As gorgeously mild and sunny as the weather is being here, I wish I've been in Zurich this week to catch Nina Stemme and Vesselina Kasarova as Elisabeth and Venus in Wagner's Tannhäuser.
Youtube clip by ZurichOpera
Any opera production with Nina Stemme in it is worth seeing especially if it is a Wagner or a Strauss opera. Add to that attraction the debut as Venus of Vesselina Kasarova, who is not known for her Wagnerian singing since she has spent most of her career juicing up the bel canto and baroque repertoire in ways that almost make me wish to have been born in those eras even with their lack of flushing toilet and microwave oven, and I find myself longing to see the Wagner opera much more than I had imagined that I could. It would surprise many to learn that the Frau Kasarova actually had her professional stage debut in two Wagnerian roles at the Opernhaus: Wellgunde and the second norn in Götterdämerung in 1989.
Like many, I confess that I have been quite more intrigued by her trouser roles than I have when she actually gets to play a woman... But exceptions must be made when she is playing a woman in red...
Youtube clip by Kryltoppa
In the meanwhile, though, if I'm lucky I might get to catch Lise Lindstrom as Turandot at the San Diego Opera later this week. Crossing toes and fingers while knocking on wood.