Singers on Singing: Great Artists in Conversation

The Hampsong Tolansky Interview Archive

Introduction

Singers on Singing: Great Artists in Conversation is an interview archive, featuring interviews created and executed by award-winning documentarian Jon Tolansky. Tolansky’s interviews profile the lives and artistry of some of the most acclaimed opera singers in musical history. In this archive, you will be able to find interviews with and musical clips of some of the most distinguished singers of the past century.

The Singers on Singing pantheon of great artists in conversation was launched in the fall of 2012 with two generations of legendary singers who were born in the same country: Romania. Sopranos Virginia Zeani and Angela Gheorghiu collectively span in their careers a 65 year compass of operatic history, from 1947 to the present time. In each of their documentary profiles they recall their lives going back to their earliest beginnings studying singing, and they discuss artistic and technical elements of some of their most highly acclaimed roles.

In addition to more than a dozen pieces focusing on major artists, Singers on Singing includes special features such as Singers on Singing: Composer Profiles and Singers on Singing: The Performer’s Perspective, among others.

Since 2015, the series has continued to expand with Singers on Singing: Signature Roles, in which distinguished singers discuss in depth roles for which they have been famously acclaimed.

We acknowledge with gratitude the generosity of the WFMT Radio Network and Opera Magazine for agreeing that some materials originally commissioned by them can be included in Singers on Singing. Other materials are appearing here for the first time.

Date:

2012-Present

Partners:

Jon Tolansky
WFMT Radio Network
Opera Magazine

Our latest releases in Singers on Singing:

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‘Opera: Passion, Power and Politics’ Special Feature

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Singers on Singing: Deborah Polaski discusses Elektra

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Singers on Singing: Grace Bumbry discusses Amneris

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Singers on Singing: Sir John Tomlinson discusses Wotan

Special Features & Series within Singers on Singing:

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‘Opera: Passion, Power and Politics’ Special Feature

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Singers on Singing: Signature Roles

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Singers on Singing: Composer Profiles

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Singers on Singing: The Performer’s Perspective

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Singers on Singing: Jon Vickers–A Memoir

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Schubert’s Journey: An Exploration with Thomas Hampson

Singers on Singing: Great Artists in Conversation Documentary Features:

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Singers on Singing :
Montserrat Caballé

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Singers on Singing :
Maria Callas

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Singers on Singing :
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

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Singers on Singing :
Mirella Freni

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Singers on Singing :
Nicolai Gedda

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Singers on Singing :
Angela Gheorghiu

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Singers on Singing :
Peter Glossop

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Singers on Singing :
Tito Gobbi

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Singers on Singing :
Thomas Hampson

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Singers on Singing :
Marilyn Horne

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Singers on Singing :
Sophie Koch

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Singers on Singing :
Lotte Lehmann

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Singers on Singing :
Luciano Pavarotti

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Singers on Singing :
Ruggero Raimondi

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Singing on Singing :
Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

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Singers on Singing: Renata Scotto

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Singers on Singing :
Giuseppe Di Stefano

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Singers on Singing :
Dame Joan Sutherland

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Singers on Singing :
Renata Tebaldi

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Singers on Singing :
Sir John Tomlinson

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Singers on Singing :
Jon Vickers

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Singers on Singing :
Virginia Zeani