Podium Time Podcast

Podium Time Podcast

A couple of years ago or so, while guesting as a teacher at the Bard Summer Institute for Conductors, I met Jeremy D. Cuebas and Luke Lyons-Hunt, two wonderful musicians who were, back then, moving their first steps into the conducting world. Well, it turned out that...
What is the purpose of a conductor?

What is the purpose of a conductor?

What is a conductor supposed to do (and not to do)   Well, last month I spent a week teaching at the Bard Conductors Institute. It was absolutely fantastic, as it always is when I go back to that special place. And, as usual, when you teach you learn – a...
From Pickwick to picnic

From Pickwick to picnic

The art of losing ground Once upon a time, not that long ago, you could catch quite a few cultural programs on Italian national TV (the RAI). One of my all times favorites was Pickwick, a program dedicated to literature (contemporary and non) hosted by the brilliant...
The art of training and developing the voice

The art of training and developing the voice

James McCray was one of the greatest dramatic tenors of all times. After a career which saw him singing everywhere in the world, with conductors such as James Levine and Zubin Metha and colleagues such as Eileen Farrel and Jessye Norman, he became a highly respected...
Drowning culture

Drowning culture

It’s official: on august 6, while some people were on vacation and others preferred not to be bothered, the Italian government published the figures of the funds allocated for all orchestras around the country. More than 60 orchestras were not admitted to receive any...
Midsummer night’s rant

Midsummer night’s rant

I’m hearing too many bad performances. I don’t mean badly executed from a technical point of view (well, sometimes too), but from a purely basic musical point of view. What’s the first and most important thing we (should) learn when we study music?...

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