Visions of John Zorn at Adelaide Festival

Melissa Lesnie is interviewed about working with John Zorn, in anticipation of performing Zorn’s works in Adelaide.

I first worked for him in November 2012, premiering Holy Visions for New York City Opera’s Vox Festival. I was introduced to Zorn by Lisa Bielawa, who in addition to her incredibly busy life as a composer is also a fab soprano. She was singing in the Vox project but had to pull out so she recommended me to the other singers in the group. Luckily for me, Zorn liked my sound and approach and I’ve been working with him since then. Lisa will be singing in Adelaide too. It’s a really lovely, tight-knit group.