Friday, October 1, 2010
Getting to the end of an arduous rehearsal period here in Zürich. I'm creating the title role in the world premiere of the new opera "GESUALDO" by Marc-André Dalbavie. Carlo Gesualdo was an Italian Renaissance Prince, and he's famous for his amazing madrigals and sacred music, but also because he murdered his first wife and her lover, for reasons that should be obvious from the first part of this sentence! It's been really challenging, mostly because of the density of the French text. But it's pretty exciting. We have had 4 orchestra rehearsals now, and it's really coming together. Preliminary reaction is extremely positive. We open on Oct 9.