The Interviews





Violist Kim Kashkashian talks with Brent about her new recording of Bach’s Cello Suites.


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Anthony Barrese, artistic director of Opera Southwest, and Joseph Hubbard, who sings the part of The Sacristan, talk with Brent about the upcoming production of Puccini’s Tosca.


Mirror in Mirror

(Courtesy Avie Records)

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers talks with Brent about her new CD, “Mirror in Mirror”.


Nestor Torres

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Flutist Nestor Torres talks with Brent about his upcoming concerts, with the Santa Fe Symphony at the Lensic, and a jazz concert at the Outpost in Albuquerque.


Pianist Awadagin Pratt on Grieg’s Piano Concerto and so much more.

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Hilary Hahn discusses her new CD of Bach solo violin compositions with Brent.


Brent talks with Franz Joachim of New Mexico PBS about the show he produced (along with the Santa Fe Symphony), on the subject of Music and Math.


James Holland of Albuquerque Chamber Soloists talks with Brent about the upcoming concert featuring string quartets by Mozart and Schubert.


Jonathan Winkle, executive director of Performance Santa Fe, tells Brent about the upcoming 2018 season.

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John Adams and Brent Stevens have a wide-ranging discussion about his opera “Dr. Atomic”… and more.

Part 1: Finding the musical expression for an opera.

Part 2: Musical settings… and how Adams is a little bit like Mozart.

Part 3: Exploring the female side of The Manhattan Project.

Part 4: Starting an opera is an new adventure… every time.

Part 5: Memories of growing up during The Cold War.






Conductor Matthew Greer and Quintessence move their Summer Choral Festival to the National Hispanic Cultural Center… and feature a New Mexico Premiere.


Liv Redpath‘s Mainstage Debut at Santa Fe Opera is Zerbinetta in Strauss’s “Ariadne auf Naxos.” She’s going to have a career to watch.


Photo: David Kunzler & Melchior Burgi

James Gaffigan tells Brent about coming to the Santa Fe Opera for the first time… to conduct Strauss’s “Ariadne auf Naxos.”

(Photo by Nate Ryan)

Jack Swanson,  a former apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera, talks with Brent about his upcoming main stage debut there as Lindoro in Rossini’s “The Italian Girl in Algiers”.  


Shawna Lucey talks with Brent about stage directing “The Italian Girl in Algiers” at the Santa Fe Opera.


Julia Bullock

Julia Bullock, fresh off her San Francisco Opera debut, talks with Brent about working with Peter Sellars as Kitty Oppenheimer in John Adams’ Dr. Atomic at the Santa Fe Opera.


Ryan McKinny

Ryan McKinny talks with Brent about his role as Robert Oppenheimer in the Santa Fe Opera’s production of Dr. Atomic.


(Cover by Tom Bachtell)

Composer and singer Patrice Michaels has a family connection to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg… and she’s created a musical portrait of Ginsburg.

(Photo by Ken Howard)

Kelly Kaduce tells Brent about the challenges… physiically, mentally, and musically… of singing Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at the Santa Fe Opera.

A.J. Glueckert steps into the role of Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly at the Santa Fe Opera.

(Photo by Richard  Haughton.)

Harry Bicket conducts the Santa Fe Opera premiere production of Bernstein’s Candide this summer.

Brenda Rae travels the world as Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide. Brent Stevens only had to travel to Santa Fe to find her in rehearsals.

(Photo of Brenda Rae by Kristin Hoebermann)

John Fiore conducts Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. He tells Brent about the version he’s bringing to The Santa Fe Opera.





(Photo of John Fiore courtesy Opera Online)

Alek Schrader returns to the Santa Fe Opera… and to the title role in Candide.

Composer Peter Boyer tells Brent about his Grammy-nominated Ellis Island: The Dream of America.

Violinist Joshua Bell talks to Brent about his new CD with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, featuring music of Bruch.


Simone Dinnerstein relates J.S. Bach and Philip Glass to each other and to her new CD “Circles.”

(Photo of Simone Dinnerstein by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco


Norman Krieger talks with Brent about his new CD.