Just a little bit of info for you all – can you see from yesterday’s photo that I’m interpreting a ‘one-armed, Samurai devil’?! At the first dress rehearsal, I came tumbling off the segway when my costume got caught under the wheels! I crashed down on my left shoulder and fractured it. Now I’m tied up for 7 weeks, but can still sing. Nice little story… particularly since Lyon opera are extremely nice to me at the moment! ‘
At present, in France, we’re coming to the end of a wonderful production of Beethoven’s Fidelio where I play the ‘devil incarnate’. I’ve uploaded a photo so you can see why I have the best costume…the last samurai to torture the world!!!
Lyon is a dream. Whilst Opera is the first love of myself and Larysa, food and wine are a very close second! And Lyon is, without doubt, the gastronomic capital of the world.
Over the last 25 years, Larysa has built a list of the most wonderful restaurants in the world. Funnily enough, there are less than 50…but they are so very fine.
Back to opera…the Fidelio production is going to the Edinburgh Festival, on August 10 and 12. You are all very welcome to experience it.
There is a very warm Ukrainian community here in Lyon. The priest is superb. Father Ihor is quite brilliant in his sermons. I sang with him…and does he like singing!
The Ukrainian Art Song is taking on a pace: I’m finishing off the first tome of Galician composers; 80 songs, which will be launched early next year, 2014. Clad with the complete art songs of 7 of Ukraine’s finest composers, I’m going to New York on 8th March 2014, Toronto on 23rd march, then to Kyiv on 4th/5th April to present Shevchenko on the world stage, with Pushkin and Shakespeare.
The Bulava Chorus is joining me in Kyiv to present a unique Shevchenko concert and Stetsenko Liturgy, which I will dare to conduct!!!!!
More to follow.
Dear Friends of the Art Song Project,
In response to the many requests and increasing interest with the Project, this blog has been created to keep everyone updated on recent progress. Keep watching this space!