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Five Minutes with... Josep-Ramon Olivé

Posted on 15 January 2019

We caught up with Josep-Ramon Olivé, one of the most respected baritones of his generation, ahead of his appearance here at Sage Gateshead during New Year New Artists Festival on 19 January.

What can people expect from your show?
An intimate recital, an approach to German lieder. I always like to present these recitals as an opportunity to share stories with the audience, to tell them carefully through beautiful music. Also, they will have the chance to discover a new piece which feels very different from the other repertoire that I’m singing and which explores new harmonies, new vocal challenges and a real connection with the piano part.

Who are your biggest musical influences?
Concerning lieder I’m a huge fan of Fischer-Dieskau, but I also like listening to Thomas Quasthoff, Thomas Hampson or Simon Keenlyside. As a general artist I grew up listening a lot to Bryn Terfel, he is a benchmark for me.

Who is your favourite new musician?
I think baritone James Newby has got a great talent and an exciting future ahead.

What does performing at Sage Gateshead mean to you?
A great excitement, an opportunity to reach an audience I’ve never had the chance before and who is also very used to great artists and music. I like the idea also of performing in a space which is a leading place for musical education and musical innovation.

What’s coming up next for you?
Apart from this Rising Star tour which will take place until June, this year comes full of new exciting projects including the premiere of a new opera by the Catalan composer Joan Magrané at the Festival Castell de Peralada, as well as performing La Partenope by Vinci at the Teatro Calderon in Valladolid and Tosca by Puccini at the Liceu in Barcelona. Within the oratorio field, I’ll be performing the Messiah in Handel’s birthplace Halle celebrating Handel’s birthday.

See the full New Year New Artists line-up