Interviews with American Theatre Creatives: Brisa Trinchero (Producer)

As you may recall, I am in the process of writing a new book about the Musical Theatre industry in the USA and UK –  otherwise referred to as ‘Broadway’ and the ‘West End’ – albeit the industry is far more diverse than these two primary Meccas for aspiring writers, and an area which is also covered in some depth inside the book.

As part of the development for writing this book, I have  interviewed a number of leading theatre professionals around the world about their work and the current state of the industry.   Without exception, everyone interviewed have given freely of their time – and they are busy folk – so my thanks to each and everyone of them is entirely heartfelt.

Each interviewee has also reviewed the transcript of their respective interview, so what you read is really what they want to say and impart to readers as salient information.

The book covers five main areas of investigation: Continue Reading →

Diogo Rodrigues plays Sanz

I saw this on the Early Guitars and Vihuela network this morning in my ongoing quest to figure out more about the baroque guitar and decided ‘to share’ on a whim.  I’m much taken with this young man’s playing.  Born in Sao Paulo, this young lutenist and baroque guitarist is a member of Ensemble La Notte.

Of course, it helps that Diogo is playing one of my very favourite pieces (‘Canarios’).  You can find other videos of this talented young man on YouTube if you’re interested?

Take care,


ps.  I’ve also cross-posted this on The Mapmaker’s Opera website


Leadership in Conducting: An Interesting Perspective

This is an interesting 2009 TED talk on different aspects of leadership given by Israeli conductor Itay Talgam.  It was shown to me by a young colleague Tom Theakston in Manchester (who, into the future, will be a name to remember in music circles).  I think the interesting thing that comes from this exposition by Mr. Talgam is that leadership is contiguous with the ability to communicate, and that communication at a high level can be manifested in different ways.  Conversely, an inability to articulate what is needed at critical junctures in demanding environments almost invariably leads to a lesser outcome.  It’s about 21 minutes of your time, but you’ll learn something.

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