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The Seckerson Tapes: Edward Gardner Interview | reviews, news & interviews

The Seckerson Tapes: Edward Gardner Interview

The Seckerson Tapes: Edward Gardner Interview

The English National Opera's whizz-kid chief conductor speaks

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?

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