Singers on Singing: Composer Profiles

An Introduction to Singers on Singing: Composer Profiles

An expanding archive focused on composers, currently with features on Richard Strauss, Benjamin Britten, Claude Debussy and Hector Berlioz.

From time to time, we celebrate great composers in our Singers on Singing documentary series.

In December of 2012, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Debussy’s birth, Singers on Singing carried in text form a special feature on Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, in which several of the most distinguished interpreters of the opera discuss their roles: they are Colette Alliot-Lugaz, Jose van Dam, Francois Le Roux and Frederica von Stade.

In November 2013 Singers on Singing published the first of a series entitled Singers on Singing: Composer Profiles. This first audio documentary of the series commemorates Benjamin Britten at the centenary of his birth.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss in June 2014, Singers on Singing presented a new exclusively-made audio documentary called Singing Strauss. As part of the series Singers on Singing: Composer Profiles, it is hosted by producer Jon Tolansky, and contributors, including two from the archives who knew the composer, include singers Maria Ewing, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Martha Eggerth, Renée Fleming, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Lotte Lehmann, Dame Felicity Lott, Thomas Hampson and Nadja Michael, and conductors Sir Mark Elder and Bernard Keeffe.

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.

Singers on Singing: Composer Profiles features


Singers on Singing:
Singing Berlioz


Singers on Singing: Singing Debussy


Singers on Singing: Singing Strauss


Singers on Singing: Singing Britten


Singers on Singing: Pelléas et Mélisande

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Singers on Singing: Great Artists in Conversation