Het team van Opera Gazet
Bellini, Donizetti. Tito Schipa, Fritz Wunderlich, Ileana Cotrubas. Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera, Laurence Dale. Certified unmasker of directors’ humbug.
Marco Ziegler, based in Zürich, went to the opera from the age of 10 and has a keen eye and ear for the developments of the last few decades. Favourite genre: Italian Opera. Favourite operas: Aida, Don Carlo and La Forza del destino.
Robert Levine is a New York born-and-bred music writer and editor. He was co-editor of Tower Records' Pulse! magazine, initiated Amazon.com's classical CD store, and is the author of hundreds of articles and reviews and is the author of "Weep, Shudder, Die - A Guide to Loving Opera," "Maria Callas - A Musical Biography," and "A Child's Guide to the Orchestra".
Marina Boagno is a life-long opera fan. She acted for many years as an amateur talent scout, organizing concerts, creating and directing events and looking for and promoting young opera singers. Author of "Franco Corelli – Un uomo, una voce" (1990) and a biography of Ettore Bastianini’s, “Una Voce di Bronzo e di Velluto” (2003)
Musical education: flute, singing in a chorus (under the baton of composer Johann Krebs). Former newspaper and radio journalist, owner of a PR agency since 1998. Favourite composers: Verdi and Wagner.
Daniela Debus is an art historian, cultural journalist and author. Location Berlin. Wrote a book about Salomé (Hirmer Verlag). For Opera Gazet, she reviews Berlin's opera premieres.
First prize in diction, singing and music history at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. Enthusiastic admirer of Richard Strauss and Wagner.
Founder of Opera Gazet (1991). Reviewer. Preference for the German repertoire, especially for the composers Wagner, Richard Strauss and Mozart.
Opera fan for 70 years. Collects opera videos. Favourite operas Arabella, Turandot and Meistersinger. Favourite composers Mozart, Verdi and Wagner. Favourite singers Lisa della Casa, Jose Carreras. Likes any staging which serves the music.
Favourite composers: Bellini, Braunfels, Donizetti, Mercadante, Meyerbeer, Rossini and Schreker. "Tenor-minded": Michael Spyres, Andreas Schager, Rockwell Blake.
Curious opera buff. Favourite composers are Wagner, Debussy and Moussorgsky. Increasingly interested in contemporary opera.