Layla Claire sat down with Opera Lively at the beginning of May to talk about The Metropolitan Opera’s RAKE’S PROGRESS production. The interview was just released. Here’s a snippet:
“It’s been a complete joy to work with each and every one of them. Official Gerald Finley is someone I’ve admired for years. As a Canadian, of course I look up to him. He is such a terrific artist! I think his technique is impeccable. There is almost nobody who sings like him, today. It was really interesting to watch him develop his Nick Shadow, because he really went for a subtle, very creepy character. He just snuck up on us, and that was amazing to watch.Of course, Stephanie Blythe, oh my God! I had the privilege of singing with her before with the BSO. I mean, that instrument, is there anything like it in this world? My hair gets blown back when she is singing that duet in my face! [laughs] It’s such a wall of gorgeous, huge sound! She is such a comic; she has got such a good sense of humor! But she never made Baba goofy. She made her a real person. That was admirable, as well.
And then, of course, Paul Appleby is my sweet dear friend whom I love making music with. We approach music in the same way. We both come to it from the character and the emotion, first. We work so well together, and we get somewhere really quickly. It doesn’t take us very long to get to the core of what’s happening. Musically we’ve done a lot together and I think there is a reason why we are cast together. We have the same sensibility.” full interview here.