Artist Spotlight

These lively Q&A's aim to shed light on the personalities behind the music. Get to know your favorite artists...or discover someone new!


Artist Spotlight
June 6, 2013

Singer/composer Rufus Wainwright rides life’s challenges with a light heart and a commitment to reinvent himself regularly.

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Artist Spotlight
May 23, 2013

Matthew Polenzani returns to S.F. Opera to sing the title role in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann. Here, he opens up about the challenges of Hoffmann, his approach to new roles — and what he has planned for future seasons.

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Artist Spotlight
May 15, 2013

Lera Auerbach, preparing for a premiere with New Century Chamber Orchestra, discusses her need to pursue multiple artistic endeavors beyond mere composing.

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Artist Spotlight
May 2, 2013

The young bicoastal and tremendously busy tenor Michael Fabiano has much to say about getting into the character of a song, and the crying need for arts in the schools.

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Artist Spotlight
April 18, 2013

Approaching the winter of the Tokyo String Quartet’s existence, cellist Clive Greensmith reflects on changes and challenges over the years, and on his plans for the future.

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Artist Spotlight
April 17, 2013

The much-lauded choreographer Paul Taylor reflects on rites of spring on stage and in his own garden, as his company readies for a series of San Francisco performances.

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Artist Spotlight
April 12, 2013

Before making his S.F. Symphony debut, Augustin Hadelich talks about his musical upbringing in Italy with German parents, how he prepares for performance, and where he finds his extraordinary instruments.

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Artist Spotlight
April 10, 2013

Vocal coach and accompanist extraordinaire Steven Blier waxes eloquent on how he helps singers make art songs vivid, personal, and sincere.

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Artist Spotlight
April 2, 2013

The virtuoso recitalist Richard Goode speaks of how Beethoven chose him, and of how he loves to “enact the music” for himself and his rapt audiences.

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Artist Spotlight
April 1, 2013

The man-of-many-voices Bobby McFerrin reflects on his career start in the Bay Area, his musical legacy from his parents, and his recent innovative CDs.

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