ENO podcast: Edward Gardner
Monday 14 June 2010
Edward Gardner is no longer English National Opera's best kept secret. The former choral scholar and repetiteur goes from strength to strength helming ENO through productive and interesting times.
The world's stages are now beckoning. During a break in final rehearsals for Mozart's great opera seria "Idomeneo" in a new production from multi-media queen Katie Mitchell he talks informally to Edward Seckerson about what being music director of a company like this entails. The long conversations with directors (what kind of things is Terry Gilliam asking him ahead of his operatic debut next season?), the relationship with chorus and orchestra, the psychology involved in nurturing singers and getting the very best from them.
He talks about ENO's Young Artist programme and what makes it different from other such schemes. He talks about next season - the two Fausts - Gounod and Berlioz - and his first Boccanegra. And, of course, his life beyond ENO and how his operatic work impacts on his concert work. Just how "theatrical" is Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius?
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Eurovision 2015: Graham Norton returns with another cutting commentary - his best lines
- 2 Purity balls: Girls in the US making virginity pledges as fathers vow to 'protect purity'
- 3 Eurovision 2015 winner: Sweden beats Russia and Italy to take title from Conchita Wurst
- 4 Mother 'will allow son's circumcision in return for release from prison'
- 5 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland