It seems like just yesterday, but in fact, it was months ago that I first walked in Herr Oktavian’s shoes, and I miss him!! Just in time for the melancholy to settle in, New York’s radio station, 96.3 WQXR FM will broadcast one of our performances recorded live in June from the San Francisco Opera this Saturday, October 13 at 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time. I haven’t heard it, yet, so your guess is as good as mine if I was “on” that day or not, but I can promise that I gave it everything I had! (If you don’t live in the Big Apple, you can listen via their web site anywhere in the world!) I’ll personally be attending a Flamenco Festival here in Geneva, so I will have to stay in my current world of Handelian bliss and leave Strauss as a souvenir for the moment!

However, I can tell you that having the chance to hear Soile Isokowski, Miah Persson, and Kristinn Sigmundsson in the leading roles is an event NOT to be missed, and that’s not even taking into account the spectacular playing of the orchestra under Donald Runnicle’s baton. Oh, I miss them all!

The other loose end is to thank everyone who took the time to vote for me for the “Gramophone Artist of the Year”. I extend hearty congratulations to Julia Fischer for taking home the prize, and if you’re interested in seeing how each country voted, you can click here. (Needless to say I send up a big “shout out” to the US of A and Italy!!) In all sincerity, I completely get the old adage of “it’s an honor just to be nominated”, for when I look at the other names on the list, I am taken quite aback.

And so it’s back to the piano for a bit more work on Ariodante; we are full steam into rehearsals, which means adapting ornaments to the staging, adapting preconceived ideas of the character, and discovering a true masterpiece. Not a bad day’s work!

Photos: Leonardo Vordoni