Fotos: Natalie Dessay (Simon Fowler), Ricarda Merbeth (www.ricardamerbeth.de), Vesselina Kasarova (Teatro Sao Carlos)
I confess I'm not familiar with Merbeth, though the other two ladies need no introduction. Dessay and Kasarova are two of the most artistically adventurous artists of their generations who dare to perform their own conviction even in the face of criticism (some deserved and some totally not).
But then that's what an artist has to do in order to be able to look back at their career one day in their old age and really say that they had used their talents and opportunities to try to do something special and worthy of remembrance rather than just going along having an inoffensive money-making career, I think. Being ardently hated by some is often a price of greatness... And as uncomfortable as that may seem, hopefully it is well off-set by the adoration they truly earned from those who value their unique contribution.
Photo: www.volksoper.atHerzliche Glückwünsche Frauen Österreichische Kammersängerinnen Dessay, Merbeth, und Kasarova!