Donald Palumbo is the Metropolitan Opera’s chorus master. He tells Fresh Air about “stagger breathing,” the ways singers protect their voices and his own lack of formal training.
For the composer, life is how the past and the future connect. Glass’ new memoir, Words Without Music, looks back on his childhood, travels through Asia and when his music provoked violence.
A classical virtuoso and an equally captivating flamenco player combine for a set of duets. Whether playing music by Bach or Peña, they’re undeniably brilliant.
For the millennium, in 2000 American composer John Adams completed a compelling, large-scale oratorio based on the nativity story called El Niño. Now he’s composed a companion piece, The Gospel According to the Other Mary…
The composer’s music strives to reconcile a fascination with the past with a stylish, pointillist craftsmanship. He says he takes the same care in surrounding himself with objects he loves.
Danilo Pérez got his start playing piano with Dizzy Gillespie. The celebrated composer’s latest project is an ambitious one: 500 years of trade, exploration and colonization represented in music.