Upbeat for Thursday 24 December 2015
American Soprano Renee Fleming was here in September giving a one-off concert with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor James Judd. She is a regular host and performer in the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD broadcasts. She speaks to Eva Radich about those broadcasts and her recent debut on Broadway.
Douglas Wright talks about the personal experiences that led to his latest dance work The Kiss Inside; the work centres on the human pursuit of ecstasy in sex, drugs, physical exertion, sado-masochism and religion.
Dutch violinist Janine Jansen is usually to be found playing with the best orchestras in Europe and America. She is married to conductor Daniel Blendulf and talks about the joy of sharing the stage in this country with her husband, as he conducts the NZSO as she performs Tchaikovsky's violin concerto.
Rae de Lisle
Piano pedagogue Rae de Lisle was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list. As a pianist Rae's own career was cut short by injury and she is now not only one of the country's leading piano teachers but also an international expert on focal distonia having completed her doctoral thesis on the debilitating injury last year.