I donít think I would be a very successful
blogger or tweeter, since I put messages on the news page every six
months or so. But apparently 15 years have passed since Marina
created this website and this merits a cheer and Ďvirtualí toast. I
contribute almost nothing to my site except for the occasional list
of dates, and then Marina has to search the internet for details.
Thank you so much, Marina, for creating and maintaining the website,
and for your friendship over these years.
I gave an
interview on French radio the other day, and the interviewer asked
if I was coming out of retirement to give a recital in Paris. I wish
I hadnít allowed the Wigmore Hall to advertise my recital there as
my Farewell Recital: I have to justify my reappearance every time,
even though the Farewell clearly applied only to the solo Wigmore
recital! Never mind. I have almost expected to read my obituaryÖ.But
I have, with regret, and for family reasons, withdrawn from an
exciting and fun series of performances at Lyon Opera next month. I
am as fit as can be, but my nearest and dearest have been a little
wobbly for the past few months and it didnít seem quite fair to
leave them to manage alone through the chilliest months of the year.
Recently I have much enjoyed singing
with some talented young singers from Opera Prelude, and with
British Youth Opera for a Gala the other evening, and I watched two
wonderful Nozze di Figaro performances given by students of the
Royal Academy of Music, conducted by Jane Glover and directed by
Janet Suzman. The standard of singing and acting was overwhelming
and I wish all the singers as much happiness as I have had in this
crazy, wonderful world of music.
I suppose I may as well wish
everyone a very Happy Christmas, as I am unlikely to put pen to
paper or fingers to keys again before next month. So, with all good
wishes for 2016, I send you all my very best wishes and thanks for