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.
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.
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.
Favorite operas: Lohengrin, Siegfried, Tannhauser, La Boheme, La Forza del Destino and Cosi fan Tutte. Favorite composers: Wagner & Puccini. Favourite singer: Catherine Foster.
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.
Arriving late in the opera world, I try to catch up by listening to everything that happens in Paris. Puccini stepped up to the plate and Mozart definitely convinced me that opera has a future.
Marina Boagno is a life-long opera fan. Besides publishing a number of books, 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", Azzali, Parma, 1990.