Grammy award-winning producer James Mallinson reveals the intricacies behind recording an opera live, with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra.
“Recording opera in concert is the only way you can do it. Trying to record opera on an opera house stage is impossible because singers are rushing around all over the place, there’s crashes, there’s bangs and they’re never in the right place. They’re never close to a microphone so it doesn’t really work. Opera in concert is a very good way of making a recording.
I actually think that quite a lot of operas benefit from being listened to rather than watched. You find you focus simply on the music.” James Mallinson