Opera News: James Gaffigan Stepping Up

credit: Vera Hartmann

“The whole ‘Maestro’ thing—I think that time is coming to an end…to tell a singer that it must be this tempo, that this is the way it must be, is the most ridiculous thing in the world.  Because every singer is different, and everyone’s voice spins differently.  They have so many gymnastics to do up there, so I want to make their lives as easy as possible.  We should know when to help them and when to leave them alone. This is the golden rule of conducting” -James Gaffigan in Opera News, read the July issue for full feature.