After a peaceful Christmas and intense studies in January, I am now in Lille for Vier letzte Lieder with wonderful Orchestre National de Lille and the great maestro Kazushi Ono.
The four poems that old master Strauss filled with his magical music, is such an honour and pleasure to perform. But also extremely emotional - as an artist one really gets a transcendental feeling of being a medium for something much bigger than oneself, and the exact here and now. Pretentious words, I know, but unavoidable when it comes to Vier letzte...so there is obviously also the pressure of trying to make them justice!
And the spring is filled with more wonderful pieces -
First some more Fidelios in beloved Berlin.
Then to cool and cordial Köln - returning to my old friends Senta and Holländer...
Rounding up in magnificent Madrid for Tristan and Isolde. Also a return to a beloved role, this time semistaged at Teatro Real.
Looking so much forward to it all - and hopefully I will see you there...