pulitzer Scholarship Award, 1942]   [Pulitzer Finalist, 1980]
Composer/Pianist David Del Tredici   [Pulitzer Prize, 1980]
Composer Norman Dello Joio   [Pulitzer Prize, 1957]
Composer/Conductor Gunther Schuller   [Two Interviews]   [Pulitzer Prize, 1994]  [Pulitzer Finalist, 1988]
Composer/Pianist Yehudi Wyner   [Pulitzer Prize, 2006]   [Pulitzer Finalist, 1998]
Composer Vaclav Nelhybel
Composer/Administrator William Schuman   [*First Pulitzer Prize*, 1943; Pulitzer Special Citation, 1985]
Composer Vivian Fine   [Pulitzer Finalist, 1983]
Composer/Conductor David Van Vactor
Composer Daniel Pinkham
Composer Julia Smith
Composer Charles Wuorinen   [Pulitzer Prize, 1970]   [Pulitzer Finalist, 1994]
Composer Samuel Adler
Microtonal Composer Ben Johnston
Composer Pauline Oliveros
Composer Ernst Krenek
Composer/Humorist Peter Schickele [P.D.Q. Bach]
Composer Ned Rorem   [Pulitzer Prize, 1976]
Composer John Cage
Composer Ron Nelson
Composer Richard Wilson
Composer Normand Lockwood
Composer Paul Fetler
Composer Earl Kim
Composer David Diamond
Composer Olly Wilson
Composer Chen Yi   [Pulitzer Finalist, 2006]
Composer Mel Powell   [Pulitzer Prize, 1990]
Composer Monroe Couper
Composer Dika Newlin
Composer Bernard Rands   [Pulitzer Prize, 1984]
Composer/Pianist Sam Raphling
Composer/Pianist Leo Smit
Composer Milton Babbitt   [Pulitzer Special Citation, 1982]
Composer Bernhard Heiden
Composer/Pianist Robert Muczynski
Composer Carlisle Floyd
Composer Frank Wigglesworth
Composer Paul Pisk
Composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich   [Pulitzer Prize, 1983]
Composer/Conductor David Amram
Composer Jacob Druckman   [Pulitzer Prize, 1972]
Composer Mary Jeanne van Appledorn
Comoposer Harold Shapero
Composer/Bassist Frank Proto
Composer/Critic Lester Trimble
Composer Jennifer Higdon   [Pulitzer Prize, 2010]
Composer Alan Stout
Composer/Musicologist George Perle   [Pulitzer Prize, 1986]
Composer Kenneth Gaburo
Composer Leonardo Balada
Composer Miklós Rózsa
Composer Joseph Schwantner   [Pulitzer Prize, 1979]
Composer Kamran Ince
Composer C. Curtis-Smith
Composer/Flutist/Conductor Harvey Sollberger
Composer William Bergsma
Composer Earle Brown
Composer/Conductor Ray Luke
Composer Juli Nunlist






Group Two - COMPOSERS (Other Countries)


Composer/Conductor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Composer Isang Yun
Composer/Radio Producer Robert Simpson
Composer Henryk-Mikołaj Górecki
Composer Karlheinz Essl
Composer Krzysztof Penderecki
Composer Malcolm Williamson
Composer Arne Nordheim
Composer Rodion Shchedrin
Composer William Mathias
Composer Sir Malcolm Arnold
Composer Giya Kancheli
Composer Iain Hamilton
Composer/Conductor Leif Segerstam
Composer Betsy Jolas
Composer Antanas Rekašius
Composer Iannis Xenakis
Composer Geoffrey Bush
Composer Peter Sculthorpe
Composer Alun Hoddinott
Composer Sofia Gubaidulina
Composer Luciano Berio
Composer Thea Musgrave
Composer Edison Denisov
Composer György Ránki
Composer Einojuhani Rautavaara
Composer Mauricio Kagel
Composer Tera de Marez Oyens
Composer George Lloyd
Composer Mikis Theodorakis
Composer/Trombonist Vinko Globokar
Composer/Pianist Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
Composer Michael Colgrass   [Pulitzer Prize, 1978]
Composer Ruth Lomon
Composer Hans Werner Henze
Composer Joanna Bruzdowicz



Group Three - CONDUCTORS


Conductor James DePreist
Conductor Charles Dutoit
Conductor Antal Doráti
Conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli
Conductor Leonard Slatkin   [Two Interviews]
Conductor Raymond Leppard
Conductor Christopher Keene
Conductor Riccardo Chailly
Conductor Frederick Fennell
Conductor Jane Glover
Conductor Bernard Haitink
Conductor Jorge Mester
Conductor Erich Leinsdorf   [Two Interviews]
Conductor Capt. William J. Phillips   [Leader of the Navy Band]
Conductor JoAnn Falletta
Conductor Robert Spano
Conductor John Nelson
Conductor Nicholas McGegan
Conductor Neeme Järvi
Conductor Margaret Hillis   [Founder of the Chicago Symphony Chorus]
Conductor Kurt Masur
Conductor Jesús López-Cobos
Conductor Lorin Maazel
Conductor Maxim Shostakovich
Conductor Valery Gergiev
Conductor Christian Thielemann
Conductor/Composer Stanisław Skrowaczewski
Conductor Zubin Mehta   [Two Interviews]
Conductor Herbert Blomstedt
Conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch
Conductor Vittorio Negri
Conductor Sir Charles Mackerras
Conductor Andrew Schenck
Conductor Kenneth Jennings   [Director, St. Olaf Choir, 1968-1990]
Conductor Marin Alsop
Conductor Eduardo Mata
Conductor Donato Renzetti
Conductor Günter Wand
Conductor Leopold Hager
Conductor John Pritchard   [First of three interviews; links to the others are included]
Conductor Fiora Contino
Conductor Ferdinand Leitner
Conductor William Revelli   [Director of Bands, University of Michigan, 1935-1971]
Conductor Matthias Bamert
Conductor George Guest   [Director, Choir of St. John's College, Cambridge, 1951-1991]
Conductor/Harpsichordist William Christie   [Founder, Les Arts Florissants]
Conductor Sir David Willcocks   [Director of Music, King's College, Cambridge, 1957-1974;
                                                                Director of the Royal College of Music, London, 1974-1984]

Conductor Gerard Schwarz
Conductor Robert Shaw
Conductor Zdenek Macal
Conductor Paul Strauss
Conductor/Composer Jack Stamp   [Founder, Keystone Wind Ensemble]
Conductor Sergiu Comissiona
Condcutor Stewart Robertson
Conductor Gary Bertini



Group Four - KEYBOARDISTS


Pianist Maurizio Pollini
Pianist John Browning
Pianist/Composer Noël Lee
Pianist/Conductor Mikhail Pletnev
Pianist Alfred Brendel
Pianist Rudolf Firkušný
Pianist Gilbert Kalish
Pianist Paul Badura-Skoda
Pianist György Sándor
Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes
Pianist Murray Perahia
Pianist Cristina Ortiz
Pianist Ruth Laredo
Pianist Abbey Simon
Pianist Stephen Hough
Pianist Richard Goode
Pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva
Pianist Misha Dichter
Pianist Janina Fialkowska
Pianist/Conductor/Composer Ralf Gothóni
Pianist/Composer/Conductor Olli Mustonen
Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Harpsichordist Igor Kipnis
Harpsichordist/Organist David Schrader
Organist Peter Hurford
Keyboardist/Composer Anthony Newman

Piano Technician Franz Mohr   [Chief Concert Technician, Steinway & Sons, 1968-1992]



Group Five - OTHER INSTRUMENTALISTS (Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Etc.)


Violinist Isaac Stern
Violinist/Conductor Yehudi Menuhin
Violinist Gidon Kremer
Violinists Irvine Arditti and David Alberman   [Arditti Quartet]
Violist/Conductor Yuri Bashmet
Violist Kim Kashkashian
Cellist János Starker
Contrabassist Bertram Turetzky

Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis
Guitarist Angel Romero
Guitarist David Russell
Lutenist Paul O'Dette
Lutenist Hopkinson Smith

Flutist Samuel Baron
Flutist Carol Wincenc
Recorder Player Michala Petri
Oboist Ingo Goritzki
Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman
Saxophonist David Pituch
Bassoonist Milan Turkovic
Contrabassoonist Susan Nigro

Trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins
Trumpeter Timofei Dokshizer
Horn Player Dale Clevenger
Trombonist Christian Lindberg
Tubist Harvey Phillips

Percussionist Evelyn Glennie

Accordionist Robert Davine



Group Six - SINGERS, Etc.

Note: Many more singers and other operatic personnel
can be found in the various publications which
are listed farther down on this page.



Soprano Evelyn Lear
Soprano Phyllis Curtin
Soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson
Soprano Kari Lövaas
Soprano Neva Pilgrim
Soprano Cristina Deutekom
Soprano Dame Margaret Price
Soprano Helen Donath
Soprano Dame Eva Turner
Soprano Martina Arroyo
Soprano Isobel Buchanan
Soprano Mattiwilda Dobbs
Soprano Dame Felicity Lott
Soprano Bethany Beardslee
Soprano Marni Nixon
Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano Regina Resnik
Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano Anja Silja
Soprano/Composer Joan La Barbara
Soprano/Director Graziella Sciutti
Soprano Kiri Te Kanawa and Conductor Sir John Pritchard
          [Third of three interviews with Pritchard; links to the others are included]
Mezzo-Soprano Risë Stevens
Mezzo-Soprano Dolora Zajick
Mezzo-Soprano Brigitte Fassbaender
Mezzo-Soprano Yvonne Minton   [Two Interviews]
Mezzo-Soprano Herta Glaz
Mezzo-Soprano Anna Reynolds
Contratlo Maureen Forrester

Tenor Carlo Bergonzi
Tenor Rockwell Blake
Tenor Ian Bostridge
Tenor Wiesław Ochman
Tenor Graham Clark
Tenor Ryland Davies
Tenor Ragnar Ulfung
Tenor John Aler
Baritone Hermann Prey
Baritone Nikolai Putilin
Baritone Richard Stilwell
Baritone Frank Guarrera
Baritone Sir Thomas Allen
Baritone Cornell MacNeil
Baritone Renato Capecchi
Baritone John Shirley-Quirk and Oboist Sara Watkins
Bass-Baritone Walter Berry
Bass-Baritone Norman Bailey
Bass-Baritone Heinz Rehfuss
Bass-Baritone Donald Gramm
Bass-Baritone Tom Krause
Bass Nicola Zaccaria
Bass Robert Lloyd
Bass Stafford Dean and Mezzo-Soprano Anne Howells
Bass/Director Italo Tajo

Actor/Narrator Werner Klemperer
Director Sir Peter Hall
Director John Cox



Group Seven - WRITERS, TECHNICIANS, PATRONS, Etc.


Critic/Professor Thomas Willis    [Chicago Tribune]
Radio Host Karl Haas   [Adventures in Good Music]
Musicologist Stanley Sadie   [Editor of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians]
Publisher Hans Heinsheimer   [Universal Edition; Boosey & Hawkes; G. Schirmer]
Lexicographer Nicolas Slonimsky   [Editor of Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians]
Critic/Translator Andrew Porter   [The New Yorker, and various British publications]

Recording Producer Wilma Cozart Fine    [Mercury Records]
Replica Builder J. Paul Barnett   [Cannons and mechanism used in the 1812 Overture]

Patron Paul Fromm    [Fromm Music Foundation]






These articles have been linked to other websites
or given to various musical organizations

(All have interview material)


CSO Brass Buddies Concert

           (Linked to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Website in March, 2001)


COT Good Soldier Schweik
           (Linked to the Chicago Opera Theater Website in March, 2001)


Interview with Conductor Nicholas Cleobury
           (Linked to the Chicago Opera Theater Website in June, 2001)


Woodstock Mozart Festival
           (Given to the Woodstock Festival in July, 2001)


Interview with Violinist Maxim Vengerov
           (Given to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in September, 2001)


Interview with Pianist Alexander Toradze
           (Given to the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra in January, 2002)


Interview with Mezzo-Soprano Vesselina Kasarova
           (Given to the Opera Orchestra of New York in October, 2006)


Interview with Tenor Ramón Vargas
           (Given to the Opera Orchestra of New York in October, 2006)








These are some of the interviews which
have been published in The Opera Journal,
the quarterly magazine of the
National Opera Association.

My interviews have appeared regularly since September, 1985. (LIST)
Those posted here are as submitted, except for a few as published* .
Most of these now include photographs.


Mezzo-Soprano Teresa Berganza [September, 1985]
Bass Terry Cook [December, 1985]
Soprano Marilyn Zschau [March, 1986]
Director Nathaniel Merrill [June, 1986]*
Quizmaster Edward Downes [September, 1986]
Tenor Vasile Moldoveanu [March, 1987]*
Conductor Max Rudolf [June, 1987]*
Prompter Jane Klaviter [December, 1987]*
The Earl of Harewood [March, 1988]
Producer Boris Goldovsky [June, 1988]
Soprano Ellen Shade [September, 1988]
Producer Robert Gay [December, 1988]
Manager Marc Belfort [June, 1989]
Manager Ardis Krainik [September, 1989]
Bass William Warfield [March, 1990]
Manager Martin Feinstein [March, 1991]
Conductor Emerson Buckley [June, 1991]
Director Robert Wilson [December, 1991]
Tenor Neil Rosenshein [March, 1993]
Conductor/Director Sarah Caldwell [March, 1994]
Librettist Harvey Hess [June, 1994]*
Bass Jerome Hines [September, 1994]
Captain of Supers Ken Recu [December, 1994]
Soprano Gianna Rolandi [June, 1995]
Counter-Tenor Jeffrey Gall [September, 1995]
Bass Eric Halfvorson [September, 1996]
Tenor Paul Groves [June/September, 1998]
Lighting Designer Duane Schuler [December, 1998]
Soprano Laura Aikin [March, 1999]
Bass Mark S. Doss [June, 1999]
Tenor Thomas Moser [September, 2000]
Composer Robert Ward [December, 2000]   [Pulitzer Prize, 1962]
           
(Note: This was my second interview with Robert Ward. The first one, from 1985, can be seen here.)
Soprano Patricia Racette [March, 2001]
Mezzo-Soprano Susan Graham [June, 2001]
Chorus Master Donald Palumbo [September, 2001]
Baritone Alexandru Agache [December, 2001]
Tenor George Shirley [March, 2002]
Conductor Yakov Kreizberg [June, 2002]
Soprano Leontina Vaduva [September, 2002]
Baritone Rodney Gilfry [June, 2003]
Tenor David Cangelosi [September/December, 2003]
Soprano Sheryl Woods [March, 2004]
Mezzo-Soprano Gillian Knight [June, 2004]
Bass-Baritone John Del Carlo [December, 2005]
Tenor Robin Leggate [June, 2006]
Ballet Master Maria Tallchief [September, 2006]
Soprano Andrea Gruber [March, 2007]
Conductor Emmanuel Villaume [June, 2007]
Designer John Conklin [September, 2007]
Bass Franz Hawlata [March, 2008]
Conductor Antonio Pappano [June, 2008]
Director Hal Prince [September, 2008]
Mezzo-Soprano Michelle DeYoung [December, 2008]

    Due to delays in production, no issues of The Opera Journal will be dated 2009.

Soprano June Anderson [2010 #1 & #2 (Double Issue)]
Tenor Donald Kaasch [2010 #3 & #4 (Double Issue)]
Soprano Barbara Bonney [2011 #1 & #2 (Double Issue)]
Soprano Régine Crespin (Also in 2011 #1 & #2)
Basso Buffo Paolo Montarsolo (Also in 2011 #1 & #2)
Conductor Lorin Maazel [2011 #3 & #4 (Double Issue)]
Baritone/Director Tito Gobbi [2012 #1]
Soprano Margaret Harshaw [2012 #2]
Composer Hugo Weisgall [2012 #3]
Soprano Leonie Rysanek [2012 #4]
Baritone Theodor Uppman [2013 #1]
Mezzo-Soprano/Soprano Grace Bumbry [2013 #2]
Tenor James King [2013 #3]
Tenor James McCracken [2013 #4]
Mezzo-Soprano Marilyn Horne [2014 #1]
Soprano Licia Albanese [2014 #2] (Also Massenet Newsletter July 1989)
Soprano Pierrette Alarie and Tenor Léopold Simoneau   [Two Interviews with both singers together] [2014 #3]
Actor/Director Sir Peter Ustinov [2014 #4]
Composer Jack Beeson [2015 #1]






These articles have been published in CityTalk Magazine.
The originals, as submitted to the editor, are posted here.

(Most have interview material)


All Mozart, All the Time (January 26, 2001)
The Heifetz Centennial (February 2, 2001)
The Trojans at Orchestra Hall (February 9, 2001)
Love & Music (February 16, 2001)

           (Considered by the editor, but not used)
Schubert Celebration on WFMT (February 23, 2001)
           (Requested by the editor, but not used)
Presenting Lawrence Rapchak (March 2, 2001)
           (Considered by the editor, but not used)
The Death of WNIB (March 9, 2001)
Alfred Brendel at Orchestra Hall (April 13, 2001)

           (Scheduled to run, but dropped for space)
Verdi Requiem at Orchestra Hall (April 20, 2001)
Boulez and Uchida at Orchestra Hall (April 27, 2001)
Bach Week in Evanston (May 4, 2001)

Nothing further of mine will be given to this publication






From 1980 until 1992, forty-five of my interviews (plus five articles)
were published in Wagner News, the newsletter of the
Wagner Society of America. (LIST) Eventually, more will be posted
on this website, but for now, here are a few from that series . . .

Conductor Marek Janowski [January & March, 1981]
Mezzo-Soprano/Soprano Janis Martin [April, 1981] (Also Opera Scene, October, 1982)
Bass Hans Sotin [July, 1981] (Also Opera Scene, October, 1982)
Tenor Hermann Winkler [September, 1981]

"The First Digital Tristan; A Talk with the Maestro, the Hero and the Boss" [February, 1982]
(Conductor Sir Reginald Goodall, Tenor John Mitchinson, and
Brian McMaster, General Administrator of the Welsh National Opera)

Tenor David Gordon [May, 1982] (Also Opera Scene, November, 1982)
Soprano Johanna Meier [Summer, 1982]
Bass-Baritone Simon Estes [April, 1983]
Mezzo-Soprano Blanche Thebom [August, 1983]
Conductor Erich Leinsdorf   [Two Interviews] [June, 1984]
Bass Don Garrard [March, 1986]

"Seattle and the New Ring" [Summer, 1986]
(Conductor Armin Jordan, Director François Rochaix, and Designer Robert Israel)

Tenor Jon Vickers [October, 1986]

Conductor Sir John Pritchard [February, 1987]
[Second of three interviews; links to the others are included]

Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano Martha Mödl [March, 1987]
Baritone Julian Patrick [July, 1987]
Conductor Edwin McArthur [September, 1987]
Soprano Anna Tomowa-Sintow [December, 1987]
Conductor Maurice Abravanel [January, 1988] (Also Massenet Newsletter, July, 1986)
Bass Giorgio Tozzi [March, 1988]
Bass Kurt Moll [May, 1988]
Conductor Christopher Keene [September, 1988]
Director August Everding [October, 1988]
Soprano Birgit Nilsson [Summer, 1989]
Bass William Wildermann [December, 1989]
Bass-Baritone Archie Drake [April, 1990]
Tenor Jean Cox [January, 1992]







From 1982 until 1993, thirty-two of my interviews (plus one article)
were published in The Massenet Newsletter, the semi-annual journal
of The Massenet Society. (LIST) Eventually, more will be posted
on this website, but for now, here are a few from that series . . .

Conductor Michel Plasson [January, 1982]
Tenor Alfredo Kraus [July, 1982] (Also Opera Scene, August, 1982)
Conductor Jean Fournet [January, 1983]
Conductor Julius Rudel [July, 1983]
(Article) Massenet, Mary Garden, and the Chicago Opera 1910-1932 [January, 1984]
Soprano Helen Jepson [July, 1986]
Conductor Maurice Abravanel [July, 1986] (Also Wagner News, January, 1988)
Conductor/Composer Manuel Rosenthal [January, 1987]
Historian Anne Bessand-Massenet [January 1988]
Soprano Licia Albanese [July 1989] (Also The Opera Journal, 2014, #2)
Soprano Joan Sutherland and Conductor Richard Bonynge [July, 1990]
Soprano Renata Scotto [July, 1991]
Soprano Jarmila Novotna [June, 1992]
Tenor Jacque Trussel [January, 1993]
Soprano Faith Esham [July, 1993]







From 1984 until 1987, nine of my interviews were published
in Nit & Wit, a bi-monthly literary arts magazine.
(LIST) Eventually, more will be posted on this website,
but for now, here are a few from that series . . .

Baritone Benjamin Luxon [January, 1986]
Director/Manager Lotfi Mansouri [November, 1986]
Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas [March, 1987]
Composer Donald Erb [1987, but unpublished due to the demise of this magazine]
Director Sonja Frisell [1987, but unpublished due to the demise of this magazine]







In 1993, The Instrumentalist Magazine requested my interviews with
Sir Georg Solti, to be used as the cover article in their October issue.

Conductor Sir Georg Solti   [Two Interviews] [October, 1993]







From May of 1982 until June of 1983, a business partner
and I published Opera Scene magazine.
The eleven issues included twenty-one of my interviews
(plus six articles). (LIST) As noted above, a few had been
previously published in Wagner News or the Massenet Newsletter.
Eventually, more will be posted on this website,
but for now, here are some of them . . .

Soprano Ruth Welting [May, 1982]
Tenor Alfredo Kraus [August, 1982] (Also Massenet Newsletter, July, 1982)
Mezzo-Soprano/Soprano Janis Martin [October, 1982] (Also Wagner News, April, 1981)
Bass Hans Sotin [October, 1982] (Also Wagner News, July, 1981)
Soprano Josephine Barstow [November, 1982]
Tenor David Gordon [November, 1982] (Also Wagner News, May, 1982)
Baritone Sesto Bruscantini [December, 1982]
Comprimario Tenor Florindo Andreolli [December, 1982]
Soprano Elena Mauti-Nunziata [January, 1983]
Tenor Gualtiero Negrini [March, 1983]
Conductor Joseph De Rugeriis [April, 1983]
Mezzo-Soprano Claudine Carlson [May, 1983]







In June of 1990, I was asked by Northwestern University
to deliver the Address to the Graduates at the
School of Music Commencement Convocation.
To read that address and see pictures of the event,
click HERE






To see the full list of my interview guests
click HERE

[This list is being kept up to date]






To see the list of my published interviews
click HERE