THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC Earlier this month, in Wellington, New Zealand, for a Canteloube programme with the Wellington Orchestra. The perfectly à propos getup also sung Chants d’Auvergne (bonus fashionista points for the slippers). What is she saying so animatedly in that series of photos, you ask? “I cannot emphasize this enough: Lisbeth Salander is decidedly not what Pippi Longstocking becomes when she grows up. Salander as a character is problematic in many ways, which I’ll elaborate in a moment, while Pippi is a revolutionary, uniquely free role model for girls growing up, and we have so few of those around, still today, after decades of feminist cultural criticism.” (That’s what my sources tell me.) The indispensable piano wizard Bengt Forsberg provided the summer blue later, at the post-performance reception.
AND ULYSSES SAILED TO HIS DOOM This Friday, November 25: in Los Angeles, singing in the world premiere of Hillborg’s Sirens (for chorus, soloists and orchestra) with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the LAPhil.
FRANCE, DROP EVERYTHING AND GO TO THIS On December 19, Emmanuelle Haïm conducts the birthday gala for Concert D’Astrée at TCE in Paris. The list of singers is ridic: in addition to Otter, Karine Deshayes, Ann Hallenberg, Renata Pokupic on the mezzo-soprano team, Marijana Mijanovic and Sara Mingardo carry the flag for the altos, while among the sopranos il y aura Natalie Dessay, Magali Léger, Patricia Petibon, Sandrine Piau. And that’s only to name a few. There will be men, too. Look here.
JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLES In New York City December 28-30, singing Schubert with the New York Phil (c. Alan Gilbert)
HOW TO OPERATE A CIGAR WHILE SINGING THE HABANERA In London January 23, giving a Masterclass to the Guildhall students.
ANNA I & ANNA II In London at the Barbican on February 2, singing Brecht/Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins (LSO, c. Michael Tilson Thomas). Never has a house in Mississippi looked a better prospect.
WILL THEY BE ALLOWED TO MOVE THEIR HANDS In Paris Feb 28-Mar 16 at the Bastille in the Robert Wilson-directed Pelléas et Mélisande, singing Geneviève. Not an eye movement will remain unchoreographed.
LIEDERABADINAGE ODER LIEDERABINGE? In Zurich in June, for a Liederabend.
Earlier this year, by Mats Bäcker: