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the World with Pat Beresford
am being the true "Opera Mom" this summer -- just returned
from a three-and-a-half week trip that included Vienna for 9 days
where I saw our great Deborah Voigt do her first Isolde and belive
me, Jane Eaglen better look out -- this is the
Isolde for the next decade -- she was absolutely glorious. Went
to five other operas at the fantastic Vienna State Opera, stayed
in a gorgeous hotel, which was also coping with the Rolling Stones
on their world tour! Believe me, they have not aged well!
At least they no longer tear up the hotel rooms and were quite
polite. Also saw Mel Ulrich several times -- he was "my"
Merola and Adler Fellow for four years when he was here several
years ago and is doing very well indeed.
Then it was off to Cardiff, Wales, and the Singer of the World Competition.
I have attended the last four competitions so they finally
decided to put me to work and I had a ball for ten days -- making
up press kits for the singers, taking them out to ease their nerves
and just being "opera mom." For the first time they
had a lovely countertenor (from Munich) and some great baritones.
A Finnish baritone won and I am hoping we see him here as
I waxed ecstatic about him to Pamela Rosenberg. Remember the name
Saw my old pal, Bryn Terfel, who was in fine spirits -- he was one
of the winners of this competition in 1987, together with Dmitri
Hvorostovsky . On to London
and a visit with John Copley who was in great form and looks marvelous.
Went to Magic Flute starring Paul Groves and Semele
(the same one we did a couple of years ago) with Ruth Ann
Swenson and John Relyea. The latter has quite an enormous
career going for him -- another Adler/Merola success story. Spent
a couple of days with him and his wife, Marina, and their two little
One of the highlights of the trip was a private tour backstage at
the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. When we started it,
we heard singing from the main house. Our fantastic guide
slipped us into the back of the stalls -- it was Domingo rehearsing
Pagliacci and he wasn't "marking." The
man is still amazing and the voice just beautiful. The backstage
area is so state-of-the art it boggles the mind: stages (four of
them) that drop down at the touch of a switch and glide toward the
mainstage where they are raised to the proper level. In this
way they can have four complete sets, counting the one in use, ready
I'm off to Santa Fe for 5 operas, then Glimmerglass ( Cooperstown,
New York ) and 15 hours after arriving home I will be on the way
to Australia and Dead Man Walking , in which Teddy Tahu
Rhodes will once again sing Joe DeRocher. I am sure by now
the ladies are gnashing their teeth -- Teddy made quite a splash
here -- but the really good thing is that he is doing some great
work now and really moving up the ladder. I understand there
was a poll of "The 10 Sexiest Men in Opera" and he figured
right up there at the top of the list. Hey, this old lady
knows a good thing when she sees/hears it! And he is a baritone!