In this charming interview, Iain Burnside talks about his life 'on the touchline of opera'. He is both a distinguished pianist who works with singers as well as an award-winning broadcaster on BBC Radio 3. Click here to go to his page on the BBC website.
In his interview, Iain speaks about his dear friend Susan Chilcott, who died of cancer shortly after her 40th birthday. He speaks about her performance as Desdemona, so it seemed appropriate to use excerpts from a sublime recording published posthumously by Cypres records of Susan Chilcott performing Britten, Verdi, Strass and Boesmans in Brussels. The conductor is Antonio Pappano who said "Susan Chilcott was the embodiment of the deepest emotional expression through her voice and her unique stage presence". It is a wonderful recording and if you'd like to get a copy click here to go to the Cypres website.
Burnside also talked about YouTube being a fabulous resource for operatic excerpts. You can have a look at the pieces he talks about by looking at our YouTube page here where I've bookmarked them as favourites.