Maria-Cristina Necula

Maria-Cristina Necula

Maria-Cristina Necula is a New York-based writer whose published work includes the book “Life in Opera: Truth, Tempo, and Soul” and articles in “Das Opernglas,” “Studies in European Cinema,” and “Opera News.” A classically-trained singer, she has presented on opera at Baruch College, the Graduate Center, the City College of New York, UCLA, and others. She holds a doctoral degree in Comparative Literature from The Graduate Center. Maria-Cristina also writes for the culture and society website “Woman Around Town.” To find out more and get in touch, please visit her website.

The Art of Seeing with the Ears : A Conversation with Ramón Vargas

Ramón Vargas remarkably made his Met debut replacing an icon in the industry, and since that time he has become keenly aware of the many changes in operatic traditions. Read his thoughts on the evolution of opera, how to increase longevity in this incredibly competitive field, and what traits singers need in order to find success. 

Arrigo Boito’s “Streben”

Though the innovations of Arrigo Boito were initially met with resistance, his work, Mefistofele, left a profound influence on operatic composers.

Honest Emotion with Kamal Khan

Kamal Khan’s career has included working with top singers in the industry and has also taken him to the Dominican Republic and South Africa. Read about his many collaborations with singers from across the globe and get his advice on cultivating greater meaning and sincerity as an artist. 

The Cast on ‘Romulus’ and Chamber Opera

Read what the singers involved in the world premiere of Louis Karchin’s new opera, Romulus, have to say about the experience, including their advice for attempting chamber opera in your area.

The Road to ‘Romulus’ : Louis Karchin Talks About His New Chamber Opera

Working with a living composer on the world premiere of a new work can be exciting and challenging. Composer Louis Karchin and a group of singers recently showcased his new opera in New York City. Karchin shares his advice for making such a project a success.

The Many Hats of Sheri Greenawald

Soprano Sheri Greenawald has graced the world’s finest opera stages—including San Francisco Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Fenice in Venice, and the Bavarian State Opera. In recent years, she has also worn the hats of voice teacher and college professor and recently added the hat of administrator with her appointment as director of the San Francisco Opera Center. Greenawald will continue giving back to young singers, as a featured presenter at this year’s Classical Singer Convention.

From Great Plans to Great Results : A Conversation with Peter Gelb

Upon his recent retirement, Joseph Volpe handed the reigns to Peter Gelb, making him the new general director of the Met, America’s premier opera house. With big shoes to fill, Gelb’s vast experience in production has prepared him well—and he has big ideas for change and improvement at the Met. In this Classical Singer exclusive, Gelb shares how his parents helped shape his cultural interests, how his early years as an usher at the Met have influenced his ideas for generating excitement within those walls again, and why he advises singers to think of opera in terms of “musical theater.”

New Appointments at Houston Grand

The face of Houston Grand Opera’s Studio recently changed, with two new appointments: Hector Vasquez and Kathleen Kelly. As Diane Zola becomes artistic director of HGO, Vasquez and Kelly discuss their new roles with HGO’s Studio.

Endless Opportunities: : A Conversation with Diane Zola of Houston Grand Opera

In this issue about Young Artist Programs, we shine the spotlight on the Houston Grand Opera Studio. Read about the logistics of the program, and about the exciting new changes happening at HGO.

Taconic Opera’s Dan Montez: : One Dream, Many Roles

A modern-day pioneer, Dan Montez began Taconic Opera eight years ago. Montez’ dedication to his family led him to leave behind a traditional singing career and look for alternate ways of making a living while still being actively involved in opera. His regional opera company is making this ideal a reality for other singers, too. Read what Mr. Montez looks for in singers he hires, what advice he
has for singers—including avoiding negativity and how to set goals—as well as how he manages all aspects of his opera company, from artistic direction to marketing.

To Thine Own Self Be True : An Interview With José Cura

Truly a modern-day renaissance man, José Cura continues to astound audiences, whether it’s from the podium or the stage. A self-described “rebel,” Mr. Cura has done things his way, from starting his own management and recording company to being a self-taught singer. He shares with CS readers how being an athlete before becoming a singer has influenced his view of singing, what he does to ensure that he does more than parent his two children via the phone, and what type of music he prefers to compose.

No Artifice: : Patrick Summers

From San Francisco Opera, to Houston Grand Opera, to the Shanghai Conservatory, Patrick Summers has enjoyed a successful and varied career as a music director, teacher, and conductor. In this Classical Singer exclusive, he shares his secrets for having a career as a singer, his amazing experiences working in China, and what he looks for in an audition.