Welcome back friends, I am officially back in Toronto and excited as ever to have Art Life and Stilettos back up and running after an, admittedly long, summer hiatus. To fill you in, I spent much of this summer away from Toronto.My summer began with a short trip to Los Angeles, then led me across the ocean to Europe, where I spent five weeks in the gorgeous Italian island of Sicily. In July, I had the great opportunity to spend a month in the Munich, Germany. The weather was cool, but the opera was hot. The Bayerische Staatsoper was in swing with their popular Munich Opera Festival, where I had the opportunity to see Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Conducted by Johannes Debus, with Jennifer O’Loughlin as Konstanze and Pavol Breslik Don Giovanni with Gerald Finley as the Drunken, swinging Don and Alex Esposito as a hilarious Leporello. Veronique Gens, and Erin Wall rounded out the cast; Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, conducted by Kent Nagano and production by Robert Carsen, with outstanding performance by Daniela Sindram as the heartbroken Komponist, and Daniela Fally as a smoking Zerbinetta; Maurice Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges with Alexander Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg, conducted by Kent Nagano and featuring Camilla Tilling as Die Prinzessin and Donna Clara, and Paul Gay as Der Sessel / Ein Baum and Don Estoban.
Besides hearing great opera, I spent my month pursuing my own operatic training, working on my technique, coaching with top professionals and attending acting workshops. It was a fabulous month for my vocal growth, that is for sure.
The cherry on the sundae after a musical month in Munich was a stunning Liederabend recital with pianist Helmut Deutsch, featuring works by Strauss and Liszt.
After saying goodbye to Munich, I went back to the south of Italy for some well-needed beach time. Munich is beautiful but alas the cool, rainy weather left something to be desired. From la bella Italia, I’m back in Toronto.
I have a lot on the go with training, and graduate school but now that I’m back in the swing of things I am very excited to get Art Life and Stilettos back on her feet again. Just as the seasons change for opera companies and in fashion, this season Art Life and Stilettos will have a bit of a make-over too. Stay tuned for updates.
Tonight, I’m off to see opening night of the Canadian Opera Company’s new season. Gluck’s Iphigenia in Tauris is slated to open the house and will feature the ever lovely Susan Graham as Iphigenia.