Producer, Giving Thanks to Music, Specials
Jon Tolansky specialises in making documentary features on composers and performers for international broadcasting organisations and recording companies, including the WFMT Radio Network, the BBC, the CBC, Warner Classics (formerly EMI Classics), Decca Classics, and Deutsche Grammophon. He pioneered the first ever sets of documentary interview profiles on CD, for which he has personally collaborated with acclaimed artists such as Grace Bumbry, Jose van Dam, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Mirella Freni, Nicolai Gedda, Angela Gheorghiu, Carlo Maria Giulini, Thomas Hampson, Marilyn Horne, Yevgeni Kissin, Yehudi Menuhin, Sir Antonio Pappano, Luciano Pavarotti, Ruggero Raimondi, Mstislav Rostropovich, Giuseppe di Stefano, Dame Joan Sutherland and Jon Vickers. Additionally he has produced retrospective CD and DVD documentaries with new material on Benjamin Britten, Maria Callas, Carlos Kleiber, Otto Klemperer and Dmitri Shostakovich. Many of Jon Tolansky’s documentary profiles of opera singers are permanently housed for public listening in the Singers on Singing archive that has been created specifically for his features within the website of the Hampsong Foundation (www.hampsongfoundation.org) – a not-for-profit platform for the support, proliferation, study and research of song and opera.