This Autumn I shall mostly be singing Salerio in the Merchant of Venice at WNO. I'm having a great time with it. It feels like a lemon sorbet after all the Wagner and Verdi I've been doing the last few years. See HERE for more info.
... and goodbye lovely team and Richard and Jon. Love Opera Project, never problems only solutions.
Pensare Opera at Chiswick House and Gardens.Truly stupendous, brave audiences because...
What seriously lovely people. I had a great night, kinda mixed in with my 25th wedding anniversary but that's the rub of the green. It's always wonderful to sing with such wonderful conductors and with the BBC Concert Orchestra. A real treat.
Sasha took this at the big top G moment at the end of Nulla silenzio. The (excellent) conductor, Toby Purser, is having a proverbial cup of tea waiting for me to get to the cadence. Thanks Toby! Sasha always puts together the best gigs, always in the nicest surroundings.
I set up an audition for Western Australian Opera at the GSMD with the lovely Liz Marcus and the ever dashing Brad Cohen. OMG! Quite weird to be back after such an age.
So John calls me up to go through the score with me and I'm singing it through with him and it all feels absurdly easy. Ah yes I realise, I've been singing this little ditty for nearly 30 years.... A good night with the Harpenden Choral Society.
I've used this panorama app from the table of my latest hotel room many a time so I can beam photos of where I am home to the family for about a year. Very funny to see the American equivalent of Dragons Den fighting over how good it is right now. The pano in the photo below was taken using it balanced on a lunch table;-)
Great bunch of people but extreme geographical dislocation today as we usually all meet up in the sunny Loire. Wonderful to see everyone again though.
1930, Sat 25 Jan
Yesterday at the RAM Duke's Hall there was a celebration of the contribution Noelle Barker made to music and of her many accomplishements. I had singing lessons with her for 6 years and can testify she was the most marvellous person and excellent teacher... she was one classy lady. It was appropriately an afternoon of eulogy and I couldn't help but think the collection of very nice and talented (self excepted!) people there were in the best possible way a reflection of the great lady herself. The most moving part of the concert for me was when a couple of Noelle's grandchildren played. It was fortunate for me that a guy came up afterwards and made quite an amusing speech otherwise my own small musical contribution which was to follow may have been a complete shambles. Thank you to Noelle's daughter Belinda and all the other fine people who organised everything, a meeting of old friends to celebrate the life of a very special lady.